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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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    Three FDA Final Rules Slated for Release in May

    Although the final action dates for the three US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules are not set in stone, the agency has said it may finalize new regulations this month, which deal with medical device trial data, postmarket safety reporting requirements for combination products and revised regulations (pending for almost 10 years) on what companies must register establishments and list medical products. Device Trial Data The final rule on medical device clinical s...
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    Market Access in Europe: Bridging Regulatory and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Gaps

    This article introduces the roles of HTA bodies within the EU member states healthcare system and provides key elements to consider for manufacturers who would like to enter this geographical market. In addition, solutions to maximize the product development strategy are discussed with the intention of bridging regulatory and market access gaps. The rapid diffusion of health technologies has presented governments with unprecedented challenges to provide high quality an...
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    Updated: FDA Warns Banned Indian API Manufacturer Over Filth, Incomplete Complaint Records

    Mumbai-based active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer Polydrug Laboratories is quickly turning into the poster child for how to run afoul of nearly every major pharmaceutical regulator. This week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its warning letter for the company following an eight-day inspection in March 2015. The three major issues uncovered by FDA included the company’s failure to record or investigate quality-related customer compla...
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    FDA Releases Long-Awaited Draft Guidance on Biosimilar Labeling

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday unveiled draft guidance on biosimilar labels, which will rely heavily on their reference products’ labels, though the biologics industry will likely be happy that the labels must make certain clarifications about the biosimilar and reference product. At the outset of the 15-page guidance, FDA makes clear that biosimilar product labeling should not include a description of a clinical study that merely supports a demons...
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    Transparency: What FDA Drug, Device Regulations are Coming Later in 2016

    As part of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) overarching transparency initiative – what’s known as FDA Transparency Results Accountability Credibility Knowledge Sharing (TRACK) –  the agency offers a look at what to expect for upcoming proposed and final rulemakings, though the dates in the tracker do not necessarily guarantee the release of the rules. By 31 March, according to the TRACK database, the agency expects to release four final rules and three propose...
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    FDA Extends Deadline for Some UDI Requirements for Medical Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving manufacturers more time to remove drug codes from certain medical device labels in compliance with unique device identifier (UDI) requirements to avoid disrupting patient access to devices. Specifically, the agency says it will enforce a statutory prohibition on National Health Related Item Code (NHRIC) or National Drug Code (NDC) numbers for device labels and packaging for certain devices. In 2013, FDA issued its fin...
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    FDA and EMA Share Perspectives on Evaluating Ebola Treatments

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) have shared their perspectives on evaluating treatments for Ebola in two articles appearing in Clinical Trials . The articles discuss some of the challenges the Ebola outbreak presented for studying drugs and vaccines to treat the disease. At the time the outbreak began, no products existed to treat Ebola, and those that were in development had not been tested in humans. Study ...
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    How Do Two or More Packaged Devices Need to Comply With the UDI Rule? FDA Explains

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to shed more light on cases where two or more medical devices packaged together, in what the agency calls a “convenience kit,” would need to comply with unique device identifier (UDI) labeling requirements. According to the draft guidance, the term convenience kit, which the guidance attempts to adjust, “applies solely to two or more different medical devices packaged together for the convenience of the user where they...
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    Proposed Rule Would Revise Regulations on Fixed-Combination Drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing a new rule that would apply its regulations on prescription fixed-combination drugs to a variety of nonprescription fixed-combination and co-packaged drugs, as well as to combinations of over-the-counter active ingredients. Under its authority to require evidence demonstrating that prescription fixed-combination or co-packaged drugs and OTC ingredients provide enhanced safety or effectiveness and can be labeled as su...
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    Experts Call for New Regulatory Pathways for Antibiotics

    Faced with the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), experts are calling for more incentives to boost investment in new antibiotics. At the FDA/CMS Summit in Washington, DC today, representatives from several companies developing new antibiotic treatments said that while recent initiatives such as the Generating Antibiotics Now Act (GAIN Act) have helped revitalize investment in antibiotic development, more needs to be done to encourage research and deve...
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    Consumer Advocacy Group Warns on Orphan Provisions in 'Cures' Act

    Orphan drug provisions in the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act could increase US healthcare spending by billions of dollars over the next decade, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen warns, though the bill still remains in limbo in the Senate. The provisions in question would add an additional six months of marketing exclusivity for approved drugs that later go on to be approved to treat rare diseases. The extended period of exclusivity would apply to all indicati...