Tag Archives: Clinical trials

Congress Clears Controlled Substances Act Scheduling Legislation

On November 16, 2015, the House of Representatives approved HR 639, the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act, clearing it for the President.  The legislation would amend the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to make procedural changes intended to improve the efficiency, transparency, and consistency of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) process for scheduling … Continue Reading

President Obama Signs Bills to Amend ACA Small Employer Definition, Expand Access to Clinical Trials

On October 7, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1624, which amends the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) definition of “small employer” by maintaining the definition of a small group market as 1-50 employees and thus reducing the number of employers covered by certain new health insurance coverage requirements set to go into effect in … Continue Reading

OHRP to Host Oct. 20 Meeting on Proposed Overhaul of Common Rule

On October 20, 2015, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) is hosting a public town hall meeting to respond to questions related to its September 8, 2015 proposed rule that would modernize HHS regulations governing human research subjects under the Common Rule.  The registration deadline for … Continue Reading

“Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials Act” Sent to President

On September 28, 2015, the House of Representatives approved by voice vote S. 139, the Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials Act. This legislation would allow individuals to participate in clinical trials for rare diseases without counting the income earned from these trials against their eligibility for Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. The legislation, which was … Continue Reading

Congressional Hearings to Focus on Health IT, Biosimilars, Medicaid Program Legislation

Two Congressional committees are holding hearings this week on health policy issues.  First, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has scheduled a September 16, 2015 hearing on “Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology: Improving Care Through Patient Access to Their Records.”   The HELP Committee also will hold a September 17 hearing on “Biosimilar Implementation: … Continue Reading

Agencies Release Proposed Overhaul of the Common Rule

On September 2, 2015, sixteen federal departments and agencies, including the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule to modernize regulations governing human research subjects under the Common Rule (45 C.F.R. Part 46). Under the current regulations, the Common Rule applies to all research involving human subjects that is conducted … Continue Reading

House Energy and Commerce Committee Unanimously Approves 21st Century Cures Bill

Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 6, the “21st Century Cures Act,” by a bipartisan, unanimous 51-0 vote. This major legislation is intended to accelerate the pace of medical cures in the United States through a variety of reforms addressing drug and device development and approval, clinical trial design, research funding, interoperability … Continue Reading

FDA Issues Three Biosimilar Final Guidances

On April 28, 2015, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized three guidances for industry on developing biosimilar drugs. The guidances, which follow the FDA’s first approval of a biosimilar drug in March, are intended to clarify both scientific and regulatory considerations for a broad range of stakeholders, including drug companies, in manufacturing biosimilars. … Continue Reading

FDA Draft Guidance on Acceptance of Medical Device Clinical Data from Studies Conducted Abroad

As discussed on our Life Sciences Legal Update blog, the FDA has released draft guidance clarifying its acceptance of medical device clinical data from studies conducted outside of the United States. The draft guidance highlights special considerations that apply when using foreign clinical data, including applicability to populations within the US, and provides recommendations to … Continue Reading

FDA,OHRP Considering Guidance on Use of Electronic Informed Consent In Clinical Investigations

As discussed on our sister blog, Life Sciences Legal Update, the FDA has published a notice soliciting comments on a draft guidance document on the use of electronic media and processes to obtain informed consent for FDA-regulated clinical investigations of medical products.  The HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) also is considering whether to adopt … Continue Reading

Congressional Panels Take Steps to Speed Patient Access to Medical Innovation

On January 27, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released its “21st Century Cures Act” discussion draft, the product of a year-long, bipartisan effort by the Committee to accelerate the pace of medical cures in the United States. The nearly 400-page bill addresses a wide range of topics, including, among many other things: the … Continue Reading

NIH Releases Proposed Rule on FDAAA Requirements for ClinicalTrials.Gov Registration and Results Submission

NIH has just released a proposed rule that would clarify and expand requirements for the submission of clinical trial registration and results information, including adverse event information, to the ClinicalTrials.gov database in conformance with the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). The rule would implement the statutory requirement for the submission of … Continue Reading

Draft HHS Guidance on Disclosing Risks in Standards of Care Research

On October 24, 2014, the HHS Office for Human Research Protections published a notice announcing that it is seeking comments on draft guidance for the research community entitled “Guidance on Disclosing Reasonably Foreseeable Risks in Research Evaluating Standards of Care.” The guidance addresses risks to subjects that are presented by research evaluating risks associated with … Continue Reading

FDA Seeks Comments to Updated Guidance on Informed Consent in Clinical Trials

This post was written by Jennifer Pike and Vicki Morris. Earlier this summer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft 42-page "Informed Consent Information Sheet" that provides guidance for institutional review boards (IRBs), clinical investigators, and clinical trial sponsors on complying with the Agency’s informed consent regulations. Once finalized, the draft guidance will … Continue Reading

Ways and Means Committee Seeks Comments on Medicare Program Integrity Bill

The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health is seeking comments on a draft bill, the Protecting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2014, that is “aimed at combating fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare program.” The bill covers a range of Medicare and Medicaid policies, from establishing new alternative sanctions for … Continue Reading

July Congressional Health Policy Hearings

Congressional panels have held numerous hearings on health policy issues this month, including the following: The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a series of hearings on its “21st Century Cures” initiative, focusing on personalized medicine, barriers to evidence development and communication, technological innovations, the patient perspective, and modernizing clinical trials. A separate hearing focused on … Continue Reading

FDA Meeting on Biomarker Development (Sept. 5)

On September 5, 2014, the FDA is holding a public meeting at the Washington Plaza Hotel, in Washington DC, to discuss current scientific and regulatory approaches to biomarker development, acceptance, and utility in the development of therapeutic products (e.g., drugs and biologics). Specifically, FDA will focus on (1) identifying challenges for biomarker applications in early- … Continue Reading

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Approves Health Bills

On May 28, 2014 the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health approved by voice vote three bipartisan public health bills: H.R. 4299, “Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act,” which is intended to improve the Drug Enforcement Agency scheduling process for new FDA-approved drugs under the Controlled Substances Act and the registration process for … Continue Reading

FDA Releases Final Guidance on Qualification Process for Drug Development Tools

This post was written by Jennifer Pike. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the availability of a final guidance document which describes the qualification process for drug development tools (DDTs) intended for use, over time, in multiple drug development programs. DDTs are methods, materials, or measures that aid drug development. Examples of DDTs include biomarkers … Continue Reading

CMS Updates Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Other Part B Policies for CY 2014

On December 10, 2013, CMS published its final rule updating Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) rates and polices for calendar year (CY) 2014, which includes a 20.1% across-the-board cut in PFS rates in 2014 (down from 24.4% projected under the proposed rule). The cuts are largely due to the statutory Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) update formula, … Continue Reading

OIG Examines Clinical Trial Data and Safety Monitoring Boards

The OIG has issued a report entitled “Data and Safety Monitoring Boards in NIH Clinical Trials: Meeting Guidance, But Facing Some Issues.” The report examines the effectiveness of data and safety monitoring boards (DSMB) – or committees of experts that provide ongoing reviews of clinical trial data to ensure the safety of study subjects and … Continue Reading

HHS Seeks Comments on IRB Assessment of Risks in Standard of Care Interventions Research; Aug. 28 Meeting Scheduled

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking input on how institutional review boards (IRBs) should assess the risks of research involving randomization to one or more treatments within the standard of care for particular interventions, and what reasonably foreseeable risks of the research should be disclosed to research subjects as part of … Continue Reading

Bioethics Panel Seeks Comments on Ethical/Legal Issues Involving “Incidental Findings” in Research and Testing

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is requesting public comment on the ethical, legal, and social issues raised by “incidental findings” (e.g., information obtained from testing that was not its intended or expected object) that arise from genetic and genomic testing, imaging, and testing of biological specimens conducted in the clinical, research, and … Continue Reading