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    US Government Wants to Know More About the Biotech Ecosystem

    The White House’s Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) on Tuesday sought input from any and all biotech stakeholders on the innovation, products, technology and data derived from biologically-related processes and science that drive economic growth, promote health and increase public benefit. Referred to as the “Bioeconomy,” OSTP said it’s seeking comments before 23 October from the public, including those with capital investments, those performing research or...
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    FDA Warns Imprimis for False and Misleading Website and Twitter Promotions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late last month sent a warning letter to San Diego-based Imprimis Pharmaceuticals for false and misleading claims made on the company’s website and Twitter account, among other violations. FDA said that for two products – "Simple Drops" and "Klarity C-Drops" – the company claims they are made with FDA approved components or are FDA-approved, "when that is not the case."  In addition, FDA said Imprimis' website makes false...
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    New Study Looks at FDA's Use of Social Media to Communicate on Drug Safety

    A new study looking at the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) use of social media to communicate about drug safety finds that the agency could improve its impact by developing social media strategies and taking a more active role on web platforms. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Northeastern University, Boston Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University, and funded by FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, looks specifica...
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    PhRMA, Lilly and AbbVie Weigh FDA Plan to Study Twitter Drug Ads

    When the space of characters is limited, can a link to risk information be enough for drugmakers advertising their products on social media like Twitter? That’s the question the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked last November and now industry is offering their opinions on the planned studies. As part of its planned study, FDA said on 7 November that it plans to conduct four studies, two involving Twitter and two using Google sponsored links, to determine how ...
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    Top Ten Stories From 2016 by Traffic

    Thanks to our readers this year for continuing to tune in on a daily basis. Here’s a rundown of the top 10 stories from 2016, a smorgasbord of randomness based on traffic. Happy holidays and happy reading! Regulatory Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About FDA’s Priority Review Vouchers : A perennial favorite, this explainer breaks down the latest in the lucrative world of PRVs. Teva Wins FDA Approval for First Viagra Generic, Will Not Launch Until 2017 :...
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    CA Congressman Seeks More FDA Outreach for Biotech Start-Ups

    Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on Friday sent a letter to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf seeking further assistance for start-up biotechnology companies in the Bay Area. Swalwell said several companies have expressed their concerns on “the complexity and length of the regulatory process” that many do not have the resources to navigate. He also said the companies are seeking a local San Francisco Bay Area FDA office to provide face-to-fac...
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    Using Twitter as an Intelligence Tool: 85 Accounts Worth Following

    With the rise of president-elect Donald Trump, it’s become abundantly clear that Twitter matters. And it matters not just for politics. For regulatory affairs folks in in the pharmaceutical and medical device spaces, for investors, and even for the regulators themselves, Twitter is a great place to catch the day’s breaking news before the headlines are written. (Editor’s Note: This is by no means a complete list and if you’re looking for more than 85 accounts, you’re in...
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    Drug Marketing on Twitter: FDA to Study Space-Limited Communications

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to study whether links can be sufficient means of presenting risk information about drugs in advertising on social media platforms, such as Twitter, where character space is limited. "The objective of this research is to test whether a link to prescription drug risk information can effectively convey the risks associated with a drug when benefit claims about the drug are made within character-space-limited communicati...
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    FDA Continues Crackdown on Chinese Drug Manufacturers With new Warning for Xiamen

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter to Chinese drug manufacturer Xiamen Origin Biotech over "significant deviations" in the company's manufacturing practices for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). As imports of pharmaceuticals from China and India have increased, so has FDA's enforcement of manufacturing for companies exporting to the US. In 2015, FDA carried out 132 inspections of Chinese manufacturers, more than twi...
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    What Is 'Regulatory Intelligence?'

    This article provides an overview of regulatory intelligence, including identifying sources, using tools for gathering information, and the importance of recognizing copyright restrictions . Regulatory intelligence is the regulatory information you have been asked to gather and provide regarding topics of importance to your audience. For example, you may be asked to inform your company of any medical device-related items in the Federal Register or of FDA warning or un...
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    FDA Warns German Contract Manufacturer Over API Stability Concerns

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Baesweiler, Germany-based contract manufacturer BBT Biotech GMBH over deviations from good manufacturing practices (GMPs), including the failure to provide stability data to support expiration dates for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The warning letter, sent 16 May and released Tuesday, follows an inspection at the API manufacturing facility in May 2015 during which FDA inspectors found BBT Biotech did not p...
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    Biotech Company Settles With SEC Over Failure to Disclose FDA Concerns

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday settled fraud charges against Massachusetts-based biotech company AVEO Pharmaceuticals for $4 million after three former executives allegedly concealed the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) level of concern about approving the cancer drug tivozanib in public statements. SEC had alleged that AVEO concealed FDA’s concerns with tivozanib in statements to investors by omitting the critical fact that FDA staff had ...