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    CBO: Pelosi Bill Will Save Hundreds of Billions, Reduce Number of New Drugs to Market

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) late Friday announced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) drug pricing bill would reduce federal direct spending for Medicare by $345 billion from 2023 to 2029, but it would also lead to a reduction of approximately 8 to 15 new drugs coming to market over the next 10 years. The CBO report comes as rhetoric on both sides of the aisle has picked up in recent weeks, with industry group PhRMA referring to the bill, known as HR 3, a...
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    FDA Withdraws Guidance on Electronically Submitting Manufacturing Establishment Info

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week withdrew draft guidance published in December 2016 on submitting manufacturing establishment information electronically. “After considering the public comments received, FDA has decided to withdraw the draft guidance and reevaluate its approach to submission of manufacturing establishment information in drug applications,” the agency said. Many of the comments on the draft guidance, which was intended to implement s...
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    Industry Calls on FDA to Streamline Process of Providing Marketing Status Updates

    Industry groups PhRMA and the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM), as well as companies Pfizer and Teva Pharmaceuticals are calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to tweak and clarify recently drafted guidance on marketing status updates. The draft guidance from January helps sponsors of new drug applications (NDAs) and abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) understand what information they have to share with FDA on the marketing status of thei...
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    BIO Targets Compulsory Licensing, Regulatory Reforms Across Various Countries

    Following the release of PhRMA’s Special 301 Report urging the Office of the US Trade Representative to better protect American pharma companies’ intellectual property in foreign countries, BIO has released its own report this week, with an eye toward compulsory licensing and regulatory data protection. Similar to PhRMA, BIO singles out Malaysia as a “Priority Foreign Country” following the issuance of a compulsory license in 2017 to make generic versions of Gilead’s he...
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    HHS' OIG to PhRMA: Free Pharmaceuticals Needed in 2018

    With a nonprofit that paid almost $100 million in 2015 financial grants to patients now saying that it will not offer such payments in 2018, Gregory Demske, chief counsel to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General (OIG), sent a letter on Thursday seeking help from the pharmaceutical industry group PhRMA in providing free drugs.  The situation arises as OIG found that the nonprofit, known as the Caring Voice Coalition (CVC), may h...
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    Many Questions, Few Answers in Senate Hearing on Opaque US Drug Pricing System

    The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) committee on Tuesday discussed with representatives of the pharmaceutical supply chain how the drug delivery system affects what patients pay. Although none of the comments and arguments for reducing the price of pharmaceuticals were new, panelists and senators even seemed to disagree on what exactly is causing prices in the US to be so much higher than the rest of the world. Mark Merritt, president of the Phar...
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    PhRMA Criticizes FDA's 'Unnecessary' Research on Drug Advertising and Promotion

    The pharmaceutical industry lobbying group is harshly criticizing the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) research focused on prescription drug advertising and promotion and calling for a clearer vision on how this research protects public health. "FDA has proposed to undertake projects in a variety of disparate topics without articulating a clear, overarching research agenda or adequate rationales on how the proposed research related to the goal of further pro...
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    BIO, PhRMA and Others Urge Further FDA Clarity on Drug Compounding

    The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Pew Charitable Trusts and other groups earlier this week sent letters to the House and Senate urging further support for FDA oversight of drug compounders and enforcement of the 2013 Drug Quality and Security Act .  "If FDA is not permitted to maintain that line between traditional compounding and outsourcing facilities, patients are put at risk, sta...
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    PhRMA Seeks More Transparency on FDA Inspections to Speed First-Cycle Approvals

    The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) last week said it supports the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) review of its inspection information flow, particularly as applications that receive on-time inspections typically receive first cycle approvals earlier. The comments were made in response to FDA's assessment of its program for enhanced review transparency and communication for new molecular entity new drug applications (NME NDAs) and or...
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    Industry Groups Petition FDA Over Revisions to ‘Intended Use’ Rule

    The Medical Information Working Group (MIWG), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) have petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following its “unexpected decision” last month to revise the definitions of “intended use” for drugs and medical devices. The industry groups call for this final rule to be stayed indefinitely and reconsidered because FDA failed to give fair no...
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    Despite Industry Opposition, HHS to Fine Drug Companies for Overcharging Hospitals

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday finalized a rule that would fine pharmaceutical companies for overcharging hospitals and clinics for drugs purchased under the 340B drug pricing program. The finalization of the rule, first proposed in 2010, follows fierce criticism of the plan from industry groups PhRMA, BIO and companies including Bayer and Teva. The final rule calls on drug companies to: calculate the 340B ceiling price on a quarterly...
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    FDA Declines PhRMA Changes, Offers Final Rule on Citizen Petitions Delaying Generic Approvals

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced a final rule amending regulations on citizen petitions that would ensure the agency does not delay the approval of a pending generic drug or biosimilar because of such petitions, unless that delay is necessary to protect the public health. The final rule, which is effective 9 January 2017, implements section 505(q) of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act (FD&C Act), which governs the manner in which FDA ...