Category Archives: Regulatory

Ebola Crisis Could Spur Broader R&D Efforts

Up until a few months ago, there was little industry interest or public support for developing vaccines and treatments to combat the Ebola virus. Now the rush is on to launch clinical trials of therapies with some potential effectiveness against the disease. The situation has also encouraged FDA and regulatory authorities to facilitate these efforts […]
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European Pharma: Paying the Price of Pharmacovigilance

Pharmacovigilance controls are becoming firmly embedded in the European Union’s post-authorization regulatory system, with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) acting as the pivot for an EU-wide network of agencies monitoring medicines throughout their market lifespan. The new pharmacovigilance activities stemming from the EU legislation, the first stage of which was approved four years ago, relate […]
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Healthcare Reform in China: A Doubled-Edge Sword for Foreign Firms?

The Chinese market is attractive to foreign investors for many reasons. It is the world’s third largest market for pharmaceuticals with annual sale of US$71 billion.  In fact, it is poised to become the second largest market in 2015 given that its annual growth rate of sales is between 15 and 20%, according to Yanzhong […]
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Major Changes to EU Clinical Trials Regulation

Earlier this year, the newly approved EU Clinical Trials regulation (No 536/2014) was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU).  The European Commission (EC) estimates that all the changes could save researchers €800 million (over $1 billion) a year. It replaces the existing EU Clinical Trials Directive (2001/20/EC), which was intended to simplify […]
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Europe: More Direct-Acting Antivirals, More Controversy

The storms raging across Europe—and beyond—over the pricing of new hepatitis C treatments have been intensified by the European Union’s approval last week of the latest directly-acting antiviral, Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Daklinza (daclatasvir). Just two months after the European Medicines Agency gave a positive opinion on the drug, the formal authorization was delivered for use in […]
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