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Regulatory Recon: PhRMA CEO Says FDA Review Process Should Remain the 'Gold Standard'; BMS Takeover Rumors Rise After Icahn Buys Stake (22 February 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 22 February 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence

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21st Century Cures Act Deadlines Approach in March and June By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 February 2017

The massive 21st Century Cures Act, rushed to passage in the waning days of President Barack Obama’s presidency, features a whole host of provisions that will take years for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to digest and implement, but it also includes several provisions that must be addressed by 13 March.

Categories: News, US, DOJ, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Government affairs, Medical Devices

Tags: 21st Century Cures, Cures Act, NIH and Cures, clinicaltrials.gov, patient experience data and FDA

Regulatory Recon: Amphastar Hit With CRL for Intranasal Nalaxone; NICE Rejects Ipsen's Cabometyx in Draft Guideline (21 February 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 21 February 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence

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FDA’s Pazdur and Blumenthal: The March of Checkpoint Inhibitors Will Continue By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 February 2017

More approvals of new immune-checkpoint inhibitors, targeted and personalized therapies, as well as the use of real-world evidence are coming in the near future, Richard Pazdur, director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and associate director Gideon Blumenthal wrote in a comment published this week in Nature.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Research and development

Tags: oncology, Pazdur, Oncology Center of Excellence, FDA cancer drug approvals

Senators Look to Overhaul Medical Device Inspections By Michael Mezher - Published 21 February 2017

Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Michael Bennett (D-CO) have introduced a bill that looks dramatically alter the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) process for inspecting device manufacturers.

Categories: News, US, CDRH, Government affairs, Medical Devices

Tags: Inspections

Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Applies Price Controls on Stents (21 February 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 21 February 2017

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

Categories: News, Asia, CDSCO, TGA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: stents in India, substandard drugs, complementary medicines

EMA Outlines GCP Inspection Plan for 2017 By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 February 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday released its 2017 work plan for good clinical practice (GCP) inspections, which involves collaborating with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to limit duplicative inspections.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: GCP guidelines, GCP inspections, trial site inspections

Sarepta Sells Priority Review Voucher for $125M to Gilead By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 February 2017

Sarpeta Therapeutics on Tuesday sold its priority review voucher (PRV) to Gilead for $125 million, speeding up the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process for any future drug or biologic of Gilead’s choosing from 10 months to six months.

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

Tags: Sarepta, Gilead, priority review voucher, PRV, Cures

Biosimilars Council Urges Supreme Court to Reject Additional Six Months Exclusivity for Biologics By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 February 2017

In an amicus brief filed on Friday, the Biosimilars Council, a division of the newly rebranded Association for Accessible Medicines (previously the Generic Pharmaceutical Association), argues that the US Supreme Court should not give biologic manufacturers an additional six months of market exclusivity beyond the “already-generous twelve years” granted.

Categories: News, US, Biologics and biotechnology, Government affairs, Research and development, Submission and registration

Tags: biosimilars, GPhA, AAM, Biosimilars Council, Amgen, Sandoz

EU Court of Justice Clarifies Product Liability for Notified Bodies By Michael Mezher - Published 20 February 2017

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week issued its long-awaited judgement on a case that heavily influenced the new revisions of the EU's Medical Device Directives.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, Medical Devices, Quality

Tags: European Court of Justice, TÜV Rheinland, PIP Breast Implants, Notified Bodies

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

FDA Explains Why Newly Approved Biologic’s Name Lacks a Suffix By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 February 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new biologic this week, but its name did not adhere to recently finalized guidance calling for all new and previously approved biologics and biosimilars to have a four-letter random suffix attached to their nonproprietary names.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology

Tags: Valeant, Siliq, nonproprietary names of biologics, biosimilars

Transparency Push: EMA to Revise Policy on Document Access By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 February 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday proposed a revision to its policy on accessing documents, extending the scope to include corporate documents, and increasing the publication of clinical data for pharmaceuticals.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Due Diligence, Government affairs

Tags: pharmaceutical data transparency, EMA transparency

Regulatory Recon: Rep. Cummings Wanted to Talk Drug Prices With Trump; ANVISA Developing New Device Regulations (17 February 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 17 February 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence

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EMA Weighs New Guideline on Quality Requirements for Combination Products By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 February 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released for public consultation a new concept paper on developing a guideline on quality requirements of medicinal products containing a device component for delivery or use of the medicinal product.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Combination products, Quality

Tags: combination products, notified bodies, quality requirements

GAO: FDA's Ability to Monitor Drug Shortages Remains a Concern By Michael Mezher - Published 16 February 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) oversight of medical products remains a high-risk area for the federal government, particularly with regard to the agency's oversight of drug shortages, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released Wednesday.

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

Tags: GAO, Government Accountability Office, Drug Shortages

Industry Groups Petition FDA Over Revisions to ‘Intended Use’ Rule By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 February 2017

The Medical Information Working Group (MIWG), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) have petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following its “unexpected decision” last month to revise the definitions of “intended use” for drugs and medical devices.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: PhRMA, BIO, intended use, Allergan, rulemakings

CTTI Offers Recommendations for Pediatric Clinical Trials for Antibiotics By Michael Mezher - Published 16 February 2017

The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) has released a set of recommendations it says will improve the use of antibiotics in children.

Categories: News, EMA, FDA, Clinical, Drugs

Tags: Pediatric clinical trials, Antibacterial, Antibiotics, CTTI, Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative

European Regulatory Roundup: House of Lords Backs Change to Drug Pricing Bill to Appease Pharma Industry (16 February 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 16 February 2017

Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Business and Leadership, Government affairs

Tags: European regulatory roundup, biosimilars, Brexit

Regulatory Recon: Broad Triumphs in CRISPR Patent Dispute; FDA Approves Valeant Psoriasis Drug Siliq (16 February 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 16 February 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence

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China Works to Reduce Massive Backlog of Clinical Trial and Marketing Applications By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 February 2017

China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) is facing increasing pressure as a backlog of pharmaceutical marketing and clinical trial applications grow, though trial standards there are approaching those of international standards, according to a perspective published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology on Tuesday.

Categories: News, China, CFDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Compliance, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: CFDA, clinical trials in China, drug approvals in China

Regulatory Recon: Merck's Lead Alzheimer's Candidate Fails in Late Stage Study; EU Ready for First Cancer Biosimilars (15 February 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 15 February 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence

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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