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    Industry Supports FDA Proposal to Create New Office of Patient Affairs

    Industry groups BIO and TransCelerate, as well as companies GlaxoSmithKline and Shire, have offered their support for the creation of a new office at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) focused on patient affairs. The idea for the new Office of Patient Affairs (OPA), proposed in March , is part of the agency’s efforts to offer "a single, central entry point to the Agency for the patient community," as well as "triage and navigation services for inbound inquir...
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    EMA to Continue to Allow Patient Involvement in CHMP Meetings

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Monday that it will continue to allow patients to offer viewpoints during the assessments of the benefits and risks of medicines before its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). In addition to continuing to invite patients to oral explanations on a case-by-case basis, EMA will also look to use additional methods and consult patients on a more regular basis. "This could include participating in CHMP discuss...
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    FDA Considers Creating New 'Office of Patient Affairs'

    As part of efforts to better capture patients' perspectives, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday said it is considering establishing an "Office of Patient Affairs," to be tasked with supporting and coordinating patient engagement across the agency. The move to create the office would be part of the agency’s efforts to offer “a single, central entry point to the Agency for the patient community,” as well as “triage and navigation services for inbound inqu...
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    FDA Discusses Upcoming Proposed Rule on One-Page Patient Medication Information

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gathered on Thursday at DIA's advertising and promotion conference in Washington, DC, to discuss recent research, guidance for industry and enforcement action on pharmaceutical and medical device advertising and promotion. The new administration’s impact on FDA was not discussed, though some officials discussed how FDA is moving forward with initiatives begun under President Barack Obama’s administration. Elizabe...
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    21st Century Cures Act Deadlines Approach in March and June

    The massive 21st Century Cures Act, rushed to passage in the waning days of President Barack Obama’s presidency, features a whole host of provisions that will take years for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to digest and implement, but it also includes several provisions that must be addressed by 13 March. Among those provisions of the law that must be acted upon within 90 days of the law’s enactment (or by 13 March) inc...
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    FDA Approves New Labeling for Essure, Closes Trade Complaint Against Bayer

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday said it has approved new labeling for Bayer's permanent birth control device Essure, in line with the agency's recently finalized labeling guidance . With the approval of the new labeling, FDA said it has also closed its investigation of a trade complaint , initially filed as a citizen petition , against Bayer concerning the device. FDA spokesperson Angela Stark told Focus the investigation included a review of E...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Boxed Warning, Patient Decision Checklist for Essure Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday finalized its guidance requiring a boxed warning and patient decision checklist for Bayer's permanent implantable birth control device Essure. While the final guidance retains most of the recommendations made in the draft version, both the language of the boxed warning and patient decision checklist have been updated. However, these changes are unlikely to settle concerns from patients who say they have been harmed by ...
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    Patient Registries: EMA Wants to Make Better Use of Medicines Data

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday is hosting a workshop to discuss ways to better use existing patient registries that collect high-quality data on drugs in clinical practice. Patient registries collect information over time on patients with a particular disease or who receive particular treatment during both pre-authorization and post-authorization periods. Such data can complement data from other sources to more effectively monitor drug risks and benefits. ...
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    FDA Targets 15 Hospitals Over Significant Deviations from Medical Device Reporting Regulation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released a summary of hospital inspection findings, as well as Form 483s for 15 hospitals, detailing failures of the hospitals to report medical device-related adverse events. Several high-profile hospitals were included in the list, including Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital , for their failure to keep written medical device reporting procedures and to repo...
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    Industry, Patient Groups Respond to FDA Guidance on Sharing Patient-Specific Device Data

    Several groups representing the medical device industry and patients are calling for more clarity from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its recent draft guidance on sharing patient-specific device data with patients. In June, FDA released its draft guidance, Dissemination of Patient-Specific Information From Devices by Device Manufacturers , to clarify that device makers may share patient-specific information recorded, stored, processed, retrieved and/or d...
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    Ulcerative Colitis Drugs: FDA Offers Draft Guidance on Clinical Development

    Pharmaceutical companies looking to understand FDA’s current thinking on efficacy endpoints for clinical trials to develop new ulcerative colitis (UC) treatments will be interested in new draft guidance released Friday. And though the guidance spells out what primary endpoints should be used, the agency also bemoans the fact that there are not well-defined and reliable clinician-reported, patient-reported and observer-reported outcome instruments for clinical trials. Ba...
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    Convergence Keynote Speaker Lori Hartwell Passionate About Patients

    At the start of a recent phone conversation with patient advocate and 2016 Regulatory Convergence closing keynote speaker, Lori Hartwell, she paused for a moment to warn that if there is any audible squawking in the background, it’s just her pet parrot, Johnny. Hartwell, an animal lover, has four dogs and a cat in addition to Johnny, but they are more than just pets. They are an important part of her philosophy on living happily with chronic illness. Hartwell i...