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User Fees

August 15, 2016 | Daily News

FDA officials, patient representatives and industry stakeholders said the hiring provisions included in the drug user fee commitment letter are critical to the other goals outlined for the sixth iteration of the program, with an industry representative saying FDA’s ability to recruit scientists is crucial to the agency keeping pace with scientific advancement.

August 04, 2016 | Daily News

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) commended the sixth drug user fee agreement, released July 15, for its potential benefits to the rare disease community, but a NORD official told Inside Health Policy that the group will work with lawmakers to offer amendments to the bill.

July 20, 2016 | Daily News

A head biotechnology industry lobbyist says FDA hopes to send the final prescription drug user fee goals letter to Congress before the end of the year to avoid the “hiatus pit” that occurs during the changes of administration.

July 15, 2016 | Daily News

FDA and the drug industry have agreed on performance goals for the sixth iteration of the drug user fee law that echo key objectives of the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act, including: enhancing adaptive, Bayesian and other clinical trial designs, incorporating the patient voice in drug development and enhancing the review of combination products.

July 14, 2016 | Daily News

FDA device chief Jeffrey Shuren made a public case for a national device evaluation system in a July 11 article in a prominent medical journal that says adding unique device identifiers to claims forms and securing industry funding are key to the effort.

June 20, 2016 | Daily News

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) says its near decade-long press for FDA to establish safety and efficacy of over-the-counter cough and cold products for children shows a dire need to reform the OTC monograph process and increase agency resources through a user fee program.

June 20, 2016 | Daily News

FDA recently kicked off discussions on developing a user fee program for over-the-counter (OTC) drug products, expounding on the lack of resources the agency has to finish outstanding monographs with a staff of only 18 full-time employees regulating a market of more than 100,000 products.

June 03, 2016 | Daily News

FDA and the medical device industry continue to disagree on key issues as discussions continue on how to craft the next device user fee law, according to minutes of an April 27 meeting between the parties.

May 10, 2016 | Daily News

FDA will hold a public meeting on June 10 to explore setting up a user fee program to help fund reviews of over-the-counter (OTC) drug monographs, saying the agency's OTC program is severely under resourced and reviews could stall.

May 02, 2016 | Daily News

Key medical device lobby groups told FDA at a recent meeting that the agency's high-priority goals for the next user fee law don't match industry's, and said their members oppose the agency's real-world evidence funding plan and other proposals they believe are not worth the investment and don't fit into the scope of the user fee program, according to minutes from the March meeting.

March 31, 2016 | Daily News

FDA's drug regulatory policy chief Jane Axelrad will step down the end of April after serving at the agency for 25 years and playing an integral role in FDA reform and user fee negotiations.

January 28, 2016 | Daily News

FDA drug chief Janet Woodcock gave a small opening to the agency factoring drug price spikes in how it queues generic drug approvals, telling a Senate panel Thursday that such a policy might be possible if HHS came up with a “bullet proof” way of defining a price spike.

January 28, 2016 | Daily News

FDA drug center chief Janet Woodcock told the Senate health committee Thursday (Jan. 28) that the agency will “absolutely” have the generic drug application application backlog cleared out when the current Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA) expire at the end of September 2017.

January 21, 2016 | Daily News

FDA drug center chief Janet Woodcock will testify at a Senate health committee hearing Jan. 28 on whether the generic drug user fee law has provided the overhaul necessary to ensure patients have expeditious access to generic drugs.

January 05, 2016 | Daily News

Drug industry stakeholders floated the idea of offering “third-party support” to help implement improvements to FDA's hiring system that would positively impact the sixth iteration of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), and the agency said it would consider the suggestion, an FDA document reveals.

December 23, 2015 | Daily News

Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) praised the spending package passed last week saying that it provided FDA with an increase near to what the 21st Century Cures Act sought in fiscal year 2016.

December 10, 2015 | Daily News

FDA coordinated with the medical device lobby on a CEO survey of policies in play under the third device user fee law, according to internal documents and emails obtained by Inside Health Policy through the Freedom of Information Act.

November 20, 2015 | Daily News

As lawmakers debate how much funding to provide FDA in 2016 and the drug and device user fees talks enter the substantive stages, millions of dollars gathered from previous user fee agreements sit in the Federal Treasury as a result of a previous legal glitch, industry representatives say.

November 13, 2015 | Daily News

Key issues are starting to emerge as FDA and the medical device industry gear up to present their user fee proposals next Wednesday (Nov. 18) at a closed-door meeting that is expected to jump-start preliminary discussions on reauthorization of the user fee agreement set to expire in 2017.

November 13, 2015 | Daily News

Seventy-two percent of device postmarket approval and surveillance studies mandated by FDA between 2008 and 2015 are sill ongoing, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office.