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    House Passes Bill to Reauthorize FDA User Fee Programs

    In a moment of bipartisanship, the US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill via voice vote to reauthorize the prescription drug, generic drug, medical device and biosimilar user fee programs through 2022. Several representatives discussed the issue of expensive medicines on the House floor Wednesday, though none of the user fee programs address the issue directly. However, speeding the review of generic drugs could lower some high-priced brand name dr...
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    House, Senate Still Aim to Pass FDA User Fee Reauthorization Bill Before Delayed August Recess

    The US House of Representatives on Wednesday will take up a bill to reauthorize the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) prescription drug, generic drug, biosimilar and medical device user fee programs, and though the Senate has not yet scheduled a time to take up the bill, it is expected to before thousands of FDA employees are laid off. The bipartisan House user fee bill , which sailed through the Energy & Commerce committee unanimously last month, has be...
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    Tight Timeline to Reauthorize FDA User Fee Programs Before FDA Begins Layoffs

    The US Senate and House of Representatives have given themselves a little more than 10 working days to finish a bill to reauthorize the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug, generic drug, medical device and biosimilar user fee programs and get it signed by President Donald Trump before thousands of FDA employees will receive layoff notices. In the Senate, the bill advanced through the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee almost unanimously in May. T...
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    GAO: FDA Needs a Plan for GDUFA Carryover Fees

    As Congress looks to reauthorize the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Monday released a report saying that FDA should develop a plan for managing unspent fees collected from generic drugmakers. "Such a documented plan could aid Congress in determining the appropriate amount of user fees to be collected by the agency during the annual appropriations process and when considering a reauthorization of th...
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    CBO Releases Cost Estimate for User Fee Bill

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Thursday released its cost estimate for the Senate's bill to reauthorize the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs, saying the agency will need $1.2 billion in appropriations from 2018-2022 to implement changes brought on by the bill. The estimate is based on the version of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 that was advanced by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions in May. Notably, t...
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    User Fee Reauthorization Bill Advances in the House

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously (54-0) to advance its bill to reauthorize the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs for prescription and generic drugs, biosimilars and medical devices to the full House. The committee also adopted several amendments to the version of the bill, known as the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 , that came out of the health subcommittee on 18 May. And, in an effort to move the bill f...
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    Navigating the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA)

    This article examines the benefits for both FDA and the medical device industry derived from "user fees" authorized by the passage of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA 2002) and its subsequent reauthorizations. 1 Introduction The category "medical devices" encompasses a wide variety of products intended for diagnosing diseases or other conditions as well as the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease. 2 Among its responsibilities, the US Food and D...
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    Gottlieb: FDA Hiring Freeze Lifted, Plans for Increased Generic Competition Coming

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb was in the hot seat on Thursday to defend President Donald Trump's budget plan to the House appropriations subcommittee, though the conversation quickly dovetailed away from the billion-dollar user fee increase proposed, and revealed that FDA as of Thursday is no longer subject to a federal hiring freeze. While Gottlieb noted that he "wasn't involved in the formulation of the budget," as he's only bee...
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    House Subcommittee Advances User Fee Reauthorizations

    Following its Senate counterparts, the Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Thursday advanced a bill to reauthorize the user fee agreements over the next five years for drugs, generic drugs, medical devices and biosimilars. All four amendments were agreed to, including one to increase generic drug competition and provide 180-day exclusivity for first generics where there’s a limited market, one on protecting the supply chain, one on improving the process for me...
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    HHS Secretary Pushes to Cut FDA Appropriations, Replace With More Industry Fees

    Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price is continuing to push the Senate to further increase the industry fees paid to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which would upend the agreed-to amounts negotiated by FDA and industry for the next five years, and allow for further cuts to the agency’s congressional appropriations. Last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) committee advanced a bill reauthorizing the user fee pro...
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    Congress to Trump: Let’s Tackle Drug Pricing in User Fee Reauthorizations

    As part of a bid to bring down the price of pharmaceuticals in the US, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and 33 other House members sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday seeking a way forward to meet the promises he’s made on the campaign trail and since taking office. Among the suggestions is to attach drug price lowering provisions to the bill reauthorizing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreem...
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    Senate Committee Advances FDA User Fee Reauthorization Bill

    The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions on Thursday advanced by a vote of 21-2 a bill that would reauthorize the pharmaceutical, medical device, generic drug and biosimilar user fee agreements that expire at the end of September. Two additional amendments were added to the latest version of the bill , one from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Bob Casey (D-PA) on expanded access to drugs and one from Sens...