About the AuthorMy name is Mark Senak. I’m a lawyer and I work at the international communications firm FleishmanHillard in New York. 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. I have also worked extensively with an array of medical societies and patient organizations providing strategic communications counsel and media training.
My ProfileI am an 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; and counselor in issues and crisis management. I am a 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!
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Eye on FDA is published by Mark Senak of FleishmanHillard’s New York 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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Anatomy of a Consent Decree
Following yesterday’s posting about catching up, another thing that happened last week is that a Consent Decree was issued by the FDA. The company involved was Shelhigh, Inc., which produces implantable devices. First of all, what is a Consent Decree? … Continue reading
Tracking Approvable Letters
There are three general outcomes from submitting a new drug to the FDA for approval. First – approval, for which everyone hopes. Second non-approval, which is the obvious bad scenario. Third are approvable letters, issued by the FDA when they … Continue reading
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Warning About Warnings!
As I mentioned in an earlier posting on February 24, the FDA has dramatically increased the issuance of MedWatch Alerts. Now the Baltimore Sun reports on the issue, which touches upon another matter discussed here – the relevance of FDA … Continue reading
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Lessons for a New Regulatory Era, Part 2
Risk management is an iterative process, as the FDA likes to say. There are a broad spectrum of activities that comprise efforts at managing risk. There is the product labeling and within that there is the Black Box Warning (see … Continue reading
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Class of One – Avoiding Warning Letters, Part II
According to FDA regulations, one cannot state a claim that one’s drug or biologic is superior to another unless there has been a head to head study demonstrating that superiority. That regulatory reality can be frustrating to communications professionals who … Continue reading
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