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    Human microbiomes in health and disease: Strategic options for regulatory science and healthcare policy

    This article describes the human microbiota and microbiomes’ strategic role in personalizing health and disease management, which is rapidly demanding diligent regulatory science and policy action to ascertain confidence and trust among consumers, patients, and healthcare providers. The authors discuss why establishing harmonized processes and standards to better understand the baseline healthy microbiota is essential to development of strategies for nutrition and clinical...
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    Regulatory considerations for FDA enforcement policies during the COVID-19 public health emergency for medical device manufacturers

    This article summarizes FDA enforcement policy during the early months of the COVID-19 public health emergency and outlines the regulatory considerations for temporary enforcement discretions. The authors emphasize the importance of routine and scientific communication between the FDA, industry, and providers to facilitate the long-term directions of these technologies.   Introduction Historically, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has played an important rol...
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    Update on trade issues affecting the dietary supplement industry

    This article discusses recent updates on US trade policy issues in the dietary supplement industry. It focuses on the trading relationship between the US and its largest trading partners, including China, and analyzes the ongoing effects of current trade policies on companies that produce, buy, and sell dietary supplements. The authors discuss tools available to US companies to reduce financial liability when trade policies are evolving at a rapid pace.   Introduction ...
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    ABPI Questions Lack of Details in Latest UK Update on No-Deal Brexit

    The UK’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock sent letters Friday on Brexit preparations for medicines supplies, offering details that the pharmaceutical industry group said need to be fleshed out further in the lead up to March 2019. In the event of a no deal scenario, the revised cross-Government planning assumptions show that there will be significantly reduced access across the short straits crossings into Dover and Folkestone for up to six mon...
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    FTC Settles Complaint Over Deceptive Marketing of Unapproved Cancer Products

    The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday announced it has reached a settlement with CellMark Biopharma related to the company's claims about marketing efforts to sell two of its unapproved products. The settlement comes less than a year after FDA sent CellMark an advisory letter notifying the company that it must remove claims from its website and other materials indicating that CellAssure could treat or prevent cancer. FDA said that the company would need to ...
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    FDA Begins Adding Suffixes to Newly Approved Biologics' Names

    • 17 November 2017
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week began adding four-letter meaningless suffixes at the end of newly approved biologics' nonproprietary names, signaling a shift in policy from only adding the suffixes to biosimilars' nonproprietary names since 2015. The first additions of the meaningless suffixes came for Thursday's approval of Roche's Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh), one of the first new medicines in nearly two decades to treat people with hemophilia A, ...
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    Gottlieb Establishes FDA Committee to Confront Opioid Crisis

    Newly-confirmed US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday began to address what he deems to be his "highest initial priority," which is to "reduce the scope of the epidemic of opioid addiction." As a first step, Gottlieb announced the establishment of an Opioid Policy Steering Committee to bring together some of the agency’s senior career leaders to explore and develop tools or strategies to confront the crisis. The initial quest...
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    US Trade Report Highlights Pharma's IP, Counterfeit Issues Abroad

    The Office of the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) 2017 report on the state of intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement in US trading partners around the world offers a look into concerns regarding market access barriers, particularly for those in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. The report offers numerous examples of issues pharmaceutical and device companies deal with in some foreign countries, noting that these IP-intensi...
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    Generic Drug Industry Group Seeks FDA Regulation Changes

    The Association of Accessible Medicines (AAM), formerly known as the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, has recommended five major US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation tweaks in a letter to the Department of Commerce. In addition to citing a lack of clarity in the regulations governing the permitting processes of large life sciences projects, David Gaugh, SVP for sciences and regulatory affairs at AAM, called for five actions to reduce the regulatory bu...
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    EMA Board Adopts New Policy on Whistleblowing

    With an aim to encourage whistleblowers and others to feel safe coming forward with possible details of improprieties, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Management Board on Monday adopted a new policy detailing how the agency handles such allegations, including those that could have an impact on the evaluation and supervision of medicines. Since 2013, EMA says it has received a total of 43 of such reports detailing a variety of issues and allegations, from the manuf...
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    House Bill Seeks to Expand Off-Label ‘Scientific Exchange’ Between Industry, Doctors

    While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) attempts to re-work its policy on off-label use communications, Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has introduced a new bill that would further allow pharmaceutical companies to discuss such uses with physicians. GOP representatives have criticized FDA recently for failing to update its policies on off-label use communications as the agency has lost several recent court cases on the issue , and has questioned the need for loos...
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    Updated: TTIP on Thin Ice Not Likely to Delay US-EU Mutual GMP Recognition Deal

    A deal to further harmonize and mutually recognize good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections between the US and EU will not be delayed, as the EU ambassador to the US said Wednesday that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is in a state of pause as there is no one within President Donald Trump’s administration with whom to continue discussions. Despite the TTIP pause, a spokesman from the EU ambassador told Focus  via email on Thursday evening ...