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    Makena Withdrawal? A Look at the Timeline and Other Accelerated Approvals

    Earlier this week, an FDA advisory committee recommended that the agency withdraw Amag Pharmaceutical’s preterm birth drug Makena, a treatment that brought in more than $1 billion in sales before failing a confirmatory trial. The agency is now faced with the task of whether to take the committee’s vote and pull Makena from the market or allow it to remain until another confirmatory trial can be completed. Keeping Makena on the market would also present a rare situation,...
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    Where are the Interchangeable Biosimilars?

    In June 2017, Leah Christl, former biosimilar lead at FDA, told a conference in Chicago that interchangeable biosimilars were likely coming to the US market within two years . And although no interchangeable biosimilar has been approved by FDA yet, and Christl has since moved on to Amgen , progress on interchangeable biosimilars has been made, albeit slowly, in the intervening years. Most recently, Boehringer Ingelheim announced that it has completed , as of last ...
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    Belgium Inspects Companies Delaying or Preventing Biosimilar Competition

    The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) said recently that it’s inspecting the premises of companies suspected of using restrictive practices to limit, delay or prevent the entry of biosimilar competition. While the authority did not offer any details into what companies are being inspected, the authority did say that this is a preliminary step into its investigation of such restrictive practices. “Conducting inspections does not prejudge the outcome of the investiga...
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    Will Some Biologics Get 30 Years of Exclusivity?

    As the wrangling over the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement continues, a provision to require Mexico and Canada to accept 10 years of biologic exclusivity stirred up controversy because it would be two more years than what Canada currently enjoys and add five more years for Mexico. In the US, biologic exclusivity is set at 12 years. But in reality, a 30-year run for a biologic without competition is possible, following a court win for Amgen last August. And 15-plus y...
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    House Bill Aims to Cut Insulin List Prices to 2006 Levels

    As patients who need insulin to live continue to struggle to obtain the increasingly costly injections, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) introduced a bill this week to lower insulin list prices to 2006 levels. The shift to 2006, according to DeGette, would lower the average list price for a vial of insulin from about $300 to approximately $68. A report released Thursday by the White House explains how in recent years the list price of insulin has increased dramatically, w...
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    FDA Advisory Committee Calendar

    Regulatory Focus is pleased to team with Tarius , a regulatory information services provider, to routinely offer information about upcoming FDA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings for CDER, CBER, and the Office of the Commissioner. Upcoming Meetings   13 September – Allergenic Products Advisory Committee   The committee will discuss and make recommendations on the safety and efficacy of Peanut [Arachis hypogaea] Allergen Powder manufactured by Ai...
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    Here Come the Oncology Biosimilars in the US: How Low Will Prices Go?

    A quick look at biopharma’s top-selling drugs (including forecasted sales through 2024) reveals a trio of biologic cancer treatments that have been marketed since 1997 and will likely bring in a cumulative total of more than $300 billion. But biosimilar competition for Roche’s Herceptin (trastuzumab), Avastin (bevacizumab) and Rituxan (rituximab) is now ready to launch in the US, and Bernstein biopharma analyst Ronny Gal said in a report issued Friday that prices over...
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    13 Keys to a Successful FDA Advisory Committee Meeting

    When the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has significant questions or concerns about clinical data submitted in support of a product under review, it often seeks input from independent academicians and clinicians outside the agency. For this reason, FDA has established Advisory Committees comprised of such experts in various therapeutic areas. Currently, there are 49 such standing committees. If your company is a sponsor of a product subject to Advisory Committee rev...
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    When FDA and Advisory Committees Disagree: Study Investigates Gaps

    While only about one in five US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new drug approvals or safety decisions run counter to outside advisory committee advice, a new study published Monday in the Milbank Quarterly looks further into what happens when both sides disagree. Of the 404 advisory committee meetings that involved voting questions (out of a total of 759 meetings between 2008 and 2015), the study looked at 376 meetings, with 271 (72%) for initial product approvals...
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    Another Biosimilar Approval From FDA, Another Unknown Launch Date

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved Pfizer’s Zirabev (bevacizumab-bvzr), the 21 st biosimilar in the US and the second for Roche’s cancer treatment Avastin (bevacizumab). But the launch date in the US for Zirabev, a treatment for five types of cancer, remains unknown, as does the launch date for its predecessor, Amgen’s Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb), approved in September 2017. Similarly, two Enbrel (etanercept) biosimilars have been approved, the f...
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    FDA Replaces Withdrawn Biosimilar Guidance With New One on Quality-Related Considerations

    A week after finalizing guidance on developing interchangeable biosimilars, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has drafted guidance for biosimilar developers on the use of comparative analytical studies that can be used to assess whether a proposed product is biosimilar to a reference product. The 28-page draft guidance revises a final guidance from 2015 on quality considerations for demonstrating biosimilarity and serves as a replacement for a 2017 draft gui...
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    Insulin Competition: FDA to Hold Public Meeting

    As insulin products continue to remain unaffordable for many, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 13 May will hold a day-long public meeting to discuss access to insulin and issues related to the development and approval of competitor products, including biosimilar and interchangeable insulin products. "We’re already seeing robust activity among sponsors seeking to bring forward biosimilar copies of insulin. The framework for demonstrating that these insulin pr...