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PD-1 Fatigue: Cross-Labeling May Help Pare Checkpoint Inhibitor Pipeline

US FDA encouraging developers to embrace cross-labeling rather than continue separate development of proprietary PD-1 agents, but agency sounds eager for any other good ideas to pare back the number of checkpoint inhibitors in development. 

EFPIA Suggests Improvements To EMA's Revised Guideline For Diabetes Mellitus Products

EU industry body says it is unclear why different requirements have been proposed for approving a monotherapy indication as compared with an add-on or combination indication.
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US FDA's Streamlined Hiring Pilot Restarts After Delay

Recruiting for “Cures”-funded positions resulted in two hires, then got an HHS review; onboarding time should be reduced significantly, but finding the money to pay the higher salaries remains a challenge under the new process.
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Sponsor-FDA Communications In IND Phase Will Get Outside Review

US FDA seeks White House approval for contacted interviews with 100 to 150 active commercial IND holders.

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Canada Plans 'Pause The Clock' Mechanism For Drug & Device Reviews

Canada is proposing a clock stop in the drug review process to allow more time for the clarification of specific issues and help it meet its review deadlines.
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EU Report Probes Impact Of IP Incentives On R&D, Market Access

A report for the European Commission’s analysis of pharmaceutical IP incentives finds that the effective protection period has declined over 20 years, but delays to generic entry are still putting pressure on pharmaceutical spending.
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Off-Label Use Of Transmucosal Fentanyl Creates Ethical, Practical Dilemma For US FDA

Advisory committee panelists divided on whether to modify REMS for TIRF products to reduce their wide-ranging off-label use.

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US FDA Advisory Panel Split On Value Of Education In Fentanyl REMS

Some members feel more education has important role in risk management for transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl products, while others think further education will be useless in ensuring the REMS meets its goals. 
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Toxicity Testing For Topical Drugs, Sunscreens Included, On Tap In US FDA Workshop

While FDA does not identify specific product types on the agenda for its public workshop on approaches in skin toxicity testing for topical drug products,  advocacy and trade groups anticipate sunscreen ingredient testing will be one discussion topic. Product expansions have been stifled by regulatory concerns, drawing particular attention from the public health community.

 

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ICER’s 2019 Agenda Includes CAR-T Therapy, Drugs For Depression, Arthritis, AMD

Proposed list of topics for review in 2019 by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review includes a total of 15 drugs but that could change as the year goes on.

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Genentech Wins Attorneys' Fees After Phigenix's Aggressive Patent Suit

"Tipping point" occurred when Phigenix changed theory that Genentech's Kadcyla infringed its patent; CEO may be on hook for attorneys' fees.

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Trade War Spreads: Trump Rains On China Biotech Investment Parade

The music is ending and the party may be over; Chinese biotech investment could soon face heightened scrutiny from the Trump administration.

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Fauci: Concerns About Exclusive Licensing Of Government-Developed Products Are Misguided

NIAID director says granting exclusive licenses to drug companies is necessary for late-stage development and production of government-developed products. 
Vaccines Research & Development

Two Neurodegenerative Disease Drugs Secure EMA's Coveted PRIME Designation

What is claimed to be the first therapy targeting the underlying cause of Huntington’s disease and a gene therapy for Lorenzo’s Oil disease have become the latest investigational products to make it onto the European Medicines Agency’s priority medicines scheme.

Europe Innovation

Celtaxsys To Hash Out Phase III Cystic Fibrosis Endpoints With US FDA

Private start-up's acebilustat failed to improve lung function in Phase II, but the anti-inflammatory showed large numerical reductions in pulmonary exacerbations, which can be fatal.

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Stand-Off: Vertex Refuses NICE Data on CF Drug Symkevi, HTA Body Awaits Next Move

Vertex says it will not file data on its cystic fibrosis drug Symkevi (tezacaftor/ivacaftor) until the UK's NICE changes the way it assesses drugs.

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Perrigo's OTC Core Could Expand To Include National Brands

Submitting an OTC switch of Nasonex would be a first for Perrigo, as would marketing a national brand OTC if the switch is approved. In tandem with announcing divesture of Perrigo's Rx business, CEO Uwe Rohrhoff says marketing national brands in some OTC categories fits in the company's "value-creation road map."

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Step Therapy For Medicare Part B Drugs Will Lower Costs By 20%, HHS Projects

Beginning in 2019, Medicare Advantage plans may use step therapy in Part B, potentially including “cross management” with Part D drugs, under new guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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The Quality Lowdown: A Week Of International Intrigue

Or perhaps it's been a week of intriguing international events in global drug quality, as an international group works to ratchet up global standards, regulators aim to ease the coming UK/EU divorce and the US and China play their hands in a tariff poker match. Meanwhile, US FDA looks to avert labeler code crisis, Quebec API firm comes clean about missing identity testing, and US firm recalls drug product based on FDA’s API supplier inspection findings.

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Chinese API Maker Blasted For Failing To Document Equipment Cleaning And Lax Stability Testing Practices

FDA chastised Chinese API maker for inadequate cleaning validation, failing to ensure that products are manufactured in a state of control, and lax stability testing practices. The agency noted that the firm did not learn from observations the agency made of similar mistakes during previous inspections.

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Probable Carcinogen Found Haunting More Firms’ Valsartan API

As Zhejiang Huahai works to rid its valsartan API manufacturing process of NDMA impurity, two competitors also have launched recalls after discovering the probable carcinogen in their valsartan API. Meanwhile, US FDA confronts Huahai over handling of impurities that visited chromatograms in the form of ghost peaks.

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Toxicity Testing For Topical Drugs, Sunscreens Included, On Tap In US FDA Workshop

While FDA does not identify specific product types on the agenda for its public workshop on approaches in skin toxicity testing for topical drug products,  advocacy and trade groups anticipate sunscreen ingredient testing will be one discussion topic. Product expansions have been stifled by regulatory concerns, drawing particular attention from the public health community.

 

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OTC Private Labelers Recall CVS, Walmart Brand Products

Recalls include one lot of CVS Health Sinus Relief manufactured by Product Quest Manufacturing, Walmart's Equate laxative made by Lupin's US office and 12 cough and cold products marketed under Preferred Plus Pharmacy and other private label brands and made by RIJ Pharmaceutical Corp. Chart provides update on recent US OTC recalls.

Consumer Recalls

Bausch Health Boosts Ad Spending For Expanding OTC Eye Care Lineup

"We're investing more to drive growth as we allocate capital to support the launches of new products in the segment like Lumify, for DTC advertising that continue to drive sales growth of other US consumer products like our eye vitamins," says CEO Joseph Papa.

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