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    Updated: House and Senate Pass Tax Overhaul

    The US House of Representatives and the Senate on Wednesday passed the GOP tax overhaul bill. President Donald Trump indicated he will sign the bill into a law. Bill Details Members of the House-Senate Conference Committee on Friday released the final text of the bill, which would reduce the rare disease research tax credits biopharma companies can claim by half . The cut would reduce the credits claimed by companies by $32.5 billion from 2018 to 2027, according t...
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    FDA Closes Loophole Companies Used to Skirt Pediatric Study Requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released draft guidance indicating that it no longer intends to grant orphan drug designation to drugs for pediatric subpopulations of common diseases except for under certain conditions. Those conditions are if the use of the drug in the pediatric subpopulation are for a valid orphan subset, meaning "that use of the drug in a subset of persons with a non-rare disease or condition may be appropriate but use of th...
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    Senate, House Agree to Cut Orphan Drug Research Credit in Half in Tax Bill

    Members of the House-Senate Conference Committee discussing the GOP's tax overhaul plan on Friday released the final text of the bill, which would reduce the rare disease research tax credits biopharma companies can claim by half. Currently, companies can claim a 50% tax credit for qualified clinical testing expenses incurred in testing certain drugs for rare diseases or conditions, generally referred to as "orphan drugs," affecting fewer than 200,000 persons in th...
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    Congress Looks to Delay Medical Device Tax by 5 Years

    The House GOP are looking to bring together an 11th-hour fix to stop a tax on medical device companies from taking force as of 1 January 2018. The 2.3% tax, which was put in place by the Affordable Care Act but then delayed through the end of 2017, would be delayed another five years under the GOP bill . Industry group AdvaMed commended the leadership of House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Jackie Walorski (R...
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    Tracking Post-Approval Study Completion: Majority On-Schedule but Not Submitted

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its most recent report tracking the progress that new drug and biologic applicants are making on post-approval studies. The report found that the majority of post-marketing requirements (PMRs) and post-marketing commitments (PMCs) are progressing on schedule, though of those studies that are open (734 NDAs and 156 BLAs are open as of 30 September 2016) and on-schedule, few PMRs for new drug applications ...
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    Updated: House Passes GOP Tax Overhaul With Orphan Drug Tax Credit Repeal Included

    The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to reform the US tax code by a vote of 227 to 205, with all Democrats voting against it and all but 13 Republicans voting for it. The House-passed bill includes several provisions that would be attractive to the biopharma industry, though industry groups BIO and the National Organization of Rare Disorders took issue with a provision to repeal the orphan drug tax credit, which amounts to half of all qualified ...
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    Drug Labels: Experts Note Importance of Faster Updates

    The topic of cancer drug labels and how they can be updated more quickly, as well as how the labeling system needs to be reformed was front and center at several panels at the Friends of Cancer Research's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Janet Woodcock, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), noted her agency has been working on the issue of label updates for a number of years, particul...
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    Senate Tax Plan Seeks to Reform, Rather Than Repeal, Orphan Drug Tax Credit

    The Senate’s tax plan, running counter to the House’s call to eliminate the orphan drug tax credit for research on drugs to treat rare diseases, seeks to modify the credit instead. The proposal would limit what level of expenses will qualify and limit qualified clinical expenses if they are related to the use of a drug which has previously been approved for diseases or conditions affecting more than 200,000 persons in the US. The tax credit is part of a law from...
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    GOP Tax Reform Bill Would Repeal Orphan Drug Research Credits

    Republicans on Thursday rolled out their new tax reform bill, which among other provisions to lower taxes for Americans and businesses, proposes to repeal a provision that might cause the biopharma industry some concern. Under the House bill’s Subtitle E, section 3401 would repeal what amounts to half of the qualified clinical research costs for designated orphan drug products. Background Under the  Orphan Drug Act  of 1983, Congress sought to incentivize the d...
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    European Commission Consults on Recalibrating Aspects of Drug Patents, SPCs

    The European Commission last week released for consultation a proposal to re-work certain elements of the EU pharmaceutical patent system and industry group Medicines for Europe is calling for the introduction of a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) manufacturing waiver and for a wider definition of the research exemption. Background In the EU, SPCs, which apply to innovative pharmaceutical and plant protection products and have been increasingly used sinc...
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    FDA Halts Monkey Study on Nicotine Dosing

    FDA last month halted monkey research on nicotine dosing following concerns, including those raised in a letter from primatologist Jane Goodall. Although an FDA spokesperson told Focus that the decision to halt the study last month was made independently from Goodall’s letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, according to the letter , FDA was performing research at its National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson, Arkansas involving more than...
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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...