Category Archives: FDA

Medicare Data Raises Questions About Drug Costs

The recently released Medicare data on payments to individual doctors doesn’t provide specifics on prescription drug outlays, but opens the door to scrutiny of Medicare reimbursement for medicines delivered in physician offices, writes Jill Wechsler. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released data on payments to some 880,000 healthcare providers who collectively […]
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After Delays, Project DataSphere Rolls Out

An industry and academic data-sharing project went live on Tuesday, nearly a year after the platform was expected to launch. Visitors to the site – no credentials needed – can register and access de-identified clinical data from the comparator arms of nine oncology trials, with more to come. Project DataSphere, the newest data transparency and […]
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FDA Wants YOU!

A number of top management positions at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) need to be filled, and Center leaders are looking for experienced industry managers to help rebuild its staff. Many experienced FDAers are ending their careers or taking on new challenges, creating a need for “renewal and replenishment” of the agency, […]
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Is Gender a Drug Safety Issue in the Era of Personalized Medicine?

By Lisa Henderson, Applied Clinical Trials. In January 2013, FDA told manufacturers to lower the dose of zolpidem, the insomnia treatment, for women, and suggested a 10 mg to 5 mg for immediate-release products (Ambien, Edluar, and Zolpimist) and from 12.5 mg to 6.25 mg for extended-release products (Ambien CR). That was based on evidence […]
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Allergy Shots in a Pill?

Allergy season’s dank fecundity might be welcomed in many parts of America this year. Anything that’s warmer. But the worst allergy sufferers might soon be headed back to the doctor’s office for another round of allergy shots. Or perhaps not. ALK-Abelló, a Denmark-based specialty pharmaceuticals company focused solely on allergy immunotherapy products, expects FDA to […]
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