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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...
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    Preparing for an FDA Advisory Committee Approval Meeting

    This article discusses the nuances of FDA Advisory Committee approval meetings and provides an interpretive overview of what regulatory professionals need to know to prepare for a meeting. Introduction The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) define an Advisory Committee simply as a group of external experts convened to offer advice to the agency. However, in realty, the practice is more complicated. In other places on its website, FDA states Advisory Committees can ...
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    Health Advocacy Groups Call for Changes to Priority Review Voucher Program

    A group of health advocacy organizations are calling on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) to tighten requirements for obtaining priority review vouchers for drugs for tropical diseases. In a letter addressed to HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on Tuesday, seven organizations including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), Center for Global Health Policy, TB Alliance, Treatment Acti...
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    FDA Defends Plans to Regulate LDTs at House Hearing

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making it clear to Congress that it's up to the task of regulating lab developed tests (LDTs). Speaking at a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing today, Jeffrey Shuren, director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) defended the agency's plan saying, "Getting the right treatment to the right patient at the right time depends on having accurate, reliable and clinically validated tests." Unlike traditi...
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    Practices and Preferences of FDA Medical Device Advisory Committee Members

    This article describes, based on survey results, how Medical Device Advisory Committee members prepare for meetings and key factors influencing their thinking. For many Premarket Approval (PMA) submissions and supplements, a Medical Device Advisory Committee panel meeting is a required step toward product approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the last five years, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has followed the advice of its co...
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    EMA Committee Finds No Link Between HPV Vaccines and Rare Conditions

    After reviewing the safety profile of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, a European Medicines Agency's (EMA) committee found no evidence the vaccines cause two rare conditions in young women, concluding that "there is no reason to change the way the vaccines are used." PRAC Review There are currently three centrally-authorized HPV vaccines in the EU – Gardasil/Silgard, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix – to protect against cervical cancer and other HPV related conditions. Upon...
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    Evolution of Advertising and Promotion Review Systems

    This article addresses the evolution of review systems used for advertising and promotion materials. Promotional review and approval, at its root, is designed to ensure all marketing and sales materials for pharmaceuticals are compliant with established legal, regulatory and medical standards, as well as company policies and procedures. Pharmaceutical companies employ cross-functional teams applying standard principles of education and training and good judgment to eva...
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    Stories From the Promotional Review Battlefront

    This article shares advertising and promotion experiences and presents strategies to improve a team's performance. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… sounds like an ad/prom review team meeting. Many companies have a cross-functional team responsible for reviewing and approving advertising and promotional materials. This team and their meetings are known by many names: Promotional Review Committee (PRC), Medical/Legal/Regulatory (MLR), Medical/R...
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    Do Public Hearing Participants Influence Outcomes of FDA Advisory Committee Meetings?

    This article discusses the importance of the open public hearing portion of an FDA Advisory Committee meeting. Many regulatory changes have impacted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process for new drugs and medical devices, including the requirement from the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act for an Advisory Committee review. Advisory Committees provide the agency with advice from outside experts on issues related to drugs, biological prod...
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    Two-Day FDA Advisory Committee Meeting to Address Drug Compounding Questions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a two-day public advisory committee meeting on 27 and 28 October to look into updating a list of bulk drug substances that should not be compounded, and another list of substances that can be compounded. Background The  Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA)  of 2013 was passed in the wake of a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis caused by  deficient compounding practices  at a Massachusetts-based company. Historicall...