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    Nevada Fines Drugmakers $17M for Failing to Comply With Drug Pricing Law

    The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services this week sent letters to 21 diabetes drug manufacturers seeking $17.4 million in penalties for non-compliance with a new price transparency law. “This legislation requires the Department to compile a report of information related to prescription drugs used to treat diabetes. As part of the legislation, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) can impose a penalty for companies who fail to provide the required...
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    FDA Warns Chinese Drug Testing Facility for Refusing Inspection

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent in August to China-based drug testing facility Shanghai Institute of Pharmaceutical Industry for refusing an inspection. FDA had planned a surveillance and pre-approval inspection of the facility from 29 November to 4 December 2018, but the company told FDA’s China office in a written response that it was refusing the inspection. "Under section 501(j) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Co...
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    Pelosi Unveils Plan to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

    As Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) continues to push his own competing drug pricing legislation in the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unveiled her proposal to lower prescription drug prices on Thursday, with a plan likely to please more liberal Democrats and further distance Republicans. At the heart of Pelosi’s plan is the idea to allow Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to select between 25 and 250 drugs annually and directly negotiate with manufactur...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA Seeks Feedback on Planned Changes to Medical Device Rules

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   TGA Seeks Feedback on Planned Changes to Medical Device Rules   Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is seeking feedback on two sets of medical device proposals. The proposals address essential principles for safety and performance and the regulatory requirements for medical device systems and procedure packs.   Both documents grew out of the Austra...
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    Academics and Researchers Raise Concerns With FDA’s Plan for ‘Integrated Reviews’

    More than 50 academics and researchers from Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins and other universities around the world are calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to not replace its original reviews of medical products with an “integrated review” because of the valuable information that would be lost. The researchers claimed that such a shift would deprive them of information and data on the clinical studies and trials submitted to FDA, information on the postmar...
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    FDA to Congress: Pediatric Information Lacking in 36% of Relevant Orphan Drug Labels

    In a report to Congress, the US Food and Drug Administration said that there is a public health need for additional pediatric information in labeling for over one-third of approved orphan indications that are relevant in the pediatric population. FDA research, conducted as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017  (FDARA), found that of all drugs that were approved for an orphan indication between 1 April 1999 and 31 August 2018, a total of 548 orphan indications we...
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    Michigan Senator Raises Concerns With FDA Over High Numbers of Drug Shortages

    As drug shortages continue to increase in the US, Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) on Wednesday sent a letter to Acting US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Ned Sharpless seeking more information on what FDA will do. Peters, ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, called FDA’s current efforts to combat shortages “not sufficient, given the current state of rising drug shortages in our nation.” He also wrote that he’s “increasin...
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    WHO Revises Guidance on QMS Requirements for National Inspectorates

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its guidance on quality system requirements for national good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspectorates to align with international standards and the latest quality management system (QMS) principles and to expand the document’s scope. The guidance outlines what a QMS is, what it should do for an inspectorate and how it should help senior management better achieve their targets and quality objectives. “Senior management’s...
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    WHO Lays Out Five-Year Regulatory Action Plan

    As part of efforts to increase access to quality medical products around the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) this month crafted a five-year plan to promote regulatory collaboration and reliance, and to help national regulatory authorities (NRAs) solve capacity issues and other challenges. According to WHO surveys, only 30% of NRAs in 2018 had the capacity to effectively and efficiently regulate medical products, although there was greater capacity to regulate...
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    Senate Coalesces Around Series of Drug Pricing Bills With Little Impact on Pharma Companies

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced four bills to the Senate floor, three of which were bipartisan, and all meant to lower the prices of prescription drugs. The four bills are part of a coordinated push in the Senate and include a larger bill that advanced Wednesday out of the Senate health committee and is expected to be taken up on the Senate floor before the end of July, and another bill that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he was likely to advance ...
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    WHO Adopts Weakened Resolution on Drug Price Transparency

    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday adopted a resolution to urge countries to publicly share the net prices of health products and the costs of clinical trials. The resolution, adopted after three weeks of negotiations, also calls on United Nations member countries to better facilitate the public reporting of patent status information and marketing approval status of health products, as well as to improve national capacities for open and collaborative researc...
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    OPQ Reports on State of Drug Quality in FY2018

    In a report released Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) provides a look at the pharmaceutical quality landscape for drugs and biologics intended for the US market.   The report itself breaks down different metrics related to product quality and manufacturer compliance with current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) to paint a picture of the overall pharmaceutical quality landscape.   While FDA reports an overa...