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Biosimilars Ahead, Proceed with Caution

Richard Dolinar

By Richard M. Dolinar, M.D., Chairman, Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines In today’s budget-constrained world, the goal for health care is not only to save lives but also to save money. On Friday, May 11, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a one-day public hearing on important medicines, known as biosimilars, that are under FDA consideration to come to the United States (U.S.) and offer the opportunity to help achieve the second prong Read More >

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Industry Regulatory Issues to be Highlighted at 2012 BIO International Convention

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In the words of BIO’s Andrew Emmett, Managing Director, Science & Regulatory Affairs, ‘2012 is shaping up to be a momentous year for FDA reform.’ From the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V) to modernizing and expediting the approval of new drugs and biologics, implementing the new biosimilars pathways and addressing the growing global drug shortage crisis, all eyes are on the current regulatory environment and its role in supporting innovation. Read More >

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What Parallel Review Means for Manufacturers

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By Stephen Rothenberg, J.D. and Matt Levy, J.D., Numerof & Associates, Inc. (NAI) Currently, the FDA and CMS consider new medical products in series; after FDA approval or clearance, CMS begins consideration of a National Coverage Determination (NCD), if requested by an interested stakeholder. Any party seeking drug approval (e.g., manufacturers, suppliers, providers, medical professional organizations, and Medicare beneficiaries) may initiate a request for an NCD. In addition, CMS may initiate a request for an Read More >

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Managing in a Cost-Constrained Environment

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By Jill E. Sackman, D.V.M., Ph.D., Senior Consultant, and Matt Levy, J.D., Business Analyst, at Numerof & Associates, Inc. (NAI) The pharmaceutical industry has entered a critical period of transition. Business models that have proven remarkably successful over the past 20 years are now encountering major challenges. As biotech companies grapple with the leading symptoms of these challenges – pricing pressures, pipeline productivity concerns, a growing public distrust, and greater political and regulatory scrutiny – Read More >

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Let’s Get PDUFA V Approved, Fast

Marc Boutin

By Marc Boutin, JD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Health Council At this time of the year, it can be helpful to reflect on the past to guide us in the future. I was recently reading an editorial about the National Health Council (NHC) printed in January 1957 – 37 years after the organization’s creation. It spoke about the need for action with “an unprecedented degree of cooperation among health agencies and Read More >

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