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Generics Industry Calls FDA Draft Guidance on Priority Reviews 'Basically Inoperable' By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 September 2017

A generic drug industry group and several companies have taken issue with recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on pre-submission facility correspondence (PFC) that spells out what companies need to do to obtain faster reviews for generic drugs.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Generic drugs, Government affairs, Manufacturing

Tags: Pre-submission facility guidance, FDA draft guidance, priority generic drug reviews

FDA Offers Draft Guidance on Statistical Approaches to Evaluating Similarity for Biosimilars By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 September 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released another piece of the biosimilars puzzle for industry, offering new draft guidance on the type of information a sponsor should obtain about the structural/physicochemical and functional attributes of the reference product, how that information is used in the development of an analytical similarity assessment plan and the statistical approaches recommended for evaluating analytical similarity.

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

Tags: biosimilar guidance, analytical similarity, FDA guidance

EMA Explains Early Industry Engagements Following EU Ombudsman's Questions on Bias By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 September 2017

Following an inquiry into the perception of bias in early interactions between the biopharma industry and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), EMA executive director Guido Rasi tried to assure the EU ombudsman that the risk of bias is manageable.

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

Tags: EU ombudsman, early regulator engagement, pre-submission meetings

Balancing Hatch-Waxman: Stakeholders Weigh in After FDA’s Meeting By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 September 2017

Following a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meeting in July on generic drug competition, various stakeholders are offering written comments on reforms FDA and Congress could make to ensure the Hatch-Waxman amendments are not abused.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Compliance, Generic drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: REMS, Hatch-Waxman, generic drug competition

FDA's Woodcock: The Clinical Trials System is 'Broken' By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 September 2017

The clinical trials system is "broken" and there needs to be new ways to collect and utilize patient data, Janet Woodcock, director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, told a workshop on real world evidence (RWE) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Wednesday.

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

Tags: Janet Woodcock, real world evidence, real world data, drug development

Pfizer Sues J&J Over Contracts Blocking Remicade Biosimilars By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 September 2017

Pfizer on Wednesday filed a complaint in a US District Court in Pennsylvania alleging that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is using "improper exclusionary tactics" to maintain dominance on the US market for its blockbuster Remicade (infliximab) despite recently introduced competition.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance

Tags: Pfizer, J&J, infliximab, Remicade, Inflectra, Renflexis

FDA Warns Korean, Chinese Drugmakers By Zachary Brennan - Published 19 September 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released two warning letters sent recently to Korea-based Firson Co. and China's Wuxi Medical Instrument Factory detailing the firms' violations.

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

Tags: FDA warning letters, Wuxi Medical, Firson

Real World Evidence: FDA Commits to Advancing its Use By Zachary Brennan - Published 19 September 2017

To enable greater adoption of real world evidence (RWE) in clinical and regulatory decisions, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday the agency will need to work with the healthcare system to change the way clinical information is collected.

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

Tags: real world evidence, Scott Gottlieb, clinical data

UK’s MHRA Unveils Human Factors Guidance for Medical Devices By Zachary Brennan - Published 19 September 2017

As part of its work to minimize the risks from use error and promote safe practices, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Tuesday released new guidance on human factors and usability engineering for medical device manufacturers.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, MHRA, Combination products, Government affairs, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices

Tags: human factors guidance for medical devices, MHRA guidance, MDR

FDA Offers Draft Guidance on Organ Preservation Device Animal Studies By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 September 2017

As the national organ transplant waiting list continues to grow and donation and transplant rates remain stagnant, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released new draft guidance to help industry with recommendations on best practices for animal studies used to evaluate organ preservation devices.

Categories: News, US, CDRH, Clinical, Medical Devices

Tags: organ preservation, FDA draft guidance

Malaysia Issues Compulsory License for Gilead Hepatitis C Drug By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 September 2017

Late last month, Malaysia’s government issued a compulsory license in an effort to offer a less-expensive version of Gilead’s hepatitis C drug and increase access.

Categories: News, Asia, Drugs

Tags: Malaysia, Gilead, Hepatitis C, compulsory license

Regulatory Recon: Phase III Cancer Vaccine Trial Fails; EMA’s CHMP Recommends 13 Medicines for Approval (15 September 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 September 2017

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

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

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

FDA Transparency: Gottlieb Outlines What’s Coming By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 September 2017

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has been at the forefront of the Washington, D.C. conference circuit this week discussing new work that the agency he leads will undertake, with discussions Thursday at a Politico event, a speech Wednesday at the Friends of Cancer Research, a speech Monday at RAPS' Convergence and a speech last week at the National Health Research Forum.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: Scott Gottlieb, CRL transparency, REMS

FDA Approves First Biosimilar Cancer Treatment By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 September 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved Amgen’s biosimilar to Roche’s cancer treatment Avastin (bevacizumab). Amgen's biosimilar was approved under the brand name Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb).

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

Tags: Amgen, Mvasi, Avastin biosimilar

House Reps Seek More Transparency on Novartis-CMS Pricing Deal for Newly Approved CAR-T Therapy By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 September 2017

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and other House Democrats on Wednesday sent a letter to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), seeking to find out more information about an outcomes-based payment approach for Novartis’ newly approved chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) treatment Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) for certain pediatric and young adult patients with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Categories: News, US, Compliance, Reimbursement

Tags: CAR-T, outcomes-based deal, Novartis

FDA Unveils Higher PDUFA, Lower BsUFA Fees for FY 2018 By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 September 2017

With the new user fee deals signed into law, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday unveiled the revamped fee amounts that will apply from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018 for prescription drug and biosimilar application and programs.

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

Tags: BsUFA, PDUFA, FDA user fees 2018

Interchangeable Biosimilars vs. Biosimilars: Experts Explain Guidance, Discuss Development and Uptake By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 September 2017

Interchangeable biosimilars are headed to the US market over the next several years and discussion of the incoming products kicked off both the Biosimilars Council's conference on Wednesday and RAPS' Regulatory Convergence on Monday.

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

Tags: biosimilars, interchangeable biosimilars

Nonclinical Recommendations for Radiopharmaceuticals: FDA Drafts Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 September 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released draft guidance on nonclinical study recommendations for microdose radiopharmaceutical diagnostic drugs.

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

Tags: radiopharmaceuticals, nonclinical recommendations, FDA draft guidance

FDA to Close Loophole Allowing Companies to Skirt Pediatric Study Requirements By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 September 2017

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Tuesday that the agency will release guidance to close a loophole that allows companies to avoid their obligation to study pharmaceuticals in pediatric populations.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Clinical, Drugs

Tags: FDARA, PREA, pediatric clinical trials

Gottlieb Targets Drug Development Costs, Clinical Development Efficiencies By Zachary Brennan - Published 11 September 2017

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Monday explained to attendees of RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence conference some steps FDA is taking to make the clinical end of drug development more efficient and effective.

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

Tags: Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner, clinical development

CDRH to Launch 'Critical to Quality' Pilot Program By Zachary Brennan - Published 11 September 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) will lead a pilot program to define characteristics of a device that are critical to product quality and how these characteristics are controlled in design and manufacturing prior to the postmarket inspection.

Categories: News, US, CDRH, Medical Devices

Tags: Critical to Quality, FDA pilot program

Expedited Approval Pathways Associated With Increased Safety-Related Label Changes, Study Finds By Zachary Brennan - Published 08 September 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasingly granting faster reviews via expedited regulatory pathways, but a new article published in the British Medical Journal found an association between these expedited pathways and the likelihood of safety-related labeling changes.

Categories: News, US, FDA

Tags: breakthrough drug, accelerated approval, fast track, drug safety, label changes

FDA Wants to Know What Regulations and Paperwork Requirements Need to Go By Zachary Brennan - Published 07 September 2017

As part of work under two executive orders, the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) centers on Thursday sought comments on which existing regulations and related paperwork requirements could be modified, repealed or replaced, to reduce the burden on industry while allowing FDA to continue its public health mission and fulfill statutory obligations.

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

Tags: FDA regulations, paperwork reduction, one in, two out

Updated: FDA Form 483 for Celltrion May Offer a Glimpse Into Limited Uptake for Remicade Biosimilar By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 September 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released a Form 483 sent to Korea’s Celltrion with 12 observations, which an industry analyst believes could be the reason why the commercialization of Celltrion and Pfizer’s Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb), a biosimilar to Remicade, has not gone as well as planned in the US.

Categories: News, Asia, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Crisis management

Tags: Celltrion, Form 483, Pfizer, Inflectra

Help Wanted: FDA Seeks Digital Health Entrepreneurs By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 September 2017

Details of how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to tackle the growing digital health industry are slowly trickling out and on Wednesday the agency announced it will establish an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program to support and help develop its Software Precertification (PreCert) Pilot Program.

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

Tags: digital health and FDA, precertification pilot