Lasting economic impact, the kind that spans generations and creates jobs today and in the future depends on a series of strategic investments and commitments made by both the public sector and the private sectors.Continue reading
If we want to be globally competitive, we need to commit to the resources it takes to compete. As Arizonans, now is our opportunity to let our elected leaders know how important we believe this is for our state today and tomorrow.Continue reading
Momentum for repeal of the Medical Device Excise Tax is building in the 114th Congress.Continue reading
Whether you are mailing in Early Voting Ballots or planning to vote at the polls, it is important to exercise your right and privilege to vote.Continue reading
In August, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announces a first-of-its-kind survey tool on FDA/Sponsor Interactions During Drug Development to better inform policy initiatives designed to improve FDA and drug sponsor coordination and communication during drug development. This will serve to inform the next reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI), which will begin in late 2015 with final enactment expected in 2017.
“Sponsor input is critically important for BIO and the entire industry to understand the real challenges associated with the regulatory process to help guide our discussions with FDA and ultimately work with Congress to establish new and effective measures to implement under PDUFA VI,” said John Maraganore, PhD, CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Chair of BIO’s Emerging Companies Section Governing Board.
Survey responses will help assess FDA-sponsor interactions during drug development and address problems, particularly those that result from inconsistencies between review divisions.
The survey will focus on individual clinical programs for products that are in the pre-clinical testing phase through the clinical testing phase, prior to submission of an initial NDA/BLA, and responses will be held strictly confidential, blinded, and aggregated.
Sponsor input will help identify areas where policies, regulations, and practices are working well and should not be changed; and identify areas where policies, regulations, and practices need improvement in order to make the process more efficient and effective.
Participants will have access to the survey tool 24 hours a day, seven days a week so that responses can be updated on a continual basis. The survey is open to all biopharmaceutical representatives regardless of membership within BIO. Participants will be provided with an annual report on the survey results and invited to join exclusive BIO webinars to discuss survey results with industry leaders and regulatory experts.
The survey can be accessed at https://fdasurvey.bio.org.
Dr. Maraganore discussed the upcoming PDUFA VI reauthorization in a recent BIO Buzz Center video interview that can be accessed here.
As Arizonans vote with early ballots or prepare to go to the polls in November, 50 Arizona physicians explained why it is important to vote “no” on Proposition 303 and Joan Koerber-Walker explains her personal concerns with this piece of public policy in a debate on Arizona Horizon. Continue reading
In 2013, “biosimilars” were a hot topic at the Arizona Legislature. In the end, the bill to define the classes of biosimilars in Arizona statute along with the the process for substitution did not move forward to the floor as key stateholders and legislators continued to research and discuss the issue.
It is expected that the first biosimilars will be approved by the FDA in 2015 and that the states that have yet to up date their pharmacy acts (including Arizona) will be opening up these discussions again.Continue reading
This Washington Update for CSBA is provided to AZBio Members as an update on issues that affect our industry at the nation’s capitol.Continue reading
This November, Arizona voters will have an opportunity to decide if Proposition 303 called “The Right to Try” should become law in Arizona. It is important to understand what this proposed law does and does not do.Continue reading
Legislators wrapped up their summer work in July before leaving town for the August recess, but not without some last minute drama over the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and the border supplemental bill. Ultimately, lawmakers passed a funding extension for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), staving off a financial crisis. Congress also moved forward on several tax items and continued to hold oversight hearings on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation.Continue reading