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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...
  • Industry Sees Much not to ‘Like’ in FDA's First Social Media Guidance Document

    In January 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the first of what it said would be many guidance documents intended to clarify the use of social media by life sciences companies. Now the life science industry is weighing in on that draft guidance, calling for changes and clarifications. Background: Social Media and FDA The pharmaceutical industry's advertising and promotional materials are tightly regulated by FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FT...
  • FDA Using Twitter, Telenovelas and Translations to Reach Non-English Speakers

    If you're reading this article, chances are good you take something for granted every day: your ability to read. But even beyond that, the fact that you're reading Regulatory Focus means you're probably fluent in English and well-versed in medical terminology. Many Americans, though, can't read, can't read or speak English, or can't read or speak English well enough to understand the medical terminology that is necessary to interpret the labels on medical products like...
  • J&J Petition Claims FDA Decision Meant to Ease Drug Shortages Puts Some Future Patients at Risk

    Drug shortages have been a recurring problem in the US thanks to a combination of market factors, regulatory decisions made by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and manufacturing problems experienced by companies. So in 2012, when Johnson & Johnson's oncology drug Doxil (doxorubicin hydrochloride liposome injection, NDA # 050718 ) started experiencing shortages, FDA unveiled an unusual plan . It would allow a similar drug, Lipodox (ANDA # 203263 ), made by ...
  • Purdue's NDA for Oxycontin Formally Withdrawn as FDA Closes Route to Generic Competitors

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the withdrawal of a new drug application (NDA) for Purdue Pharma's Oxycontin (NDA #20-553), the very same application that had lost patent protection in April 2013 and had been subject to potential generic competition before FDA said it would not approve any non-abuse-resistant formulations of the drug. Background Under current regulatory policy, approved drugs products are protected by several types of statutory p...
  • Regulatory Reconnaissance (2 August 2013)

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing. Your editor is taking every Friday off in August for vacation, but is making sure to keep you up-to-date with Regulatory Reconnaissance. In Focus: "Would Have Written About These" Highlights BIO Whitepaper Calls for 12 Years of Biologics Exclusivity in Trade Deal ( BIO ) ( BIO ) BIO, PhRMA, AdvaMed, GPhA, MITA Join Together to Support Senate Bill to Exempt FDA User Fees from Se...
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    Legal Issues in Digital Pharmaceutical Communication in the EU--Part 3

    In March 2011, the European Commission launched a public consultation on an updated eHealth Action Plan for the period 2012-2020 1 , which had been called upon by the Council Conclusions on Safe and Efficient Healthcare through eHealth of December 2009 2 , and superseded the first plan adopted in 2004. Similarly, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) promotes the development of mobile medical apps that provide consumers and healthcare professionals with valuable he...
  • Survey of Americans Show Trust in Big Pharma Only Slightly Above Faith in Existence of 'Lizard People'

    • 05 April 2013
    Americans don't particularly trust the pharmaceutical industry. But the extent to which that trust deficit exists is on particularly glaring display in a new survey, which shows that more than one in seven Americans think the pharmaceutical industry is colluding to "invent" new diseases in order to profit off them, and 20% erroneously think vaccines cause autism. Survey Results The survey, conducted by the group Public Policy Polling, approached 1,247 registered voters,...
  • Could FTC's New Social Media Guidance be Similar to one Pending at FDA?

    If pharmaceutical and medical device companies are eagerly awaiting the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) social media guidance for promoting their products using social networks like Twitter and Facebook, a new guidance released by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may provide some insight into how the agency will treat mobile and social advertising. Background: Authority FTC and FDA operate under a slightly unusual agreement in which FTC voluntarily cedes so...