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    Health policy experts call for stronger accelerated approval reforms

    The US Congress should take concerns raised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seriously and give the agency more authority around accelerated approvals, including the power to expedite the withdrawal of drugs from the market, according to a perspective article from three experts on drug regulation and health policy.   The perspective, written by Rachel E. Sachs, JD, MPH, of Washington University in St. Louis, Julie M. Donohue, PhD, of the University of Pittsbur...
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    This Week at FDA: Spring regulatory agenda, upcoming guidances, and more

    Welcome to another installment of This Week at FDA, your weekly source for updates – big and small – on FDA, drug and medical device regulation, and what we’re reading from around the web. This week, we get a glimpse at FDA’s Spring regulatory agenda and get tips on several upcoming guidances. Plus, we learn about a new 510(k) pilot program for CBER-regulated medical devices.   Next week, FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will ...
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    Burr chastises FDA at second Senate user fee hearing

    Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) continued to criticize the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failing to provide lawmakers a Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA V) deal and for not publishing meeting minutes with industry on time. His comments came during the second user fee reauthorization hearing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee.   On 26 April, the directors of FDA’s medical product centers sat before the HELP committee to ...
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    Shuren apologizes for MDUFA delay, says FDA will start closing the spigot on new EUAs

    The head of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) device center was criticized by top House lawmakers for not getting a Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA V) deal to them for review on time. He apologized for missing the statutory deadline and noted his staff have been slammed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   On 30 March, the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) subcommittee on health met to discuss renewing FDA’s MDUFA program . At the start of the meeting c...
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    MDUFA V: Commitment letter includes TPLC pilot, claw back provisions and more

    The new medical device user fee deal includes the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) total product lifecycle (TPLC) advisory program, or TAP, as well as new guidance development requirements and claw back provisions that let industry renegotiate fees. If signed into law as is, it would bring in $1.78-$1.9 billion over the next five years.   FDA finally published a commitment letter on 22 March summarizing the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA V) deal i...
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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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    FDA FY2021 user fee table

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published the user fee amounts it will collect in FY2021 from manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, generic drugs, biosimilars, medical devices and outsourcing facilities. The table below lists the user fees for each program:   FDA User Fee Table FY2021 Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI) FY2021 FY2020 Change Applications:            Requiring clinical data $2,875,842 $2,942,965 -$67,123 ...
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    PDUFA VII: FDA and industry set priorities in first round of negotiations

    After kicking off the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) reauthorization process in July, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released the first set of meeting summaries in its ongoing negotiations with industry that will shape its prescription drug review program from FY2023-2027.   The meeting summaries, while brief, provide insights into what FDA and industry hope to get out of the multi-billion-dollar agreement, with representatives from government ...
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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...