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BIO Comments: Administering the Hatch-Waxman Amendments: Ensuring a Balance Between Innovation and Access

Dec 5 2017
Bio Comments on Administering the Hatch-Waxman Amendments: Ensuring a Balance Between Innovation and Access (Docket No. FDA-2017-N-3615)

BIO Submits Comments Re: HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019

Nov 29 2017
BIO submitted comments in response to the Department of Health and Human Services' Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019. In its annual update of standards and requirements related to the exchanges and the health plans offered on them, HHS should strive for a policy framework that ensure access to health insurance also means access to appropriate care. We appreciate the work undertaken by HHS to develop and refine this framework since the inception of the Exchanges in 2014. But we believe more can and should be done. In this Notice, the Department proposes a number of modifications to foundational elements of the Exchanges – including significant changes to the ways States craft their essential health benefits (EHB) packages. We encourage the Department to carefully consider how these and other changes could impact the patient experience for those enrolled in health plans through the Exchanges.

Biomilars: BIO Comments on FDA Draft Guidance Statistical Approaches to Evaluate Analytical Similarity

Nov 28 2017
Re: Docket No. FDA-2017-D-5525: Statistical Approaches to Evaluate Analytical Similarity ...

BIO Submits Comments Re: CMS Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information

Nov 27 2017
BIO submitted comments in response to the CMS Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information (RFI). BIO represents an industry that is devoted to discovering new treatments and ensuring patient access to them. Accordingly, we have closely monitored the Innovation Center’s development and delivery of demonstration models and their potential impact on patient access to treatment and innovation. BIO applauds CMS for engaging in the collection of broad stakeholder feedback through this RFI, and not only for seeking input on the model focus areas, but also on the overarching principles that guide the Innovation Center’s activities (guiding principles). We support the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI’s) broader goal to improve quality of care and reduce overall healthcare expenditures, and believe appropriate access to, and utilization of, medicines can contribute to both goals. Innovative therapies have the potential to improve patient health outcomes and reduce healthcare spending in the short- and long-term. Thus, a prominent theme of our comments on this RFI center on the ideal that all demonstrations should not only maintain, but improve access to necessary therapies.

BIO Comments to FDA on “Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative; Public Meetings; Request for Comments” (FDA-2017-N-5991; November 17, 2017)

Nov 21 2017
Re: FDA-2017-N-5991: “Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative; Public Meetings; Request for Comments” To whom it may concern: The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) appreciates this opportunity to provide comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its proposed Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative (FDA-2017-N-5991). BIO is the world's largest biotechnology trade association, representing small and large companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of agricultural, healthcare, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO represents its members in a number of matters related to the uses of biology-based technologies in agriculture, animal health and human health.

Benefit-Risk: BIO Comments on Benefit-Risk Assessments in Drug Regulatory Decision-Making

Nov 14 2017
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BIO Submits Comments Re: HHS Draft Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022

Nov 9 2017
BIO submitted comments in response to the Health and Human Services (HHS/the Agency) Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022. BIO strongly supports HHS’ mission to enhance the health and well-being of Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the science of underlying medicine, public health, and social services; and the associated strategic planning process.

BIO Submits Comments Re: USP Drug Classification System, Second Round of Public Comments

Nov 9 2017
BIO submitted comments to the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Healthcare Quality and Safety Expert Committee (Expert Committee) in response to the second round of public comment on the USP Drug Classification System (USP DC), released September 25, 2017. In response to the USP DC, BIO offers comments consistent with our comprehensive comments on the draft Version 7.0 Medicare Model Guidelines (MMG) and comments on last year’s draft USP DC, both of which are included as appendices for the Expert Committee’s reference. Our comments, as follows, also correspond to the call for additional feedback on how to make the USP DC more user friendly as expressed on the open-mic web meeting.

CMC: BIO Comments on FDA Draft Guidance CMC Postapproval Manufacturing Changes for Specified Biological Products to be Documented in Annual Reports

Oct 13 2017

 

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BIO's Letter to the Senate Committee on Judiciary Regarding Deficiencies at the USPTO

Oct 12 2017
BIO President and CEO James C. Greenwood details deficiencies at the USPTO that are undermining longstanding and carefully-balanced procedures governing market entry and patent dispute resolution under the highly successful Hatch-Waxman Act.