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How Price Caps in India are Forcing US Device Companies to Sell Stents and Implants at a Loss By Zachary Brennan - Published 18 October 2017

Hypothetical talk circulating on Capitol Hill this week around the idea of price ceilings for certain pharmaceuticals set off alarm bells for industry. But on the medical device side, companies are already seeing what happens when a government, in this case India, sets price caps for certain devices and mandates that companies remain in the market and take a loss on sales.

Categories: News, India, US, MHLW, Government affairs, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices, Reimbursement

Tags: stents, knee implants, India price ceilings, medical devices in india

Updated FDA Manual Offers Inside Look at Inspection Protocols By Zachary Brennan - Published 18 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this week published its 2017 version of a chapter of its investigations operations manual on establishment inspections, offering an inside look at how inspections are conducted and what companies should expect.

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

Tags: FDA inspections, contamination, sterile environments

Court Finds Restasis Patents Invalid, Raises Concerns About Allergan, Mohawk Tribe Agreement By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 October 2017

In a setback for Allergan, four of the company’s patents covering its blockbuster eye drug Restasis were ruled invalid on Monday by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Allergan has said it will appeal the decision, but what might have a wider ripple effect was another order that raised questions about Allergan’s decision to pay to transfer the patents to a Native American tribe and prolong the launch of Restasis generics.

Categories: News, US, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Due Diligence, Government affairs

Tags: Restasis, Allergan, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Health Canada Seeks to Update User Fees for Drug and Device Firms By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 October 2017

Health Canada this week opened for consultation a proposal to update and increase some of the fees it assesses for pharmaceutical and medical device companies, noting that the last update came in 2011 and was based on 2007 data.

Categories: News, Canada, Health Canada, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Submission and registration, Veterinary products

Tags: pharmaceutical fees, medical device fees, Health Canada fees

European Regulatory Roundup: Brexit Sparks Hiring Drive at Danish Medicines Agency (12 October 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 12 October 2017

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

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

Tags: European Regulatory Roundup, Brexit

FDA Panel Votes Unanimously in Favor of Gene Therapy to Treat Rare Eye Disorder By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 October 2017

Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics took its gene therapy before the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee on Thursday and the panel voted 16 to 0 in favor of approving the subretinal injection, representing a major step forward for adeno-associated virus gene therapies.

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

Tags: Spark Therapeutics, gene therapy, retinal disease, Luxturna

PDUFA VI: FDA Explains User Fee Changes in Draft Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun implementing the Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017 (PDUFA VI) and on Thursday released draft guidance explaining the new fee structure and types of fees for which industry is responsible.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Drugs, Government affairs, Submission and registration

Tags: PDUFA VI, prescription drug user fees, draft guidance

When to Submit an ANDA vs. a 505(b)(2) Application: FDA Discusses in Draft Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers multiple abbreviated approval pathways for potential drug developers, and in new draft guidance released on Thursday the agency explains both the pathways where abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and 505(b)(2) applications can be submitted.

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

Tags: 505(b)(2) application, ANDA, FDA draft guidance

340B: Health System Execs Push Back on Narrowing of Drug Discount Program By Zachary Brennan - Published 11 October 2017

The House Energy & Commerce's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Wednesday discussed the federal 340B drug discount program, which provides participating hospitals and other medical providers deep discounts on outpatient drugs. 

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

Tags: 340B program, drug discounts, pharmaceutical companies

EMA Preps for Staff Shortages, Possible 'Major' Budget Deficit By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 October 2017

Although the new European Medicines Agency's (EMA) location will not be known until November, EMA on Friday said again that it's anticipating heavy staff losses which will not only challenge its operability but "could also result in a major deficit in its budget," according to highlights published Friday from a management board meeting this month.

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

Tags: Brexit, EMA staff shortages, EMA headquarters

Status Updates for ANDAs: FDA Spells Out GDUFA II Provision By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 October 2017

Under the second iteration of the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA II), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to provide timely abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) review status updates for all pending ANDAs.

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

Tags: GDUFA II, ANDA status updates

HHS Inspector General Finds FDA Spends User Fees Appropriately By Zachary Brennan - Published 05 October 2017

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General on Thursday released a report finding that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) generally spent prescription drug user fees appropriately.

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

Tags: HHS OIG, user fee expenses, prescription drug user fees

FDA Seeks Tweaks to Right-to-Try Bill in House E&C Hearing By Zachary Brennan - Published 03 October 2017

The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Tuesday held a hearing to discuss a "Right-to-Try" bill passed in the Senate that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to change.

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

Tags: Right-to-try, E&C Committee, Gottlieb, GAO, expanded access

FDA Targets Complex Generic Drugs With New Draft Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 02 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday kicked off a two-day meeting on modernizing generic drug development and released two new draft guidance documents on complex generic drugs – an area where increasing competition can be difficult.

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

Tags: generic drugs, complex generic drugs, FDA draft guidance

Abbvie, Amgen Deal on Humira Biosimilars Likely to Cost CMS More Than $1B By Zachary Brennan - Published 02 October 2017

Late last week, Amgen and AbbVie settled litigation over when competition for the world’s best-selling biologic Humira (adalimumab) will hit the market, and for the US, the settlement decided on 31 January 2023, while the EU will see competition 16 October 2018.

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

Tags: AbbVie, Amgen, Humira, biosimilar, CMS

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

The 505(b)(2) Pathway and Why Some Follow-on Insulins Aren’t Yet Biosimilars in the US By Zachary Brennan - Published 05 September 2017

Why has the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved follow-on insulin products as biosimilars while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not? A look at several recent examples shows what is happening and what will change in the US over the next several years.

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

Tags: insulin, Merck, Lilly, Sanofi, Admelog, 505(b)(2), biosimilars

Procedures for Device Advisory Committee Meetings: FDA Finalizes Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 31 August 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Thursday finalized guidance from 2015 on advisory committee meetings.

Categories: News, US, CDRH, Compliance, Due Diligence, Government affairs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: medical device advisory committee meetings