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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Heart Failure Treatment Endpoints

    As heart failure afflicts 6.5 million in the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released draft guidance on the agency’s current thinking on developing drugs to treat heart failure. While noting that there are no effective treatments for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), which represents about 50% of heart failure cases, FDA says up front that the 7-page draft has two purposes: to make clear that an effect on symptoms or physical...
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    New California Law Requires Posted Notices of Non-FDA Approved Stem Cell Products

    California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed into law a bill that requires health providers to post notices in their offices when they are administering stem cell treatments that have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The law is part of efforts to crack down on the use and sale of unapproved stem cell treatments, some of which are being hawked as cures for a range of diseases with few or no treatment options, like ALS, autism and spina...
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    New Texas Law on Stem Cell Treatments: Showdown With FDA Coming?

    With a new Texas law now in the books to allow companies to sell unproven stem cell treatments without US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, some experts wonder when FDA will step in to shut down companies and clinics exposing people to unapproved medical products. Similar to the “Right to Try” laws spreading across the US and attempting to undercut FDA’s regulation of investigational products, the Texas law , which had been brewing in some form since...
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    FDA Warns 14 Companies for Selling Fake Cancer Treatments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released warning letters sent to 14 US-based companies for selling dozens of unapproved cancer treatments online and through social media. The companies, FDA says, have 15 days to respond with plans to address the violations or face possible criminal prosecution, including up to a year in federal prison and fine of $100,000 or twice the companies' gains on the fraudulent products. The agency is also advising patients ...
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    FDA Warning Letter Reveals Data and Sterility Issues at Teva Plant in Hungary

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released the warning letter it sent to Israel-based Teva Pharmaceuticals earlier this month, noting instances of data deletion and manipulation at the company’s manufacturing site in Gödöllő, Hungary. Last week, Teva disclosed in an SEC filing that it had received a warning letter on 14 October (four months after the site was banned from shipping products to the US), but now the details of that letter have revealed...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Begins Review of First Herceptin Biosimilar (1 September 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EUnetHTA Nears Start of Third Phase of HTA Cooperation Agenda The European network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) is on the cusp of entering the third phase of its agenda. Members of the European Commission and the Dutch National Health Care Institute began a 30-day countdown to the official start of the program by signing a grant agreement.  When the of...
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    Researchers: Patient Reported Outcomes for Heart Failure Fail to Meet FDA Criteria

    A team of researchers say that no currently available patient-reported outcomes for heart failure meet the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) criteria for supporting product approval. In a recently published review in the Journal of the American College of Cardiologists , the researchers checked the patient-reported outcomes against nine criteria adapted from the 14 listed in FDA's 2009 guidance, Patient-Reported Outcome Measures: Use in Medical Product Developme...
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    Judge Overrules FDA, Allows Trial for Terminally Ill Patient at Questionable Clinic to Resume

    A US District Court Judge late Tuesday overturned a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hold on a clinical trial for at least one patient with an incurable brain tumor, though the institute running the trial has been cited by FDA with numerous warning letters and criticized for offering false hopes to desperate patients for more than 30 years. “The full clinical hold imposed by the Defendant [FDA] is lifted as to treatment for Eugene Neil Fachon for DIPG [Diffuse Intr...
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    Researchers Urge Caution on Expanding Priority Review Voucher Programs

    As Congress looks to further expand current priority review voucher (PRV) programs (and even create entirely new ones), researchers are now cautioning that the worth of the vouchers could decline significantly and diminish incentives to develop drugs for neglected diseases. Background Since 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a handful of special "priority review" vouchers to pharmaceutical and biotech companies developing drugs and biologics fo...
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    EMA Offers New Draft Guidance on Developing Treatments for Chronic Heart Failure

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released new draft guidance for public consultation on the clinical development of new drugs to treat chronic heart failure (CHF). The new draft is meant to update previous guidance, known as “Note for guidance on clinical investigation of medicinal products for the treatment of cardiac failure,” in order to differentiate the types of heart failure between reduced and preserved ejection fraction, call for companies to inclu...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: UK Plans Off-Label, Experimental Drug Database (4 February 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. UK Government Backs Plan to Create Database of Off-Label and Experimental Treatments The United Kingdom government has thrown its weight behind legislation that would result in the creation of a database of innovative treatments being carried out by doctors in England, including both off-label uses of existing drugs and tests of unlicensed, experimental therapies. Official...
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    Bill Would Give Some Reformulated Drugs Extra Protection from Generics

    New legislation introduced in the US House of Representatives would give some pharmaceutical products an extra two years of marketing exclusivity if their sponsors are able to demonstrate that the redesigned or reformulated drugs improve adherence, decrease abuse or otherwise make the drug safer to take. Background The bill, the Promoting Access for Treatments Ideal in Enhancing New Therapies (PATIENT) Act of 2015 , was introduced in the House on 13 March 2015 by Rep...