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FDA to Texas and Arizona: Destroy or Export Detained Shipments of Execution Drugs By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 April 2017

After a lengthy wait, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially told Texas and Arizona that their imported execution drugs cannot be used because they were unlawfully obtained.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Drugs, Due Diligence

Tags: sodium thiopental, execution drugs, FDA and state executions, misbranded drugs

FDA Requires Label Changes to Better Protect Children From Pain and Cough Medicines By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 April 2017

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.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Government affairs, Labeling

Tags: codeine, tramadol, label changes

Theranos Agrees to Two Year Ban, Refunds Every Arizonan Who Purchased a Blood Test By Zachary Brennan - Published 18 April 2017

As part of an agreement reached with Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich, the medical device startup Theranos on Tuesday agreed to pay $4.65 million for about 1.5 million blood tests sold to more than 175,000 Arizonans.

Categories: News, US, Compliance, Crisis management, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices

Tags: Theranos, blood test, Arizona, CMS

FDA Warns LA-Based Medical Food Company for Clinical Trial Without an IND By Zachary Brennan - Published 18 April 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter released Tuesday says that Los Angeles-based Targeted Medical Pharma ran a clinical investigation of a medical food without first submitting an investigational new drug (IND) application to the agency.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Clinical, Compliance, Crisis management, Nutritional and dietary supplements, Research and development

Tags: warning letter, LA medical foods, medical food clinical trial

EMA Board Adopts New Policy on Whistleblowing By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 April 2017

With an aim to encourage whistleblowers and others to feel safe coming forward with possible details of improprieties, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Management Board on Monday adopted a new policy detailing how the agency handles such allegations, including those that could have an impact on the evaluation and supervision of medicines.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Compliance, Crisis management, Government affairs

Tags: whistleblower, EMA policy, OLAF, clinical trial whistleblowing

A Peek Behind the Curtain: 706 FDA Form 483 Requests in 2016 for Indian and Chinese Manufacturers By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 April 2017

As China and India continue to manufacture about 80% of all active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for the US market, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with regulating these manufacturing sites and in 2016 that involved issuing hundreds of Form 483s and responding to more than 700 requests for the inspection reports.

Categories: News, Asia, US, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Compliance, Crisis management, Government affairs, Manufacturing

Tags: Form 483, FDA inspection reports, API manufacturing

European Parliament Calls for Rapid Relocation of EMA Headquarters By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 April 2017

The European Parliament on Wednesday called for an agreement to be reached “as quickly as possible” to relocate the headquarters of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) following the UK’s decision to exit the EU.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: Brexit, EMA, European Parliament, Kent Woods

UK Triggers Brexit: What’s Next for the UK, MHRA and EMA? By Zachary Brennan - Published 29 March 2017

UK Prime Minister Teresa May on Wednesday set in motion the UK’s departure from the EU over the next two years, guaranteeing the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will see some significant changes over the next few years.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Brexit, EMA, MHRA, new EMA headquarters

Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Offers Fast-Track Approvals to HIV, Hepatitis Combo Products (28 March 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 28 March 2017

Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.

Categories: News, Asia, CDSCO, Biologics and biotechnology, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Asia regulatory roundup, fast-track approvals, combination products, antibiotic resistance

Four Former FDA Commissioners: Drug Importation to Reduce Costs is 'Complex and Risky' By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 March 2017

As Congress looks to address the problem of rising prescription drug prices, four former US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioners told members in an open letter from last week that importing cheaper medicines from Canada and elsewhere is "a complex and risky approach."

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: drug imports, Bernie Sanders, Califf, Hamburg, commissioners on drug imports

House Committee Asks FDA for More Info on Contaminated Heparin Investigations By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 March 2017

Four Republicans on the House Committee on Energy & Commerce sent a letter on Wednesday to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acting commissioner Stephen Ostroff seeking additional information on FDA’s investigations into a heparin contamination crisis from a decade ago that are now closed.

Categories: News, China, US, FDA, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs, Manufacturing

Tags: heparin, China heparin, House E&C, FDA investigations

FDA Warns of Increased Risk of Serious Pancreatitis with Allergan’s Viberzi By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 March 2017

Following the death of two patients without a gallbladder on Allergan’s irritable bowel drug Viberzi (eluxadoline), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned about the increased risk of serious pancreatitis in such patients.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Drugs, Postmarket surveillance

Tags: Viberzi, pancreatitis, Viberzi deaths, gallbladder

FDA Transparency: Agency’s Hands Tied by its own Regulations By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 March 2017

Ask a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official how many biosimilar applications are actually under review, or the details of a recent Complete Response Letter (CRL), and he or she will explain how the agency cannot offer any more details than what is already publicly known, even if what has been made public is not aligned with reality.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: FDA transparency, CRLs, biosimilars

Celgene, Takeda and Others Found in Breach of UK’s Pharma Code of Practice By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 March 2017

When is it OK for a pharmaceutical company to fail to quality check bags stored in a basement for three years before supplying them to pharmacies to use when dispensing the chemotherapy Navelbine (vinorelbine) to patients? Apparently never, according to Tuesday’s rundown of companies breaching the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry’s (APBI) Code of Practice.

Categories: News, Europe, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Crisis management, Drugs, Ethics

Tags: Celgene, Takeda, Pierre Fabre, PMCPA, ABPI

Pharma Inspection Co-operation Scheme Criticizes Plan to Lower GMP Requirements for ATMPs By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 March 2017

The regulatory group known as the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) said in a letter released this week that it is “unanimously concerned” about the public health and safety impact of a new European Commission guideline that would lower good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements for advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs).

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, EC, FDA, Health Canada, MHRA, TGA, WHO, Crisis management, Government affairs, Manufacturing

Tags: PIC/S, good manufacturing practice for ATMP, European Commission consultation

FDA Warns Pfizer’s Kansas Site Following Cardboard Found in Sterile Injectables By Zachary Brennan - Published 28 February 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent earlier this month to Pfizer subsidiary Hospira’s Kansas-based site, finding that the company’s investigations into complaints of visible particulates in sterile injectables were inadequate.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Drugs, Manufacturing

Tags: Pfizer, Hospira, Copaxone, Teva, warning letter

FDA Continues to Reduce Generic Drug Backlog By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 February 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday revealed that it approved more than 700 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for generic drugs in 2016, though the number of ANDAs pending an industry response also rose by more than 700.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Generic drugs, Government affairs

Tags: ANDA approvals, generic drug backlog, generic drug dashboard

EC Will Not Offer a Timeline for Phasing Out Non-Human Primate Research By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 February 2017

The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) released a preliminary opinion earlier this month reiterating the consensus that, when alternatives do not exist, appropriate use of non-human primates (NHPs) remains essential to some biomedical and biological research, as well as for the safety assessment of pharmaceuticals.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, Compliance, Crisis management, Drugs, Ethics, Government affairs, Human cell and tissue, Medical Devices, Preclinical

Tags: animal research, drug safety testing, non-human primates, European Commission Opinion

Senators Call on HHS to Allow Canadian Drug Imports if Prices Spike By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 February 2017

Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), John McCain (R-AZ) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Tuesday sent a letter to Tom Price, the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), calling on him to fast-track the approval of prescription drugs imported from Canada in four different circumstances, including if the price of a drug increases significantly.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: Klobuchar, McCain, Grassley, Canada drug imports, drug prices

EMA Reviews Safety of PAH Medicine Following 5 Deaths in France By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 February 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) signaled Tuesday that doctors can continue to use Actelion Pharmaceuticals’ pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) medicine Uptravi (selexipag) while the agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) evaluates its safety following the deaths of five patients taking the medicine in France.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: Uptravi, PRAC, Actelion

Sanders, Cummings Slam Marathon’s $89,000 Price Tag for Old Steroid By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 February 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Monday wrote to Illinois-based Marathon Pharmaceuticals CEO Jeffrey Aronin, calling the company’s plan to charge $89,000 annually for its recently approved treatment “outrageous.”

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: Marathon, Emflaza, Deflazacort, steroid, DMD

FDA Warns of Risks From Fluid-Filled Stomach Balloons to Treat Obesity By Zachary Brennan - Published 09 February 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday sent a letter to health care providers noting the receipt of dozens of reports for two different types of adverse events linked to fluid-filled intragastric balloons used to treat obesity. 

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Medical Devices, Postmarket surveillance

Tags: fluid-filled intragastric balloons, obesity treatment, obesity, balloon system

Hiring Freeze at FDA: Upton and DeGette Say it Puts Priorities at Risk By Zachary Brennan - Published 07 February 2017

Hampering the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ability to hire puts bipartisan priorities at risk, Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Government affairs

Tags: hiring freeze, FDA employee vacancies, FDA hiring, Upton, DeGette, OMB

Trump’s ‘Two Out, One In’ Regulatory Policy May Apply to Some FDA Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 February 2017

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) late last week offered guidance to federal agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), trying to figure out how the new “two out, one in” executive order (EO) will impact their issuance of guidance and rulemakings moving forward.

Categories: Compliance, Crisis management, Due Diligence, Ethics, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: "two out, one in," Trump regulatory policy, FDA regulations

Trump to Pharma CEOs: 75% to 80% of FDA Regulations Will be Eliminated By Zachary Brennan - Published 31 January 2017

In a sign of what’s to come for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), President Donald Trump told pharmaceutical company CEOs Tuesday that his administration will be “cutting regulations at a level no one has ever seen before.”

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Trump, FDA regulations, pharmaceutical CEOs, Trump meeting