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Accelerated Assessment Decision ‘Imminent’ For Two Products In EMA’s PRIME Scheme

The sponsors of two products in the European Medicines Agency’s popular PRIME scheme for speeding patient access to drugs for unmet medical needs appear to be close to filing their applications for marketing authorization. Five more products were accepted on the scheme this week.

Europe Drug Review Market Access

Kalydeco Expands Indication Without Clinical Data; Keytruda Is Latest Bladder Cancer Approval

Keeping track of US FDA approvals last week included watching the creative and the familiar.

Approvals Review Pathway Regulation

Biosimilar Litigation: Janssen Vs. Samsung Anticipates Supreme Court Decision

Hoping to hold off a biosimilar to Remicade, Janssen challenges Samsung's decision not to participate in patent dance as it claims infringement of three manufacturing patents.

Biosimilars Legal Issues Intellectual Property

Sarepta Protocol Changes Could Impact Future Duchenne Trials

If US FDA Commissioner Gottlieb allows use of in-dwelling ports in ESSENCE study, Office of Pediatric Therapeutics will assess whether the determination could serve as precedent for placebo-controlled trials of other exon-skipping compounds in Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Foreign Pharma Takes Simmering Price Concerns To New Korea Govt

Amid an escalating tussle with the health ministry over the level of South Korean drug prices, foreign pharma firms operating in the country are now proposing the launch of a new joint study on the issue with the incoming government.

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AB Science Asks For Re-examination After EMA Rejects Masitinib For Mastocytosis

The EMA’s main scientific committee, the CHMP, has rejected AB Science’s potential mastocytosis drug masitinib, but the company has asked for a re-examination of the decision on a number of grounds, including the fact that it has implemented GCP corrective actions and that updated information shows the product to have “acceptable” long-term safety.

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Amgen Migraine Antibody, Bayer Oncologic, Spark Gene Therapy Join NME Review Queue

US FDA received several applications for new molecular entities last week, including a BLA for Alphaeon's Botulinum toxin that came just three years after number trails began.

Approvals Drug Review

Tweaked ‘New Drugs’ Flouted Price Approval Norms In India

Pharmaceutical firms face more flak in India for allegedly flouting pricing norms – this time more than 200 formulations were allegedly launched in the country without seeking price approvals, though some companies claim they are fully compliant with the norms.

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Coherus Knocks Out One Humira Patent But Others Block Biosimilars

Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidates patent on method to treat rheumatoid arthritis; next hurdle is overcoming formulation patents that do not expire until 2022.

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Ontario Introduces Canada’s First Universal Youth Drug Program

Health authorities in Ontario, Canada, have become the first to offer a universal drug program offering younger patients access to free medicines. The move could be a small step towards eventually establishing a National Pharmacare Program across Canada.

Policy Reimbursement

Generic Drug Sponsors Seek Advance Notice Of Approvals From US FDA

Pre-launch communication from agency would allow sponsors to ramp up commercial activities and could head off some innovator company legal challenges to ANDA approvals, attorneys say; CDER’s Moscicki suggests GDUFA goal dates now provide sponsors some level of predictability.

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Rejigging The Benefit-Risk Balance For Advanced Therapies In The EU

The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Advanced Therapies has revealed its priorities for addressing the challenges manufacturers face in the fast-growing field of advanced therapies.

Research & Development Regulation

RSV Vaccines Need Multiple Animal Models Before Infant Testing, Panel Says

US FDA's advisors want data from three animal models – not just the cotton rats that Janssen was hoping for – before candidate vaccines are tested in healthy infants.

Advisory Committees Vaccines

FDA Should Let Alzheimer’s Trials Rely On Single Endpoint, Group Says

Informally, FDA appears open to trials that use cognition as the only primary endpoint rather than insisting that products also show benefit on the functional side.

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Coppertone ‘Assurance Assessment’ Anticipates Criticism From Sunscreen Reviews

Bayer shares results from a consulting firm's assessment of its operations, procedures and testing at the root of Coppertone SPF claims and other labeling aspects. The firm could get in front of a conversation that tends to arise this time of year regarding sunscreen safety, effectiveness and truthfulness in marketing.

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Robert Califf Talks Verily, Hopes Gottlieb Can Push Back On Trump

Former US FDA Commissioner is joining the health-technology firm Verily, a Google spin off. In a podcast interview he discusses his new advisory role with the company and expresses his hope that new FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb would stand up to any 'whimsical directives' from President Trump.

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Amgen's Repatha Contract With Harvard Pilgrim Includes A Full Refund

Harvard Pilgrim Chief Medical Officer Michael Sherman said the full warranty behind the agreement is the right kind of deal to balance access and cost.

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OTC Monograph User Fees Totaling $22m To $34m Floated In Senate Discussion Draft

Bulk of user fees would be raised through facility fees, under Sens. Isakson and Casey’s discussion draft, but there's little time to add the changes to FDA user fee reauthorization bills already moving in Congress.

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Manufacturing Regulatory Updates In Brief

FDA's “Wayback” archive; EMA's whistleblower policy; IPRF's drug ID plan; reprieve for DMF holders; investigational compounding; PK/PD for kids; ISPE on quality culture; PDA on quality risks.

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Manufacturers' Data Integrity Problems Remain FDA Investigators' Focus

US FDA official warns the pharmaceutical industry that investigators will continue to look for data integrity problems during inspections, and discusses “red flags” observed in inspections.

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Coppertone ‘Assurance Assessment’ Anticipates Criticism From Sunscreen Reviews

Bayer shares results from a consulting firm's assessment of its operations, procedures and testing at the root of Coppertone SPF claims and other labeling aspects. The firm could get in front of a conversation that tends to arise this time of year regarding sunscreen safety, effectiveness and truthfulness in marketing.

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OTC Monograph User Fees Totaling $22m To $34m Floated In Senate Discussion Draft

Bulk of user fees would be raised through facility fees, under Sens. Isakson and Casey’s discussion draft, but there's little time to add the changes to FDA user fee reauthorization bills already moving in Congress.

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Two-Tier OTC Monograph Approach Could Come With User Fee Revamp

One tier could provide two-year exclusivity, should FDA request clinical trials for new conditions or ingredients, under a US Senate discussion draft. Essentially stalled monograph process would be replaced by deadlines for FDA action in under two years.

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