Orphan Exclusivity, Drug-Device Designation Court Rulings Against FDA Would Be Fixed In User Fee Bill
Draft legislation would undo the Catalyst decision prohibiting FDA from providing separate orphan exclusivity periods for different subpopulations and alter the Genus ruling by requiring FDA to treat contrast agents, radioactive drugs and OTC monograph drugs as drugs.
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Legislative rider effectively reverses Genus court ruling, and now US FDA must treat contrast agents, radioactive drugs and OTC monograph drugs as drugs. However, the agency will have to assess case-by-case whether certain ophthalmic products meet the definition of ‘drug’ or ‘device.’
FDA didn’t get policy rider it wanted which would have reversed the Catalyst court ruling that the agency cannot limit a drug’s orphan exclusivity to its approved indication. One attorney says the clearest path forward is for FDA to issue new rulemaking and face additional litigation.
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