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  • FDA Biosimilar Naming Guidance and Proposed Rule The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance and a related proposed rule on the naming of biologic drugs and biosimilars. The draft guidance proposes that reference products and biosimilars have nonproprietary names (also called proper names in the guidance) that share a core drug substance name and, in order to better identify each product, an FDA-designated suffix that is unique for each product. This suffix would be composed of four lowercase letters that won't carry any meaning.

  • 340B Omnibus Guidance Proposed The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published its much anticipated draft omnibus guidance on the 340B program.  The draft guidance is intended for covered entities, such as hospitals and certain clinics, enrolled in the 340B program and the drug manufacturers that are required to provide discounts on outpatient drugs.

  • CMS Publishes Memo The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a memo entitled "Compliance With Any Willing Pharmacy (AWP) Requirements." The memo discusses guidance on complying with the AWP requirement.  According to CMS, the memo is in response to concerns with the “process some Part D sponsors have adopted for complying with the AWP requirement, particularly issues with transparency and timing of sponsors’ AWP contracting processes, as well as the content of their standard terms and conditions.”
  • Room Block Now Open for Educational Summit The room block for the 2015 Educational Summit, Meeting  Healthcare Needs Through Partnerships, Transparency & Trust, November 3, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, is now open.

  • Members to Speak at NLM's DailyMed Jamboree 2015 Two NCPDP members will join 12 other presenters to mark the 10th anniversary of DailyMed.  Thomas R. Bizzaro, R.Ph., FDB (First Databank, Inc.), will present "Overview of the Impact of DailyMed and RxNorm on Pharmacy Practice" and Ajit Dhavle, MBA, Pharm.D., Surescripts, will present "RxNorm and NDCs in ePrescribing." Overall, topics will focus on a retrospective look at how the industry has made use of DailyMed, biosimilars naming, and Risk Evaluation and Mediation Strategies (REMS).

  • Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

    Due to requests for additional time to submit speaker proposals for the 2016 Annual Technology & Business Conference on May 2-4, 2016, we are extending the deadline to September 15, 2015.

  • ONC Hosting Webinar The ONC is hosting the ninth webinar of a 10-part series on health IT and patient safety, “Information Transparency and Health IT Safety” on August 20, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will feature perspectives on information transparency and health IT safety from the viewpoints of the patient, the practitioner, leaders of health systems improvement, and policymakers. Slides and audio of previous webinars in this series are also now available.

    Register today.
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