In a big win for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the D.C. Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals reinforced FDA’s position on what constitutes a “meaningful difference” between prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) versions of a drug product. Under FDA’s longstanding interpretation, section 503(b) of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) “does
On 26 October 2018, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), advised marketing authorisation holders to submit type I variations prior to the temporary closure of the EMA. The EMA will relocate from London to Amsterdam and will be closed between 21 December and 2 January 2019.
On October 12, FDA published guidance for sponsors, investigators, and IRBs titled “Impact of Certain Provisions of the Revised Common Rule on FDA-Regulated Clinical Investigations.” The guidance outlines FDA’s expectations for clinical research that is subject to both the FDA’s human subject protection regulations and DHHS’ recently revised Common Rule, which takes effect in January
President Trump today touted “bold” plans to lower drug prices in unspecific terms. Simultaneously, CMS issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANRPM), describing options to test Medicare reimbursement based on an “International Pricing Index” (IPI), under which U.S. drug prices would be benchmarked against 16 other countries that reportedly have lower drug prices. This
On Tuesday, FDA announced the entry of a consent decree of permanent injunction against Keystone Laboratories, Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee for manufacturing OTC hair care and skin care products in violation of Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) requirements and for failing to include required labeling. Under the 24-page decree, a federal court enjoined the defendants,
The concept paper The EMA has published a “Concept paper on preparation of a revised guideline on the evaluation of medicinal products indicated for treatment of bacterial infections.” In the Concept Paper, the EMA proposes to merge the “Guideline on the evaluation of medicinal products indicated for treatment of bacterial infections (CPMP/EWP/558/95 Rev 2)” with
On October 15, CMS released a proposed rule titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Drug Pricing Transparency,” which would require direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertisements for prescription drugs covered by Medicare or Medicaid to include the Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC). This proposed rule resembles a rejected Senate amendment to the FY-2019 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill (analyzed here) that would
The new Belgian Royal Act of 9 January 2018 on Biobanks will apply on 1 November 2018. The Royal Act implements Article 22 of the Belgian Law of 19 December 2008 on the procurement and use of human body material for human medical applications or for scientific research purposes. Scope and requirements The biobank legislation
On 4 October 2018, the European Parliament adopted its Report on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA). HTA is a multidisciplinary process or tool to analyse issues related to the use of a health technology. HTA is applied to assess the added value of a given health technology compared to
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Export Certificate office, introduced a new online application. The online application makes it possible to request a cGMP Declaration (Current Good Manufacturing Practice). A cGMP Declaration can be issued by the FDA to a foreign regulator, such as the competent
The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has initiated a consultation on the legislation and regulatory processes for medicines, medical devices and related clinical trials that would need to be amended in the event of a “no deal” scenario, i.e. if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without the framework
On 23 August 2018, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA), the network of the National Competent Authorities in the European Economic Area (EEA), published the work programme of their joint task force regarding the availability of authorised medicines for human and veterinary use. The HMA-EMA task force was created
Earlier today, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., made publicly available for the first time FDA’s internal policy (MAPP 5014.1) for how drug manufacturing facilities are prioritized and scheduled for surveillance inspections. According to the press release, in 2017, approximately 5,063 drug establishments were subject to routine surveillance inspection; out of these approximately 5,063 eligible drug
Update (9/18/2018): Last week, as the U.S. House of Representatives was reconciling its spending bill for the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) with the amendment package passed by the U.S. Senate that is discussed below, House Republicans declined to adopt S.Amdt. 3964, which would have provided HHS with $1 million to issue rules requiring pharmaceutical companies to list prices
The European Commission, together with the EMA and the expert group of the competent authorities of the EU Member States, has developed draft guidelines (the “Guidelines”) governing good clinical practice specific to advanced therapy medicinal products (“ATMPs”). The purpose of the Guidelines is to adapt existing good clinical practice rules (“GCPs”) to ATMPs. This step
On July 18, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced the release of FDA’s Biosimilars Action Plan (BAP), saying it would help enable a path to competition for biologics from biosimilars, while preserving incentives for innovators to invest in further research. On July 19, FDA also published the guidance “Labeling for Biosimilar Products,” finalizing an April
In the recently published White Paper governing the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, the UK proposes a “common rulebook” between the parties in relation to goods. The White Paper discusses what is foreseen as the future relationship between the parties in some detail.
The UK Government has published guidance for life sciences companies on the Brexit implementation period, which is intended to take effect from 30 March 2019 to the end of 2020. If the draft Withdrawal Agreement is finalised by the UK and EU, during the implementation period the UK will no longer be an EU Member
On 27 July 2018, the European trade association representing the medical technology industries, MedTech Europe, issued a position paper in which the association requests the European Commission, the European Parliament and all EU Member States to have an urgent discussion concerning the timelines for the application of the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro
On Tuesday, FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) announced a draft guidance titled “Innovative Approaches for Nonprescription Drug Products” that could aid drug manufacturers who want to sell, without a prescription, drugs that are currently available only by prescription. The draft guidance would facilitate these prescription (Rx) to Over-The-Counter (OTC) switches by allowing
The EMA has announced that, from 15 June 2018. The Agency will cease to accept requests for access to documents by non-EU applicants. The EMA announced that the Agency’s decision was a result of the high volume of access requests and the related excessive administrative workload.
This morning, FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) published six draft guidances relating to gene therapy, three of which cover products for specific disease categories (hemophilia, rare diseases, and retinal disorders), and three of which address manufacturing and clinical study design issues related to gene therapy: chemistry, manufacturing and control (CMC) information in
On 19 June 2018, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) published updates to its Brexit Q&A document for human and veterinary medicines authorised via the centralised procedure and to its practical procedural guidance on making Brexit related changes to the authorisations for those products. The updated version (“Rev 03”) of the EMA Q&A document includes new
On 28 May 2018, the European Commission has published a draft regulation amending Regulation 469/2009 concerning the supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products. This proposal is intended to modify the EU rules on Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) and allow EU generic and biosimilar companies to manufacture versions of medicinal products still protected by a SPC,