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US FDA Panel Rejects Pfizer's Broad COVID Booster Plan But Backs Narrower Authorization For Third Vaccine Shot

Advisory committee meeting reflected internal tensions among FDA staff on need for boosters and adequacy of the data; mRNA vaccine Comirnaty should be authorized for a third dose in populations at high risk for severe disease or exposure, panel says after overwhelmingly rejecting Pfizer's bid for booster approval in the 16-and-older population. 

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BeiGene’s Brukinsa Among Nine Drugs To Win EU Marketing Thumbs Up

A number of new medicines are moving closer to the EU market after the European Medicines Agency recommended in favor of their approval. 

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Real-World Evidence Will Take Center Stage At US FDA Advisory Committee On COVID Boosters

If regulators agree with Pfizers conclusions – and briefing documents suggest thats a big if – about real-world studies showing Comirnatys effectiveness waning over time, thereby justifying the need for a booster dose, it could be part of a historical moment for FDA’s use of RWE.


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Keeping Track: New Formulations Dominate In CNS; Immunocore Brings First TCR Therapy To US FDA

The latest drug development news and highlights from the Pink Sheet’s US FDA Performance Tracker.

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Global Pharma Guidance Tracker – August 2021

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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Keeping Track: Takeda’s Exkivity Clears US FDA; BeiGene’s Busy Summer

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A PDUFA First: Pre-Approval Inspection Notice Goal Will Be Created

Under new user fee agreement, sponsors will get at least 60-day notice when a pre-approval inspection is necessary; regulators and manufacturers hope increased communications will lead to more efficient reviews.

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Regulatory Consortium Addresses Way Forward With Immunobridging Studies

Drug regulators from five countries have outlined their joint expectations on the data companies must submit for the approval of next-generation COVID-19 vaccines if they opt for immunobridging studies instead of large-scale efficacy trials. 

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Stringent Regulations Hinder International Trials In China: Trade Groups

Any delays caused by unpredictable regulatory reviews related to the export of genetic materials threaten to derail the inclusion of China in international clinical trials, caution two trade groups representing the pharma industry in the country.

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COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Booster’ Or Simply A Third Dose? US FDA’s Marks Starts To Reframe The Issue

It’s a classic example of an internal dispute between an FDA review team and agency leadership playing out at an advisory committee forum, except with the highest possible stakes.

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Improper Dose In Phase II Trials Can ‘Make Or Break’ Drug Program, FDA’s Stein Says

Director of the US FDA’s Office of New Drugs says there will be a greater focus on identifying the optimal dose before a drug candidate advances into Phase III trials, but the problem is not limited to oncology, the target of Project Optimus.

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340B Hospitals Charging Private Insurers Nearly Four Times Acquisition Costs On Cancer Drugs – Study

New report makes a case for further scrutiny of the 340B program's contributions to high drug costs, although manufacturers remain the main target of legislative and regulatory reform proposals.

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Scottish Funding No For Two Orphans As SMC Tries To Catch Up After COVID-19 Backlog

Two orphan drugs, Chiesi’s Proscybi and Insmed’s Arikayce, were rejected for funding on the Scottish National Health Service.

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IVI Warns Of Dire Consequences From COVID-19 Vaccine Inequity

The International Vaccine Institute’s director general warns about COVID-19 vaccine distribution inequalities and its serious consequences, arguing the case for increased global coordination and responsibility for action to improve the situation.

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Coronavirus Notebook: Nobel Laureates Press Germany To Back Vaccine IP Waiver

The EU vaunts its vaccine donations and starts building resilience against future health threats, and the UK MHRA says Moderna can be used as a booster dose. Aviptadil has received scientific advice from the MHRA for its potential use as a treatment for COVID-19 patients.

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Pharma On Its Back Foot As US Drug Price Reform Advances

Big pharma leaders warn of steep cuts to R&D and US jobs if US drug pricing reform legislation paves the way for direct government price negotiations.

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Publisher’s Spotlight: Shortlist Revealed For The 2021 Citeline Awards

From a record more than 100 entries, the finalists have been selected for 12 awards, representing the best and brightest of biopharmaceutical research. 

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COVID-19 Leads To Less Industry Spend On Docs, But Not Necessarily Less Influence

Drug and medical device company payments to doctors and hospitals for non-research related activities dropped for the first time in 2020 since CMS’s Open Payments database began collecting the information. 

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Pink Sheet Podcast: Gene Therapy In Europe, Lilly’s Olympic TV Ads, 'Most Favored Nation' Rule

Pink Sheet reporters and editors discuss Bluebird Bio’s decision to pull its gene therapy business from Europe, Eli Lilly potentially pushing regulatory boundaries with its Olympic TV spots, and the CMS decision to scrap the Trump aministration’s most favored nation reimbursement rule.

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A Prior Auth Truce? Novartis Willing to Embrace ICER-Like Price Determinations For Increased Access

Novartis gets some praise for being willing to embrace cost-effective drug prices, but health policy analysts are skeptical the industry would truly adopt the idea for its best-selling drugs, particularly if the appropriate guardrails were put in place to ensure broader budget impact was controlled.  Holes were also poked in the way Novartis determined the total cost of drug utilization management on the US health system. 

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A PDUFA First: Pre-Approval Inspection Notice Goal Will Be Created

Under new user fee agreement, sponsors will get at least 60-day notice when a pre-approval inspection is necessary; regulators and manufacturers hope increased communications will lead to more efficient reviews.

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Cuban COVID-19 Vaccines To Come Under WHO Scrutiny

The Cuban government has approved the country’s home grown COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children, while Mexico is poised to authorize another Cuban vaccine.

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GMP Deficiencies Lead Brazil To Target Sinovac’s Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine Plant

Having decided to suspend 12 million doses of Sinovac’s coronavirus vaccine, Brazil’s regulatory agency says it will need to make its own on-site assessment of conditions at the Chinese facility that makes the product.

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