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    Trump Nominates Hahn to be FDA Commissioner

    President Donald Trump on Friday nominated Stephen Hahn, chief medical executive of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, to be the next US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner. If confirmed by the Senate, a process that could take several months, Hahn will take the reins of FDA from Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless, who moved over to FDA following a stint as head of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Sharpless will return to direct NCI, while Brett Gi...
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    Trump: Drug Importation Coming Soon

    In remarks related to an executive order on Medicare, President Donald Trump on Thursday gave a speech filled with falsehoods about the Right-to-Try law, claims that drugmakers would lower their prices once importation begins and a suggestion that the pharmaceutical industry is aiding his impeachment. Trump also read from the teleprompter to explain a proposal that’s coming soon to lower drug prices by importing drugs from Canada and other countries. First revealed in ...
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    Formal Meetings Between FDA and Biopharma Companies: New Draft Guidance

    Know the difference between a Type A, Type B and Type C meeting with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? New draft guidance released last week will help biopharma companies understand how to conduct such meetings and what to expect. The 20-page draft explains how sponsors can submit a formal request for a meeting, which can be face-to-face, teleconference/videoconference meetings or written responses only, what sponsors should include in that request, how F...
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    Best of 2017: What Readers Clicked on This Year

    From Trump to biosimilars to a new digital health pilot run by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), here are the top 10 most-read articles of 2017, with some updates on what has occurred since the stories were published. 10. EMA to Suspend More Than 300 Drugs due to Unreliable CRO Studies Back in March, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended the suspension of more than 300 approvals and applications for generic drugs for which bioequivalence studies w...
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    Major Deregulation? FDA Withdraws Several Rules and Regulations Related to Medical Products

    Almost a year ago, President Donald Trump told pharmaceutical executives that his administration would cut 75% to 80% of FDA regulations, "at a level no one has ever seen before." Since those comments last January , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has withdrawn the most rulemakings of any Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agency, though only a handful are related to medical products (the others are tobacco related) and it's unclear how the wi...
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    Biomarker Qualification: FDA Explains Process and Opportunities for Engagement

    In a set of newly released presentations, officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explain changes to the agency's biomarker qualification program and detail early opportunities for biomarker developers to engage with FDA. "A qualified biomarker can be used in multiple drug development programs without the need for [the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research] CDER to reconfirm the suitability of the biomarker's qualified context of use," said Marianne No...
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    White House Doubles Down on Call to Fund FDA Entirely With Industry Fees

    Following the House of Represenatatives' passage of the bill to reauthorize US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fees on Wednesday, the White House doubled down on its earlier call to amend the agreements so that FDA is entirely funded by medical products industries. "The Administration urges the Congress to provide for 100 percent user fee funding within the reauthorized programs," the White House said in a statement . "In an era of renewed fiscal restraint,...
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    Trump Administration Officials Huddle at White House to Discuss Drug Pricing

    A White House spokesman confirmed to Focus that a meeting took place at the White House on Friday "as part of the ongoing discussions to reduce the burden of the high cost of drug prescriptions and unleash a wave of innovation to develop cures and treatments for patients." The confirmation follows reports from several media outlets citing sources who say the meeting, with US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb among other officials in atten...
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    Trump’s 2018 Budget Seeks Last-Minute Renegotiation of FDA User Fee Deals

    President Donald Trump's FY 2018 budget proposal for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), leaked late Monday, seeks a last-minute renegotiation of user fee deals forged over the last two years to make up for about a 30% decrease in the agency’s budget. The call for more than $1 billion in new user fees to replace appropriations comes as both the House and Senate have advanced their versions of the user fees reauthorization legislation with the previously negoti...
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    Senate Democrats to Trump: HHS Cuts Will Impede 'Cures' Implementation

    Eleven Senate democrats sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday explaining how his proposed cuts in the FY 2018 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will make implementation of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act much more difficult. "We urge you to listen to both sides of the aisle and drop any attempts to implement the damaging proposed cuts at HHS laid out in your budget," they wrote. Trump’s budget blueprint for 2018 ...
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    Congress to Trump: Let’s Tackle Drug Pricing in User Fee Reauthorizations

    As part of a bid to bring down the price of pharmaceuticals in the US, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and 33 other House members sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday seeking a way forward to meet the promises he’s made on the campaign trail and since taking office. Among the suggestions is to attach drug price lowering provisions to the bill reauthorizing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreem...
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    Trump FY 2018 Budget Blueprint: Hike in FDA User Fees?

    President Donald Trump’s administration released its budget blueprint for FY 2018 on Thursday, calling for a hike in user fees from industry to make up for cuts elsewhere at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the blueprint offers little detail on what such cuts would actually mean for the agency and pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, the plan says it would recalibrate FDA medical product user fees “to over $2 billion in 2018, approximate...