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    Where are the Interchangeable Biosimilars?

    In June 2017, Leah Christl, former biosimilar lead at FDA, told a conference in Chicago that interchangeable biosimilars were likely coming to the US market within two years . And although no interchangeable biosimilar has been approved by FDA yet, and Christl has since moved on to Amgen , progress on interchangeable biosimilars has been made, albeit slowly, in the intervening years. Most recently, Boehringer Ingelheim announced that it has completed , as of last ...
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    Pfizer Appoints Gottlieb to Board of Directors

    Following in the tradition of recently departed US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioners, Scott Gottlieb is joining the board of directors at Pfizer. In addition to his role on the Pfizer board, Gottlieb, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, is also resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a partner at the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates. Reactions to Gottlieb’s decision to join the Pfizer board ranged from ...
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    Gottlieb, Marks Detail Plans to Advance Development of Cell and Gene Therapies

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) Director Peter Marks on Tuesday detailed plans for the agency to keep pace with an expected influx of applications for cell and gene therapies over the coming years.   "The FDA is witnessing a surge of cell and gene therapy products entering early development, evidenced by a large upswing in the number of investigational new drug (IND) applications,...
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    FDA Spotlights Recent Spike in Drug Shortages

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not just seeing an increase in drug shortages but also a spike in the intensity and duration of shortages, according to agency presentations at an FDA/Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy event on Tuesday. Matthew Rosenberg, an economics staffer at FDA, looked at drug shortages in terms of occurrence, duration, intensity and public health impact. Combining data from FDA archives and IQVIA national sales database, Rosenbe...
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    FDA Seeks to Overhaul 510(k) Program in Push for Modern Performance Standards

    While seeking to safeguard its gold standard for approvals, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is modernizing its 510(k) regulatory review pathway, with more of a focus on predicate medical devices that are 10 years old or less. “We believe that where appropriate, new medical devices that come to market under the 510(k) pathway should either account for advances in technology or demonstrate that they meet more modern safety and performance criteria,” FDA Commissi...
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    Medical Device Safety Action Plan: FDA Sets Measure of Success Amid Funding Issues

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its medical device safety action plan on Tuesday with “an important and ambitious new goal” and explained the path forward for its planned nationwide device surveillance system.   The new goal to propel the safety action plan— released in April—is centered around ensuring that the agency is “consistently first among the world’s regulatory agencies to identify and act upon safety signals related to medical devices,” FDA...
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    Transparency: FDA to Release Portions of Redacted Clinical Study Reports

    As part of a push to be more transparent about its decision making and enhance access to data for researchers, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced it will launch a pilot project to publicly release portions of clinical trial-related summaries from pivotal trials after a drug is approved. The pilot will select up to nine recently-approved new drug applications (NDAs)  whose sponsors volunteer to participate to release the partially redacted ...
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    CDER Report on Novel Approvals Highlights Firsts in 2017

    2017 was a year of firsts for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), with initial approvals in at least five medical conditions and other firsts that might not end up on the final scorecard, like the first biosimilar cancer treatment or the first immediate-release opioid with abuse-deterrent properties. And though the total 46 approvals is the second-highest number of approvals by CDER ever, according to the CDER ...
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    Cures Act Implementation: Gottlieb Says Faster Cancer Drug Approvals Coming for Secondary Indications

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and NIH Director Francis Collins testified on Thursday before the House Energy & Commerce Committee on how their agencies have worked to implement provisions from the 21st Century Cures Act passed and signed by President Barack Obama a month before he left office. The hearing centered on the mammoth new law that includes major tweaks to how FDA regulates drugs, devices and biologics, and provides ...
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    Gottlieb Discusses Efficiencies, Opioids, Pricing and More at National Press Club

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb took questions at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Friday, offering perspective on what the agency is doing to be more efficient, actions related to the opioid epidemic and how FDA plays a role in the drug pricing debate. In the question and answer section of the talk, Gottlieb noted the agency will be putting forth more guidelines to drive efficiencies in the development of new therapi...
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    Reps Question Gottlieb on Bayer's Follow-Up Essure Studies

    Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) on Monday sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb regarding concerns related to Bayer's postmarket study for its permanent birth control device Essure. A year and a half after Bayer's postmarket study was initiated, "It is unclear whether Bayer acted with urgency to enroll patients, or if the study results will be delayed. The FDA cannot continue to allow Bayer to drag its feet on...
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    Gottlieb: Next Steps in Opioid Crisis May be 'Uncomfortable'

    In testimony before the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the next steps in efforts to combat the ongoing opioid crisis will be difficult, but necessary given the spread of the epidemic. "We'll need to touch clinical practice in ways that may make some parties uncomfortable," Gottlieb said, pointing to restrictions on prescribing and mandatory education for physicians as possible steps. "Long ago we ran out of stra...