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    Recon: Philips in talks with FDA after ventilator findings; Washington state seeks billions from opioid distributors

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Dems’ plan to limit drug price inflation faces test in Senate ( Politico ) Landmark opioid trial of 3 major pharmacy chains nears its end ( Reuters ) McKesson, drug distributors face $95 billion opioid trial in Washington state ( Reuters ) ( AP ) Philips in talks with FDA after new ventilator findings – statement ( Reuters ) FDA Approves Treatment for Rare Bl...
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    This Week at FDA: CDRH and Endologix leaks, OTC monograph reform, and more

    Welcome to Week 2 of This Week at FDA . We've again gathered the week’s news from (and about) FDA. Each Friday, we'll be covering agency activities and enforcement actions, filings in the  Federal Register , new guidances, legislative updates, and anything else we come across – all in one place. We hope you will find it to be your one-stop shop for FDA updates. What do you think? We’d be happy to hear your feedback at news@raps.org. The House Committee on Oversight ...
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    Biden nominates Califf as FDA commissioner

    After months of speculation – and just days before a statutory deadline – President Joe Biden on Friday announced he would nominate Robert Califf to serve as Commissioner of Food and Drugs for the second time.   "I am confident Dr. Califf will ensure that the FDA continues its science and data driven decision-making. Dr. Califf had strong bipartisan support in the Senate in 2016, and I urge the Senate to swiftly confirm Dr. Califf so he can continue the important work ...
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    Study: RWD not ready for postapproval prime time

    For drugs and biologics that receive accelerated approval, could information drawn from real-world data sources supplant traditional postapproval clinical trials to confirm that the therapies have benefit? Real-world data (RWD) are not yet robust enough to confirm the benefit of drugs awarded accelerated approval based on surrogate endpoints, answered the authors of a recent study.   “The findings of this cross-sectional study suggest that none of the 50 [Food and Drug...
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    Euro Roundup: EU extends scope of guideline on clinical trials with genetically modified human cells

    The European Union has extended the scope of its good practice guideline on the assessment of the genetically modified organism (GMO)-related aspects of clinical trials that study human cells. Officials have revised the text to cover human cells genetically modified without viral vectors and genome edited cells.   Developers cannot use the document to determine whether cells that are genetically modified without the use of viral vectors are classified as GMOs, with off...
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    Recon: EMA recommends Regeneron, Celltrion antibodies; Ellume test recall expanded to 2M units

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Moderna COVID-19 vaccine patent dispute headed to court, U.S. NIH head says ( Reuters ) Moderna says Covid vaccine has fewer breakthrough cases than Pfizer’s, but higher myocarditis rates in young men ( CNBC ) The Core Legal Strategy Against Opioid Companies May Be Faltering ( NYTimes ) Home virus tests recalled over false positives reach 2 million kits. ( NYT...
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    FDA touts success and challenges in biosimilar development

    A top official from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered a mixed assessment of the agency’s biosimilars program, noting that although the program is growing, there is more uptake of the program in the oncology space, with less activity in other treatment areas. The costly and lengthy process of getting biosimilars approved is also a deterrent to wider uptake.   Jacqueline Corrigan-Curay, principal deputy center director for FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Eprontia, Dyanavel

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Eprontia okayed as liquid form for treating epilepsy and migraine Azurity’s Eprontia (topiramate) oral solution has been approved for treating seizures and migraines. The approval covers use of the anticonvulsant as a monotherapy and adjunctive therapy for seizures in patients aged 2 years or older and as a preventive treatment for migraine in...
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    Industry calls for technical, scope changes in ICH S12 guideline

    In response to the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) consultation on the International Council for Harmonisation's (ICH) S12 guideline on nonclinical biodistribution considerations for gene therapy products, two industry groups and drugmaker Novartis have suggested changes to the document.   The guideline reached Step 2b of the ICH process in June and has been released for comment by regulators, including the European Medicines Agency (EMA), to gather feedback be...
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    Friends of Cancer Research urges early dose-finding studies to reduce treatment toxicity

    Friends of Cancer Research is calling on all stakeholders in the cancer community to move away from the idea of “more is better” in drug dosing and begin to incorporate dose-finding studies into the cancer trial process.   Dose optimization is the focus of a new white paper that the group released at its 25 th annual meeting. The paper offers recommendations for performing adequate dose optimization studies in oncology, with a focus on the pre-market setting. “These...
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    Recon: Valneva secures EU deal for its vaccine; TGA requests additional info from Pfizer after BMJ report

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Pfizer seeks FDA nod for COVID vaccine boosters for U.S. adults ( Reuters ) ( NYTimes ) Moderna and U.S. at Odds Over Vaccine Patent Rights ( NYTimes ) Theranos lab deficiencies posed ‘immediate jeopardy’ to patients, 2016 government audit warned ( CNBC ) Medtech sounds alarm on semiconductor shortages, asks feds to prioritize chips for medical use ( MedtechDi...
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    White paper bolsters ctDNA as potential 'early endpoint' in cancer approvals

    A newly released white paper from the Friends of Cancer Research calls for a collaborative effort to investigate the use of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) as an “early endpoint” to predict long-term cancer survival outcomes in early-stage cancers.   This type of early endpoint could be used by regulators when considering certain accelerated cancer approvals. But the group acknowledged that more robust data is needed, as well as harmonization around definitions and stand...