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    PDUFA VII commitment letter: RWE, rare diseases see renewed attention

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released the commitment letter outlining performance goals and procedures for the upcoming reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments for FYs 2023-2027 (PDUFA VII).   The agency also announced a public meeting on the reauthorization, scheduled for the afternoon of 28 September. Registration for the meeting, which will be held virtually, is free.   Many of the concepts and programs the agency di...
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    Researchers: France could teach the US lessons in biosimilar pricing

    The US should look to the French healthcare system for lessons in reducing biosimilar pricing, according to a recent paper published in Health Affairs .   James C. Robinson, of the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley, and colleagues said the US “lacks consistent incentives for physicians to prescribe low-price biosimilars and for manufacturers to compete using price reductions” and that the slow up...
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    FDA's FY2022 Senate funding bill clears Appropriations committee

    The Senate Appropriations committee has completed its markup of the FY2022 budget for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), advancing by a 25-5 vote a bill that would hold the agency to a $200 million increase in its budget authority.   The bill exited the Appropriations subcommittee responsible for FDA funding on Monday with no objections to the Senate’s proposed 6% increase for the agency over FY2021 figures. (RELATED: Senate subcommittee advances FY2022 FDA f...
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    EFPIA, others question EC's proposed orphan and pediatric drug development updates

    An initiative by the European Commission (EC) to boost the development of pediatric drugs and medicines for people with rare diseases has received stakeholder feedback that in many cases expresses concern with the proposed upending of the status quo.   A 60-day period of public consultation for the initiative’s roadmap closed at the end of July; in all, 112 comments were received from individuals, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public authorities, medical socie...
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    FDA approves Semglee as first biosimilar interchangeable insulin

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first interchangeable biosimilar product, giving the designation to a once-daily insulin product to treat diabetes.   FDA’s designation of Semglee (insulin glargine-yfgn, Mylan) as interchangeable with Lantus (insulin glargine, Sanofi) means that Semglee may now be substituted for the reference product at the pharmacy “without the intervention of the prescriber,” noted FDA in a Wednesday evening press release ...
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    RECON: FDA halts Pepaxto trials; Pfizer nears $8B in vax sales for Q2

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Pfizer sells $7.8 billion in Covid shots in the second quarter, raises 2021 guidance on vaccine sales ( CNBC ) AstraZeneca castoff draws $123M wager on CXCR2 antagonist as Arena lines up a buyout option ( Endpoints ) Opinion: US FDA Should Take Its Time With COVID Vaccine BLAs ( Pink Sheet ) Biden Is Considering A Vaccine Or Testing Mandate For Federal Workers...
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    EMA addresses comparative quality assessment methods

    An updated reflection paper from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) tackles how statistics should be used in drug development when a comparative assessment of quality attributes needs to be made.   The paper touches on issues that arise both in the development of small molecules and in work being done in the area of biosimilars, where tricky manufacturing challenges and mutable organic molecules make defining the concept of “similarity” a challenge.   EMA’s human ...
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    Recon: Abbvie and Calico craft $1B deal; Purdue creditors sign deal to shield Sacklers

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US How Biogen found a believer: At the FDA, a hard-nosed regulator was won over on controversial Alzheimer’s drug ( STAT ) AbbVie hits go on $1B re-upped Calico deal as the Google life science spin-out continues I-O, neuro push ( Fierce ) Biden wants to bolster the pharma supply chain. A major generic plant closing may make that harder ( STAT ) CDC to reverse ind...
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    Recon: Shape Therapeutics' $112M gene therapy play; Incyte's cancer drug flops at FDA

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US At the FDA’s urging, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are expanding their studies of children 5 to 11 ( NYT ) Bristol Myers withdraws Opdivo in liver cancer as fallout from FDA meeting continues ( Biopharma Dive ) Shelling out $5B+, PerkinElmer pays the big bucks for antibody and reagent player ( Endpoints ) House Democrats expand probe into political interference ...
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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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    Nouryant garners negative CHMP opinion for Parkinson's disease

    The human medicines committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended two new medicines for approval during its July meeting; the committee also recommended four extensions of therapeutic indication and issued a negative opinion on one medicine.   Genzyme’s Nexviadyme (avalglucosidase alfa) was recommended by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) to treat glycogen storage disease type II, also known as Pompe disease. Nexviadyme had receiv...
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    EC announces €120 million in Horizon Europe funding

    The European Commission (EC) has pruned the list of COVID-19-related research projects it plans to fund, announcing Thursday a short list of 11 projects that will receive €120 million in total.   Funding for the projects will come from Horizon Europe, a research and innovation program that launched in 2021 and is planned to sunset by 2027. The program supports “urgent research” into COVID-19 with a focus on the emerging threats of variants of SARS-CoV-2, according to...