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    Regulatory Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About FDA’s Priority Review Vouchers

    Since 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a handful of special "priority review" vouchers which allow its recipient to expedite the review of any one of its new drug products. What are these vouchers, why is FDA issuing them and what benefit might they have for society? Find out in our latest Regulatory Explainer on the Priority Review Voucher system. Last updated on 1 November 2018 to include: Siga Technologies sold its PRV to Eli Lilly for $80...
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    Regulatory Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About Biosimilars

    For more than a decade now, biotech and pharmaceutical companies have brought a new class of treatments – biosimilars – to markets around the world (from the EU to India to South Korea to the US), offering cost savings for some of the most expensive medicines, though even in 2016, decades after companies began their quest to develop biosimilars, they are still only just beginning to see widespread adoption. What is a Biosimilar? A biosimilar medicine (also sometimes k...
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    Regulatory Explainer: FDA User Fee Reauthorizations From 2018 to 2022

    President Donald Trump late Friday signed a bill that reauthorizes the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee programs for prescription drugs, generic drugs, biosimilars and medical devices through 2022. Taking effect 1 October, the 86-page law (the text of which can be found here ) passed the House via voice vote in July and by a vote of 94-1 in the Senate earlier this month without the addition of any controversial amendments. The law ensures the ag...
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    Regulatory Explainer: 21st Century Cures Redux and What it Will Mean for FDA

    Lingering for more than two years, the revamped 21st Century Cures bill, unveiled in late November, has now been approved by the House and Senate and President Barack Obama has said he will sign it. The 996-page bill includes major tweaks to the way in which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates drugs, devices and biologics, while providing the agency with $500 million over 10 years to implement provisions that seek to move such products to patients more qu...
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    Regulatory Explainer: The (Updated) 21st Century Cures Act

    The US House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee has released an updated draft of a piece of legislation which proposes dramatically overhauling the way in which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates many healthcare products. The bill, the 21st Century Cures Act , has been under development since at least April 2014, when the E&C Committee kicked off its "21st Century Cures Initiative." The initiative is intended to speed up the pace at which FDA approve...
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    Regulatory Explainer: What You Need to Know About the Regulation of Ebola Treatments

    Unless you've been living under a rock this month, you've undoubtedly heard about a massive outbreak of the Ebola virus in western Africa. The virus is poorly understood, exceedingly rare and, most importantly, incredibly deadly. But what you probably haven't heard about is how treatments for Ebola are regulated—an oversight we at Focus are keen to correct. In this Regulatory Explainer , we're taking a look at the regulations that surround the development of a pote...
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    Regulatory Explainer: FDA's Expanded Access (Compassionate Use) Program

    Regulatory Focus'  ongoing series of  Regulatory Explainers  wants to take complicated regulatory topics and make them simple for anyone to understand. In our latest Regulatory Explainer, we break down FDA's expanded access-sometimes referred to as compassionate use-regulations to understand how they work. Updated 4 February 2015. What's a Compassionate Use Program? Let's back up for a quick moment: Under current US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, ...