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    The RACE is on: Opportunities in pediatric oncology product development

    Pediatric oncology patients continue to have significant unmet medical need. Although the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA) mandated evaluation of new drugs for pediatric patients, the rarity and uniquity of pediatric cancers allowed for waivers or exemptions from PREA requirements. The passing of FDA Reauthorization Act amendments in 2017 included the Research Acceleration for Cure and Equity Act, which expands the scope of oncology products subject to PREA. Sponsors d...
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    FDA draft guidance outlines criteria for conducting benefit/risk assessments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance on Wednesday that aims to shed light on how it assesses the benefits and risks of new drugs in deciding whether to approve them. The guidance also describes how companies can present benefit and risk information in their applications to increase chances of approval.   The guidance also addresses how sponsors can collect patient experience data to inform their benefit/risk assessments. It was developed ...
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    Cures 2.0: Discussion draft signals impact on FDA, creation of ARPA-H

    More than four years after the 21 st Century Cures Act was signed into law, Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) on Tuesday circulated a discussion draft of their proposed Cures 2.0 legislation, setting the stage for negotiations on the long-awaited legislative package.   In addition to proposing new programs and enhancements for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the 127-page draft bill ...
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    Rare Pediatric Disease PRVs: FDA Updates Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released revised draft guidance on rare pediatric disease priority review vouchers (PRVs), which are awarded to companies developing certain rare pediatric disease treatments and can then be sold. From 2014 to today, FDA has issued 20 rare pediatric disease PRVs, with one selling for $350 million to AbbVie in 2015 and more recently selling for between $80 million and $130 million. The revisions to FDA’s guidance i...
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    Continuous Learning: FDA Looks to Wider Adoption

    The work at the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on advanced continuous learning for regulatory processes is informing agency-wide efforts. FDA principal deputy commissioner Amy Abernethy touched on how CDRH projects and other initiatives leverage the continuous learning approach during a Wednesday keynote discussion at AcademyHealth’s Health Datapalooza 2019 in Washington, D.C. In an interview with Focus , Ab...
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    CDRH Fleshes Out Guidance on Application of Least Burdensome Provisions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday published final guidance on the FD&C Act’s least burdensome provisions for the regulation of medical devices, highlighting recent initiatives via newly added themes. The 24-page document, which finalizes a draft from December 2017, is intended to reflect guiding principles that require “the minimum amount of information necessary to adequately address a relevant regulatory question or issue through the most efficient...
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    510(k) Modernization: FDA Floats Need to Pursue New Authority

    Plans at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “modernize” the most commonly used pathway for new medical device clearances “might require new authority,” FDA leadership said on Monday. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Jeff Shuren, director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), issued a joint statement to announce 2018 progress on novel device approvals, pointing out that the breakthrough 510(k) is one of two submission types that was new...
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    Patient Experience Data: FDA Drafts Guidance

    Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday published new draft guidance to help stakeholders submit a proposed draft guidance on patient experience data. The 12-page draft guidance, which provides information in a Q&A format, addresses questions relating to both guidance development and other potential pathways for contributing patient experience data. “Today’s guidance document is part of our commitment to advance p...
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    Woodcock Lays Out Top CDER Priorities for 2019

    While noting that the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has reached some important milestones in 2018, CDER Director Janet Woodcock also unveiled the center’s priorities for 2019 at the CMS/FDA Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. “We’ve generally accomplished what we set out to do” in 2018, she said, noting that in the generic drug space, “we’ve reached a steady state,” while in the new molecular entity (NME) space...
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    Compounding: FDA Details Policy Priorities for 2018, Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its priorities for addressing compounded drugs in 2018 after years of developing policies to improve its oversight. Background In recent years, FDA has worked to update its policies on compounded drugs in response to a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to the New England Compounding Center that led to at least 60 deaths and new requirements brought on by the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) of 201...
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    GAO Calls on FDA to Evaluate its Efforts on Least Burdensome Approach for Devices

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has told the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop metrics to evaluate its performance in implementing its least burdensome approach to regulating medical devices, according to a report released on Tuesday. Congress first required FDA to implement a least burdensome approach for reviewing 510(k) and premarket application (PMA) submissions in the 1997 Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (FDAMA) . Since then...
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    Perspective: Regulatory Bill Could be Dangerous for FDA, Public Health

    A bill making its way through Congress could end up having "potentially disastrous consequences" for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and public health, professors from the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law at Harvard Medical School and the Georgia State University College of Law, wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine this week. The bill, known as the Regulatory Accountability Act , has been promoted as a way to decrease burdensome regul...