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Monday, June 27 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
#143: Priority Review Vouchers: Past Experiences, Legislative Reform, and Tips for Sponsors

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Component Type: Symposium
Level: Intermediate
CE: CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

Over the past decade, several policy strategies have emerged that promise to promote drug development in areas of unmet need, such as exclusivity previsions and advanced market commitments. Recently, one of these policy strategies, the priority review voucher (PRV), has garnered new attention and has re-emerged as a possible driver in R&D for rare pediatric diseases, neglected tropical diseases, and public health emergencies. The PRV program is a regulatory incentive administered by the FDA to promote drug development for certain underserved patient populations. Under the original PRV program, signed into law in 2007, FDA awards a voucher to sponsors for the regulatory approval of a novel drug targeting a particular neglected tropical disease; sponsors that redeem a PRV are subsequently allowed to designate any one NDA/BLA, regardless of indication, as priority review, reducing the target regulatory review period by four months. Since 2007, nine vouchers have been issued by the FDA, and reported sales of the voucher have continued to increase to as much as $350 million. This panel takes a closer look at the value of the PRV as an incentive, focusing on past experiences related to the PRV program, current use, legislative trends, potential value, and its role in encouraging much needed R&D for rare pediatric and neglected tropical diseases.

Learning Objectives

Explain the history and mechanics of the FDA priority review voucher (PRV) program; Describe current policy initiatives regarding the PRV program and industry response to the PRV incentive; Assess the value of the PRV as an incentive for rare and neglected diseases.


Andrew S. Robertson, JD, PhD


Priority Review Vouchers: A New Paradigm for Funding Research?
Patricia R Anderson, RAC

The Priority Review Voucher: The Value, the Pipeline, and the Opportunities for R&D
Andrew S. Robertson, JD, PhD

Priority Review Vouchers: Legislation and History - What You Need to Know
Alexander Varond, JD


Andrew Robertson

Director, Global Regulatory Policy, Merck & Co., Inc.
Andrew S. Robertson works in Global Regulatory Affairs at Merck & Co., focusing on regulatory policies concerning vaccines, biologics, biosimilars, in vitro diagnostics, mobile medical apps and software medical devices. He has over 13 years of experience spanning academia, industry... Read More →

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Patricia Anderson

Vice President, Regulatory Services, Mapi
Ms. Anderson has covered many aspects of drug development during over 30 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Ms. Anderson has held several positions which have included the areas of regulatory affairs, drug development, and due diligence for licensing. She has... Read More →
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Alexander Varond

Associate, Goodwin Procter LLP
Alexander J. Varond works on drug development and medical devices, advertising and promotion, and enforcement issues. He counsels clients on drug development matters such as clinical trial design, REMS, orphan drug designation, formal dispute resolution, and patent and exclusivity... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
103C Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
  Trk 17: Rare-Orphan Diseases, Symposium