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    Free the Tweets: Group Asks FDA to Allow its Scientists to Use Social Media

    The US Food and Drug Administration currently lacks any policy permitting its employees to discuss scientific issues on social media channels like Twitter and Facebook, a new report by the scientific advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has found. The findings, outlined in the report " Grading Government Transparency: Scientists' Freedom to Speak (and Tweet) at Federal Agencies ," are meant to spur discussion about whether FDA's employees are free to speak ...
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    FDA Plans to Fund Research on Generic Drug Efficacy, Medical Countermeasures and More

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hopes to obtain private sector help to improve nine areas of regulatory science, including the evaluation of generic drug effectiveness and expedited ways to assess drugs to treat the world's most dangerous diseases, the agency said this week in a new Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) . Background The posting of the BAA is an annual tradition for FDA. The announcement outlines the research and development topics the agency hopes ...
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    The Top 15 Biologics Deficiencies Cited by FDA in 2014

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released data on the observations it makes during inspections of biologics manufacturing facilities, indicating the most common issues faced by biologics companies. Total 483s Issued Declines for First Time in Six Years In its most recent report, FY 2014 Inspectional Observation Summaries , FDA said it issued 146 Form 483s—forms indicating areas of noncompliance at a facility—to biologics companies in fiscal year 2014. T...
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    FDA Looking for a Leader for its New Device Testing Division

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on the hunt for a new leader for its device center's newly formed Division of Biology, Chemistry and Materials Science (DBCMS). The new division, housed within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health's (CDRH) Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL), is primarily concerned with how medical devices physically interact with patients. For example, its staff will be assessing devices for biocompatibility, biolo...
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    FDA Unveils Pilot Program Aimed at Accelerating Approvals of New Medical Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking for some help from the medical device industry in the hopes of eventually creating a process of faster, more efficient and more predictable approvals. Background Regulators have long been interested in making sure that tools and measures used during the medical device development process are validated -- that is, proper for use and fit for purpose within a specific context. Many clinical trials are ultimately scrapped...
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    FDA Targets Companies for Facebook 'Likes.' Is Twitter Next?

    Over the last two years, two companies have found themselves in the sights of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the regulator warned them for violating federal advertising regulations by "liking" unapproved claims on the social networking website Facebook. But while FDA's warnings have yet to set off a wider crackdown on pharmaceutical companies, recent changes to the social media platform Twitter have raised the possibility that similar attention might so...
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    Using Twitter as a Regulatory Intelligence Tool: 460 Accounts Worth Following

    Finding information about the latest regulatory news can be profoundly difficult. Even with thousands of websites, hundreds of newsletters and dozens of subscription services, information that could affect you and your company can still slip through the cracks. Luckily, there's help, and lots of it—but only if you know where to look. Regulatory Intelligence on … Twitter? One of the most under-utilized sources of regulatory information is Twitter , a social media platf...
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    FDA Warns Company for 'Liking' Status on Facebook

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a rare Warning Letter chiding a company for, among other reasons, improperly "liking" certain unapproved claims about its product on Facebook. The letter, sent to Utah-based dietary supplement manufacturer Zarbee's, is primarily focused on the company's marketing claims, which FDA says cause the company's products to be drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) . Under federal law, dietary supple...
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    FDA Guidance: How Can Pharma and Device Companies Use Twitter? Not Easily.

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released two guidance documents focused on the use of social media by members of regulated industry, including one on how companies can use the social media platform Twitter and other space-limited platforms. Background The issuance of guidance on social media was required by the  Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act ( FDASIA ) , Section 1121 of which calls for FDA to, by August 2014, "issue gui...
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    On the Heels of FDA Investments, PhRMA Funds Regulatory Science Initiative

    In recent years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made substantial investments in regulatory science initiatives, spending millions on research, establishing new academic programs, and partnering with dozens of institutions in the pursuit of new ways to bring safe and effective drugs to market more quickly. But the agency isn't the only one interested in advancing regulatory science. In an announcement this week, the influential pharmaceutical industr...
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    FDA Plans to Spend as Much as $50M on Regulatory Science, With Focus on Generics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its latest " Broad Agency Announcement " detailing the areas to which it hopes to direct funding in the coming year in order to solve or alleviate some of its most pressing regulatory needs. Like FDA's 2013 Broad Agency Announcement, the 2014 announcement says FDA is prepared to spend—"subject to congressional appropriations"—as much as $50 million on meeting nine overarching goals and dozens of sub-level interests. ...
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    Sleep—Still a Mystery!

    • 07 May 2014
    Most people spend a full third of their lives asleep, yet most of us do not have the faintest idea what sleep does to our bodies and our brains. Sleep remains one of the secrets of science. 1 However, there is ample evidence indicating that difficulty in falling asleep and non-restorative sleep are associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease in adults and young children. Statistically, after adjusting for lifestyle factors, age and chronic conditions, researchers ...