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With the increasing numbers of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and the declaration of a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, the pharmaceutical and biotech industries are assessing how this situation may impact business operations.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and state agencies oversee the possession and use of radiopharmaceuticals and medical devices containing radioisotopes. In this regard, the NRC recently issued two information notices in response to medical events arising from the administration of radiopharmaceuticals.
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a potentially significant opinion with respect to ClinicalTrials.gov results posting on February 24. If upheld, clinical study sponsors and investigators may need to post certain study results for 10 years’ worth of clinical trials (2007–2017), which the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had previously excluded from the requirement.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s February 10 decision in Acetris Health, LLC v. United States provides important guidance regarding the determination of a product’s country of origin, which is a gating issue for prescription drug products the US government is permitted to buy.
Last month, the Russian government passed a decree (the Decree) amending the rules on state regulation of ceiling prices for drugs included into the Vital and Essential Drugs List, which is approved annually.
FDA issued a draft guidance, Demonstrating Substantial Evidence of Effectiveness for Human Drugs and Biological Products (Draft Guidance), on December 19, 2019, as an expansion of its 1998 guidance, Providing Clinical Evidence of Effectiveness for Human Drug and Biological Products (1998 Guidance).
As part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) overall reorganization of the Office of New Drugs, the former Office of Hematology and Oncology Products (OHOP), the FDA office responsible for approving cancer therapies, was recently restructured and renamed the Office of Oncologic Diseases (OOD).
US President Donald Trump signed a pair of appropriations bills into law on December 20, including bipartisan legislation intended to facilitate the development of generic and biosimilar products.
FDA on September 23 issued a Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)–related compliance policy stating it will not take enforcement action against wholesalers that do not have systems in place to verify product identifiers of saleable returned product prior to further distribution until November 27, 2020.
Now is the time for pharmaceutical manufacturers to review their Open Payments/Sunshine Act internal compliance procedures, data collection forms and databases, and reporting and recordkeeping templates for payments and transfers of value made to healthcare providers. On August 14, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Proposed Rule seeking to expand the Open Payments program, including the number and types of covered recipients and payment categories.