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Researchers Call on FDA to Follow EMA's Lead in Publishing Study Reports By Michael Mezher - Published 22 February 2017

Two researchers are calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to follow the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) lead in proactively publishing clinical study reports.

Categories: News, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs

Tags: Clinical Trial Transparency

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

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

TTIP on Thin Ice Likely to Delay US-EU Mutual GMP Recognition Deal By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 February 2017

A deal to further harmonize and mutually recognize good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections between the US and EU has run into a speed bump, as the EU ambassador to the US said Wednesday that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is in a state of pause as there is no one within President Donald Trump’s administration with whom to continue discussions.

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

Tags: mutual GMP recognition, TTIP, EU-US trade deals

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

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

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

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

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

House Bill Seeks to Add Mandatory Drug Recall Authority to FDA’s Arsenal By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 February 2017

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) on Thursday introduced a new bill that will allow the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do what many assume it already can: Require pharmaceutical or over-the-counter drug companies to stop marketing unsafe products.

Categories: US, FDA, Drugs, Product withdrawl and retirement, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: DeLauro, mandatory drug recall, FDA authority, drug recalls, homeopathic

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

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

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

FDA Revises Bioequivalence Guidance for Generic Durezol Following Novartis Petition By Michael Mezher - Published 14 February 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday revised its draft bioequivalence (BE) guidance detailing the agency's expectations for generic versions of Durezol (difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion) in response to a citizen petition from Alcon and its parent company Novartis.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Generic drugs, Submission and registration

Tags: Durezol, Difluprednate Ophthalmic Emulsion, Alcon, Novartis, Citizen Petition, Bioequivalence

CDRH and CDER Send Warning Letters to Six Asian Companies By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 February 2017

The flurry of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters continued on Tuesday with the release of six new warning letters for pharmaceutical and medical device companies in China, India, Taiwan and Japan.

Categories: News, Asia, US, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Drugs, Government affairs, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Quality

Tags: warning letters, China drug manufacturing, India drug manufacturing

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

EMA, Drugmakers Weigh FDA Draft Guidance on Physiologically Based PK Analyses By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 February 2017

With an eye toward more harmonization, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) earlier this month weighed in on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft guidance on physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PK) analyses, alongside pharmaceutical companies including Novartis, Merck and Bayer.

Categories: News, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, Clinical, Drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: PBPK modeling and simulation, EMA and FDA harmonization, Bayer, Merck, Novartis

Sen. Grassley Opens Inquiry Into Orphan Drug Act By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 February 2017

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) on Friday confirmed to Focus that he is gathering more information and discussing with his staff and interested parties a possible inquiry into the Orphan Drug Act’s abuses leading to high drug prices.

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

Tags: Orphan Drug Act, Grassley, orphan drugs

Internal HHS Memo: Some FDA Employees Will be Exempt From Trump Hiring Freeze By Zachary Brennan - Published 09 February 2017

An internal memo from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) obtained by Focus on Thursday reveals that a number of positions at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), particularly within the Office of New Drugs, will likely be exempt from President Donald Trump’s federal hiring freeze.

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

Tags: employee freeze, HHS memo, FDA staffing, federal hiring freeze

FDA Details Combination Product Postmarket Safety Reporting Requirements By Michael Mezher - Published 09 February 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to clarify its expectations for combination product manufacturers adjusting to the agency's recently released final rule for postmarket safety reporting.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Combination products, Postmarket surveillance

Tags: Postmarketing Safety Reporting, PMSR, Combination Products, Record Retention

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

Public Citizen Petitions FDA to Pull Some IV Solutions By Zachary Brennan - Published 08 February 2017

Consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen on Wednesday petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately require the removal of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) intravenous (IV) solutions from the market because their risks outweigh their limited benefits and there are other, safer alternative IV solutions.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Product withdrawl and retirement

Tags: HES IV solutions, citizen petition, Public Citizen, IV safety