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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

Navigating the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA) By Denise Gottfried MS, MBA, RAC, Patricia Maguire, PhD, Angeline Chooi, Adam Eldridge, PhD, Jonathan Gottfried, MBA - Published 25 May 2017

This article examines the benefits for both FDA and the medical device industry derived from "user fees" authorized by the passage of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA 2002) and its subsequent reauthorizations.

Categories: Features, US, CDRH, Medical Devices, Submission and registration

Tags: MDUFA, Medical Device User Fee Act, 510(k), PMA, User Fees

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

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

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

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

Tags: Regulatory Reconnaissance, Regulatory, Links, News, Regulatory News, Regulatory Intelligence, FDA News, EMA News

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

Tags: Regulatory Reconnaissance, Regulatory, Links, News, Regulatory News, Regulatory Intelligence, FDA News, EMA News

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

FDA Details How Kalydeco's Indication Expanded Without New Clinical Data By Michael Mezher - Published 19 May 2017

For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded a drug's indication without additional clinical data.

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

Tags: Kalydeco, Cystic Fibrosis

House Subcommittee Advances User Fee Reauthorizations By Zachary Brennan - Published 18 May 2017

Following its Senate counterparts, the Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Thursday advanced a bill to reauthorize the user fee agreements over the next five years for drugs, generic drugs, medical devices and biosimilars.

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

Tags: E&C, FDA user fees, user fee reauthorization

FDA, Industry Look for Gaps in Cybersecurity By Michael Mezher - Published 18 May 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday kicked off a fortuitously-timed public workshop on medical device cybersecurity, the agency's third on the subject to date.

Categories: News, US, CDRH, Medical Devices

Tags: Cybersecurity, WannaCry

Regulatory Recon: FDA Expands Use of CF Drug; ASCO Abstracts Released (18 May 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 18 May 2017

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

Categories: Canada, Europe, US, FDA, Health Canada, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices

Tags: ASCO, Regulatory Reconnaissance, Regulatory, Links, News, Regulatory News, Regulatory Intelligence, FDA News, EMA News

Biopharma Companies Take Issue With FDA's Draft Biosimilar Interchangeability Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 18 May 2017

Ahead of Friday's deadline for comments, a number of biopharmaceutical companies are seeking further clarification from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on various aspects of the draft biosimilar interchangeability guidance.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Government affairs, Labeling, Postmarket surveillance, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy, Research and development

Tags: biosimilars, interchangeability, FDA draft guidance, biosimilar guidance

Petition to FDA Seeks to Modify Trial Regulations Following Deaths By Zachary Brennan - Published 18 May 2017

A petition submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 has been updated recently, as it seeks to reform FDA requirements for investigational new drug (IND) applications, investigational device exemptions (IDEs) and new drug applications (NDAs).

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Postmarket surveillance

Tags: citizen petition, FDA petition, clinical trial regulations

HHS Secretary Pushes to Cut FDA Appropriations, Replace With More Industry Fees By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 May 2017

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price is continuing to push the Senate to further increase the industry fees paid to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which would upend the agreed-to amounts negotiated by FDA and industry for the next five years, and allow for further cuts to the agency’s congressional appropriations.

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

Tags: Tom Price, MDUFA IV, BsUFA II, PDUFA VI, GDUFA, user fees

FDA Warns of False Results With Common Lead Test By Michael Mezher - Published 17 May 2017

In the wake of a lead contamination crisis affecting cities across the country, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned that a commonly used line of lead testing systems may provide falsely low results under certain circumstances.

Categories: News, US, CDRH, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices

Tags: Lead, Magellan Diagnostics, LeadCare

Canada Proposes to Amend Drug Pricing Regulations By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 May 2017

For the first time in more than two decades, Canada’s government is looking to amend its drug pricing regulations to better protect Canadians from paying excessive prices for patented drugs.

Categories: News, Canada, US, FDA, Health Canada, NICE, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy, Research and development

Tags: drug pricing, Canada drug prices, QALY, PMPRB, generic drugmakers

New Study Says 63% of US Adults Trust FDA By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 May 2017

A study published Tuesday in PLOS reveals that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) might have more work to do to ensure Americans trust them.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Business and Leadership, Communication, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: FDA public opinion, CDC