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Regulatory Recon: Kite CAR-T Therapy Nabs FDA Priority Review; UnitedHealth, Merck Sign Pact to Explore Value-Based Payments (26 May 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 26 May 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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European Commission: Cranberry Products Are Not Medical Devices By Zachary Brennan - Published 26 May 2017

The European Commission's regulatory committee on medical devices on 19 May voted in favor of the commission's decision that products "whose principal intended action, depending on proanthocyanidins (PAC) present in cranberry extract, is to prevent or treat cystitis," also known as bladder inflammation or infection, "are not medical devices within the meaning of Article 1 (2) (a) of the Medical Devices Directive."

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

Tags: cranberries, UTIs, bladder infections, medical devices and cranberries

FDA, EMA and PMDA Seek Antimicrobial Clinical Study Regulation Harmonization By Zachary Brennan - Published 26 May 2017

For the second time in seven months, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) met in late April to discuss their approaches for evaluating antimicrobial agents, with the aim of identifying areas for convergence.

Categories: News, Asia, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, PMDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic resistance, new antibiotics

EMA Adds Five Therapies to PRIME Scheme, Bringing Total to 25 By Michael Mezher - Published 26 May 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday announced that it has accepted five additional therapies to its PRIME (PRIority MEdicines) scheme, bringing the total number of products accepted to the program to 25.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Regulatory strategy

Tags: PRIME, Priority Medicines

Copaxone Generics: Who Will Win First Filer Exclusivity? By Zachary Brennan - Published 25 May 2017

Generic versions of Teva’s multi-billion-dollar per year multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone (glatiramer) are coming, but a closer look at which competitor might win the coveted 180-day exclusivity for its generic reveals an unusual and complex situation.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Generic drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Copaxone, Teva, Mylan, Momenta, Synthon, Dr. Reddy's

Regulatory Recon: GW Set to File Cannabis-Based Epilepsy Drug; Roche, Biogen Looking Into Report of Rare Brain Infection in MS Patient (25 May 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 25 May 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 Panel Backs Hospira's Epogen Biosimilar in 14-1 Vote By Michael Mezher - Published 25 May 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) on Thursday voted 14-to-1 in support of approving Pfizer subsidiary Hospira's proposed biosimilar to Amgen's anemia drug Epogen (epoetin alfa) for all four of its indications.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Submission and registration

Tags: Epoetin alfa, Epogen, Hospira, Pfizer, Amgen, Biosimilar

Gottlieb: FDA Hiring Freeze Lifted, Plans for Increased Generic Competition Coming By Zachary Brennan - Published 25 May 2017

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb was in the hot seat on Thursday to defend President Donald Trump's budget plan to the House appropriations committee, though the conversation quickly dovetailed away from the billion-dollar user fee increase proposed in the budget and revealed that FDA as of Thursday is no longer subject to a hiring freeze.

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

Tags: Scott Gottlieb, FDA budget 2018, FDA user fees, drug prices

European Regulatory Roundup: Merck Accused of Blocking Remicade Biosimilars (25 May 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 25 May 2017

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

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

Tags: Remicade biosimilar, ENVI, whistleblowers

FDA Issues 483 to Repro-Med Over Reporting, Quality Systems Issues By Michael Mezher - Published 24 May 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an inspection report detailing eight observations to medical device maker Repro-Med Systems following a seven-day inspection of the company's Chester, NY facility in late 2016.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Medical Devices

Tags: Form 483

FDA Cracks Down on TV Ad for Prescription Weight Loss Drug By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 May 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) sent its first untitled letter of 2017 to Orexigen Therapeutics for a television ad that created a misleading impression about the safety of the weight loss drug Contrave (naltrexone HCl and bupropion HCl).

Categories: News, US, FDA, Advertising and Promotion, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: OPDP, Contrave, untitled letter, drug advertisements, TV drug ads

FDA Warns Chinese API Manufacturer for a Lack of Written and Quality-Related Procedures By Zachary Brennan - Published 23 May 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent to China-based active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer Changzhou Jintan Qianyao Pharmaceutical Raw Material Factory for, among other issues, failing to have written procedures on its handling of raw materials.

Categories: News, China, US, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Crisis management, Manufacturing

Tags: FDA warning letters, China API manufacturers

EMA Offers Draft Guideline on Serious Breaches of Clinical Trial Regulations By Zachary Brennan - Published 23 May 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday opened for public consultation a new guideline on serious breaches of clinical trial regulations or clinical trial protocols.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Clinical, Compliance, Government affairs, Research and development

Tags: clinical trial regulations, EMA guideline

Trump’s 2018 Budget Seeks Last-Minute Renegotiation of FDA User Fee Deals By Zachary Brennan - Published 23 May 2017

President Donald Trump's FY 2018 budget proposal for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), leaked late Monday, seeks a last-minute renegotiation of user fee deals forged over the last two years to make up for about a 30% decrease in the agency’s budget.

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

Tags: Trump budget, FY 2018 FDA budget

Gottlieb Establishes FDA Committee to Confront Opioid Crisis By Zachary Brennan - Published 23 May 2017

Newly-confirmed US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday began to address what he deems to be his "highest initial priority," which is to "reduce the scope of the epidemic of opioid addiction."

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

Tags: opioids, Scott Gottlieb, Opioid Policy Steering Committee

Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment; Alexion C-Suite Overhaul (23 May 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 23 May 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Recon, a daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Asia, Europe, US, EC, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, TGA, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices

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Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Seeks to Exempt More Devices From Clinical Trials (23 May 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 23 May 2017

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

Categories: News, Asia, Oceania, CDSCO, CFDA, TGA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Manufacturing, Medical Devices

Tags: Asia Regulatory Roundup, NPPA, medical device exemptions, PIC/S

WHO Elects First African Director-General By Zachary Brennan - Published 23 May 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday announced that Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia has been elected by member states as the new Director-General of WHO.

Categories: News, Africa, WHO, Government affairs

Tags: Director-General WHO

A First for FDA: Cancer Treatment Approved for Any Solid Tumor with a Specific Biomarker By Zachary Brennan - Published 23 May 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday granted accelerated approval to Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for patients whose cancers have a specific biomarker.

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

Tags: Keytruda, Merck, biomarkers, oncology approvals

New Indication for Roche’s Actemra Means First FDA-Approved Drug to Treat Giant Cell Arteritis By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 May 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday expanded the approved use of Roche’s Actemra (tocilizumab) to treat adults with giant cell arteritis, making it the first FDA-approved therapy for this condition.

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

Tags: Actemra, Roche, giant cell arteritis, monoclonal antibodies

Regulatory Recon: WHO Hosts 70th World Health Assembly; AstraZeneca Sells Rights to Heart Drug for $300M (22 May 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 May 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Recon, a daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, US, FDA, MHLW, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices

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EMA to Launch Revamped EudraVigilance System to Monitor Adverse Events By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 May 2017

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) management board on Monday endorsed the launch on 22 November 2017 of an improved system for collecting and monitoring suspected adverse events.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Postmarket surveillance, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: EudraVigilance, ICSR, adverse events, marketing authorisation holders

Australia Considers Allowing the Marketing of Devices Approved Overseas By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 May 2017

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Monday unveiled a plan to further converge its medical device regulations with those from comparable overseas regulators and allow for the use of devices that have received marketing approvals from some foreign authorities.

Categories: News, Oceania, TGA, Government affairs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Australia's TGA, medical devices in Australia, conformity assessments, regulation of devices

FDA to Drug Manufacturers: Beware Water-Borne Contaminants By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 May 2017

With a crop of recent product recalls due to Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) contamination, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday warned drug manufacturers of non-sterile, water-based drug products of the dangers that BCC and other water-borne opportunistic pathogens pose.

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

Tags: pharmaceutical contamination, FDA on contamination, BCC, water contaminants

Doctors Without Borders Appeals Exclusive License Granted to Sanofi for Zika Vaccine By Zachary Brennan - Published 19 May 2017

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Friday appealed the US Department of Defense’s decision to grant an exclusive, royalty-bearing license to Sanofi Pasteur for patents to a Zika vaccine developed with US government funds.

Categories: News, US, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Research and development

Tags: Doctors Without Borders, MSF, Zika vaccine, Sanofi