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    FDA Offers New Guidance on Interpretation of BPCIA

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released draft guidance on its interpretation of the "deemed to be a license" provision of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) of 2010. Put simply: FDA will not approve any pending or tentatively approved application for a biological product under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act after 23 March 2020.  The provision in the BPCIA states that: "An approved application for a biologi...
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    Senate HELP Advances Bill to Reauthorize Pediatric PRV Program and Six Other Bills

    The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee on Wednesday advanced seven bills, including one that would reauthorize the rare pediatric priority review voucher (PRV) program through 2022, and one bill that would add the Zika virus to the tropical disease PRV program. The advancement of the bill sponsored by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) to extend the pediatric PRV program comes as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told the Government Accountability Office ...
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    FDA Looks to Bring Payers to the Table at Device Pre-submission Meetings

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on private health insurers and other payer groups that use clinical data to inform coverage decisions to participate in medical device pre-submission meetings to facilitate timelier access to new devices. The agency believes that including coverage organizations, such as private insurers and health technology assessment (HTA) bodies, early on will allow those organizations to discuss clinical trial design and evidence ...
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    FDA Plans Pilot Project on Clinical Outcome Assessments

    As part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) work on patient-focused drug development, the agency is launching a pilot project where it will collate and summarize clinical outcomes on a number of different diseases in one online resource. The clinical outcome assessment (COA) pilot project, announced Wednesday, is intended to be a starting point for companies considering how certain COAs might be used in clinical trials and early drug development. COAs for th...
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    FDA Ends Voluntary Audit Pilot Ahead of 'Fully Operational' MDSAP

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is discontinuing one of its audit-sharing pilots ahead of the launch of a "fully operational" Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) in 2017. FDA announced the changes in the Federal Register on Thursday, saying it "will no longer accept ISO 13485:2003 Voluntary Audit Report Submissions after March 31, 2016, to assist transitioning manufacturers over to MDSAP." ISO 13485:2003 Submission Pilot In 2010, FDA released ...
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    EMA Executive Director: Agency Ready for Challenges Ahead

    The newly reinstated head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Professor Guido Rasi, on Wednesday outlined his priorities for his new five-year term. In his first press briefing since being reinstated as Executive Director of EMA in November, Rasi says he sees three major factors that will set the tone during his term. First, Rasi says "our understanding of the human body and the underlying science [of medicine] has vastly grown" in recent years. To meet this chal...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: MHRA Phasing Out Use of CDs, DVDs in Submissions (30 November 2015)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. MHRA to Stop Accepting Submissions on Physical Media in February The United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is to stop accepting submissions for medicines licenses on physical media on 1 February 2016. MHRA has decided to drop support for physical media after talking to trade groups about the use of the format. Having completed the...
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    EMA Spells Out New Expectations for Adaptive Pathways Applications

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a new guidance to help companies applying to its adaptive pathways pilot. Background EMA launched its adaptive pathways pilot in 2014 to speed access to new medicines in areas of "high medical need" by leveraging existing approval pathways to support "early and progressive patient access" to new medicines. Under the pilot, drugs would either be authorized conditionally or in a staggered fashion by narrow indication befor...
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    MDSAP to Continue Past Pilot Phase in 2016

    Put simply, the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) isn't going anywhere when its pilot project ends in 2016, Kim Trautman, associate director, international affairs of the Office of the Center Director of CDRH at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), told attendees of RAPS' Regulatory Convergence on Wednesday. MDSAP is the international consortium of five regulators from the US, Australia, Japan (which came on board in June), Brazil and Canada looking to tr...
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    FDA Raises Fee Rate for Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Reviews for FY2016

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced that it would increase the rare pediatric disease priority review voucher fee rate for FY 2016 by about $200,000. The new rate -- $2,727,000 – is effective on 1 October and will remain in effect for the next year. FDA previously set the fee rates at $2,562,000 for FY 2015 and $2,325,000 for FY 2014. The new rate is based on FDA's estimate that the cost of a standard review for new molecular entity (NME) new dr...
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    Medical Device Audit Program Needs More Industry Involvement, Report Says

    A mid-pilot report on the international Medical Device Single Audit Program shows some progress, though work still needs to be done, particularly in terms of attracting industry participants before the expected operational launch in 2017, a recent report says. Background Back in January 2014, the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF), the regulators-only successor group to the Global Harmonization Task Force, launched a two-year pilot program ...
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    UK to Launch New Office for Market Access

    The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is launching a new office to promote market access for innovative products through early engagement with companies. A proposal and outline for the Office for Market Access (OMA) was approved by NICE's Board of Directors on 20 May 2015. Background When a new medicine is approved in the UK, NICE is responsible for conducting a health technology assessment (HTA) to measure its cost-effectiveness and determ...