Ethics/Regulatory

Alere hit with subpoena for Medicare billing practices

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Investors were temporarily shaken after news of a federal investigation into Medicare billing practices. Alere received a U.S. Department of Justice subpoena addressed to Alere Toxicology Services on July 1, 2016. The subpoena seeks records related to Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare billings dating back to 2010 for patient samples tested at the company’s Austin, Texas pain management laboratory.

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EMA suspends Semler’s medicines over flawed studies

Monday, July 25, 2016

The EMA has recommended suspending a number of nationally approved medicines for which bioequivalence studies were conducted at Semler Research Centre Private Ltd, Bangalore, India. The Agency has also recommended that medicines currently being evaluated for authorization and which rely only on bioequivalence studies from this site should not be authorized until bioequivalence is demonstrated using alternative data. Bioequivalence studies usually form the basis for approval of generic medicines.

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EMA to revise guidance on first-in-human clinical trials after Bial trial deaths

Monday, July 25, 2016

The EMA, in cooperation with the European Commission and the Member States of the European Union (EU), is proposing changes to current guidance on first-in-human clinical trials to further improve strategies to identify and mitigate risks to trial participants. These changes are outlined in a new concept paper which has been released for public consultation. Comments on the proposals should be sent to FIH-rev@ema.europa.eu until September 30 using the form provided.

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