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    Industry Questions FDA Study on Efficacy Claims in DTC Pharma Ads

    Pharmaceutical companies AbbVie, Eli Lilly and Merck are raising new questions about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to investigate the impact on consumer perceptions of prescription drugs if efficacy claims are included in the advertisements. The Office of Prescription Drug Promotion’s (OPDP) study of direct-to-consumer (DTC) print advertising of drugs, first announced in July 2015 , will also seek to better understand if consumers make different cho...
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    European Parliament Looks to Take Over EMA Fee Process

    The European Parliament has voted to lessen the European Commission’s control of the structure and level of fees charged by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which may instead be set by members of Parliament and European Union (EU) ministers. The amendment, which was proposed alongside a host of other amendments on fees and EMA-related structures linked to EMA’s founding regulation (No 726/2004), though any changes must be accepted by the EU Council of Ministers. “Me...
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    FDA Collaborates With FTC on Mobile Health App Regulatory Tool

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other regulators are looking to help health-related mobile application developers comply with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (FD&C Act) and other applicable laws. As part of that compliance push, FTC on Tuesday released  a new web-based tool for developers of health-related mobile apps .  The tool asks developers a series of high-level questions about the app’s function, the da...
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    India's Supreme Court Denies Petitions Challenging CDSCO

    • 11 March 2016
    Dinesh Thakur, the now-famous Ranbaxy whistleblower who won more than $48 million for calling out the company’s drug safety issues to the US Department of Justice, failed on Friday to get the Supreme Court of India to hear two petitions seeking to challenge the law under which India’s drug regulator Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) operates. Thakur told Focus that the petitions “challenge how CDSCO works and the commitments it makes” to keeping subst...
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    Regulators, Industry Weigh in on Proposed EU Orphan Regulation Changes

    As the number of orphan drug approvals continues to rise in the EU, the European Commission is now considering feedback from European governments, regulators and industry on how changes to five aspects of the Orphan Regulation may further incentivize the development of drugs for rare diseases. To date, the commission has authorized 117 orphan medicines, 82% of which consist of new active substances, according to a new report .  And while the number of products authorize...
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    Senate Democrats Call for FDA, NIH Funding Boost as Other Bills Emerge

    Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) on Thursday introduced a bill that would provide $5 billion per year in new funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). The boost in funds for FDA and NIH, backed by the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee Democrats, comes almost a month after the committee, still looking to pass companion legislation to the House-passed 21st Century Cures bill , advan...
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    Integrating FDA Meetings into a Medical Device Regulatory Strategy

    This article focuses on the strategic use and suitability of a Q-Submission program. Introduction An often overlooked opportunity for a successful device regulatory strategy is the optimal use of a pre-submission meeting with the regulatory agency. Meeting with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to request feedback on specific submission issues has been formalized into what is collectively called the Q-Submission (Q-Sub) Program. A detailed description of the...
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    Expert Committee: FDA Should Allow Mitochondrial Replacement Trials Under Certain Conditions

    While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sits on the fence over whether to approve preclinical or clinical trials using mitochondrial replacement techniques (MRT) to help prevent the transmission of certain diseases passed from mother to child, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine came out with a new report on Wednesday detailing how it believes FDA should allow such trials and regulate them. Background ...
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    Device Industry Calls for Clarifications to Draft Animal Studies Guidance

    The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) is calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify aspects of a recent draft guidance intended to set expectations for animal studies for medical devices. Draft Guidance FDA released the draft guidance, General Considerations for Animal Studies , for public comment in October 2015. The guidance is intended to assist industry in designing, conducting and reporting data from animal studies used to de...
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    FDA Unveils New Office of Dietary Supplement Programs

    As part efforts to elevate the regulation of dietary supplements, the US Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday the creation of the new Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP). The new office, which previously worked as a division under the Office of Nutrition Labeling and Dietary Supplements, comes as the supplement industry has more than quadrupled in the 20 years since the establishment of that first division – from about $6 billion to more than $35 bil...
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    EMA Outlines High-Level Strategy for Next Five Years

    Antimicrobial resistance, ensuring timely access to new drugs, increasing transparency and working to harmonize more regulations worldwide are all included in the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) strategic plan through 2020. The new plan, unveiled Friday, offers 16 objectives around four themes: Contributing to human health, contributing to animal health and human health in relation to veterinary medicines, optimizing the operation of the network and contributing to th...
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    USP Signs Agreement With Russian Drug Regulator to Continue Developing Quality Standards

    USP CSO Jaap Venema (right) signs agreement with Russian FDA Roszdravnadzor. The US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) and Russia's medical products regulator forged a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) earlier this week that will focus on harmonizing major pharmacopeial requirements and promoting the use of modern laboratory standards, among other things. The agreement, which is an extension of an existing MOU instituted in 2009, means USP and the Federal...