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    FDA seeks new members for Patient Engagement Collaborative

    The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking eight new members for its Patient Engagement Collaborative (PEC), a group charged with gaining meaningful patient input into medical product development and regulatory decision making.   The 16-member panel includes patients, caregivers, and advocates who serve for 2 to 3 years. The panel is a joint effort between FDA and the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative . Panel members are expected to participate in two to f...
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    FDA seeks global shift to include pregnant women in medical research

    The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the paradox surrounding the inclusion of pregnant and breastfeeding women in medical research. Even when these women are at higher risk for severe illness and hospitalization, they are unlikely to be included in clinical trials for medical products and vaccines. In a recent article, officials at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signaled their commitment to work with industry and other regulators to support the inclus...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Rezurock, Fexinidazole, Bylvay

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Rezurock cleared for treating chronic graft-versus-host disease Kadmon’s Rezurock (belumosudil) has been approved for treating chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in adults and children aged 12 years or older after failure of previous systemic therapy.   Approval of the kinase inhibitor was based on efficacy findings from the randomized...
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    Recon: $26B Opioids lawsuit deal imminent; Amylyx closes $135M ALS financing deal

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US How an Unproven Alzheimer’s Drug Got Approved ( NYT ) States and Cities Near Tentative $26 Billion Deal in Opioids Cases ( NYT ) Drug distributors settle New York opioid claims for up to $1.18B  ( Reuters ) Pharma CEOs, lobbyists showered Democrat with cash after his attempt to torpedo Pelosi’s drug pricing bill ( STAT ) Advocates urge Biden to name patent of...
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    AAM: Medicare Part D plans slow to adopt generics

    Medicare Part D plans are slow to adopt generic medications for their beneficiaries, according to a recent report released by the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM).   For the 2021 plan year, Medicare Part D formularies covered 21% of approved first generic medications from the previous year compared with the 66% covered by commercial formulary plans, the report stated. But this is part of a years-long trend, according to AAM. Not only do Medicare Part D plans ...
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    FDA’s regulatory affairs head previews Inspectional Affairs Council

    The top regulatory affairs official at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave a preview of a soon-to-be-launched council within the agency that will focus solely on inspection-related matters.   “We will soon stand up an agency-wide decision-making body; it’s called the FDA Inspectional Affairs Council,” said Judith McMeekin, FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs within the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), speaking at a virtual webinar hosted W...
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    FDA defends Aduhelm's accelerated approval, while others call for reform

    Three papers published as Viewpoints in JAMA Internal Medicine this week highlight the rationale provided by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the agency’s approval of aducanumab (Aduhelm; Biogen Inc), implications the approval could have for the Medicare program, and a contemplation on the future of FDA’s accelerated approval pathway.   Writing on behalf of FDA, Billy Dunn, MD, director of the Office of Neuroscience with FDA, and colleagues said the agenc...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Kerendia, Padcev, Darzalex Faspro

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Kerendia cleared for slowing serious kidney, heart complications in type 2 diabetes Bayer’s Kerendia (finerenone tablets) has been approved for reducing the risk of kidney function decline, kidney failure, cardiovascular death, nonfatal heart attacks, and hospitalization for heart failure in adults with chronic kidney disease associated with typ...
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    FDA reports rare complications with Pfizer COVID vaccine, updates J&J safety info

    A summary of results of near real-time monitoring of the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in  older individuals was reported Tuesday by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency identified four potential health concerns associated with receiving one of the authorized vaccines.   Examining the database of Medicare health care claims for people aged 65 years and older who received the mRNA vaccine marketed by Pfizer/BioNTech, FDA identified four adverse events o...
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    CBER Q&A addresses stem cell enforcement questions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a question-and-answer document on Monday to address issues that may arise now that the agency's enforcement discretion policy against unauthorized marketing of these products has come to an end.   The agency’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) ended a period of enforcement discretion against purveyors of unauthorized human cells, tissues, or cellular or tissue- based products (HCT/Ps) on 31 May 2021. Ac...
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    Woodcock calls for investigation into Aduhelm approval

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s acting head has called on the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct an investigation into matters related to the agency’s recent controversial approval of Biogen’s new Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm (aducanumab).   Janet Woodcock, acting director of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), took to Twitter early Friday afternoon to make the announcement, sharing the letter she sent to Christ...
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    FDA trims Aduhelm's indicated population

    Biogen’s newly approved Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm (aducanumab-avwa) received a labeling update Thursday to clarify that the drug is meant for individuals with mild cognitive impairment or dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.   Just last month, Aduhelm received accelerated approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a controversial decision that ran counter to the strong opinions of the agency’s Peripheral and Central Nervous System advisory committe...