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    Petition to FDA Seeks to Modify Trial Regulations Following Deaths

    A petition submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 has been updated recently, as it seeks to reform FDA requirements for investigational new drug (IND) applications, investigational device exemptions (IDEs) and new drug applications (NDAs). In a letter submitted in April, the Center for Responsible Science noted 19 treatment-related deaths in clinical trials from July 2016 through April 2017. Among those were five clinical trial participants w...
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    Law Firm Challenges FDA on Combination Product Appeals

    Healthcare law firm Epstein Becker & Green (EBG) is calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve how it handles challenges to its designation decisions for combination products. In a citizen petition sent to FDA last week, the firm says that lengthy delays for such appeals negatively affects both product sponsors and patients by delaying the launch of new combination products. Background Combination products, or products that combine two or more diff...
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    Public Citizen Warns 'Right to Try' Gives Patients False Hope

    Advocacy nonprofit Public Citizen is calling on members of Congress to oppose several "right to try" bills, warning that the bills would undermine the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and provide false hope to patients. In recent years more than 30 states have adopted right to try laws that seek to provide terminally ill patients access to unapproved drugs, with several new congressional efforts to create a federal right to try program. The White House has signaled...
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    FDA Revises Bioequivalence Guidance for Generic Durezol Following Novartis Petition

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday revised its draft bioequivalence (BE) guidance detailing the agency's expectations for generic versions of Durezol (difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion) in response to a citizen petition from Alcon and its parent company Novartis. In 2008, FDA approved Sirion Therapeutics' Durezol, a corticosteroid, to treat inflammation and pain associated with ocular surgery. Two years later, Alcon acquired the rights to Durezol from S...
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    Public Citizen Petitions FDA to Pull Some IV Solutions

    Consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen on Wednesday petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately require the removal of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) intravenous (IV) solutions from the market because their risks outweigh their limited benefits and there are other, safer alternative IV solutions. According to the petition, there are two main categories of IV solutions: crystalloid and colloid. Colloidal solutions, including HES, have largely the...
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    FTC: Shire ViroPharma Abused FDA Citizen Petition Process, Delaying Generics

    The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday filed a complaint against Shire ViroPharma for blocking and delaying the marketing of generic versions of its antibiotic Vancocin (vancomycin), which first won FDA approval in 1986. “Facing the threat of generic competition to its lucrative franchise, ViroPharma inundated the FDA with regulatory and court filings—forty-six in all—to delay the FDA’s approval of generic Vancocin Capsules. That number is, by far, the mo...
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    FDA Withdraws Proposed Rule on Public Disclosure of Info on Unapproved Gene Therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule from 2001 that would have required the public disclosure of summaries of safety and effectiveness data, in addition to other information, from pre-market clinical trials of gene therapies and transplanted non-human tissues to humans, known as xenotransplantation. “FDA has reconsidered our position on this issue and deemed our concerns from 2001 outdated. We will continue to ...
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    FDA Declines PhRMA Changes, Offers Final Rule on Citizen Petitions Delaying Generic Approvals

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced a final rule amending regulations on citizen petitions that would ensure the agency does not delay the approval of a pending generic drug or biosimilar because of such petitions, unless that delay is necessary to protect the public health. The final rule, which is effective 9 January 2017, implements section 505(q) of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act (FD&C Act), which governs the manner in which FDA ...
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    Senator Seeks More From Mylan on Intent to Repress Teva’s EpiPen Generic

    Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on Tuesday sent a letter to Mylan CEO Heather Bresch seeking more details, including e-mail communications, on the ways that Mylan attempted to keep Teva’s generic EpiPen from coming to market. Background As part of an attempt to quell the furor over its more than 400% price increase for its life-saving EpiPen, Mylan announced in August that it would soon launch an authorized generic version of its autoinjector for half the price of the brand-n...
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    FDA Reiterates Concerns on Citizen Petitions Delaying Drug Approvals

    Although only one abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) and one 505(b)(2) application were delayed in 2015 because of citizen petitions, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reiterated its concerns that the petitions do not raise valid scientific issues and are only being used to delay the approval of competing products, according to the Thursday release of the FY 2015 report to Congress on approval delays from citizen petitions. In 2015, FDA notes that it ap...
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    FDA’s Punt on Finalizing the Generic Drug Labeling Rule: Experts Debate

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) again pushed back (from later this summer until April 2017) its finalization of a contentious rule that would allow generic drug companies to update labels like their brand name counterparts. An FDA spokeswoman told Focus that the new date for the finalized rule is a “projected” date “that may be adjusted to reflect ongoing work,” though she could not offer any specifics on why this date was pushed back for this rule. The pro...
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    Public Citizen Sues FDA Over Redacted Advisory Committee Info

    The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is suing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in federal court over the agency's practice of redacting information in the curricula vitae (CV) of its advisory committee members. Public Citizen alleges that the redactions mask information about these outside experts that could reveal potential biases and provide relevant background on their professional qualifications, according to a complaint filed to the US District Court ...