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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 (PRVs) 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 25 February 2020 to include: Vifor Pharma said on 17 February that it p...
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    When a REMS is Necessary: FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized guidance from 2016 detailing the factors that the agency uses to determine whether a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) is necessary for a drug. As defined by the guidance, a REMS is a required risk management plan that can include one or more elements to ensure that the benefits of a drug outweigh its risks. Such elements can include a medication guide, a package insert or a communication plan ...
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    Majority of Open PMRs and PMCs Progressing on Schedule, FDA Report Shows

    The majority of the open postmarket requirements (PMRs) and commitments (PMCs) in the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) database continues to progress on schedule, according to data from the latest report released Friday. Background A PMR is a study or clinical trial that an applicant is required by statute or regulation to conduct following approval, while a PMC is a study or clinical trial that an applicant agrees in writing to conduct postapproval, but that ...
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    Trial Transparency: NIH Says Final Rule From 2017 has Helped

    Almost a year ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) made effective a new policy to better disseminate information from NIH-funded clinical trials through ClinicalTrials.gov, and the agency says that so far, it’s seen some improvements. Back in 2007, section 801 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA 801) established a requirement that "applicable clinical trials" must be registered and information must be submitted to Clinicaltrials.gov. ...
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    FDA Disputes Article Highlighting Lackluster Oversight of Postmarketing Studies

    A paper appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday argues that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not doing enough to ensure drugmakers complete postmarketing studies required by the agency at the time their drugs are approved. In 2007, FDA gained the authority to establish postmarketing requirements for new drugs and biologics under the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA). The act also gave FDA the authority to warn or fin...
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    HHS Inspector General to Look Into Six FDA Programs in FY2016

    Over the next year, HHS’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) plans to investigate the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) requirements for post-marketing studies for new drugs, the exchange of information between drug supply chain partners and FDA’s oversight of networked medical devices in hospitals, as well as three other programs linked to the regulation of food and tobacco. Although the majority of OIG’s work is tied to the oversight of Medicare and Medicaid fu...
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    US Senate Unveils Major Changes to FDA Program in Hopes of Fighting Ebola

    Legislators in the US Senate have unveiled a new piece of legislation meant to incentivize companies to go after the Ebola virus by making critical and long-sought changes to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory program. Background As Focus explained in October 2014 , a recent outbreak of Ebola has led to a scramble for new drugs and vaccines to help treat and prevent the virus. At present, there are no recognized treatments for the disease. Some publi...
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    To Meet Ebola Threat, Father of FDA's Priority Review Voucher System Calls for Reforms

    One of the fathers of a little-known and lesser-used regulatory pathway meant to incentivize the approval of new drugs for so-called "neglected tropical diseases" says Congress needs to include Ebola on the short list of diseases eligible for incentives. Background So called "tropical" diseases are  defined by statute  as infectious diseases which do not affect developed nations and disproportionately affect poor and marginalized nations. Such diseases are typically not...
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    DTC Broadcast Advertisements: The Evolution of Major Statements

    Direct-to-consumer (“DTC”) advertising has a long, robust regulatory history, mostly rooted in debates over the pros and cons of promoting a prescription drug directly to consumers. 1 Critics have issued various condemnations about DTC, contending that DTC advertisements, to name a few concerns, increase drug costs, misinform patients rather than educate them, overemphasize a drug’s benefits, and minimize risk information by limiting the amount of drug risks included, pr...
  • FDA Looks to Close Loophole That Could Delay Approval of Biosimilars

    US regulators on Monday indicated that they are moving to close a regulatory loophole identified by legislators in 2012 that could prevent a biosimilar product from obtaining timely approval. Background: FDAAA In 2007, legislators passed into law the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) , which contained a provision-Title IX, Section 914-that allows the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to disregard certain Citizen Petitions if their sole intent is...
  • MDUFA Goals Met in 74-85% of Cases in 2012, FDA Report Says

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new congressional report it wrote regarding its performance under the final fiscal year of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA) , a law intended to help the agency access more funding in return for meeting more stringent timelines for the review of medical devices. The second iteration of the act, MDUFA II , was passed in 2007 under the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) , and contains numero...
  • FDA Slashes Fees for Priority Review Voucher

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the release of fee rates for using tropical disease priority review vouchers for the upcoming year, slashing fees more than 32% from 2012. The tropical disease voucher system was established under the FDA Amendment Act of 2007 (FDAAA) , which authorized a novel program. Under it, companies that receive approval for a tropical disease treatment are eligible to receive a transferrable voucher that allows the bear...