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    Euro Roundup: UK sets up group to involve patients in ILAP pathway

    UK sets up group to involve patients in Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway   The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has formed a patient group to support its Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway (ILAP). MHRA set up the group to ensure that “patient views are an integral part of the ILAP ambition.”   UK officials shared details of ILAP late last year, describing how the pathway will accelerate time to market by enabling drug de...
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    EU Regulatory Roundup: EMA Expands Nitrosamines Investigation to All Chemically Synthesized APIs

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU   regulatory news.   EMA Expands Nitrosamines Investigation to All Chemically Synthesized APIs   The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has asked manufacturers of medicines made with chemically synthesized active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) to test their products for nitrosamines. EMA’s request follows the discovery of the carcinogenic contaminants outside the sartan class of drugs. ...
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    EU Regulatory Roundup: ENVI Pushes for EU to Give EMA More Money, Staff to Cover Extra Work

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU   regulatory news.   ENVI Pushes for EU to Give EMA More Money, Staff to Cover Extra Work   The European Parliament’s health committee has renewed its call for the region’s drug regulator to be given more money and staff. ENVI, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, made the comment in its opinion about the European Union’s 2020 budget proposal.   Pascal Ca...
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    EU Regulatory Roundup: MHRA Expands Guidance on Assistive Technology to Help Device Industry

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU   regulatory news.   MHRA Expands Guidance on Assistive Technology to Help Device Industry   The United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has revised its guidance on assistive technologies, products that support people with disabilities, restricted mobility or other impairments.   MHRA published guidance on the definition and safe use of assistive te...
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    Swissmedic Updates on Breast Implant Associated-anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

    Swissmedic said Monday that based on the currently available information, the association Swiss Plastic Surgery recommends using smooth implants rather than textured implants where permitted by the clinical situation. France’s National Agency of Medicine and Health Products (ANSM) echoed that recommendation after observing most known breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) cases in patients with textured breast implants. But the committee doe...
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    French Regulators Set Up Dedicated Unit for Overseeing Early Stage Clinical Trials

    France's Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament et des Produits de Santé (ANSM) last week announced that it is setting up a new unit dedicated to overseeing first-in-human and other early stage clinical trials. The new unit is part of ANSM's action plan created in response to an incident during a first-in-human trial in France that left one patient dead and five others hospitalized in early 2016. The incident sparked an investigation by ANSM and a led to the Europe...
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    France Reimbursement Profile

    This profile summarizes the reimbursement process, presents key stakeholders in France and highlights complexities to be considered early in the development process. Introduction Obtaining regulatory approval for medicines is the first major hurdle of most pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies looking to launch their products worldwide. However, obtaining market access once products are approved by regulatory agencies, such as Haute Autorité de la Santé (HAS), is...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Commission Begins Investigation Into Cancer Drug Prices (18 May 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. European Commission Starts Formal Investigation into Aspen’s Cancer Drug Pricing The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into the way Aspen Pharma priced five cancer drugs. Officials began the probe after receiving reports indicating Aspen had imposed “very significant and unjustified price increases” on five off-patent cancer medicines it acquired ...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: UK Hurries Drug Pricing Bill Ahead of Election (4 May 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. UK Hurries Through Drug Pricing Bill Before Parliament Closes for Snap Election Politicians in the UK have hurried through drug pricing legislation before Parliament closed ahead of a snap general election. The calling of the surprise election created a deadline for resolving a dispute between the two houses of the UK Parliament, prompting politicians to create a compr...
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    ANSM Says Pilot for New Clinical Trials Regulation Enforcement a Success

    France's Agency Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament et des Produits de Santé (ANSM) on Wednesday reported positive results for its year-long pilot for assessing clinical trials using the process established in the new EU Clinical Trials Regulation . Background In 2014, Regulation (EU) No. 536/2014 , known as the new Clinical Trials Regulation , was adopted. The goal of the regulation is to provide faster, more coordinated assessments for clinical trial applications t...
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    What to do if a Device Manufacturer’s Notified Body Halts Operations? France’s ANSM Explains

    For several months now, notified bodies in the EU have ceased operations, either voluntarily or following a de-notification decision from their member state’s competent authority. As the uptick in notified body closures increases, France’s National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) on Monday reiterated that medical devices may only receive marketing authorization with a valid certificate and under regular device surveillance by a notified bod...
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    French Regulators Raise Serious Concerns With Indian API Manufacturer

    France’s National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) on Monday released a new statement of serious good manufacturing practice (GMP) non-compliance for India-based active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer Nandu Chemicals Industries. In an inspection from 20 August, the French regulators uncovered significant deficiencies linked to “the vast majority of inspected areas” at Nandu’s Hubli, India site. In particular, the inspectors highli...