About the AuthorMy name is Mark Senak. I’m a lawyer and I work at the international communications firm FleishmanHillard in Washington D.C. For the past several years, I have been consulting with pharmaceutical and biologic companies that are engaged in the process of bringing new drugs to market.
My ProfileEXPERTISE - Authority on regulatory aspects of communications and medical products, with particular emphasis on pre-approval communications; strategist to help pharma and biotech companies prepare best case for advisory committee approval; issues and crisis management. Frequent speaker on various aspects of same - drug development, promotion, reimbursement and new media in a highly regulated environment. Author of books, newspaper and magazine pieces related to drug marketing and promotion as well as HIV specialty pieces. And of course... blogger!
About This BlogEye on FDA is published by Mark Senak of FleishmanHillard's Washington, D.C. office. The thoughts and ideas in this blog and postings are strictly my own and are not screened by my employer. Everything posted on this blog is my personal opinion and does not necessarily represent the views of FleishmanHillard or its clients.
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The U.S. Pharmacopeia – What is it? What Does it Do?I had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Roger L. Williams, CEO of the USP to talk about what the campaign is designed to accomplish and what it is that the USP actually does. There are two installments of podcasting here - the first which talks about what the USP does, and the second geared to the campaign itself.
FDA Pioneers New Level of Transparency – An Interview with Dr. Joshua SharfsteinI had the opportunity last Friday to sit down with Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Principal Deputy Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration to discuss FDA Track. We talked about the genesis of the program, how they are doing it, what those of us in the public who are interested can expect of the program, and the process and timeframe for bringing it entirely up and running. Check it out.
Category Archives: Advisory Committee Prepapartion
The number of new drugs approved by FDA last year fell – by many indicators. There were fewer new molecular entities approved and there were fewer press releases about approvals during the year compared to 2015. And consequently, there were … Continue reading
During the campaign, candidate Donald Trump made several statements referring to the fact that he would be cutting regulation in this country by 70-80 percent. Since the election, that sentiment has been repeatedly affirmed. Now in office, this week he … Continue reading
In recent years FDA has undertaken several means to facilitate the consideration of new drug applications by creating various mechanisms for expedited review for either new drugs or new indications for existing drugs. Prior to 2012, there had long been … Continue reading
When an FDA Advisory Committee meets and deliberates whether or not the new drug application put before the agency should or should not be approved, they gather together and deliberate in a public forum often for hours. Prior to the … Continue reading
One area of FDA activity that I like to track is in relation to advisory committees which I think provide us with something of a surrogate marker for the pace at which FDA is considering and approving new drugs. To … Continue reading