Sunshine, FDA Commissioner, & Gardner NewsMarch 24, 2021
As a reminder, U.S. Federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Open Payments) reports are due March 31. There are also state and municipal deadlines that have either passed or are coming up, including:
- January 1:
- Vermont: submit Compliance Officer Form
- California: post compliance declaration on website (annually, no due date)
- Massachusetts: perform annual audit during year
- AdvaMed: make certification (optional)
- January 15
- Nevada: submit list of pharmaceutical sales representation
- Miami-Dade County, Florida: register/renew sales representatives annually
- Chicago: register/renew pharmaceutical sales representatives annually
- March 1
- Nevada: make pharmaceutical sales report disclosure
- March 31
- Federal: submit Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Open Payments) reports
- April 1
- Vermont: submit disclosure report
- Vermont: submit sample report
- Nevada: submit drug pricing and sales report
- Federal: submit drug sample report
- May 1
- Nevada: perform annual audit during year (covering May 1 – April 30)
- Minnesota: submit payments to practitioners report
- June 1
- Nevada: submit compliance form (AB128 certification)
- July 1
- Massachusetts: submit marketing disclosure report
- Connecticut: report payments to advanced practice registered nurses
- Miami-Dade County, Florida: submit sales representative expenditure reports
- Washington, D.C.: submit sales representative reports (also, register representatives every 2 years)
- August 31
- Massachusetts: registration and filing renewal (generally between early July and late August)
For more information and a survey of international requirements, visit our website.
New FDA Commissioner?
Who will be the permanent FDA Commissioner? Currently, Janet Woodcock, M.D., a long-standing, well respected FDA official, and former Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), is the Acting Commissioner. A recent letter to President Joe Biden, penned by six former FDA commissioners stops short of endorsing Dr. Woodcock as permanent Commissioner, but applauds her leadership. The letter is at the very least a tacit endorsement for making Dr. Woodcock FDA Commissioner. Former FDA Commissioners that signed off on the letter include Robert Califf, MD, Scott Gottlieb, MD, Margaret Hamburg, MD, Jane Henney, MD, and Mark McClellan, MD. Despite this, Acting Commissioner Woodcock is facing criticism for approving opioids during her time at the helm of CDER. A former FDA official, Joshua Sharfstein, MD, is also considered a candidate for the position, although some argue his luster, like Woodcock's has faded. Others predict that neither Woodcock nor Sharfstein will get the job and that President Biden is looking outside of the Agency. We still view Dr. Woodcock as the lead candidate for the role. Time will tell.
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Tim Philips is a quality assurance and regulatory affairs professional with over 30 years of experience in commodities regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). He is an expert and instructor in FDA law / regulation, quality systems, inspections, evidence development, enforcement actions, and product recalls with an emphasis on post-market compliance of medical devices. Tim is an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) in the Regulatory Science Program in the School of Engineering.
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