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    New FDA Drug Approvals: Breaking Down the Numbers

    If a decline in US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals of new pharmaceuticals is a bad sign for the industry, then 2016 was the worst year since 2010. And with only 18 FDA decisions on new drugs expected in 2017, according to BioPharma Catalyst , the number of FDA approvals may continue to decline to a level the industry has not seen since 2007, when 18 new molecular entities (NMEs) and new biologic license applications (BLAs) were approved. But as John ...
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    FDA’s Office of New Drugs Director to Retire

    After nearly 25 years of service at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), John Jenkins , M.D., Director of the Office of New Drugs (OND), will retire from the federal government on 6 January 2017. For the past 15 years, Jenkins has led OND in its difficult tasks of setting US standards for new drugs’ safety and efficacy, overseeing the clinical testing of investigational drugs and reviewing marketing applications under Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) time...
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    FDA’s Jenkins on Decline in New Drug Approvals in 2016: Not due to Standards Shift

    With less than half the number of new drugs approved in 2016 ( 19 so far ) when compared to 2015 (45 total ), John Jenkins, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of New Drugs, told attendees Friday at a Prevision Policy conference in Washington, DC, that the decline has not been due to a shift in the agency’s standards or policies. “There are fewer applications in front of us to act upon,” Jenkins said, noting that although he cannot discuss in...
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    FDA Looks to Decrease Adverse Events With New Home-Use Device Label Database

    As part of efforts to reduce an increasing number of adverse events from home-use medical devices, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to create an online database of all such device labels and to require companies to submit the labels and package inserts in an electronic format.  The shift comes as FDA reviewers claim that the agency receives reports of approximately three to five of the most serious types of adverse events (deaths, fires, explosions...
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    A Look Into the Future: FDA Wants to Know What’s Coming for Scientific Advances

    New advances in gene editing, precision medicine and synthetic biology are all likely to have a major impact on how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shapes its regulations in the near- and long-term. Now, FDA is formally asking interested parties to offer some fresh perspectives on these and other emerging technologies and cross-cutting scientific advances that could be of importance to FDA, with a focus on areas that may impact FDA in five to 10 years. “FDA's ...
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    FDA Warns Japanese Company for Impeding Inspection

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Japanese active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) maker Nippon Fine Chemical Co., Ltd for impeding an FDA investigator from conducting an inspection of the company's facility in Takasago City, Japan, last December. According to FDA, Nippon Fine Chemical employees physically blocked an FDA investigator from conducting portions of the inspection, refused to hand over records and prevented FDA from taking photographs of eq...
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    Prescription Drug and Biosimilar User Fees to See Major Discounts in 2017

    As an increasing number of new drug applications (NDAs) and biologic license applications (BLAs) are expected to be submitted in 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lowered some of the application fees by more than $300,000. For 2017, the fee for an NDA requiring clinical data or a biosimilar application requiring clinical data will be $2,038,100, which is $336,100 less than the $2.37 million fee from 2016 . For an NDA not requiring clinical data or a ...
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    Obama Signs Chemical Safety Bill Into Law

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will overhaul, for the first time in 40 years, the way chemical substances are regulated in the US. Although the new law, which updates the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, deals with regulations governed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rather than the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it integrates principles to replace and reduce animal-based tests with human-relevant methods to asse...
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    EU Council and Parliamentary Committees Sign Off on New Medical Device, IVD Regulations

    The European Council's Permanent Representatives Committee and the European Parliament’s Environment and Health Committee on Wednesday endorsed the agreement reached on the continent’s new medical device and  in vitro diagnostic (IVD) regulations, a day after the draft versions of the texts were released. Following a legal-linguistic review of the two documents planned for September, the Council and Parliament could adopt the two draft regulations by the end of 2...
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    8 Pieces of Advice for New Regulatory Professionals

    The sheer volume of laws, regulations and guidance documents covering medicines and medical technology means new regulatory professionals have a lot to learn. Even those who have regulatory experience may find themselves behind a steep learning curve when taking on new responsibilities or switching jobs. What should new regulatory professionals or those changing product lines or industries do to position themselves for success? David Chadwick, PhD, RAC, FRAPS, who is ...
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    House Looks to Reform Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher Program

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday passed by voice vote an amendment (to an unrelated bill on hospital preparedness for dangerous threats) that would significantly change the priority review voucher (PRV) program for tropical diseases. Background Since 2009, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued nine PRVs to reward companies for developing new drugs to treat rare pediatric and tropical diseases with a voucher that can be sold on the op...
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    New Zealand to Overhaul Regulatory System, Will Rely on Other Regulators' Approval of 'Cutting Edge' Products

    The government of New Zealand is working to completely overhaul its regulatory system for healthcare products by drafting new legislation to replace the country's Medicines Act of 1981 . The major changes being proposed are intended to modernize New Zealand's regulatory system by making it more flexible and efficient, while filling in "significant gaps in coverage" for medical devices and cell and tissue therapies. The plan would also allow New Zealand to recognize the...