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    FDA details review timelines as facility assessment-related CRLs pile up

    In guidance released Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides the timelines it will stick to when reviewing responses to complete response letters (CRLs) for drugs and biologics when a facility assessment or inspection is required in order for the agency to make a decision on the application.   FDA’s ability to conduct on-site inspections has been dramatically curtailed amid the COVID-19 pandemic due to public health concerns and travel restrictions. ...
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    FDA posts final guidance on device-specific performance criteria

    FDA has released three device-specific guidance documents detailing performance criteria in support of its Safety and Performance Based Pathway. The texts cover magnetic resonance (MR) receive-only coils, spinal plating systems and non-spinal metallic bone screws.   Last year, FDA published guidance on the optional Safety and Performance Based Pathway. The text set out the agency’s thinking on a pathway intended to enable companies to show a new product is as safe ...
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    Shuren previews 2021 priorities for CDRH

    With much of his center’s 2020 agenda on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeffrey Shuren, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH) on Thursday shared some of his hopes for next year on a call with the Alliance for a Stronger FDA.   “COVID-19 has essentially disrupted the trajectory of the medical device program in 2020. If you really think about it, 2021 is going to be a bit more of a reset,” Shuren said,...
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    FDA issues 34 new and revised product-specific guidances

    In its latest quarterly release of product-specific guidances meant to promote the development of generic drugs, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday posted 13 new and 21 revised draft guidances, bringing the total number of such guidances released by the agency to 1,974.   The guidances are intended to foster generic competition by clarifying the agency’s expectations for the studies required to demonstrate that a generic drug is equivalent to a refe...
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    FDA releases draft guidance for physiologically based PK analyses

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance for industry on the use of physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) analyses for biopharmaceutics applications. A PBPK analysis uses models and simulations combining physiology, population, and drug substance and product characteristics to mechanistically describe the pharmacokinetic or pharmacodynamic behaviors of a particular drug product, according to the FDA. The idea behind using this techni...
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    FDA finalizes guidance on clinical trials, drug development for EoE

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a guidance for industry on development of drugs and therapeutic biologics for treating eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a chronic, allergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus, for which there are currently no approved therapies.   The guidance addresses the agency’s thinking on clinical trials and development programs, focusing on trial population and design, efficacy and safety, as well as pediatric considera...
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    CDRH updates at Convergence: COVID-19 and ISO 13485

    Top officials from the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) responded to questions raised during the CDRH Forum at RAPS Convergence 2020 on Tuesday.   COVID-19   Opening the forum, CDRH Director Jeff Shuren said that one of CDRH’s priorities will be to determine how it can carry forward some of the flexibilities it has embraced during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.   “The greatest tragedy of the...
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    CDRH officials reflect on COVID diagnostics approach

    In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, top officials overseeing diagnostics at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reflect on lessons learned during the agency’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency.   On 4 February, just weeks after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the US, FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a test developed by the Centers for Disease Control...
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    FDA issues 36 new and revised product-specific guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released its latest batch of product-specific guidances, posting 19 new and 17 revised draft guidances, bringing the total number of product-specific guidances issued by the agency to 1,938.   The guidances , which FDA posts quarterly, are intended to promote generic competition by clarifying the agency’s expectations for the studies required to demonstrate that a generic drug is equivalent to a reference listed drug...
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    FDA drafts recommendations for studying cancer drugs in patients with CNS metastases

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued draft guidance providing recommendations to drugmakers on evaluating cancer drugs in patients with central nervous system (CNS) metastases.   FDA says the guidance is meant to inform clinical trial designs to support product labeling that describes antitumor activity of drugs or biologics in patients with CNS metastases from solid tumors originating in other parts of the body.   "There are few effectiv...
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    FDA finalizes recommendations for enrolling males in breast cancer trials

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized guidance making recommendations to sponsors encouraging them to enroll male patients in breast cancer clinical trials.   The final guidance comes one year after the agency issued the draft version for comment and includes only minor changes from the previous iteration. (RELATED: FDA calls for men to be enrolled in breast cancer trials , 26 August 2019) .   As in the draft version, FDA explains that ...
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    FDA issues COVID-19 vaccine guidance, setting 50% effectiveness threshold

    In an immediately effective guidance issued Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets its expectations for the development and licensure of vaccines to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including considerations for manufacturing, nonclinical and clinical studies and post-licensure requirements.   For a vaccine that would be widely deployed against COVID-19, FDA says it expects sponsors to demonstrate that the vaccine is at least 50% effective in a p...