Category Archives: Drug Approval

Biosimilar regulation: 1984 v. 2014

It’s 1984. The year opens with the demise of Ma Bell, as the Bell System is broken into smaller, regional telephone companies. The idea is to end Ma’s nationwide monopoly, but the result is a handful of smaller monopolies since there…

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Drug pricing: Are we paying for efficacy or innovation?

What if we paid professional athletes only when they won? What if spectators got their tickets refunded whenever the home team lost? That might make that $1,300 Super Bowl ticket a little easier to purchase. And, hey, perhaps that might…

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The FDA Should Provisionally Approve Vascepa

The FDA’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee (EMDAC) rocked the biotech industry last week by voting 9 to 2 against approval of Amarin Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s fish-oil derived omega-3 supplement Vascepa in the supplemental indication of mixed dyslipidemia. The drug…

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Oh, Give it Iressa! Nope: ‘Bad Pharma’ Firms Need to Tell More

So urgently did I think I wanted to read Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma, that I ordered it from Amazon’s UK site last November, unwilling to wait for U.S. publication – which happened just as I reached the end, polishing off…

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Patients Want More than Check-the-Box Experience

Patients getting their four minutes to say how an experimental drug changed their life or gave them hope have become a routine part of nearly every FDA advisory committee meeting – as routine as the call to order or the…

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It’s the Pounds, Stupid

At a family wedding earlier this month, an uncle was salivating over the prospect that the Vivus Inc. drug Qnexa could soon become the first in a new generation of obesity drugs to gain FDA approval. He needed to lose…

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What Drug Problem?

Pop quiz . . . which market is valued higher, illegal drugs or prescription drugs? Although drug lords and cartels are not apt to file annual reports, the United Nations estimates that 5 percent of the global population now takes…

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He Said What?!?! Best Biotech Quotes of 2011

As BioWorld Insight readers know, our “Word on the Street” column provides a sample of the most entertaining and thought-provoking quotes our staff stumbles upon each week. Some are gathered during interviews, some gleaned from analyst reports, and some overheard…

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The Good, the Bad and . . . the Huh? A 2011 Biotech Recap

The past year brought the biotech sector a mixed bag of news. Some of it was positive – for instance, the FDA picked up its drug approval pace in 2011 and, in some cases, even surprised the most hardened biotech…

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World’s Oldest Clinical Trial . . . and Health Economics Not Far Behind

How old is our clinical trial system? The first randomized clinical trial was conducted in 1946. British epidemiologist Sir Austin Bradford Hill used randomization to test a pertussis vaccine and a tuberculosis treatment. But according to an article in the…

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