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    FDA Draft Guidance to Assist CMS With IDE Coverage Decisions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released new draft guidance to clarify difficulties in categorizing investigational medical devices for Medicare coverage, just two days before a memorandum of understanding is set to take effect between FDA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While an agreement has been in place between the two agencies for more than two decades, FDA says it has run into issues with some devices not easily fittin...
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    Market Access in Europe: Bridging Regulatory and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Gaps

    This article introduces the roles of HTA bodies within the EU member states healthcare system and provides key elements to consider for manufacturers who would like to enter this geographical market. In addition, solutions to maximize the product development strategy are discussed with the intention of bridging regulatory and market access gaps. The rapid diffusion of health technologies has presented governments with unprecedented challenges to provide high quality an...
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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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    FDA Extends Deadline for Some UDI Requirements for Medical Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving manufacturers more time to remove drug codes from certain medical device labels in compliance with unique device identifier (UDI) requirements to avoid disrupting patient access to devices. Specifically, the agency says it will enforce a statutory prohibition on National Health Related Item Code (NHRIC) or National Drug Code (NDC) numbers for device labels and packaging for certain devices. In 2013, FDA issued its fin...
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    Experts Call for New Regulatory Pathways for Antibiotics

    Faced with the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), experts are calling for more incentives to boost investment in new antibiotics. At the FDA/CMS Summit in Washington, DC today, representatives from several companies developing new antibiotic treatments said that while recent initiatives such as the Generating Antibiotics Now Act (GAIN Act) have helped revitalize investment in antibiotic development, more needs to be done to encourage research and deve...
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    RAPS Switzerland Chapter to Host 2015 EU Medtech Reimbursement Roundtable

    No healthcare product, no matter how innovative or essential, will make it to patients without regulatory approval. Every regulatory professional knows this. But there is another critically important factor involved in getting treatments to patients that you may not know as much about—a concept known as market access. The elements of market access include reimbursement and the evidence necessary to secure it from payers, pricing and coverage policy. These areas ...
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    It's Not Just You: FDA Regulatory Requirements Really Are Increasing

    The work of regulatory professionals working in the United States is notoriously tough. There are thousands of regulations to know, scientific knowledge to understand, colleagues to convince and regulators to placate. And now new data supports a commonly held belief: Your job really is getting more difficult every year. According to data made available by George Mason University's Mercatus Center and analyzed by Regulatory Focus , the number of regulatory requirements...
  • FDA Puts Off Decision on Revoking National Drug Codes for Unapproved Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a Federal Register posting on 18 May it has not yet come to a conclusion regarding a Citizen Petition request to stop the issuance of national drug codes (NDCs) for products lacking either a New Drug Application (NDA)or Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) number. The Citizen Petition was filed in December 2011 by Dr. S. Albert Edwards, RAC, who requested FDA phase out the use of NDCs over a three-year period. C...
  • IFPMA Releases Updated Code of Ethics for Industry

    The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) released an updated code of ethics 1 March that aims to broaden the scope of its code of practice to include "interactions with healthcare professionals, medical institutions and patient organizations." "IFPMA requires all member companies and member associations around the world to adopt and implement this new Code," the organization said in a statement. IFPMA counts most of the w...
  • Saudi FDA Draws up Pharmaceutical Code For Pharma Manufacturers, Marketers

    • 01 February 2012
    The Saudi Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) announced that it is releasing a code of ethics applicable for pharmaceutical manufacturers and marketers operating in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, reports Arab News . The code, announced in Riyadh on 30 January, "will cover all those who deal with pharmaceutical products in the public and the private sectors," said SFDA Vice Chairman for medicines Saleh Al-Bawazeer. The code is expansive, covering both industry and car...