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UK Government Given Additional Powers to Control NHS Medicine Prices

The new Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017 came into force on 27 April 2017, giving the Department of Health greater powers to control the cost of medicines supplied to the National Health Service (NHS). The cost of branded medicines supplied to the NHS is regulated through two mechanisms – the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation

French Sunshine Regulations: The Puzzle Now Completed and in Force

The French sunshine regulations require industry to report certain agreements along with the fees and other benefits provided to various stakeholders in the healthcare sector. Sunshine regulations were amended in January 2016 to increase transparency. Some specifics of these changes were partly established by an implementing decree dated 28 December 2016. Through the publication of

UK to Seek Close Relationship with EMA Post-Brexit

UK Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has stated in a Health Select Committee meeting that he does not expect the UK to remain part of the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) or the EU medicines regulatory framework post-Brexit, but that the UK should seek a very close working relationship with the EMA and the

What’s ahead with the new Trump administration?

It’s no secret that the life sciences industry has had some challenging moments with lawmakers in recent years. And despite efforts by the White House, Congress, FDA, and other regulatory agencies, in most cases the law continues to lag behind the industry’s pace of innovation. So, how will the Trump Administration address the industry’s challenges?

UK MHRA to develop quality standards for biological medicines

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) has published a draft strategy for developing pharmacopoeial public quality standards for biological medicines. Public quality standards form part of the regulatory framework governing the quality of all medicines. Both documentary and physical standards exist to ensure that medicines are of acceptable quality for use by

UK MHRA publishes “top tips” for manufacturing authorisation applicants

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) has published guidance for companies submitting a Manufacturing Authorisation application or variation on common mistakes made by applicants, to help reduce delays in processing applications. The MHRA is required to grant or refuse applications for manufacturing authorisations within 90 days of receiving a completed application. The

EMA on optimising the development of advanced therapies

On 16 December 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”), along with the European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises (“EBE”) organised the fifth annual regulatory conference concerning the optimisation of the development of advanced therapy medicinal products (“ATMPs”) to meet patient needs (“the ATMP conference”). Background The aim of the ATMP conference was to discuss initiatives to improve advanced

EMA hosts workshop on adaptive pathways

On 8 December 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) organised a workshop in collaboration with the European Commission to gather the views and proposals from stakeholders on the adaptive pathways approach. The aim of the workshop was to gather stakeholder feedback in light of the practical experience gained during the adaptive pathways pilot project EMA

Scottish government to reform approval process for new end-of-life and orphan medicines

The Scottish government has announced plans to implement the 28 recommendations proposed in an independent review of access to new end-of-life, orphan and ultra-orphan medicines by patients in Scotland, published in a report on 14 December 2016. The recommendations aim to further improve the process by which these types of medicines, in particular ultra-orphan products,

New Belgian Innovation Office to Accelerate Availability of Novel Medicines

In July 2016, the Belgian Agency for Medicines and Healthcare Products (“FAMHP”) took steps to establish a National Innovation Office as part of the European Union (“EU”) Innovation Network. The National Innovation Office is currently being established by the FAMHP. It is expected to become functional in the first quarter of 2017. The National Innovation

Commission opens public consultation on the EU Paediatric Regulation

On 15 November 2016, the European Commission (“the Commission”) opened its second report on Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on medicinal products for paediatric use, as last amended (“the Paediatric Regulation” or “the Regulation”) for public consultation. The consultation deadline for the draft report

EMA on CVMP strategy on antimicrobials 2016-2020

On 7 October 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) issued a press release to announce the adoption by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (“CVMP”) of the revised CVMP strategy on antimicrobials for the period 2016-2020. Background The present revision of the CVMP strategy on antimicrobials seeks to take into account the scientific

California Tries the “Right to Try” Act — FDA’s Expanded Access Regulations Remain in Force

On September 27, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the so-called “Right to Try Act” (AB-1668) (the “RTA”), which allows qualifying patients to request from manufacturers unapproved drugs, biologics, or medical devices that have successfully completed FDA-sanctioned Phase I clinical trial(s). In general terms, this law allows a manufacturer of an investigational drug,

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Co-Development of Antimicrobial Drugs and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Devices

On September 21, 2016, FDA issued a draft guidance titled “Coordinated Development of Antimicrobial Drugs and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Devices – Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.”  This draft guidance describes FDA’s suggested steps for seeking approval of an antimicrobial drug and any related antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) devices in order

Don’t Blink: 9th Circuit Issues Pivotal Decision on Enforcement of CSA Against Cannabis-ness

As reported here, earlier this month the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a decision declining to transfer marijuana out of Schedule I.  As marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), marijuana businesses operating in compliance with state law, and those who contract with such businesses, continue to

Certain Antiseptic Ingredients No Longer GRAS/GRAE, Says FDA

FDA announced a final rule today determining that certain common ingredients, most notably triclosan and triclocarban, in over-the-counter consumer antiseptic washes are not generally recognized as safe and effective (GRAS/GRAE), and thus, can no longer be provisionally marketed under the OTC Drug Review. The final rule affects the status of antibacterial soaps, hand washes, and

FDA Revises Its Drug Establishment Registration, Drug Listing, and National Drug Code (NDC) Regulations

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule amending its regulations governing drug establishment registration and listing requirements for U.S. and foreign firms.  Also noteworthy is that the final rule expands FDA’s regulations governing National Drug Codes (NDCs).  The final rule is available at 81 Fed. Reg. 60170 (Aug. 31, 2016)

EMA Publishes New GMP Guidance on Data Integrity

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released new good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidance concerning measures intended to ensure data integrity throughout the “data lifecycle” from generation of data, processing, use in decision making, to disposal. The document provides a set of frequently asked questions and answers for companies that process data generated in the process

DEA Keeps Marijuana in Schedule I While Expanding Access for Research and Clarifying Rules on Hemp

Yesterday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took a number of actions regarding the federal control of marijuana, including denying a citizen petition to transfer the substance out of Schedule I, issuing a policy change to expand the number of entities the federal government will allow to grow marijuana for research, and concurring in a USDA statement of principles regarding industrial hemp.

MHRA Publishes Draft Guidance on GxP Data Integrity

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published for public consultation a draft guidance on GxP Data Integrity which includes definitions of key terms. The draft Guidance applies to both paper and electronic data in all areas of GxP (good laboratory practice, good clinical practice, good manufacturing practice, good distribution practice and

New Guidance Makes Clear that FDA Is Focused on Insanitary Conditions at Pharmacy Compounders

Today, FDA published yet another draft guidance targeting drug compounders, entitled Insanitary Conditions at Compounding Facilities (the Draft Guidance). Notably, it makes clear to pharmacy compounders that although they may be exempt from FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) requirements, they are not exempt from FDA’s prohibition on insanitary conditions. And FDA, along with state

New Bill on Telemedicine is Submitted to the Russian Parliament

On 30 May 2016 a bill on telemedicine (the “Bill“) was submitted to the lower house of the Russian Parliament for consideration introducing a new form of provision of medical services in Russia – telemedicine (Bill No. 1085466-6 “On Introducing Amendments to the Federal Law “On the Fundamentals of Public Health Protection in the Russian Federation”