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    FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs Realignment to Begin in May

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), which carries out the agency's inspection program, will officially begin a major overhaul in the coming weeks, according to FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Director Jeffrey Shuren. Shuren made the announcement to members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Tuesday at a hearing on the Medical Device User Fee Amendments , which must be reauthorized by 30 Septemb...
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    European Commission Recommends Changes to SmPC, Package Leaflets

    The European Commission last week released a report detailing recommendations to improve the information provided to patients and healthcare professionals for approved drugs. In its report, the Commission says that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) should update its guidelines to improve the comprehension and readability of package leaflets (PL) and summary of product characteristics (SmPC) to safe use of drugs in the EU. The report itself takes into account the resul...
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    GAO: Drugmakers Want More Clarity on Antibiotic Incentives

    Despite some improvements, drugmakers say the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not fully clarified its expectations for developing new antibiotic drugs or detailed how to access new incentives, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Specifically, GAO says that FDA has issued 14 updated or new guidances focused on antibiotics since the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) Act was passed as part of the Food and Drug Admi...
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    FDA Office of Generics Points to Record-Setting 2016 Ahead of Next Week’s Hearing

    While reporting a US savings of $1.68 trillion over the last 10 years for generic drugs, Kathleen Uhl, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs (OGD), also unveiled statistics for another record-setting year in generic drug approvals. Next Thursday, the House Energy & Commerce Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the reauthorization of generic and biosimilar user fee programs that help to fund the agency to speed approvals. ...
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    GAO: FDA's Ability to Monitor Drug Shortages Remains a Concern

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) oversight of medical products remains a high-risk area for the federal government, particularly with regard to the agency's oversight of drug shortages, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released Wednesday. Despite commitment from FDA leadership to improve drug availability, GAO says it no longer considers FDA's action plan to be effective. As a result, GAO has downgraded its assessment of F...
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    GAO: Adverse Event Reporting Limitations Delayed FDA Action on Power Morcellators

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Wednesday released the results of its year-and-a-half long investigation into the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) handling of laparoscopic power morcellators following reports that the devices spread cancer in patients being treated for uterine fibroids. In August 2015, a bipartisan group of 12 US Representatives wrote to GAO calling on it to investigate the FDA's handling of the issue. The report finds that FDA may ...
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    NICE Halts Plans to Charge for Appraisals

    The UK’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on Monday said its plans to charge companies for its appraisals of drugs, medical devices and diagnostics have been put on hold until the UK’s new government completes its life sciences strategy. The controversial plan to charge for appraisals, first unveiled in October , would see companies pay fees of up to £282,000 for each cost-effectiveness assessment. NICE’s chief executive, Sir Andrew Dillon, said...
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    GAO: FDA's White Oak Campus Poses Security Risk

    According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), parking and cramped offices at the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) White Oak campus in Maryland pose a security risk for the agency. In its report, GAO calls on FDA to implement a parking security system in line with the Department of Homeland Security's Interagency Security Committee standards for high risk facilities. The report also calls on the agency to work with the General Services ...
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    FDA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule on Combo Product Postmarket Safety

    More than the seven years after it was first proposed, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday finalized new postmarket safety reporting requirements for combination products. The final rule, first proposed in 2009 , which is the first time the agency has issued specific recommendations for combo products, is part of FDA’s efforts to ensure more consistent postmarketing safety reporting for these drug/device, biologic/device, biologic/drug or drug/biologic/d...
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    FDA’s Office of New Drugs Director to Retire

    After nearly 25 years of service at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), John Jenkins , M.D., Director of the Office of New Drugs (OND), will retire from the federal government on 6 January 2017. For the past 15 years, Jenkins has led OND in its difficult tasks of setting US standards for new drugs’ safety and efficacy, overseeing the clinical testing of investigational drugs and reviewing marketing applications under Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) time...
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    GAO Report Highlights Ongoing Challenges in Oversight of Drug Compounders

    A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken steps to improve its oversight of drug compounders, challenges at both the state- and FDA-level remain. Background Unlike traditional drugmakers, drug compounders are exempt from certain requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act . These exemptions allow compounders operating under section 503A of the act to produce drugs w...
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    Brexit Rejig: UK Taps Three Leaders to Helm Office for Life Sciences

    The UK’s Office for Life Sciences, which will continue to be a joint unit across the Department of Health (DH) and the newly formed Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), on Thursday selected three new ministers to lead. In the DH, two ministers will be jointly responsible for life sciences, including: Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health and former adviser to the health authority of Abu Dhabi, who will lea...