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March 4, 2013News for the food and drug law community

  Drugs & Biologics 
 
  • FDA to scrutinize 30 compounders in 2 months
    The FDA plans to inspect around 30 drug compounders in the next two months as part of heightened efforts following a deadly meningitis outbreak tied to compounded drugs. The pharmacies mainly produce sterile drugs for health care providers across the country, FDA spokeswoman Erica Jefferson said. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/1) Email this Story
  • FDA staff: Calcitonin salmon may carry cancer risk
    A link between osteoporosis treatments containing calcitonin salmon and cancer risk is possible, according to briefing documents from FDA staff reviewers. The reviewers raised questions about the drugs' usefulness in preventing bone breaks due to osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, the reviewers said. An FDA panel is set to discuss the products on Tuesday. Reuters (3/1) Email this Story
  • British pharma asks for delay in pricing system
    A group of British drug wholesalers, concerned about supply chain issues, asked for a one-month grace period before the introduction of a new value-based pricing system. The new program will replace a 55-year-old system that allowed the industry to set its own prices -- under a cap -- and negotiate every five years. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (3/1) Email this Story
  • Europe supports push to cure rare conditions
    The European Commission will spend about $187 million on 26 research projects on rare diseases, involving research teams from 29 countries. The goal is to discover effective treatments for a metabolic, immune and cardiovascular disorders, among others. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (3/1) Email this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Food & Dietary Supplements 
 
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Medical Devices 
 
  • Mercator gains EU approval for micro-infusion catheters
    Mercator MedSystems has earned the CE mark to market its Cricket and Bullfrog micro-infusion catheters in Europe. The devices already have U.S. approval. The devices are used to deliver drugs straight to deep tissue through blood vessel walls, keeps the injected agent from spreading throughout the body while also allowing for a high concentration near the targeted area. MedGadget.com (3/1) Email this Story
Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

  Tobacco 
 
  • CDC: 1 in 5 adult smokers have tried e-cigarettes
    The number of U.S. adult smokers who have tried electronic cigarettes rose from about 10% in 2010 to about 21% in 2011, according to a CDC study released on Thursday. Current smokers were more likely to use the devices than nonsmokers, researchers said. "There is still a lot we don't know about these products, including whether they will decrease or increase use of traditional cigarettes," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/28) Email this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

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  • 2013 conference calendar -- speak, register & save the dates!
    There are plenty of speaking opportunities available for this year's FDLI conferences. Please e-mail our development team if you are interested in participating or have any session/program ideas. FDLI members routinely receive at least a 20% discount on FDLI conferences, webinars and publications. Upcoming programs include:
    • Introduction to Drug Law and Regulation | April 3-4 | Washington, D.C.
    • Introduction to Medical Device Law and Regulation | April 3-4 | Washington, D.C.
    • FDLI Annual Conference | April 23-24 | Washington, D.C.
    • FDLI International Conference | June 6-7 | Beijing, China. New date!
    • Advertising & Promotion Conference | Sept. 16-17 | Washington, D.C.
    • Food Advertising: Claims, Litigations and Strategies | Oct. 8 | Location TBD
    • FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products | Oct. 17 | Washington, D.C.
    • Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance | Dec. 10-11 | Washington, D.C.
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