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Regulatory Recon: Former Lilly Exec Said to be Front Runner for HHS Secretary; Alnylam Partners With Vir on RNAi Hep B Treatment (18 October 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 18 October 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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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

FDA Analyst Counters Critiques of Orphan Drug Act By Michael Mezher - Published 18 October 2017

While recent reports have claimed that drugmakers are manipulating the incentives provided by the Orphan Drug Act, Mike Lanthier, an operations research analyst at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), says that in most cases, the act is working as intended.

Categories: News, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Orphan products

Tags: Orphan Drugs, Orphan Drug Act

Regulatory Recon: J&J Halts Two Drugs in Development; Novartis to Close Colorado Manufacturing Site (17 October 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 October 2017

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

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Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Tightens Stem Cell Guidelines (17 September 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 17 October 2017

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

Categories: News, Asia, CDSCO, CFDA, TGA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Asia Regulatory Roundup, stem cells, black triangle

Many Questions, Few Answers in Senate Hearing on Opaque US Drug Pricing System By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 October 2017

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) committee on Tuesday discussed with representatives of the pharmaceutical supply chain how the drug delivery system affects what patients pay.

Categories: News, US, Drugs, Reimbursement

Tags: pharmaceutical pricing, Senate HELP committee, PhRMA

ICH Transparency: New Info on Funding, Expert Working Groups By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 October 2017

The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) on Monday began a push toward more transparency, with the release of which members make up its expert working groups and new data on how ICH is funded.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, ICH, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: ICH funding, E9, E11, S5

FDA Officials Offer Advice on Efficient Orphan Drug Development By Michael Mezher - Published 17 October 2017

A group of top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials shared insights on how drugmakers can be more efficient when developing treatments for rare diseases, according to comments on Tuesday at the National Organization for Rare Disorders' (NORD) Summit in Washington, DC.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Orphan products

Patient Engagement in Device Trials: FDA Meeting Discusses Challenges and Opportunities By Michael Mezher - Published 16 October 2017

Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) met for the first time to look at ways to increase patient engagement in clinical trials for medical devices.

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

Tags: Patient Engagement, PEAC

Regulatory Recon: FDA Reviewers Find Novo's Semaglutide Effective Ahead of Advisory Committee; GSK's Shingles Vaccine Gets First Approval in Canada (16 October 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 16 October 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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Biopharma Firms Seek Clarity on FDA Draft Guidance on CMC Annual Reports By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 October 2017

Industry groups and biopharma companies are seeking additional clarity from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding draft guidance released in August on chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) postapproval changes to be documented in annual reports.

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

Tags: CMC changes, BIO, Sanofi, Pfizer, GSK, AAM

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

EMA Plots Out Priorities to Deal With Brexit Uncertainties By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 October 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday released its Brexit Preparedness Business Continuity Plan, saying it will prioritize its core scientific activities, including urgent and significant public health threats relating to the safety and quality of medicinal products for human and veterinary use in the EU.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Crisis management, Drugs, Postmarket surveillance

Tags: Brexit, EMA business continuity

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

EMA Responds to BMJ Article Questioning Benefits of Recent Cancer Drug Approvals By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 October 2017

As more cancer drugs are approved and prices continue to rise, questions have circulated on whether these drugs are extending patient survival or improving quality of life (QoL).

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

Tags: cancer drug approvals, QoL, survival benefit

Regulatory Recon: House Ethics Report Says Congressman May Have Violated Rules With Australian Biotech Investment; NICE Backs Opdivo for Head and Neck Cancer (13 October 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 13 October 2017

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

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EMA Revises Reflection Paper on Pediatric Extrapolation By Michael Mezher - Published 13 October 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday released an updated draft reflection paper for public consultation detailing the agency's framework for pediatric extrapolation in drug development.

Categories: News, EMA, ICH, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Preclinical

Tags: Pediatric Extrapolation

Meeting With FDA After a CRL: Draft Guidance on What to Expect By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released new draft guidance for industry on the 30-minute post-complete response letter (CRL) meetings between FDA and abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) applicants to help clarify deficiencies.

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

Tags: CRL, complete response letter, draft guidance

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

FDA Holds First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting By Michael Mezher - Published 12 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) met for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday to give the agency input from  patients on clinical trials for medical devices.

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

Tags: Patient Engagement, PEAC, Patient Engagement Advisory Committee, Patient Reported Outcomes, Patient Preference Information

Regulatory Recon: Merck Ends Development of CETP Inhibitor; NIH to Team Up With 11 Drugmakers for Immunotherapy Research (12 October 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 12 October 2017

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

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