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    DTC Drug Ads: New Study Finds Perception of Risks Diluted by Lengthy Side Effects List

    A study on direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising published Monday in Nature Human Behavior finds that consumers perceive drugs to be less risky when ads for the drug list all of its side effects compared to when only serious side effects are listed. "When commercials list severe side effects along with those that are most frequent…it dilutes consumers' judgements of the overall severity of the side effects," write authors Niro Sivanathan, associate professor of org...
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    IPRF and IGDRP to Consolidate Regulatory Initiatives in 2018

    The International Pharmaceutical Regulators Forum (IPRF) and International Generic Drug Regulators Programme (IGDRP) have agreed to consolidate their work into a joint initiative that is expected to be operational in January 2018. According to a summary of the 5th meeting of the IGDRP in Ottawa in June, the IPRF management committee and the IGDRP steering committee expressed support for the consolidation of the IPRF and IGDRP initiatives in order to best respond to ...
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    FDA Weighs Limited Risk Info in DTC Ads

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it is considering a new approach to presenting risk information in direct-to-consumer (DTC) television and radio ads that would allow drugmakers to limit the amount of risks presented. Currently, DTC drug ads are required to present a product's major risks alongside its benefits to ensure a "fair balance" of information. But FDA and industry have long debated over the best way to present that information. Acc...
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    PhRMA Criticizes FDA's 'Unnecessary' Research on Drug Advertising and Promotion

    The pharmaceutical industry lobbying group is harshly criticizing the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) research focused on prescription drug advertising and promotion and calling for a clearer vision on how this research protects public health. "FDA has proposed to undertake projects in a variety of disparate topics without articulating a clear, overarching research agenda or adequate rationales on how the proposed research related to the goal of further pro...
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    EMA’s CHMP Adopts Updated Guideline on Manufacture of Finished Dosage Form

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) on Monday adopted an updated guideline on what manufacturing process information should be included in the marketing authorization application (MAA). The update, drafted in July 2015 , comes as there has been an increasing trend toward the outsourcing of manufacturing and more complex supply chains. The guideline "does not introduce new requirements" on authorized drugs, though t...
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    FDA Officials Study Alternative Approach to Presenting Risk Info in TV Drug Ads

    A recent study by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials and research firm RTI International suggests that an alternative approach to presenting limited risk information in direct-to-consumer (DTC) TV drug advertising may improve consumers' ability to recall those risks. According to the study, limiting the risk information to only serious and actionable risks combined with a disclosure letting viewers know that not all the drugs' risks were presented also impro...
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    Australia’s TGA to Take Over Regulation of Therapeutic Goods Advertising

    Beginning 1 July 2018, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will be responsible for receiving and considering all complaints about drug and medical device advertisements directed at the public under what it calls "a simplified complaints system." With the intention of addressing the criticisms of the current system from a public consultation on  the regulatory framework for advertising therapeutics  in November 2016, the decision means all complaints...
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    Senate Committee Takes First Step on Rising Pharmaceutical Prices

    The US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held the first of three hearings on rising pharmaceutical prices Tuesday, discussing the confusing system by which prices are set and possible ways to bring them down. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) opened the hearing by highlighting the extent to which biopharmaceutical companies pay for the development of new medicines, and to note there will be two more hearings focused on R&D and supply chain expenses, ...
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    EMA Plots New Ways to Help Small and Medium-Sized Pharma Firms

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday published an action plan for the next three years to help small and medium-sized pharmaceutical companies. The plan seeks to support such companies through all stages of drug development and to further engage with sectors adjacent to pharmaceuticals (e.g. companion diagnostic technologies, medical technologies industries and digital health) in light of Europe’s new medical device legislation , advances in pharmaco...
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    FDA to Drug Manufacturers: Beware Water-Borne Contaminants

    With a crop of recent product recalls due to Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) contamination, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday warned drug manufacturers of non-sterile, water-based drug products of the dangers that BCC and other water-borne opportunistic pathogens pose. “BCC can survive or multiply in a variety of non-sterile and water-based products because it is resistant to certain preservatives and antimicrobial agents,” FDA said in a stat...
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    WHO Officials Offer Opposition to Value-Based Drug Pricing

    World Health Organization (WHO) officials told press in a briefing on Thursday that the agency has serious reservations with value-based pharmaceutical pricing. "What’s the value of life? This structure is good for luxury goods because you have a choice…if I’m sick with cancer, what’s the choice? We think value-based pricing is not feasible for products that are indispensable," Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director-general of health systems and innovation at WH...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA Plans to Bolster its Punishment Powers (9 May 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. NPPA Ratchets up Pressure on Abbott, Medtronic to Keep Supplying Stents The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) of India has stepped up its attempts to stop Abbott Healthcare and Medtronic from curbing supply of their high-end cardiac stents. NPPA’s latest move is to encourage hospitals, doctors and patients to tell it if there is a shortage of certain br...