Articles by Jill Wechsler - BioPharm International

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Articles by Jill Wechsler

Healthcare Reform Threatens Biotech Coverage and Access

Biotech companies fear comparative effectiveness analysis will emphasize product costs over value.
Jun 1, 2008

The comparative research approach may be preferable to price controls in the guise of government negotiations for the Medicare drug benefit, coverage denials, and limits on access to new technologies.

An Underfunded FDA Fights Back

Under fire, FDA is taking steps to regain its stature as an effective science-based regulatory agency.
May 1, 2008

The FDA is under attack from all sides. Many influential members of Congress either don't trust the agency to monitor the industry appropriately, or have found it politically expedient to keep sounding alarms about inadequate oversight of food and drug safety and clinical research. The good news is that there seems to be a growing consensus that FDA needs a major infusion of cash to regain its stature as an effective science-based regulatory agency.

FDA's Inspection Program Under Scrutiny

The heparin safety crisis puts a spotlight on manufacturing processes and regulatory oversight
Apr 1, 2008

The heparin safety crisis puts a spotlight on manufacturing processes and regulatory oversight.

CDER Gains Woodcock as Permanent Chief

Mar 12, 2008

When CDER director Steven Galson left last year, Janet Woodcock shifted back as temporary chief. And now, after a long search for a replacement, she has decided to take on the job herself.

FDA Encourages Quality by Design Initiatives

Mar 1, 2008

More informed submissions may lead to regulatory flexibility for postapproval changes.

Limited Resources Challenge Regulators

The much needed modernization of the agency's IT systems and inspection capabilities will likely fall prey to budget shortfalls.
Feb 1, 2008

The much needed modernization of the agency's IT systems and inspection capabilities will likely fall prey to budget shortfalls.

Biotech Manufacturers Face a Challenging 2008

FDA and industry must contend with new safety policies, pricing concerns, and pressure to innovate
Jan 1, 2008

The new year begins on a note of optimism. A major breakthrough in stem cell research promises to open the door to new biomedical research opportunities. The drawn-out Congressional debate over user-fee reauthorization and drug safety regulation is over, and most parties seem satisfied with resulting compromises. The vaccine industry is experiencing a resurgence after years in the doldrums, with important new vaccines on the market and more under development. And unlike many previous years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had a confirmed commissioner for all of 2007 and relatively stable leadership.

Personalized Medicine May Rationalize the Coverage of Specialty Therapies

Medicines targeted to select patients can justify premium prices, reduce drug safety problems, and improve care
Dec 1, 2007

The personalized medicine bandwagon is on a roll, offering a new model for calculating reimbursement of high-cost biotech therapies. Strategies for identifying patients who will respond to a certain therapy, as well as those most likely to suffer adverse events, promise to improve healthcare quality while eliminating waste and inappropriate spending. Interventions based on individual genetic characteristics may have limited sales, but support higher prices and less costly clinical research methods.

FDAAA Boosts Fees, Broadens Disclosure

Congress postpones debate on follow-on biologics while adopting new policies likely to reshape drug development
Nov 1, 2007

Congress postpones debate on follow-on biologics while adopting new policies likely to reshape drug development

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