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    Australia Looks to Improve Generic Drug Authorization Process

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced Thursday that it’s considering a range of options to improve the generic medicine registration process. Chief among those options is TGA’s consideration to allow the use of overseas reference product in bioequivalence studies, as currently the reference product used in such studies must be an existing medicine approved in Australia. “Our requirements are largely consistent with comparable overseas regulator...
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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Developing Drugs for Rare Chronic Digestive Disorder

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on Wednesday to aid sponsors in the clinical development of drugs and biologics for the treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). The 13-page draft guidance document describes the agency’s clinical trial recommendations for EoE drugs. These relate to trial population and design, safety and efficacy considerations, clinical outcomes assessments, as well as pediatric considerations. The clinical developmen...
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    ICH Seeks to Harmonize Generic Drug Standards

    With an aim to harmonize the technical and scientific standards for generic drugs across borders, the International Council on Harmonization (ICH) on Wednesday released a reflection paper outlining an approach to begin supporting such efforts. The reflection paper offers recommendations to develop a series of ICH guidelines on standards for demonstrating bioequivalence for non-complex and more complex dosage forms and products. It also describes the remit of the Informa...
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    New Formulations Can Delay Generic Drug Entry, Study Finds

    A new study in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy finds that the introduction of new formulations of drugs often delays the introduction of generic competitors by two or more years.   The study, authored by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital's Program on Regulation, Therapeutics and Law (PORTAL), tracked 17 small molecule drugs approved in 2002 over the course of 15 years to see how the introduction of new formulation...
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    Mylan Wins FDA Approval for First Advair Generic

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late Wednesday approved the first generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair Diskus (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol inhalation powder) for the twice-daily treatment of asthma in patients aged four years and older and maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction and reducing exacerbations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Generating almost $80 billion in sales since its initial launch, competi...
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    House E&C Questions Insulin Manufacturers

    The House Committee on Energy and Commerce (E&C) on Wednesday sent letters to the three insulin manufacturers serving the US: Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi, seeking more information on the root causes of the rising cost of insulin. First discovered more than 100 years ago, average insulin prices nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013 and then nearly doubled between 2012 and 2016, with patients bearing the brunt of those price spikes. Now, just a day after two moth...
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    House, Senate Hearings Address Pharmaceutical Prices

    The House Oversight Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday held hearings addressing the rising cost of prescription drugs, with both committees featuring mothers of insulin-dependent children, including one whose daughter died because of rationing due to the cost of insulin. Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and others stressed the need for an investigation into the rising cost of insulin. “We need to continue to have a strong research engine ...
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    Democrats, Republicans Unveil Drug Pricing Bills

    As a new Congressional term kicks off, Democrats and Republicans in Congress, as well as the Trump administration, are pushing policies to lower prescription drug prices.   On Wednesday, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced a bill, dubbed the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2019, that would allow for Americans to import drugs from Canada. The bill mirrors the bill by the same name championed by the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ...
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    FDA's Record Year: A Look at 2018 New Drug Approvals

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set an all-time record for new drug approvals in 2018 with 59 novel drugs and biologics approved by the agency's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).   The number of new molecular entities (NMEs) and biologics approved by CDER surpassed the agency's previous record of 53 approvals in 1996 and is a significant jump over the 46 new drugs approved in 2017 . Those figures do not include products approved by FDA's Center...
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    FDA Withdraws Proposed Rule on Generic Label Changes

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday withdrew a proposed rule on label changes for generic drugs after concerns were raised by commenters and FDA resources were considered. The proposed rule from 2013 would have allowed abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) holders for generic drugs to independently update and promptly distribute revised product labeling to reflect newly acquired safety-related information, even if the revised labeling may temporarily...
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    EMA Recommends When Drugmakers Should Consult With Pediatric Research Network

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday released recommendations from its European network of pediatric research (Enpr)-EMA working group on opportunities during various stages of development to consult with pediatric research groups.   “Enpr-EMA suggests that all companies consider using these opportunities in a spirit of shared learning about the best way to collaborate during [pediatric investigation plan] planning,” EMA writes, noting that companies can benef...
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    Generic and Branded Industry Groups Spar Over EU SPC Waiver Proposal

    The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) on Monday voted to adopt a draft opinion supporting changes to an amendment that would allow for manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPCs).   In the EU, SPCs extend the 20-year patent protection period for medicines by adding up to five additional years of market exclusivity to approved drugs and biologics. The additional exclusivity period is meant to compensate for the lapse be...