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    Priority Review Voucher Fees to Decline in FY 2017

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday unveiled the new user fee rates for the tropical disease and rare pediatric disease priority review voucher (PRV) programs. The additional fees necessary to use the vouchers for both programs are set to decline by about $20,000 when compared to last year. Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher User Fee Year Voucher Fee FY 2011 $4,582,000 FY 2012 $5,280,000 FY 2013 $3...
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    Congress Signs Off on Short-Term Extension to Rare Pediatric PRV Program

    The House late Tuesday followed its Senate counterparts and sent to President Barack Obama a re-authorization of the rare pediatric disease priority review voucher (PRV) program that will last through the end of December. A spokeswoman for Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), a sponsor of the bill, told Focus that between now and 30 December, Congress will discuss ways to amend the program and extend it again. “Our policy changes are in S. 1878, which is headed to the president, so...
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    Industry Weighs in on FDA Draft Guidance on Infectious Disease NGS-Based Diagnostics

    Diagnostic companies Illumina, Roche, AstraZeneca and others are offering a peek inside how they view next-generation sequencing (NGS) diagnostic devices, with the release of 20 comments on recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance. "Next generation sequencing has the capability to replace previous methods with a single approach to accomplish what might have required several different tests in the past," FDA explains. "In contrast to human sequencing di...
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    EMA and FDA Set Up New Working Group on Rare Diseases

    The new collaboration between the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday will improve the sharing of information on various aspects of the development and scientific evaluation of medicines for rare diseases. According to EMA, rare diseases affect 30 million people in the EU and approximately the same number in the US, though each disease individually concerns a limited number of patients. And since only a limited n...
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    EMA Official: Data Sharing and Collaboration Can Fill Scientific Gaps in Alzheimer's

    Speaking at a panel at RAPS' 2016 Convergence on Monday, Enrica Alteri, head of human medicines research and development support at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) called on drugmakers to share data to close the gaps in Alzheimer's disease (AD) research. According to Alteri, doing so could help the scientific community not only learn from past failures in Alzheimer's research, but enable the development and validation of new targets. Scientific Gaps "There are gaps...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Begins Review of First Herceptin Biosimilar (1 September 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EUnetHTA Nears Start of Third Phase of HTA Cooperation Agenda The European network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) is on the cusp of entering the third phase of its agenda. Members of the European Commission and the Dutch National Health Care Institute began a 30-day countdown to the official start of the program by signing a grant agreement.  When the of...
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    FDA Issues Form 483 for Alexion’s Rhode Island Site

    Rare disease drugmaker Alexion disclosed late Monday in an SEC filing that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently completed a routine current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) inspection of the company’s Smithfield, Rhode Island manufacturing facility and issued a Form 483 with three observations. “These observations are inspectional, and do not represent a final FDA determination of compliance. The observations pertain to: completion and closure of certain ...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA to Revise Trial Guidance on Hemophilia, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Diabetes and Bipolar Disorder (4 August 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Boom in Hemophilia R&D Prompts EMA to act to Prevent Enrollment Bottleneck The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is planning to revise its guideline on development of drugs to treat hemophilia to cut the risk of patient enrollment bottlenecks slowing progress. EMA began the process after becoming concerned that the minimum data requirements of its current guideline are i...
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    House E&C Committee Clears New Priority Review Voucher Program

    The House Energy & Commerce Committee late Wednesday pushed through a bill that will create a new priority review voucher (PRV) program for medical countermeasures that will not sunset. The new PRVs for medical countermeasures, if passed by the full House and Senate, would be the third PRV program in existence (in addition to the rare pediatric disease and neglected tropical disease PRV programs ) and the first to not sunset. Like the other two PRV programs, HR 3299...
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    House Looks to Reform Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher Program

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday passed by voice vote an amendment (to an unrelated bill on hospital preparedness for dangerous threats) that would significantly change the priority review voucher (PRV) program for tropical diseases. Background Since 2009, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued nine PRVs to reward companies for developing new drugs to treat rare pediatric and tropical diseases with a voucher that can be sold on the op...
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    Researchers Urge Caution on Expanding Priority Review Voucher Programs

    As Congress looks to further expand current priority review voucher (PRV) programs (and even create entirely new ones), researchers are now cautioning that the worth of the vouchers could decline significantly and diminish incentives to develop drugs for neglected diseases. Background Since 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a handful of special "priority review" vouchers to pharmaceutical and biotech companies developing drugs and biologics fo...
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    Coalition Calls on FDA to Follow EMA’s Lead and Offer Scientific Opinions on Use of Drugs Outside US

    As part of efforts to streamline and strengthen regulatory pathways for global health products, the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) says in a new report issued Thursday that Congress should direct the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish a specific mechanism to offer a formal scientific opinion on medical products for their use outside the US. Because FDA is classified as a stringent regulatory authority, the agency’s review of drugs and devices...