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    Regulatory pathways for innovative medicinal products for Switzerland

    Switzerland is not part of the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), therefore, a national marketing authorization application (MAA) for Switzerland must be filed and approved before a medicinal product can be placed on the Swiss market. Besides the standard MAA procedure, there are expedited, simplified, and work-sharing procedures that can be selected, depending on the product characteristics. This article provides an overview of relevant Swiss marketing authorization ...
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    RF Quarterly, March 2021: Global clinical trials

    Welcome to the inaugural issue of RF Quarterly featuring original, thematically developed content by regulatory experts addressing key areas and emerging issues in the global regulatory landscape. RF Quarterly is a member-exclusive addition to the regular monthly  Regulatory Focus  feature articles and replaces the former quarterly article series. The theme for this issue is Global Clinical Trials.   Clinical trials are an essential component of pharmaceutical re...
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    Planning for a clinical trial application

    In recent years, global clinical trials have become standard, and for a good reason. In broad terms, expanding clinical trials across the world provides a better opportunity for demonstrating the true impact of an investigational drug. Global clinical trials offer key advantages to patients and industry, but smaller companies may be hesitant to participate in global trials, wondering if the inevitable challenges outweigh the benefits. The key considerations in designing a ...
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    The Canadian application process and alternate pathway for COVID-19‒related 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 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 of clinical trial submission requirements and communication with Health Canada’s relevan...
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    Hormonal Contraception: FDA Drafts Guidance on Clinical Trial Recommendations

    As hormonal drugs to prevent pregnancy have evolved over the years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday drafted new guidance for drug developers on the recommendations for clinical trials designed to establish clinical effectiveness and safety for such products. In terms of key considerations for clinical trial design features, the six-page draft begins by explaining the recommended enrollment criteria for nonpregnant, premenopausal woman in trials, wh...
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    FDA Raises Concerns With 505(q) Petitions

    In a report to Congress, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took issue with a certain statute that requires FDA to prioritize petitions seeking to delay product approvals above other safety petitions that raise public health concerns. “FDA continues to be concerned that section 505(q) does not discourage the submission of petitions that are intended primarily to delay the approval of competing drug products and do not raise valid scientific issues,” the agency sa...
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    Updated: The 505(b)(2) Pathway and Why Some Follow-on Insulins Aren’t Yet Biosimilars in the US

    Why has the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved follow-on insulin products as biosimilars while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not? A look at several recent examples shows what is happening and what will change in the US over the next several years. In September, FDA granted tentative approval for Sanofi’s Admelog (insulin lispro injection), a rapid-acting human insulin analog. On 11 December, Admelog received full approval from FDA. In the EU, howe...
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    FDA Issues Two Guidances on CLIA Waiver Applications, 510(k) Dual Submissions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued two draft guidances aimed at updating its recommendations for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) seeking a waiver from requirements under the Clinical Laboratories Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in line with provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act and the recently reauthorized Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV). Under CLIA, clinical laboratories must obtain a certificate to perform complex diagnostic t...
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    CMS Shift on Biosimilar Reimbursement Under Part B: What to Expect

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) last week announced a major shift in how it will reimburse for biosimilars under Medicare Part B, and though the agency and market might not see the full impact of the decision for another decade, experts explained to Focus what the change will likely mean in the near and long term. And though the predictions are largely hypothetical (since there are not currently multiple biosimilars for any reference biologic on the mar...
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    When to Submit an ANDA vs. a 505(b)(2) Application: FDA Discusses in Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers multiple abbreviated approval pathways for potential drug developers, and in new draft guidance released on Thursday the agency explains both the pathways where abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and 505(b)(2) applications can be submitted. The draft highlights criteria for submitting ANDAs under section 505(j) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), petitioned ANDAs under section 505(j)(2)(C) ...
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    CLIA Waiver Decisions: FDA Begins Posting Summaries

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday began posting decision summaries for its Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waiver decisions for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) as part of a pilot to boost transparency. FDA also updated its guidance on its administrative procedures for CLIA categorization for IVDs to reflect new commitments under the recently reauthorized Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV). So far, the agency has posted de...
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    FDA Warns of Bacterial Contamination in PharmaTech Liquid Drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned patients and health care professionals not to use liquid drugs made by Florida-based contract manufacturing organization (CMO) PharmaTech LLC due to possible bacterial contamination. Last week, Rugby Laboratories issued a voluntary nationwide recall of all lots of two liquid docusate sodium laxatives, Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup, made by PharmaTech due to possible Burkholderia cepacia contamination. Wh...