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Neat, Plausible, and Wrong

Sep 26 2016
Why the focus on intellectual property fails to address the complexities of medicinal access in India Stephen M. Sammut and Daniel S. Levine Released in San Francisco, June, 2016 Supported by and prepared for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises The opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BIO and ABLE.

BIO Submits Comments in Response to the OSTP's RFI on the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology Products

Sep 16 2016
BIO submits comments to submits comments in response to the Notice of a Request for Information, published by the National Science and Technology Council, Science and Technology Policy Office. Comments were submitted to Food and Drug Administration Docket No. FDA-2015-N-3403; Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology and Developing a Long-Term Strategy for the Regulation of the Products of Biotechnology.

BIO AFBF GE Salmon Labeling Provision Letter

Sep 15 2016
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization along with the American Farm Bureau Federation sent a letter to the House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Committees urging the Committees to oppose any provision related to bioengineered food labeling, including salmon labeling, that may come up for consideration during the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations process. 

BIO Submits Comments Re: ICER Value Framework

Sep 13 2016
BIO submitted comments on the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) Value Assessment Framework. Throughout the attached letter, BIO addresses issues it has raised previously with the Framework as well as responds specifically to the four major categories of issues that the Institute identified (in the order in which they were identified). 

Biosimilars: BIO Comments on FDA Draft Guidance Implementation of the “Deemed To Be a License” Provision of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009

Aug 30 2016
Re: Draft Guidance for Industry: Implementation of the “Deemed To Be a License” Provision of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (Docket No. FDA-2015-D-4750 (March 14,...

BIO Comments on Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule

Aug 8 2016
BIO submitted comments on the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule, which focused on several proposals related to, among other things, CMS’s review of New Technology Add-on Applications, the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, the PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program, and the Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program.

Electronic Health Record Data: BIO Comments on FDA Draft Guidance Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations

Jul 19 2016
Electronic health record (EHR) data and “real world evidence” generated from the post-marketing clinical use of medicines can provide valuable information regarding the use, benefits, or risks of therapies. BIO applauds FDA for taking steps to provide greater clarity around the use of EHR data in clinical assessments of safety and effectiveness in regulatory submissions.

SPA: BIO Comments on Special Protocol Assessment; Draft Guidance for Industry

Jul 19 2016
BIO is supportive of FDA’s efforts to clarify the special protocol assessment (SPA) process for sponsors through the updated draft Special Protocol Assessment guidance, which provides helpful clarification on which protocols are eligible for SPA, as well as other updates and details.

Compounding: BIO Comments on FDA Draft Guidance Prescription Requirement Under Section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

Jul 19 2016
BIO applauds the issuance by the FDA of this Draft Guidance as it recognizes the importance of the prescription requirement under Section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). BIO recognizes that access to medically-needed compounded medicines is highly important; but access cannot and should not come at the expense of product quality and patient safety.

BIO Comments on Renewable Fuel Standards for 2017

Jul 11 2016
BIO urges EPA to get the RFS back on track with a commitment to stable implementation of the program that tracks statutory requirements. In particular, we urge EPA to account more appropriately for the availability of advanced and other biofuels to meet statutory volume requirements, and to make significant changes to EPA’s proposed reductions in volume requirements for advanced biofuel, cellulosic biofuel, and total renewable fuel.