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US Supreme Court to Consider Biosimilar Patent Process Next Week By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 April 2017

The highest court in the US next Wednesday will take up a fight over the so-called biosimilar "patent dance" and whether biosimilar companies have to notify reference product sponsors of the impending marketing of a new product, likely leading to a decision with ramifications for all subsequent biosimilars approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Ethics, Government affairs

Tags: biosimilars, Amgen, Sandoz, patents

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

IMDRF Offers New Guideline on Adverse Event Reporting By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 April 2017

As a way to improve the accuracy and capture of medical device adverse events, the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF), a voluntary and global group of device regulators, on Monday published a new final guideline on a harmonized terminology for reporting such events.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, IMDRF, Compliance, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices, Postmarket surveillance, Quality

Tags: adverse events for medical devices, IMDRF guideline, GHTF

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

FDA Warns Pfizer Clinical Investigator Over Chantix Study By Zachary Brennan - Published 05 April 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent in January to a clinical investigator working on a study of Pfizer’s nicotine addiction treatment Chantix (varenicline tartrate).

Categories: News, US, FDA, Clinical, Compliance, Drugs, Due Diligence

Tags: Chantix, Pfizer, clinical trial, warning letter

EU and US Regulations for Chemical Components in Medical Devices By Kenneth Stanvick - Published 31 March 2017

This article discusses a number of regulations directed at the use of chemical components in medical devices, both in the EU and US. The author reviews legislation, offers compliance advice and warns about the penalties of noncompliance.

Categories: Features, Europe, US, EC, FDA, Compliance, Medical Devices

Tags: Chemical Components, Restricted Substances

Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan: Organizational Structure, Functions and Future Challenges By Shahid Hussain, RPh, PharmD - Published 30 March 2017

This article discusses the development of a more effective pharmaceutical regulatory environment in Pakistan through the establishment of a regulatory agency designed to address current good manufacturing practices and quality management systems for drug production to improve the availability, accessibility and affordability of drugs.

Categories: Features, Compliance, Drugs, Quality, Submission and registration

Tags: DRAP, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan

Drug Supply Chain Security: New APEC Toolkit to Aid Collaboration By Zachary Brennan - Published 28 March 2017

With the pharmaceutical supply chain becoming more global and complex, regulators, industry groups and academics from around the world have developed a new toolkit of resources to increase harmonization across borders to ensure the quality of drugs from manufacture through ingestion.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, APEC, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Drugs, Government affairs, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: pharmaceutical supply chain, good manufacturing practices, good distribution practices, fake drugs

FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs Realignment to Begin in May By Michael Mezher - Published 28 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), which carries out the agency's inspection program, will officially begin a major overhaul in the coming weeks, according to FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Director Jeffrey Shuren.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Compliance, Medical Devices

Tags: Office of Regulatory Affairs, Inspections, Jeffrey Shuren, House Energy & Commerce

EMA Calls to Suspend More Than 300 Drugs due to Unreliable Studies From Indian CRO By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 March 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday announced it is recommending the suspension of more than 300 approvals and applications for generic drugs for which bioequivalence studies were conducted by Chennai, India-based contract research organization (CRO) Micro Therapeutic Research Labs.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Compliance, Generic drugs, Product withdrawl and retirement, Research and development

Tags: Indian CRO, CRO suspension, EMA suspension, generic drugs

FDA Warns Two Drugmakers in China and India for Data Integrity Violations By Michael Mezher - Published 21 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned two drugmakers, USV Private Limited in Daman, India and Jinan Jinda Pharmaceutical Chemistry Co., Ltd. in Zhangqiu City, China, over data integrity and manufacturing issues uncovered during inspections last year.

Categories: News, China, India, US, FDA, APIs, Compliance, Drugs, Manufacturing

Tags: Data Integrity

FDA Concurs With WHO on Rare Lymphoma Linked to Breast Implants By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday said it now concurs with the World Health Organization’s designation of an association between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Categories: News, US, FDA, TGA, WHO, Compliance, Medical Devices, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: breast implants, lymphoma, BIA-ALCL

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

New FDA Warning Letters Highlight CGMP Deviations at API Plants in China, India By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released two new warning letters for active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers Badrivishal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals and Lumis Global Pharmaceuticals, both sent 2 March.

Categories: News, Asia, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Compliance, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: warning letters, API manufacturers, water and pharmaceuticals

FDA Drafts List of Class II Devices to be Exempt From Premarket Notification By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began implementing the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act on Monday by publishing a draft list of class II devices that will be exempt from premarket notification requirements, or 510(k)s.

Categories: News, US, CDRH, Compliance, Due Diligence, Government affairs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Class II devices, 21st Century Cures, FD&C Act

EU Industry Groups Urge Caution on Biosimilar Switching By Zachary Brennan - Published 09 March 2017

Three EU biopharmaceutical industry groups are offering key considerations to physicians when switching from a biologic reference product to its biosimilar or from one biosimilar of a reference product to another, according to a new position paper released on Thursday.

Categories: Europe, EC, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: biosimilars, biosimilar switching, regulatory requirements biosimilars

FDA Warns Wockhardt Subsidiary, Says Seven of Company's Facilities Out of Compliance By Michael Mezher - Published 08 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Wockhardt subsidiary Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals over quality control and data integrity issues.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Compliance, Drugs, Manufacturing

Tags: Warning Letter, Data Integrity

FDA Warns China API Manufacturer for Data Integrity Violations By Michael Mezher - Published 01 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late February warned Fosun Pharmaceutical subsidiary, the formerly Chinese state-owned Chongqing Pharmaceutical Research Institute (CPRI), over data integrity issues.

Categories: News, China, US, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Compliance, Drugs

Tags: Data Integrity

EC Unveils Revised Guideline on Pharmaceutical Excipients By Zachary Brennan - Published 28 February 2017

The European Commission on Tuesday opened for public comment a revised guideline concerning the list of excipients, defined as any constituents of a medicinal product other than the active substance and the packaging material, which must be included on the labeling of medicines, as well as the way in which these excipients must be indicated. 

Categories: News, US, EC, EMA, Compliance, Drugs, Quality

Tags: excipients, excipient guideline, European Commission guidance

Genentech Files Complaint Over Amgen’s Development of Avastin Biosimilar By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 February 2017

Roche’s Genentech filed a complaint in Delaware District Court last week charging that Amgen, which is developing a biosimilar version of Genentech’s blockbuster cancer treatment Avastin (bevacizumab), has obstructed its ability to determine whether the manufacture and/or sale of Amgen’s biosimilar would infringe Genentech’s patents.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Regulatory intelligence, Submission and registration

Tags: Genentech, Roche, Avastin, Amgen, biosimilars

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

AbbVie, Novartis Criticize FDA’s Guidance on Nonproprietary Names for Biologics and Biosimilars By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 February 2017

Biopharmaceutical companies Novartis and AbbVie are taking issue with the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) burdensome plan to require retroactive changes to the nonproprietary names of existing biologics and biosimilars, according to comments sent to the agency this week.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Labeling, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: biosimilars, nonproprietary names for biosimilars, nonproprietary names for biologics, FDA guidance

FDA Warns Fresenius Kabi Subsidiary Over Promotional Materials By Michael Mezher - Published 15 February 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) has warned Fenwal, a Fresenius Kabi subsidiary, for the second time due to promotional materials for the company's platelet additive solution.

Categories: News, US, CBER, Advertising and Promotion, Blood, Compliance, Drugs

Tags: Fenwal, Fresenius Kabi, InterSol, Amicus, Promotional Materials