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Regulatory Recon: FDA to Slow Reviews for Orphan Designation Public Weighs in on Faster FDA Reviews (11 May 2016)

Posted 11 May 2016 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: FDA to Slow Reviews for Orphan Designation Public Weighs in on Faster FDA Reviews (11 May 2016)

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In Focus: US

  • FDA Warns of Skin Reaction With Olanzapine (Medpage) (FDA)
  • Health Insurers Push to Tie Drug Prices to Outcomes (WSJ-$)
  • The Imprinter of All Maladies (Michael Eisen)
  • US Investigates Drugmaker Contracts With Pharmacy-Benefit Managers (WSJ-$) (Reuters)
  • Completely automated robotic surgery: on the horizon? (Reuters)
  • Public wary of faster approvals of new drugs, STAT-Harvard poll finds (STAT) (Report)
  • Big Drug Maker presses for money-back guarantee that its science will work (STAT)
  • FDA expands Imbruvica label with new survival data (Pharmafile)
  • FDA Considers New User Fee Program for OTC Drugs (Focus) (FDA Law Blog)
  • NIH's Exclusive Licenses to Biotech, Pharma Start-Ups: Lots of Secrecy, Few Successes (Focus)
  • Orphan Designation Requests To Get Slower Reviews (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Doctor-Device Deals Need Scrutiny, Report Says (WSJ-$) (MassDevice)
  • CDC labs repeatedly faced secret sanctions for mishandling bioterror germs (USA Today)

In Focus: International

  • Johnson & Johnson opens first international JLABs site in Canada (Fierce)
  • Supporting innovative SMEs as major drivers of new pharmaceutical developments (EMA)
  • IPEC-Americas Publishes Quality by Design Sampling Guide for Excipient Makers, Users, and Distributors (IPEC)
  • IVDs To Be Key Focus Of Penultimate, Three-Hour EU Reg Trilogue; Time For Progress? (Clinica-$)
  • Allergan Realigns Executive Team, Outlines $10 Billion Stock Buyback (WSJ)
  • Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Calls for Local Trials Ahead of Dengue Vaccine Launch (Focus)
  • Health Service Plans Poorly, Raising Costs, U.K. Lawmakers Say (Bloomberg)
  • Anne Deborah Atai-Omoruto, Who Helped Lead Ebola Fight in Liberia, Dies at 59 (NYTimes)
  • Russia postpones compulsory licensing of imported drugs until December (PharmaLetter-$)
  • UK cost body finally approves limited use of GSK's lupus drug (Reuters) (PharmaTimes)
  • Biosimilars In EU Seeing Reduced Clinical Data Requirements (Pink Sheet-$)
  • India seeks IMS Health guidance on PIC/S membership costs (Fierce)
  • Vaccines put brakes on yellow fever outbreaks, more may pop up: WHO (Reuters)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Turning FDA's 'Clunky' Drug Database Into A Useable Goldmine (SCRIP-$)
  • Biologics CDMO opens new facility in Research Triangle (Outsourcing-Pharma)
  • New Bill Would Speed FDA Review of OTC Contraceptives (Focus)
  • Fighting Depression: Ketamine Metabolite May Offer Benefits Without the Risks (NIH)
  • New Bill Submitted to Promote Development of Safe Drugs for Neonates (Congress)
  • Speed And Safety At The FDA: Generic Drug Approvals Reach Record Highs (Forbes)
  • 'Good enough' digital marketing not an option for pharma (PharmaPhorum)
  • Bill Ackman Selling Zoetis, But Other Firms Jumping In (Forbes)
  • Expected Growth in PBM Exclusion Lists Poses a Challenge to Drug Developers (Tufts CSDD)
  • CytRx Bear Thesis Explained: Why Sarcoma Drug Trial Will Fail (The Street)
  • Biosimilar Blocking Strategies: Janssen Gets Day In Court, Amgen Seeks FDA Docs (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Let's Put Opioids For Treating Addiction On Equal Footing With Prescribing Opioids For Pain (Health Affairs Blog)
  • New Approach to Genetic Analysis Yields Markers to Complex Diseases (DD&D)
  • F-Star: Growing interest in bispecific antibodies drove facility upgrade (BioPharma-Reporter)
  • A New Type of Investor Relations for Biopharma (RPM Report-$)
  • Repligen to expand chromatography column production capacity in US and Europe (BioPharma-Reporter)
  • Here are the major roadblocks between us and faster cures (Faster Cures)

US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Clinical Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • Initiating Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV at a Patient's First Clinic Visit: The RapIT Randomized Controlled Trial (PLOS)
  • H3 Biomedicine Receives FDA Acceptance for Investigational New Drug Application (Press)
  • WuXi Biologics Congratulates TESARO for Anti-TIM-3 Antibody IND Submission in the U.S. (Press)
  • Medivir Announces That Janssen Decided to Start a Phase IIb Study of Combinations of Simeprevir, Odalasvir and AL-335 for the Treatment of Hepatitis C (Press)
  • Camurus AB: Braeburn Pharmaceuticals and Camurus Announce Positive Results from Phase 2 Opioid Challenge Study with CAM2038 in Subjects with Opioid Use Disorder (Press)
  • Osel, Inc.'s Lead Product LACTIN-V Enters Phase 2b Study to Prevent Recurrence of Bacterial Vaginosis (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • J&J's DePuy buys shape-changing, minimally invasive small bone fixation tech startup (Fierce)
  • As Good As New: Latest Industry Standard Seeks To Demystify Device Refurbishment (SCRIP             -$)
  • Lungpacer Medical, Inc. Receives Expedited Access Pathway Designation from FDA for the Lungpacer Diaphragm Pacing System (Press)
  • TransEnterix shelves SurgiBot after FDA denial, turns to ALF-X  (MassDevice)             
  • Negotiating Prices For Real-World Data Can Lower FDA Submission Costs, Shuren Says (Gray Sheet-$)
  • Breast cancer detection rates of mammogram readers don't decline over time (MNT)
  • Researchers Hope This Invention Could Wave Away Medical Data Hacks (NPR)
  • Clinical trial underway for treatment of sleep apnea in adolescents with Down syndrome (MNT)
  • Layoffs ahead as Haemonetics restructures, names new CEO (MassDevice)

US: Assorted & Government

  • FDA Seeks to Redefine 'Healthy' (WSJ-$)
  • Olympus pays $306m to settle kickbacks case (MassDevice)
  • BIO Submits Comments Re: Medicare Program; Part B Drug Payment Model  (BIO)
  • As time runs out, the Obama administration races to reshape health care (STAT)
  • House Passes Five Bills To Curb Opioid Abuse (Law360-$)
  • Hillary Clinton Takes a Step to the Left on Health Care (NYTimes)
  • Failure to Train Preempted in California (Drug and Device  Law)
  • Genentech Facing Class Action Over Cancer Drug Skimping (Law360-$)
  • Zofran MDL Jurisdictional Analysis Bounces Non-Missouri Plaintiffs (Drug and Device Law)
  • Noted Skeptic Calls For More Randomized Nutrition Trials (CardioBrief)
  • FDA's Final Deeming Regulations Covers all "Tobacco Products" (FDA Law Blog)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • MHRA Drug Safety Update - May (MHRA)
  • EDQM Symposium on Challenges of Quality Requirements for Fish Vaccines (EDQM)
  • Evaluation of the 2nd Health Programme 2008-2013 published today! (EC)
  • Nice recommends two blood tests to rule out pre-eclampsia in pregnant women (Pharmafile)


  • Illumina Registers MiSeqDx for Clinical Use in South Korea (GenomeWeb)
  • Staff at Baidu cancer death scandal hospital in China disciplined: China Daily (Reuters)
  • Huya Bridges China's Novel Drugs With Overseas Markets (Forbes)


  • Government fixes ceiling price of 54 drug formulations (Economic Times)
  • UPFDA to recruit 100 lab staff for testing upgradation soon (PharmaBiz)
  • Health Ministry Responds To Parliament Inquiry On ADR, Prescribing Information (24 Insight)
  • Boehringer Seeks Approval Of Additional Strengths Of Synjardy In India? (24 Insight)
  • WHO Adds Macleods' Capreomycin (As Sulfate) To Prequalified List (24 Insight)
  • Par Lands USFDA Approval For Generic Buphenyl (24 Insight)
  • Indicus Scores USFDA Approval Of Norpramin Anda (24 Insight)
  • Zydus Cadila gets USFDA nod to sell generic diabetes drug (Economic Times)


  • Summary Safety Review - EYLEA (aflibercept) - Assessing the Risk of Side Effects Outside the Eye (systemic side effects) (Health Canada)
  • Dear Health Care Professional Letter – PRAXBIND (Health Canada)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • The Plan to Rescue Hawaii's Birds with Genetic Engineering (MIT Technology Review)
  • Folic acid still important for all women of childbearing age (Reuters)

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