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‘Micro’ Firms Avoid UK Drug Verification System Fees, As More Countries Join European Hub

Very small companies are to be exempt from the fee for registering with the UK’s verification system that will be part of the future European scheme for checking the authenticity of medicines. Meanwhile, more countries have announced they have connected to the “hub” of the European Medicines Verification System.

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US FDA’s Patient Input Guidance Opens Door Wider To Social Media Data Collection

Following stakeholder criticism of an earlier discussion paper, draft guidance does not automatically foreclose use of social media data as the primary source of qualitative research; however, agency says entities submitting such data for regulatory review must ensure rigor in methodology and data integrity.

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Increase In Antibacterial R&D Prompts EMA Proposal For Improved Guidance

Following a resurgence of activity in the field of antibacterial products, the European Medicines Agency has proposed merging and updating its two existing guidelines on this topic into a single, clearer, core document.

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Roche To Work With UK’s NICE Following Blow For Perjeta

While the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has already backed Perjeta for certain indications, its new draft guidance has advised against NHS England using the drug after surgery for early breast cancer.

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Clinical and Research Excellence Awards 2018 eBook

The Clinical and Research Excellence (CARE) Awards provides an opportunity for the pharma industry to celebrate all its achievements, and pay tribute to the people and teams behind these feats. 2017 was a successful year for the industry, which was evident by the volume and quality of the entries received for this year’s CARE Awards.

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Generics In The US 2018

Read this eBook and learn more about the West AccelTRA elastomer components program that was designed to help in this effort. Learn how the AccelTRA component program has been helping generic biopharmaceutical manufacturers by providing a number of key features, for those high-volume products and where manufacturers would like to deal mostly with one high-performing elastomer component.

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Health Reform Endgame: Medicare Advantage For All?

The political dynamics of the health care debate are changing again, and now Democrats are likely to return to universal coverage as a high-profile campaign theme. Is there a US “single-payer” model that might actually work out for biopharma innovators?

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Eagle Will Be Last Firm To Bypass FDA's Orphan Drug Exclusivity Requirement

Court orders US FDA to award Bendeka seven years of exclusivity without requiring clinical superiority test; law codifying FDA policy passed prior to suit and is not retroactive.

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What Is A Rare Pediatric Disease? US FDA's Orphan Products Office Hopes To Update Guidance On Definition

The Office of Pediatric Therapeutics is working with the Office of Orphan Products Development to make rare pediatric disease determinations, which can help sponsors obtain a priority review voucher.

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Pediatric Cancer Studies: US FDA’s Molecular Target Lists Face Panel Vetting

In addition to reviewing proposed lists of targets for relevance to pediatric cancer, advisory committee will discuss possible criteria for prioritizing same-in-class agents for evaluation and ways to promote international collaboration and global development; proposed list of substantially relevant targets is growing.

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340B Legislative Reforms: Where Do We Go From Here?

Third US Senate committee hearing on 340B reforms focuses on the need for legislation requiring that providers report the drug discounts received and how they use the savings, but prospects for achieving change are unclear.

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AbbVie's Elagolix May Be Cost Effective, But Will Test Health Budgets – ICER

Third-party value assessment organization says AbbVie/Neurocrine's elagolix would be cost effective for endometriosis and associated pain, using a placeholder price of $7,000 per year. But the cost would be substantial for health budgets given the broad prevalence of the condition. 

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Biosimilar Substitution: US State Laws Require Physician Communication And, In Some Cases, Lower Prices

Bills allowing pharmacies to substitute biosimilars for reference biologics have been enacted in all but six states. Interactive map notes state-by-state provisions.

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Roche’s External Control Arms Show What Real-World Evidence Can Look Like In Practice

With Flatiron, Roche is at the forefront of the emerging field of RWE. Roche Pharma President O’Day described how the company is using such data in the real world of regulation and reimbursement.

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Kite’s CAR-T Therapy Makes It Back Onto EMA’s PRIME, Along With Three New Products

The four latest products to be accepted onto the European Medicines Agency’s popular priority medicines scheme target mantle cell lymphoma, chikungunya, hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients, and the rare monogenic disease, X-linked myotubular myopathy.

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Toxicology Initiative From US FDA Aims To Replace Animal Safety Models, But Slowly

Predictive Toxicology Roadmap will help make drug development more efficient by promoting new technologies for safety testing, Commissioner Gottlieb says.

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AbbVie's Elagolix May Be Cost Effective, But Will Test Health Budgets – ICER

Third-party value assessment organization says AbbVie/Neurocrine's elagolix would be cost effective for endometriosis and associated pain, using a placeholder price of $7,000 per year. But the cost would be substantial for health budgets given the broad prevalence of the condition. 

Gynecology & Urology Cost Effectiveness

Biosimilar Substitution: US State Laws Require Physician Communication And, In Some Cases, Lower Prices

Bills allowing pharmacies to substitute biosimilars for reference biologics have been enacted in all but six states. Interactive map notes state-by-state provisions.

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Branded Advair Breathes Another Day; Mylan Says A CRL Is On The Way For A Generic

FDA alerted Mylan to expect a complete response letter related to its ANDA for generic Advair. The company said it still could receive an approval prior to the standard 90-day time period after responding to the letter, because the application has a priority designation.

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FDA Lauds St. Gallen's Findings On 10 Metrics For Ensuring Drug Quality

US FDA touts new evidence that high performance of pharmaceutical manufacturing sites on 10 quality maturity metrics correlates with robust pharmaceutical quality systems, operational excellence and good business. An FDA-funded study by St. Gallen also finds that low performance, on the other hand, correlates with manufacturing problems.

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ANDA Amendments Cannot Get Mid-Review Communications Like Full Applications - FDA

Generic industry officials ask that information requests and discipline review letters be issued during ANDA amendment assessments, but the US agency says they are not allowed in GDUFA II.

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How Manufacturers Need To Shore Up Fragile Supply Chains To Prevent Antibiotics Shortages

The potential of an impending “apocalypse” of antibiotic drug shortages means that the pharmaceutical industry should pay careful attention to managing fragile supply chains for these drugs. A report details how manufacturers can manage these supply chains to avert potential shortages.

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For Kamedis, Botanicals Plus OTC Topical Equals Acne Remedy Claim

"We can say we are OTC but the botanicals are doing a lot of the heavy lifting," says Kelli Rodriquez, the firm's sales and marketing chief. Salicylic acid supports the acne treatment claim under an OTC monograph; leaving out benzoyl peroxide, an allergen for some consumers, also allows labeled use more frequently with a claim of faster symptom reduction.

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US House Committee Requests Proof Of FDA Progress Seizing Opioids In International Mail

Energy & Commerce's Republican and Democrat leadership ask FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about work by the agency's Office of Criminal Investigations focused on opioid drugs, the office's staffing and its priorities. They note FDA's FY2018 appropriation included $94m for its work in international mail facilities.

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Rulemaking For OTC Switch Process Changes Pushed To 2019

Target date moved from August 2018 to February 2019 for publishing an NPRM for allowing currently Rx drug ingredients to be available nonprescription under conditions of safe use. US HHS annual spring update on regulatory priorities for FDA and its other agencies also pushes back target dates for other OTC drug NPRMs, including FDA's long-delayed finalization of several monographs including sunscreen ingredients.

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