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    Analysis: Breakthrough Therapies Cut Development Timeline by Two Years

    A nonprofit cancer advocacy group says that the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) breakthrough therapy designation has been effective in shortening the amount of time it takes to develop new oncology drugs by more than two years. In a paper published in The Pharmacogenomics Journal in March, the authors from the Friends of Cancer Research say that cancer drugs with breakthrough therapy designations also see faster approval times than non-breakthrough products as ...
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    Industry Seeks More Leniency in FDA Draft Guidance on Safety Assessments for INDs

    A number of drugmakers are calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be more flexible with sponsors in developing guidance on safety assessments for investigational new drug (IND) applications, according to comments published Wednesday on the draft document. The draft guidance from December calls on sponsors to create a safety assessment committee (SAC) to review safety information in a clinical development program and make recommendations to the sponsor ...
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    CDC, NIH 'Working Closely' With FDA on Zika Response

    At a Congressional hearing in Washington, DC on Wednesday, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) say they are working closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in their response to the Zika virus. During the hearing, CDC Director Tom Frieden and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) briefed members of the House Foreign Affairs Committe...
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    US, EU & WHO Launch Efforts to Accelerate Zika R&D

    One week after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency in response to Zika-linked clusters of microcephaly, it and authorities in the US and EU are mobilizing to accelerate the development of treatments and diagnostics for the disease. Obama Calls for $1.8 Billion in Funding On Monday, the White House announced it will ask Congress for more than $1.8 billion to establish an emergency fund to combat the Zika virus in the US and abroad. N...
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    First-in-Class, Rare Disease Drug Approvals Dominated in 2015: A Breakdown from FDA

    Last year was a banner year for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in terms of new drug approvals, with many of the new drugs coming to market to help rare disease patients and offer new first-in-class options. The total of 45 approvals was well ahead of FDA’s average of about 28 novel approvals between 2006 and 2014, and 36% of those new approvals were for first-in-class drugs while almost half (47%) were to treat rare diseases, or ailments that impact 200,000 or...
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    FDA and EMA Share Perspectives on Evaluating Ebola Treatments

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) have shared their perspectives on evaluating treatments for Ebola in two articles appearing in Clinical Trials . The articles discuss some of the challenges the Ebola outbreak presented for studying drugs and vaccines to treat the disease. At the time the outbreak began, no products existed to treat Ebola, and those that were in development had not been tested in humans. Study ...
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    FDA Plans Pilot Project on Clinical Outcome Assessments

    As part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) work on patient-focused drug development, the agency is launching a pilot project where it will collate and summarize clinical outcomes on a number of different diseases in one online resource. The clinical outcome assessment (COA) pilot project, announced Wednesday, is intended to be a starting point for companies considering how certain COAs might be used in clinical trials and early drug development. COAs for th...
  • TGA Offers Guidance on How Device Makers Can Reduce Assessment Fees by 70%

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Monday unveiled new guidance on the eligibility requirements for medical device and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) companies looking to reduce assessment fees by as much as 70%. The reduction in fees could save industry a significant amount of money as, according to the new fees published in July by TGA, conformity and audit assessment fees can range from about $4000 to more than $50,000, depending on the type of assessm...
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    EMA Committee Finds No Link Between HPV Vaccines and Rare Conditions

    After reviewing the safety profile of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, a European Medicines Agency's (EMA) committee found no evidence the vaccines cause two rare conditions in young women, concluding that "there is no reason to change the way the vaccines are used." PRAC Review There are currently three centrally-authorized HPV vaccines in the EU – Gardasil/Silgard, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix – to protect against cervical cancer and other HPV related conditions. Upon...
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    Medical Device Audit Program Needs More Industry Involvement, Report Says

    A mid-pilot report on the international Medical Device Single Audit Program shows some progress, though work still needs to be done, particularly in terms of attracting industry participants before the expected operational launch in 2017, a recent report says. Background Back in January 2014, the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF), the regulators-only successor group to the Global Harmonization Task Force, launched a two-year pilot program ...
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    What Causes Variations in Review at CDER? It's All About the Designation

    Last year, a study by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MIPR) found variations in review time at the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) various drug review divisions were caused by inefficiencies at the agency. Now, FDA representatives are making the case that the variation in review times can be explained by the proportion of applications receiving accelerated review in different therapeutic areas. The MIPR study concluded that the variations in rev...
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    Congress Eyes Wider Use of Third-Party Medical Device Assessments

    A revised version of the 21st Century Cures Act , a bill being considered by the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee, would allow medical device manufacturers to leverage third-party auditors to assess the state of their quality manufacturing systems. The measure, contained within the "Medical Device Regulatory Process Improvements" section of the bill, was first introduced in the original draft of the 21st Century Cures Act , but was removed without expla...