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Inhaler Changes For Environmental Reasons Worry Generic Sponsors, Prompt Call For FDA Research

ANDA sponsors say eliminating the HFC propellant, while important to help address climate change, could upend the generic market without guidance from the US FDA.

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US FDA and ARPA-H: Woodcock Has Questions

The FDA’s principal deputy commissioner wonders how the agency will work with ARPA-H to help get its projects to patients and the health care system given its other responsibilities.

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Senate Commerce Leaders Want An FTC Study Into PBM Business Practices – And More

Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) solicits advice from witnesses for additional authorities to conduct oversight of PBMs and pushes for a GAO study.

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Keeping Track: Lilly’s Mounjaro Enters Diabetes Market; Biogen/Eisai Lecanemab Leads Neuroscience News

CDER turned in its 13th novel approval of 2022 on Friday the 13th, and other drug development news and highlights from the Pink Sheet’s US FDA Performance Tracker.

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Global Pharma Guidance Tracker – April 2022

Stay up to date on regulatory guidelines from around the world with the Pink Sheet's Guidance Tracker. The complete Global Pharma Guidance Tracker, with sortable and searchable listings going back to 2014, is available online.

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Recent And Upcoming FDA Advisory Committee Meetings

Recent and upcoming US FDA advisory committee meetings and a summary of topics covered. 

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PTC’s ‘Life-Changing’ Gene Therapy Among Nine Drugs To Win EU Thumbs Up

The European Medicines Agency has delivered its verdict on the latest medicines it believes should be approved for marketing in the EU. By contrast, it has given the thumbs down to one biosimilar anticancer drug and its duplicate.

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New Zealand Hikes Fees To Reflect Changes In Drug Applications

Following a consultation last year, Medsafe has set new fee levels that take account of both cost-recovery principles and a 4.2% increase in the consumer price index. 

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Woodcock Focusing On Food Issues, Rather Than Drugs, As US FDA’s Principal Deputy Commissioner

Commissioner Robert Califf wants Woodcock to improve food operations and processes, but lawmakers question whether she is the best overseer for the area.

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Accelerated Approvals Need Earlier Planning On Surrogate Endpoints, Postmarketing Trials – FDA’s Marks

Current accelerated approval provisions are the ‘sweet spot’ for balancing access and efficacy, but more attention needs to be paid by sponsors and the agency to working out regulatory pain points earlier in the development process, CBER director tells gene/cell therapy conference.

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Bavarian Nordic To Supply Vaccine As Monkeypox Appears In UK & Portugal

The monkeypox cases reported this month are evidence of chains of transmission of the virus, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, which says that vaccination of high-risk close contacts should be considered after a benefit-risk assessment.

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Fear of Unpredictability: Industry Criticises Japan’s Frequent Pricing Rule Changes

While Japan enters annual drug price revisions with frequent regulation changes, several major corporate players in the country warn again that government policies mean that the country is at risk of “losing attractiveness.”

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England’s Innovative Medicines Fund To Put Spotlight On Rare Disease Treatments

While the much-anticipated Innovative Medicines Fund is likely to benefit rare diseases in particular, other products must gain too.

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Seeking To Provide ‘The Best Clarity Possible,’ ACIP Votes For COVID Vaccine Booster In Children 5-11

CDC advisory committee recommends Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine booster, but one member votes ‘no,’ citing concern that only 29% of children ages 5 to 11 have received the primary two-dose series and arguing the focus should be on additional vaccinations, not additional doses.

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Gene Therapy Development Should Involve Fewer Surprises, Says US FDA’s Marks

Regulators want to help smooth the process of bringing a gene therapy to market, hoping to iron out ‘surprises’ and even address reimbursement issues for the sake of patients.

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Coronavirus Notebook: WHO Says Extra Vaccine Boosters Confer Some Limited Benefits, Emergex & Zosano Link Up On T Cell Vaccine Patch

International regulators have issued an updated statement on the benefits and safety of COVID-19 vaccines for use by health professionals, while the UK BioIndustry Association has welcomed a MAb licensing deal between AstraZeneca and UK-based biotech firm RQ Bio.

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End Of ‘Phase I’: The Case To Re-Name First-In-Human Oncology Trials

US FDA’s push to re-think oncology dosing should begin by renaming the initial human trials to de-emphasize toxicity, a National Cancer Institute official suggests.

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Gene Therapy Development Should Involve Fewer Surprises, Says US FDA’s Marks

Regulators want to help smooth the process of bringing a gene therapy to market, hoping to iron out ‘surprises’ and even address reimbursement issues for the sake of patients.

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Aduhelm Label Update Includes Seizure Risk And Recommends More MRIs

New safety information may help defense of CMS's coverage restrictions. FDA updated the prescribing information for Biogen’s Alzheimer's therapy after four cases of seizures were reported in a trial.

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FTC’s Take On Two Pharma Mergers Shows Deals Can Clear Higher Hurdle

Pfizer’s acquisition of Arena without FTC intervention and Hikma’s acquisition of Custopharm with one product divestiture shows the commission is bound by anticompetitive facts of a deal. A more controversial merger may not get through, former FTC attorney says.

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More Change With Less Hoopla To FDA Out-Of-Specification Investigations Policy

Agency’s revised OOS guidance clarifies positions on outlier test results, averaging of HPLC results and some finer points around OOS questions. These could marginally improve compliance but won’t impact industry with nearly the force of the original 2006 guidance or the 1993 court ruling that preceded it.

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UK MHRA Specifies Eligibility For Consultancy Firms To Monitor GMP, GDP Compliance

Consultancy firms must have at least five years of experience in carrying out independent GMP or GDP audits if they want to apply to become a “compliance monitor” under a new MHRA scheme to keep track of drug companies that fail to comply with GMP/GDP requirements. 

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Japan Passes New Economic Security Bill – What's The Pharma Impact?

Japan has passed a new law which will require the providers of certain products to cooperate in securing supplies to the country. For the pharma industry, there are a couple of signs which specific drugs will be within the scope of the legislation and how this will impact the sector.

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