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    FDA revises MAPPs on data standards program, scientific interest groups

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) recently issued two revised documents for its Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP): one addresses updated procedures for its data standards program and the other covers operational procedures for scientific interest groups (SIG).   The 10-page MAPP on data standards governance discusses the operating model to support the implementation of CDER’s data standards program. It r...
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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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    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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    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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    FDA Halts All US Sales of Surgical Mesh

    Following thousands of patient lawsuits and a spike in adverse event reports, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday ordered the manufacturers of all remaining surgical mesh products indicated for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) to stop selling and distributing their products in the US immediately. Since FDA reclassified surgical mesh products to class III (high risk) in 2016, the agency said the two manufacturers, Boston Scientific ...
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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...