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    EMA Begins Publishing Reports on Whether Approved Medicines Still Qualify as Orphans

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday announced it has begun publishing reports detailing its decision-making on whether newly approved drugs to treat rare diseases still qualify for orphan designation when they receive marketing authorization. In the EU, drugs intended to treat diseases affecting fewer than five in 10,000 people in the EU qualify for orphan designation, which provides authorized medicines with ten years marketing exclusivity and reduced fees....
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    New Study Looks at FDA's Use of Social Media to Communicate on Drug Safety

    A new study looking at the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) use of social media to communicate about drug safety finds that the agency could improve its impact by developing social media strategies and taking a more active role on web platforms. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Northeastern University, Boston Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University, and funded by FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, looks specifica...
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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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    EMA Backs Six Drugs, One Biosimilar for EU Approval

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday said that its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) is recommending six new drugs, a biosimilar and three generic medicines for EU approval. The six medicines the agency is recommending are: Dr. Falk Pharma's Jorveza (budesonide) to treat eosinophilic esophagitis, a rare inflammatory condition of the esophagus. Jorveza was granted an accelerated assessment and orphan designation; Merck Sharp & Dohme's Pr...
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    Reps Question Gottlieb on Bayer's Follow-Up Essure Studies

    Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) on Monday sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb regarding concerns related to Bayer's postmarket study for its permanent birth control device Essure. A year and a half after Bayer's postmarket study was initiated, "It is unclear whether Bayer acted with urgency to enroll patients, or if the study results will be delayed. The FDA cannot continue to allow Bayer to drag its feet on...
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    Many Questions, Few Answers in Senate Hearing on Opaque US Drug Pricing System

    The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) committee on Tuesday discussed with representatives of the pharmaceutical supply chain how the drug delivery system affects what patients pay. Although none of the comments and arguments for reducing the price of pharmaceuticals were new, panelists and senators even seemed to disagree on what exactly is causing prices in the US to be so much higher than the rest of the world. Mark Merritt, president of the Phar...
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    FDA Holds First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) met for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday to give the agency input from  patients on clinical trials for medical devices. The meeting focused on a number of key issues related to clinical trials, with the goal of increasing patient input on trial design; patient recruitment, enrollment and retention; and communicating results back to patients. Patient Engagement at FDA FDA ...
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    FDA Seeks Tweaks to Right-to-Try Bill in House E&C Hearing

    The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Tuesday held a hearing to discuss a "Right-to-Try" bill passed in the Senate that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to change. The hearing discussed a bill that would seek to undercut FDA’s oversight of a program, known as expanded access, whereby terminally ill patients and their doctors can request access to an investigational drug outside of a clinical trial. Right-to-Try laws have now passed in 37 states...
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    Conducting a Successful Advertising and Promotion Review of Restricted Medical Devices

    This article provides insight for regulatory professionals regarding developing a successful advertising and promotional review of restricted medical devices. It demonstrates how medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies can improve communication and collaboration between regulatory and marketing to streamline and improve the compliance review process for promotional materials and achieve an effective marketing strategy. The Dance "How small can I make...
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    Quantitative Benefit-Risk Assessment: FDA Officials Detail Key Considerations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to advance the use of structured benefit-risk assessments in its decision making under its commitments in the recently reauthorized Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI), and agency officials on Monday laid out key considerations for sponsors. Background In 2009, FDA began work to develop a structured approach to conducting benefit-risk assessments as part of an effort to bring more clarity and consistency t...
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    Expedited Approval Pathways Associated With Increased Safety-Related Label Changes, Study Finds

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasingly granting faster reviews via expedited regulatory pathways, but a new article published in the British Medical Journal found a higher association with these expedited pathways and the likelihood of safety-related labeling changes than with non-expedited pathways. In their analysis of 15 years of data, authors Sana Mostaghim, Joshua Gagne and Aaron Kesselheim of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law...
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    Drug Reimbursement in Canada

    This article provides a high-level overview of the elements of prescription drug reimbursement in Canada and discusses the costs, processes and reimbursement plans associated with a number of federal health agencies and payers and describes some of the variety of drug plans in place. The Regulatory–Reimbursement Interface Community (out-patient) drug reimbursement is usually considered after a drug has received regulatory approval from Health Canada. Regulatory proces...