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    Physicians’ Favorable Views of FDA Drug Approval Standards Underscore ‘Disconnect,’ Survey Finds

    A research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Tuesday highlights the “disconnect” between many physicians’ perceptions of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval process and the “current reality.” The findings are based on a survey aimed at gaging physicians’ attitudes toward FDA drug approval standards and off-label promotion, with a total of 686 survey (48% response rate) respondents listed by the American Board of Internal Medicine Diplom...
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    FDA Withdraws Proposed Rule on Generic Label Changes

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday withdrew a proposed rule on label changes for generic drugs after concerns were raised by commenters and FDA resources were considered. The proposed rule from 2013 would have allowed abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) holders for generic drugs to independently update and promptly distribute revised product labeling to reflect newly acquired safety-related information, even if the revised labeling may temporarily...
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    Stage Set for Merck’s SCOTUS Case Over Warnings in Labels

    With the acting solicitor general set to participate in oral arguments before the Supreme Court on 7 January, the high court will be deciding a contentious case centered on who has the final say in warning labels on pharmaceuticals. The case, known as Merck v. Albrecht , presents the question of whether Merck should be held liable for failing to warn about the side effects of an osteoporosis drug, despite attempting to change the warning label and having FDA reject its...
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    Ruling Against Novartis Could Have Wider Implications for Generic Drug Labels

    California's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against Novartis in a decision that could have wider implications for whether brand-name or generic drugmakers should be held liable for warning consumers of risks in their drug labels. In a departure from other recent rulings, the highest California court found that a brand-name drug manufacturer's duty to warn consumers does extend to a generic, but only because federal regulations currently require generic drugs to carr...
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    FDA: Aspirin Manufacturers' Cardio Imagery is OK if Label Statement Included

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday said that it does not intend to take action against certain manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) aspirin products because the label includes cardiovascular-related imagery (e.g., heart image, electrocardiography graphic, stethoscope around a heart image) if the label also includes language as described in guidance finalized Monday. "Because of the potential side effects associated with long-term aspirin therapy...
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    Preparing for Dietary Supplement Label Changes Under the Final Rule for Nutrition and Supplements Facts Labels

    This article summarizes several key provisions introduced by FDA's new Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels rule with a specific focus on their effect on the development and marketing of dietary supplements. Potential implications of the new requirements and changes are presented and suggestions are provided for managing various aspects of the new rule. Introduction On 27 May 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register its final...
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    Expedited Approval Pathways Associated With Increased Safety-Related Label Changes, Study Finds

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasingly granting faster reviews via expedited regulatory pathways, but a new article published in the British Medical Journal found a higher association with these expedited pathways and the likelihood of safety-related labeling changes than with non-expedited pathways. In their analysis of 15 years of data, authors Sana Mostaghim, Joshua Gagne and Aaron Kesselheim of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law...
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    10 Hot-Button Issues FDA’s New Commissioner Will Face

    Like his predecessors, Scott Gottlieb, the newly sworn-in commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will have a full plate to tackle as he takes the reins of the short-staffed agency. Opioid Epidemic At the forefront of the agenda is what Gottlieb called his "highest immediate priority" in the confirmation hearing: the opioid crisis. While acknowledging that FDA’s past actions may have been too incremental, Gottlieb will now have to deal with ...
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    Generic Drug Industry Group Seeks FDA Regulation Changes

    The Association of Accessible Medicines (AAM), formerly known as the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, has recommended five major US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation tweaks in a letter to the Department of Commerce. In addition to citing a lack of clarity in the regulations governing the permitting processes of large life sciences projects, David Gaugh, SVP for sciences and regulatory affairs at AAM, called for five actions to reduce the regulatory bu...
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    Medical Product Communications: Industry Seeks to Reform FDA Draft Guidances

    With a flood of new comments, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies are seeking changes to two draft guidances explaining the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) evolving policies on industry communications with payers and claims that adhere to a drug's label. Introduced in January, the draft Q&A documents detail how drug and device firms can discuss unapproved medical products with payers in ways that are "truthful and non-misleading," as well...
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    FDA Requires Label Changes to Better Protect Children From Pain and Cough Medicines

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced label changes to two opioids, codeine and tramadol (found in various prescription pain and cough medicines and some over-the-counter cough medicines), to better protect children from serious risks. Labels for both codeine and tramadol are being updated to include additional “Contraindications and Warnings.” Among the updates are contraindications for use of codeine or tramadol in all children younger...
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    House Bill Seeks to Expand Off-Label ‘Scientific Exchange’ Between Industry, Doctors

    While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) attempts to re-work its policy on off-label use communications, Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has introduced a new bill that would further allow pharmaceutical companies to discuss such uses with physicians. GOP representatives have criticized FDA recently for failing to update its policies on off-label use communications as the agency has lost several recent court cases on the issue , and has questioned the need for loos...