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  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    EC floats cross-sector health innovation partnership

    In a draft document issued 29 July, the European Commission (EC) unveiled its plan for integration of health technology capabilities across the European Union (EU). The plan was lauded by five pharmaceutical and medical technology associations who signed on to a joint statement welcoming the proposal.   Dubbed the Partnership for Health Innovation, the initiative aims to facilitate translational work by creating an EU-wide “health research and innovation ecosystem,” to...
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    The Canadian application process and alternate pathway for COVID-19‒related clinical trials

    This article offers an overview of the clinical trial application process and guidance on the regulatory obligations pursuant to Part C, Division 5, of the Food and Drug Regulations “Drugs for Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects” in Canada. The authors focus on clinical trial applications only for biologics (schedule D) and pharmaceuticals (schedule F). They provide information on a range clinical trial submission requirements and communication with Health Canada’s re...
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    Recon: Abbvie cans pacts with Voyager; Bayer sees compounded troubles with COVID-19

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing. In Focus: US Generic drug approvals still winning the pandemic at US FDA ( Pink Sheet ) BARDA Begins Stockpiling APIs For Critical Drugs ( Pink Sheet ) Report: GoodRx files for IPO ( MedCity News ) CymaBay Reports Positive Results for Seladelpar in Patients with Primary Biliary Cholangitis ( Global Genes ) BARDA drafts Fujifilm Diosynth into its vaccine production effort, of...
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    FDA touts advanced manufacturing to address COVID shortfalls

    Advanced manufacturing techniques can be employed to help address some of the manufacturing and supply chain problems the US has seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephan Hahn, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, and Anand Shah, FDA deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs, wrote in a blog post on the FDA website. “The potential public health value of advanced manufacturing is even greater in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, whic...
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    Asia-Pacific Regulatory Roundup: India permits export of some PPE, diagnostic kits

    India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has relaxed restrictions on the export of personal protective equipment (PPE) and diagnostic kits imposed in response to the coronavirus outbreak and will authorize successful applicants to ship set amounts of the products to other countries.   As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, DGFT stopped Indian manufacturers from exporting PPE and other needed products. DGFT has begun trying to partly lift the restr...
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    FDA Purple Book Database now includes all CBER-, CDER-licensed biological products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in updating the Purple Book, its database of FDA-licensed biologic products, will also include exclusivity information for biological products as well as a glossary. Biosimilar and interchangeable biological products are included in the searchable online database.   The current list of products maintained by the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) will not be further updated by FDA.   The agency explained t...
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    MedWatch to Manufacturers program retired in favor of FAERS dashboard

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is retiring its MedWatch to Manufacturers program, saying the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) public dashboard has largely supplanted the functions served by the MedWatch (MMP) program.   Since 2017, said the agency, the FAERS dashboard has given sponsors the ability to search for voluntary adverse events reports and download the reports directly. “The dashboard allows applicants to obtain the information on voluntar...
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    FDA authorizes first two semi-quantitative COVID-19 serology tests

    The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first two serology tests that report semi-quantitative data about past infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection.   “Being able to measure a patient’s relative level of antibodies in response to a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection may be useful as we continue to learn more about the virus and what the existence of antibodies may mean,” said Tim Stenzel, MD, PhD, director of the Office of In Vi...
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    Recon: Pfizer-US COVID vax deal details emerge; EC OKs Sanofi's aspart biosimilar

    ​Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.  In Focus: US US Price for Pfizer COVID Vaccine Includes Company Distribution Efforts Directed By DOD, CDC ( Pink Sheet ) J&J gets a fresh OK for esketamine, but is it really the game-changer for depression Trump keeps tweeting about? ( Endpoints ) Three More Experimental Therapies Receive Rare Pediatric Disease Designation by FDA ( Global Genes ) Kymera Therapeutics, fresh ...
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    Regulatory Focus, July issue: Cell and gene therapy

    Feature articles during July focused on global regulatory strategy for cell and gene therapy, with articles on US and EU regulations and guidances and the development and manufacture of the therapies. Also included were articles on recasting the corrective and preventive action (CAPA) process as a continuous improvement process, a military-civilian perspective on real-world evidence (RWE) to support regulatory decision making, and regulatory reporting in multinational tria...
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    Advanced therapies: ‘Trip hazards’ on the development pathway

    This article concerns the development of advanced therapies and the challenges and complexities of getting them through the developmental pathway, which the authors call “the trip.” The authors examine at strategic levels the importance of some of the fundamental building blocks for the development program and highlight some commonly encountered challenges (trip hazards) for cell and gene therapies and offer “bench-to-bedside” and chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CM...
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    FDA clarifies pooled sample, multi-analyte coronavirus EUAs

    Developers of multi-analyte respiratory panels that include a test for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, can request emergency use authorizations (EUAs) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency clarified this week.   In updates to its frequently asked questions (FAQ) webpage on SARS-CoV-2 testing, the agency said that multi-analyte respiratory panels that include SARS-COV-2 are eligible for emergency use authorization, noting “the overlap in signs ...