EMA revises its conflict of interest policy; AbbVie all-oral HCV combo drug receives positive EU recommendation; Merck may help NewLink Genetics scale production of its Ebola vaccine.
The first approved hydrocodone formulated to discourage misuse raises a challenge to controversial Zohydro.
CRS asks if high prices are a tool to offset CMS rebates, the FDA adds another DTC study to its lineup, and the NIH proposes making more clinical trial data public.
Drug makers favor big spending on speakers' events and doctor outreach.
Sanofi vets Takeda, devicemaker CEO candidates; Shaq returns for IcyHot; Royalty Pharma buys royalties on Vertex's Kalydeco.
As generic drug use soars, the agency intends to "create parity" in label-change rules for brands and generics.
A US Senate bill would also make treatments for the disease eligible for priority review vouchers.
The Office of Prescription Drug Promotion took aim at a professional sales aid for Sciecure's insomnia drug Doral, saying the brochure omits risk info, material facts and makes unsubstantiated superiority claims.
The two drugmakers have failed to reach an agreement.
Public Citizen tells FDA it should withdraw draft guidance that it believes will allow drugmakers to tell physicians marketed drugs are less risky than their labels indicate.
The country's drug ministry has identified drugs as an area for savings.
Widely used plastics such as PET will have to be replaced with more costly glass containers.
The former FDA director of medical device compliance has petitioned the agency to make oral contraceptives over-the-counter.
The drugmaker is offering Scotland's NHS a money-back guarantee for Olysio patients.
FDA commissioner Hamburg says agency wants to hasten medical device approvals; Amgen nets priority review for Phase-II leukemia drug; Novartis employee pleads guilty to bribery allegations.
Pfizer settles Chantix litigation; BMS scales back HCV efforts; FDA defends Zohydro approval.
Salix-Cosmo tax-inversion deal quashed, chronic heart failure market set to expand, rising generic drug prices get lawmakers' attention, NICE gives leukemia drug a thumbs-down, FDA has a good rep
Ebola lands in the US; CMS's Open Payments database shows docs received $3.5 billion in last five months of 2013; Endo pays over $400 million to settle vaginal mesh suits.
Shire pays $56-million fine to resolve improper ADHD marketing claims; FDA updates Chantix labeling to reflect new safety studies; GSK names new chairman.
Two FDA guidance documents on how health product manufacturers may participate in social media have each drawn criticism from affected industry and consumer groups.
The Treasury announced Monday it would eliminate certain techniques companies use to facilitate so-called tax inversions, which a number of drug companies have undertaken in the past six months.
Treasury Department takes action against corporate tax inversions; CDC pegs Ebola worst case scenario at 1.4 million infected by new year; NIH allocates $10 million in grants to increase female clinical trials.
The Office of Prescription Drug Promotion took aim at Cipher Pharmaceuticals and its marketer Kowa, in an Untitled Letter over an e-mail alert making what it said were unsubstantiated assertions.
An FDA advisory panel voted overwhelmingly against the use of testosterone-replacement drugs for "low-T" Wednesday, saying the label should narrow and that more safety information is needed.
FDA panel votes overwhelmingly against Low-T drugs; Stenda approved for fast-acting ED treatment; and Bayer hones life-sci focus, spins off material sciences business.
The designation is for diabetic retinopathy for patients with diabetic macular edema.
NY's attorney general alleges that a formulation switch is an attempt to create monopoly.
The FTC is suing AbbVie and two other firms in a pay-for-delay case that could have wider implications for pharma
Bloomberg reports that India's Wockhardt has become an M&A target.
The FDA froze the clinical trial of anti-Fzd7 vantictumab in July over concern about "bone-related adverse events."
The FDA has approved Arnuity Ellipta for asthma.
Inspectors of Marck Biosciences found an array of problems during a October-November 2013 inspection, including mold near a sterile area that was so bad "the room had 'partially caved in.'"
A host of doctors has asked FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to back a naming convention that would require biologics and biosimilars to have different names.
Despite a collaboration with original Sovaldi owner Pharmasset in 2004, a panel ruled Roche has no rights to HCV treatment Sovaldi.
The Japanese drugmaker is looking to add as much as a year onto the patent life of some of its drugs after the DEA dragged out their scheduling decisions.
FDA feedback will influence a new clinical trial design, but the regulator's recent reaction was a bit of a surprise.
UK drug-cost watchdog backs Sovaldi, Achillion touts HCV interim results, Avastin's latest cancer indication, Ebola outbreak worsens, COPD drug gets panel nod, and study links quick reviews and black-box warnings.
Amgen now hopes a separate study will be enough to support the drug's advancement to a second-line therapy, but the lackluster results may impinge on its EU filing schedule.
The regulator and patients will chat for two days in October.
Not long after acquiring Shire to add to its orphan-drug portfolio, the drugmaker scored an orphan designation from both FDA and EMA last week.
Cologuard was the first approved fecal-based screening test for the disease, and it was also the first product the FDA and CMS approved on the very same day through the so-called Parallel Review program.
The regulator has already issued more recalls in the first half of 2014 than it has over the past nine years.
The new rules are expected to do away with the haphazard nature of facility inspections.
A greenlight could garner Pfizer $1B in sales.
A group of investors has drawn up a list of business principles which includes not disparaging biosimilars as being inferior to branded biologics.
Britain's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has followed through on its Kadcyla objections and has said Roche's breast cancer drug will remain off the National Health Services formulary because it is too expensive.
The drugmaker will dole out $35 million in a deal with 41 state attorneys general after a New York County Supreme Court judge said Wyeth allegedly promoted the immuno-suppressive drug improperly.
The experimental drug is being reviewed for patients with intermediate or high-risk myelofibrosis.
Three House democrats are asking the FDA to get the chemical out of US drugs ASAP.
The painkiller's marketer will look to partner with another manufacturer to better target primary care physicians, and will also reexamine its sales territories.
The pharma payment verification site has been temporarily shut down by CMS due to incorrect information, ProPublica reported today.
FDA's current re-examination of its off-label promotion policies in light of the First Amendment is a delicate balancing act between its rock-solid traditional enforcement posture and a diverse new electronic communications environment.
The cost of fixing healthcare.gov is hovering at around $1 billion, up from the $677-million figure quoted in December
The Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel is looking into how three major pharmaceutical manufacturers decided to set minimum prices for their contact lenses.
Physician and industry trade groups are asking CMS to explain how context will be provided to the general public around the dollar sums drugmakers ascribe to doctors for things like meals, travel, gifts, consulting and research
Last week, the former FDA branch chief who originally approved LASIK machines asked FDA to reconsider its denial last month of his petition to ban these devices.
ProPublica reports that doctors are struggling with a time-intensive registration process and are getting an error message that CMS says is not an error message.
The FDA greenlighted the drug for three cancers.
It's the second for this cancer drug in two weeks.
The lawsuit has been wending its way through the courts for a while, and, although it is being deliberated in several other venues, the decision is part of a legal dispute that puts patients in the 36 states offering federal exchanges in limbo.
The Food and Drug Administration has been intent on elevating and reorganizing its office of Generic Drugs since 2012.
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) and allied stakeholders recently gave FDA the first patient advocacy-initiated guidance for a rare disease to help accelerate development and review of potential therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The FDA granted Priority Review for consideration of Avastin for some cervical-cancer patients.
An advocacy group alleges that Shire's decision to ignore the US Fabry disease market was the result of a backroom deal with Sanofi.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is putting two health-related bills to vote Monday. One covers new sunscreen ingredients, the other muscular dystrophy research.
In the latest chapter in the Sovaldi pricing saga, Senators Ron Wyden and Charles Grassley urge Gilead to clarify Sovaldi sticker shock.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is moving forward with its FDA filing of PD-1 Opdivo (formerly known as nivolumab) for patients with advanced melanoma who have been previously treated with the BMS drug Yervoy.
The FDA began its drug review at a median time of 103 days sooner than the EMA. Being first, researchers found, often resulted in quicker approval.
Servier and Teva have been fined for keeping a generic heart medication off the market.
The FDA says the OTC remedy maker's online behavior—including Liking customer Facebook posts—has put the company's drugs in unapproved drug territory.
The drugmaker received a notice from the advertising watchdog over promotion of hep. B treatment Viread in a sponsored link on Google AdWords.
Purdue Pharma expects the FDA to vote yea or nay on the drug by October.
The drugstore chain will no longer sell Sudafed in West Virginia.
It's the generics maker's second recall of 2014.
The head of evidence-based medicine at Milan's health authority Alberto Donzelli has pulled down criticism of Merck's cholesterol drug ezetimibe from his website, after the drugmaker sent two cease-and-desist letters.
In what amounts to a sudden about face, CMS wants to delete the Sunshine rule's exclusion for continuing medical education.
The European Commission is rolling out a verified-account tag it hopes will connect Internet users with trustworthy drug sources.
Health insurers and pharmacies signed a letter asking the FDA to require biosimilars and branded biologics to share the same name.
Boehringer Ingelheim's experimental idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis treatment nintedanib is also an orphan drug.
The Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance makes a bid for legislators' attention.
FDA says it will fast track the blood-thinner antidote, designed to thwart runaway bleeding.
An FDA advisory panel voted 11-2 against an accelerated approval for AstraZeneca's experimental PARP inihibitor. The panel recommends getting more data before giving the drug the all-clear.
The regulator is issuing draft guidance to address gene therapies.
Four months after announcing a review of low-testosterone treatments for risk of heart attack and stroke, the regulator expanded the classes' warning label to include a general risk of blood clots.
Guidance on promoting products in 140 characters and correcting misinformation serves as a guarded green light, says one observer.
Colorado's version of the FDA's compassionate use rule does not sit well with lobbying group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
The companies resubmitted SGLT2 inihibitor empagliflozen for FDA review. The EC approved the drug in May.
FDA issued two guidance documents today for industry and its representatives to communicate online about prescription drugs and devices.
Recent FDA guidelines for health-tracking apps mean Apple's HealthKit, and similar apps, won't have to jump regulatory hurdles before going live.
The all-oral genotype 1 medication got the Breakthrough Therapy designation Friday.
The bad-ad watchdog says the promotional website for the weight-loss medication Suprenza leaves out too much information.
The regulator wants more time to discuss post-marketing requirements.
Patients have to be high-risk or Baby Boomers for coverage.
The FDA granted the label for Genentech's experimental metastatic urothelial bladder cancer treatment.
Will docs line up to glimpse their payment data—and get a chance to correct mistakes—or will low awareness overshadow the latest milestone in the law's roll-out?
The government's anti-trust agency said the drug companies colluded to push doctors toward pricier Lucentis over Avastin.
The company is settling around 4,000 cases for around $162,500 apiece.
The company announced Tuesday that the UK fraud agency is giving the company a closer look.
The regulator's latest study will use eye-tracking tools.
The regulator is allocating almost $38 million to improve data-guided decision-making.