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Tumor Mutation Burden Biomarker Inches Closer To Acceptance In Cancer

Data from AACR puts use of tumor mutation burden as biomarker for lung cancer outcomes in spotlight, but some experts argue the test is not ready for prime time.

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Gottlieb On Medical Marijuana: Smoking Is Not Effective Way To Deliver API

US FDA Commissioner tells Congress that agency is 'very open' to considering use of active ingredients in marijuana to ease chronic pain.

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Novartis CEO Narasimhan Is Encouraged On US Drug Pricing Ahead Of Trump's Announcement

New CEO offers his perspective on potential US drug pricing policy changes, including changes to Medicare Part B and pricing transparency. Pharma must also think more about social responsibility, he says, wading into a topic that will certainly be an issue for the new generation of industry leaders. 

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Lilly's Baricitinib: US FDA Panel To Weigh Thrombosis Risk, Dose Selection

Agency remains skeptical of JAK inhibitor's risk/benefit profile in rheumatoid arthritis even after Lilly submitted Sentinel network data showing baricinitib does not present an increased risk of thromboembolic events among RA patients; review documents suggest need to show an efficacy or safety benefit relative to other RA treatments, particularly Pfizer's Xeljanz.


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Keeping Track: FDA Delays Elagolix, Mylan Eyes For Neulasta Biosimilar Approval, And Duvelisib Gets Priority Review

The latest drug development news and highlights from our US FDA Performance Tracker.

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US Mulls TPP Re-entry, Critiques Japan Reforms

President Trump has indicated the US may be interested in rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, but there would be multiple obstacles, not least whether strict US conditions could be met, including in the pharma IPR area. PhRMA meanwhile voices concerns over recent Japanese reforms.
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Mandatory Joint Clinical Assessments Won’t Compromise HTA Quality Or Member State Decisions, Says Eurordis

Eurordis, the network of rare disease patient organizations, has defended EU proposals on wider cooperation on health technology assessments and rejects complaints lodged by member states.

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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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CMDh Steps In As Firm Finds No Takers To Replace UK As Reference Member State

The coordination group of EU member state regulators was recently presented with an exceptional case where all concerned member states initially refused to become the new reference member state for a drug evaluated by the UK. The group explained that 'unscheduled switches' can result in unforeseen workload, resulting in member states refusing to take on the RMS role.
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He's Handled More ANDA Cases Than Anyone, And Now He's Retiring: Judge Sleet Reflects On His Career

In an interview with the Pink Sheet, Delaware District Judge Sleet discusses patent reform fallout and major issues facing district courts.

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China First: Beijing's Bolstering Of Generics Rekindles IPR Fears

The message is unmistakably clear: new policies are putting China first to make drugs more accessible and affordable, including widely prescribed products for cancer. Tactics including compulsory licensing, tax incentives, and substitution to support the use of domestic generics should ring alarm bells for multinationals, observers say.

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Trump's Drug Pricing Plans On Slow Walk? HHS To Solicit Comment On Policies

No big policy implementation expected to be announced during president's speech planned for next week. HHS will continue to gather feedback on various approaches to lowering drug pricing.

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Expanded Access Programs Eyed For Data-Gathering Purposes

Protocol-driven approach could generate reliable data about investigational drug's efficacy and safety in patients who do not qualify for clinical trials, PhRMA's Moscicki says; Johns Hopkins' Sharfstein cautions this could turn expanded access programs into burdensome studies that take away from primary purpose of providing access to investigational therapies.


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Trial Simulation, Drug Selection To Be Focus Of US FDA's Drug Development Modeling Pilot

Meeting requests from sponsors that focus on safety prediction will also be prioritized.
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US FDA's Breakthrough Program Needs Higher Standard For Comparators, NEJM Says

Harvard Medical School researchers call for inclusion of off-label drugs, accelerated approvals, and dietary supplements in the definition of 'existing therapies.'
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Rebates And Discounts Have A Big Impact On US Drug Prices, IQVIA Report Shows

A new US drug spending report from IQVIA parses out how rebates impact drug spending and explores affordability for patients. The data show drug makers offset about 28% of drug spending and provide some support to industry's arguments on drug pricing. 

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FDA's Gottlieb Applauds Drug Rebates At Point-Of-Sale

The US FDA commissioner called recent initiatives to get drug rebates to patients at point-of-sale "healthy" public policy, and suggested insurance premiums have been subsidized by sick patients, addressing CNBC's health care conference.
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US FDA Approval Versus Patient Access: A Real-World Anecdote

During meeting on real-world evidence, FDA’s Bob Temple describes real-world problem of patient access: his struggles to convince his insurer to cover Lilly/BI's diabetes drug Jardiance – which he helped review.  
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Regulators Encourage Science And Risk-Based Approaches In NDAs For Peptides And Oligonucleotides

Regulators in the US and the EU urged manufacturers to follow the general principles set in International Conference on Harmonization guidelines in developing new oligonucleotides and peptide drugs. They say that in the absence of tailored guidance, sponsors should take a science- and risk-based approach in developing these products, which have flooded the development pipeline.

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US FDA Developing Database Of Medical Review Decisions, Gottlieb Tells Congress

'Knowledge management platform' will identify agency's scientific precedents; Commissioner Gottlieb says it is one of FDA's top three initiatives, along with continuous manufacturing and real-time safety monitoring.

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Report: Global API GMP Inspection Coordination Increasing Under Joint Program

Regulators report that an international collaboration on GMP inspections of API sites has bolstered the exchange of information between participating health authorities, yet the information technology system that supports the system could use some improvement.

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Primatene Mist NDA Expected By July After FDA OKs OTC Asthma Inhaler Trial

Amphastar plans this month to begin what it expects to be its final study to support an NDA to relaunch Primatene Mist. If the results support accurate self-selection and usage of the product by consumers, Amphastar should be ready to re-submit the NDA during the current quarter.
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P&G Adds Merck's Brands, Expands Consumer Health Categories, Footprint

P&G’s planned acquisition of Merck KGaA’s consumer health care business will grow its consumer health portfolio 50%, expand its OTC drug and supplement business abroad and open up new categories.  CEO David Taylor frames the acquisition as another step in the firm's ongoing portfolio shakeup.
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J&J Consumer Health On Solid Footing With Help From Personal Care Sales

Analysts say firm’s consumer health division is showing signs of a comeback, with worldwide sales up 5.3% to $3.4bn, boosted 3.7% from currency exchange on strong beauty segment sales, driven by increased online marketing, and strengthening OTC drug sales.

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