Regulatory News, In Brief
CDC panel recommends combined regimen of Pfizer’s Prevnar 13 and Merck’s Pneumovax 23 in immunocompromised adults; FDA issues “complete response” letters and completes review of compounded hydroxyprogesterone.
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During a hearing in the company’s lawsuit against FDA, a federal judge repeatedly questions her authority to require the agency take enforcement action against compounding pharmacies; KV filed for bankruptcy protection three days earlier, citing its inability to realize full value of the pre-term birth drug due to competition from cheaper compounded versions of 17-P.
The agency says its decisions not to take enforcement action against pharmacies compounding hydroxyprogesterone are discretionary and that KV has not shown that payers are likely to change their reimbursement policies if the court follows its request.