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    FDA Issues New Guidance on Conflict of Interest for Advisory Committee Members

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued a new draft guidance detailing its approach to determining whether advisory committee members can participate in decisions when the appearance of a conflict might signal an actual conflict of interest. FDA maintains around 50 advisory committees, comprised of experts from outside the agency, to weigh in on specific scientific and medical issues. These committees are typically convened when FDA wants input on a n...
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    Woodcock: Antibiotics Pipeline is 'Fragile and Weak'

    At a congressional hearing in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said that current incentives are not enough to overcome the challenges of developing new drugs to fight bacterial infections. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is increasingly being recognized as a global threat to public health. In its 2014 Antimicrobial Resistance: Global Report on Surveilla...
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    FDA to Keep Device Advisory Committee Chair Despite Conflict of Interest

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted a waiver to allow the chairman of its Circulatory System Devices advisory panel to keep his position later this month despite a conflict of interest. Richard Page, chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, currently serves as chairman of the Circulatory System Devices advisory committee, which reviews and evaluates data concerning the safety and effective...
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    Public Citizen Sues FDA Over Redacted Advisory Committee Info

    The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is suing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in federal court over the agency's practice of redacting information in the curricula vitae (CV) of its advisory committee members. Public Citizen alleges that the redactions mask information about these outside experts that could reveal potential biases and provide relevant background on their professional qualifications, according to a complaint filed to the US District Court ...
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    Academic DMD Experts Criticize ‘Errors’ in FDA Ad Com Briefing Documents

    More than 35 medical professors and experts have criticized the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) review of a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) drug, citing errors in the agency’s advisory committee meeting briefing documents. At issue is Sarepta’s drug eteplirsen, which the company is seeking approval as the world’s first treatment for DMD, a rare and fatal genetic disorder afflicting about 15,000 boys in the US. The drug was initially supposed to go before the Pe...
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    Senators Slam Execs of Shkreli's Former Company Over Arbitrary Price Hike on Lifesaving Drug

    The Senate’s Special Committee on Aging held its second hearing on pharmaceutical pricing on Thursday, this time taking shots at executives of Martin Shkreli’s former company Turing Pharmaceuticals, which only exists because of a monopoly and 5,000% price hike on a toxoplasmosis drug first approved more than 50 years ago. The first panel of witnesses included a couple whose newborn was diagnosed with toxoplasmosis but after their insurers denied coverage for the drug, kn...
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    FDA Proposes New Databases to Monitor CAR T-Cell Safety Across INDs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to create two new databases that will allow it to look at safety and manufacturing information across multiple applications for products within a promising class of cancer immunotherapies called anti-CD19 CAR modified T-cells. FDA officials presented their proposal to pilot the databases last week during a meeting of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC), which is organized by the National Institutes of Health's (NIH...
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    Industry Seeks More Leniency in FDA Draft Guidance on Safety Assessments for INDs

    A number of drugmakers are calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be more flexible with sponsors in developing guidance on safety assessments for investigational new drug (IND) applications, according to comments published Wednesday on the draft document. The draft guidance from December calls on sponsors to create a safety assessment committee (SAC) to review safety information in a clinical development program and make recommendations to the sponsor ...
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    FDA Sees Spike in Gene and Cell Therapy Applications

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee (CTGTAC) met Tuesday to discuss updates of research programs in the Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapy (CTGT), which is part of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). The research updates came as Raj Puri, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Cellular, and Gene Therapies (DCGT) at CBER told the committee that although his division has only licensed 12 prod...
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    Senate Committee Advances Seven Bills Linked to Drug, Device Regulations and Research

    The Senate Health, Education Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP) on Tuesday advanced seven bills that could serve as piecemeal counterparts to House-passed Cures legislation from last year. The swath of new bills would, among other things, streamline the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) review process for innovative medical devices, bolster FDA's oversight of reusable devices, accelerate the approval process for some “targeted” rare disease drugs and aid the Nationa...
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    Post-Marketing Plans: An Often Overlooked Component of FDA Advisory Committee Meeting Discussions

    The article analyzes the proportion of FDA Advisory Committees specifically asked to discuss or vote on issues related to post-approval safety activities. Introduction Preparing effectively for a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee meeting requires the sponsor team's anticipation of discussion and voting topics FDA will pose to the advisory panel. Discussion topics and voting questions will influence information the team provides to the panel as w...
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    Senate Committee Considers Priority Reviews to Stem the Tide of Off-Patent Drug Price Hikes

    Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) hosted a hearing Wednesday to discuss steep price increases for some off-patent drugs and what can be done to ensure patients and hospitals can afford these drugs moving forward. The hearing, which is the first in a series that focuses on companies that, as Collins puts it, “act more like hedge funds than pharmaceutical companies,” follows letters sent to four specific companies – Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Turin...