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    Harvard Professors Call for Science-Based Pharma Marketing

    Two Harvard professors are taking issue with the recent landmark court decision allowing some "truthful and non-misleading" off-label pharmaceutical marketing in a new paper, saying “informativeness in asserting scientific facts, rather than truthfulness, ought to be the gold standard for evaluating commercial speech about pharmaceuticals.” Background The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) generally does not allow pharmaceutical companies to promote drugs for unappro...
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    MHRA Takes Action on LinkedIn Pharma Marketing

    The UK’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Friday said it has reprimanded the dermatology company Galderma after receiving an anonymous complaint about promotional material for a prescription drug shared on the social networking site LinkedIn. MHRA said it upheld the complaint as the UK, unlike the US, does not allow prescription-only medicines to be promoted to the public though it does allow advertisements for over-the-counter medicines, accor...
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    DOJ: Device Manufacturers Can Relay ‘Truthful’ Info on Unapproved Uses

    A US Department of Justice attorney for the first time explained in a set of jury instructions that it is legal for a device company or its sales representatives to provide doctors with “wholly truthful and non-misleading information” about off-label medical device uses. The jury instructions, filed earlier this month by Richard Durbin, Jr., the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas, explain what speech is illegal under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) in ...
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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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    Registration Procedures for Medicinal Products in China

    This article provides a high-level introduction to the Chinese regulatory framework, including requirements for marketing approval of imported drugs. An increasing number of pharmaceutical companies based outside China are interested in marketing their products in China as evidenced by the increasing number of clinical trial and marketing applications submitted by foreign companies. Obtaining marketing authorization approval equal to an Import Drug License (IDL) approv...
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    EMA Carries 2014 Momentum, Recommends 39 New Drugs and Sets Orphan Record

    In 2015, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) maintained its momentum from 2014 , granting 93 positive opinions, 39 of which were for new active substances. The agency also recommended 18 orphan drugs for approval, breaking last year's record of 17. Notably, EMA trailed just behind the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) for the year. In 2015, CDER approved 45 new drugs, 21 of which had been granted orphan drug designati...
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    Post-Marketing Plans: An Often Overlooked Component of FDA Advisory Committee Meeting Discussions

    The article analyzes the proportion of FDA Advisory Committees specifically asked to discuss or vote on issues related to post-approval safety activities. Introduction Preparing effectively for a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee meeting requires the sponsor team's anticipation of discussion and voting topics FDA will pose to the advisory panel. Discussion topics and voting questions will influence information the team provides to the panel as w...
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    European Commission to Evaluate EMA’s Fee System

    Late next year, the European Commission will begin reviewing the pharmaceutical company fee system that helps fund the European Medicines Agency (EMA). “The effectiveness and the efficiency of the system will be examined notably with respect to the sustainability and the fairness of the financial model of the fees charged by EMA to industry at large, including the remuneration paid by EMA to rapporteurs and experts from national competent authorities,” the commission sai...
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    EMA Spells Out New Expectations for Adaptive Pathways Applications

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a new guidance to help companies applying to its adaptive pathways pilot. Background EMA launched its adaptive pathways pilot in 2014 to speed access to new medicines in areas of "high medical need" by leveraging existing approval pathways to support "early and progressive patient access" to new medicines. Under the pilot, drugs would either be authorized conditionally or in a staggered fashion by narrow indication befor...
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    Report: Competition Quickly Follows First-In-Class Approvals

    By the time "first-in-class" drugs receive marketing approval in the US, nearly all later iterations of those products have begun clinical testing or filed a new drug application with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a new study by Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. The study, which compared 40 drug classes with a first-in-class approval between 1998 and 2011, found that the race for marketing approval for new classes of drugs and biol...
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    EMA Sets Up Two-Year Pilot Program on Patient Registries

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched an initiative focused on existing patient registries, with the aim of seeing how they can be better used as a source of post-authorization data, and how they can help to establish new registries. Background EMA defines a registry as a system using observational methods over time to collect uniform data on a population defined by a particular disease, condition, or exposure. A disease registry includes patients bas...
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    Landmark EU Court Ruling Ends Uncertainty Over Duration of Biotech Patent Protection

    Pharmaceutical and biotech companies are cheering a ruling issued earlier this week by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that essentially adds up to a couple days' worth of patent protection to medicinal products, but could mean millions of Euros for the companies. The ruling is concerned specifically with Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), which extend the duration of certain rights associated with a patent and are typically provided to compe...