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    FDA, EMA tout benefits of parallel scientific advice program

    Regulators described how the parallel scientific advice (PSA) program offered by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) saves sponsors time and resources by bringing both health authorities to the table to hammer out solutions to complex scientific issues arising from their drug development packages at a 16 March webinar held by FDA’s Small Business and Industry Assistance (SBIA) program.   The goal of the PSA program is to ...
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    With Drug Shortages in Mind, UK Looks to Block Some Parallel Exports

    As part of efforts to prevent drug shortages ahead of a possible no-deal Brexit, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Thursday published a list of 24 medicines that cannot be parallel exported from the UK. The list includes drugs like the hormone therapies estradiol and levonorgestrel, the antiviral oseltamivir, adrenaline, the blood thinner rivaroxaban and the high blood pressure medicine prazosin, among others. The reason why the UK...
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    EMA Expands Online Portal for Parallel Distribution Submissions

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday announced that going forward, parallel distributors will be required to use its recently launched secure online portal, known as Iris, to manage and submit parallel distribution notifications.   Background   Parallel distribution, also known as re-exportation, is a process by which companies in the EU distribute centrally authorized medicines between member states, independent of their marketing authorization holder (...
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    Barriers to FDA and CMS Parallel Reviews: Fear and Bandwidth, Shuren Says

    Medical device companies should want to streamline the process of getting their products reviewed simultaneously by the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - so why aren’t they? Jeff Shuren, director of CDRH late Monday told attendees of JP Morgan’s annual conference that he thinks fear and a limited amount of CMS staff are two reasons that the parallel review ...
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    FDA, CMS: Second Parallel Review Decision Ever for NGS Test

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Thursday announced joint approval and coverage decisions for Foundation Medicine's FoundationOne CDx next generation sequencing (NGS) based test. The test was reviewed under FDA and CMS' parallel review program, and is only the second test to be approved and cleared under the program since its inception in 2011, the first being Exact Sciences' Cologuard colorectal cance...
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    EMA, EUnetHTA Sign Off on Three-Year Work Plan

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) on Monday detailed their priorities for the next three years in a joint work plan. Much of the 2017-2020 work plan builds on previous and ongoing efforts to streamline processes between regulators and health technology assessment (HTA) bodies. "By working together, EMA and EUnetHTA help medicine developers to improve clinical research and become more efficient in...
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    FDA and CMS Parallel Reviews of Devices to Continue

    A pilot program intended to reduce the time between clearance and Medicare coverage for innovative medical devices will continue on indefinitely, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Friday. The program, known as parallel review, allows device makers to request a simultaneous, overlapping review by the two agencies with the goal of reducing the time between receiving a pre-market approval (PMA) or t...
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    NICE to Charge up to £282,000 for Each New Drug Assessment

    The UK’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) plans to charge pharmaceutical companies new fees of up to £282,000 for each cost-effectiveness assessment for a new medicine beginning next year. News of the new fees stirred controversy in London’s Sunday Times , and a NICE spokesman emailed Focus on Monday with NICE Chief Executive Sir Andrew Dillon’s response to that story on the fees for technology appraisal and guidance: “Charging pharmaceutica...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Proposes Sourcing Requirements for Drug, Device Companies (3 May 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Proposes Sourcing Requirements for Drug, Device Firms as Traceability Agenda Gathers Pace The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released another piece of its proposed strategy for implementing a traceability system across the country. In the latest text, the regulator has set out plans to make drug manufacturers assess the quality of their raw material sup...
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    FDA Looks to Bring Payers to the Table at Device Pre-submission Meetings

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on private health insurers and other payer groups that use clinical data to inform coverage decisions to participate in medical device pre-submission meetings to facilitate timelier access to new devices. The agency believes that including coverage organizations, such as private insurers and health technology assessment (HTA) bodies, early on will allow those organizations to discuss clinical trial design and evidence ...
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    EMA Launches Parallel Distribution Database

    To boost transparency for re-exported drugs, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has created a new publicly available online register for parallel distribution notices. Background Parallel distribution, often referred to as re-exportation, allows companies in the EU to distribute centrally authorized medicines between member states, independent of their marketing authorization holder. This practice makes it possible for cheap drugs in one Member State to be distributed ...
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    FDA Announces First-Ever Approval Under CMS Parallel Review Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have jointly approved the first-ever product through a parallel review pilot program that seeks to accelerate the process by which device products obtain government reimbursement decisions. Background The pilot program, known as Parallel Review , was conceived in October 2011 as a way to allow companies to get their products from an investigational stage to reimbursement ...