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  • FDA to sponsors: Early communication key during COVID-19

    Virtual meetings – a staple of business life during the COVID-19 pandemic – are an option for sponsors who seek meetings with the US Food and Drug Administration. Best routes of communication with the FDA both for coronavirus-related and other submissions and tips for having productive virtual meetings were shared with attendees of the virtual DIA 2020 global annual meeting by Khushboo Sharma, deputy director of operations at the Office of New Drugs at FDA’s Center for Dru...
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    Lawmakers ask FDA to outline COVID-19 vaccine approval process

    Key Democratic members in the US House of Representatives have called on Stephen Hahn, MD, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to brief their staff on how the agency plans to make decisions regarding the development, review and deployment of vaccines against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.   In a letter dated 18 June, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), chairma...
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    New priorities set for trans-Atlantic collaboration on medicines

    As part of an annual bilateral regulatory dialog, officials from the European Commission (EC), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed on priorities for collaboration.   “In the context of the  COVID-19 pandemic , the EC, EMA and FDA have further intensified their collaboration through regular interactions, notably under the umbrella of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA),” said EMA in...
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    FDA explains COVID-19 impact on MDUFA goals, meetings

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued an immediately effective questions and answers guidance explaining the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency on formal meetings and applications for medical devices.   FDA released a similar guidance pertaining to formal meetings and applications for drugs and biologics amid the pandemic in late May. (RELATED: FDA explains impact of COVID-19 on applications, formal meetings , ...
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    Regulatory considerations for EUA during the COVID-19 public health emergency for medical device manufacturers

    This article examines regulatory considerations for emergency use authorizations for medical device manufacturers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors summarize the four phases of issuance as:  phase 1 ‒ in vitro diagnostic products; phase 2 ‒ personal protective equipment; phase 3 ‒ ventilators and components; and phase 4 ‒ other relevant medical devices. They emphasize the EUA is subject to statutory limits tied to the end of the public health emergency and ...
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    Recon: Gilead to begin trials of inhaled version of remdesivir; FDA rejects Nabriva’s antibiotic for the second time

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Gilead to Begin Human Testing of Inhaled Version of Covid-19 Drug Remdesivir ( WSJ ) FDA rejects Nabriva a second time; Nabriva pins it on travel restrictions ( Endpoints ) Rules for Clinical Trials in a Pandemic ( WSJ ) CDC coronavirus test kits were likely contaminated, federal review confirms ( Washington Post ) Efforts for Coronavirus Vaccine Focus on Vul...
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    FDA: Follow CDC guidance for COVID-infected employees

    A new guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration clarifies how manufacturers of drugs and biological products should address COVID-19 infection in their employees.   Generally speaking, employees who are ill or infected with SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, must be excluded from drug manufacturing areas and not permitted to return until they have met home isolation criteria established by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This guidance h...
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    Recon: FDA nods for Ultragenyx, Epizyme; Roche posts mixed results in late-stage prostate cancer trial

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Ultragenyx's Crysvita scores FDA nod in 2nd ultra-rare bone disorder ( Fierce ) ( FDA ) Epizyme wins second OK for Tazverik, in follicular lymphoma ( Endpoints ) ( FDA ) US biotech group to trial Covid-19 pill for use at home ( Financial Times ) Rush for Generic Go-Ahead on Novel Drugs Roils Pharma Industry ( Bloomberg ) Coronavirus Attacks the Lungs. A Feder...
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    FDA sends first warning letters for fraudulent marketing of antibody tests

    The US Food and Drug Administration this week issued its first set of warning letters for marketing adulterated or misbranded COVID-19 antibody tests.   The letters, sent to Medakit Ltd. of Hong Kong,  Antibodiescheck.com of United Arab Emirates, and Sonrisa Family Dental dba www.mycovidtest19.com of Chicago, cited a range of violations. These included offering test kits for sale in the US directly to consumers for at-home use without marketing approval, cleara...
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    Biopharma industry urges MRA to mitigate risk of no-deal Brexit

    The biopharma industry is urging the European Union to separate talks about post-Brexit regulatory cooperation from broader political negotiations. Groups including the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) made the plea amid fears the collapse of free trade talks will force a hard split between the United Kingdom and EU regulatory regimes.   In a letter to senior EU officials, the six trade groups call for Brexit negotiators to pr...
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    FDA officials update on orphan drugs, gene therapies at DIA

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discussed the agency’s recent efforts to support the development of products to treat rare diseases during a session at DIA’s Global Annual Meeting on Wednesday.   Orphan and rare pediatric disease designations   While the number of products approved to treat rare diseases has increased over the last decade, the vast majority of rare diseases lack approved treatment options.   Janet Maynard, director of F...
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    European Commission proposes relaxing GMO regs for COVID-19 vaccines

    A proposal to adjust European Union regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) would relax requirements for vaccines under development for SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the novel coronavirus pandemic. The proposed derogation would allow GMO-containing candidate vaccines and coronavirus therapeutics to proceed with clinical trials.   “The policy objective of this proposed regulation is to ensure that clinical trials with medicinal products for human use...