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    Former FDA officials call for more transparency for drug approvals

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to take a more proactive approach in combatting misinformation and communicating decisions to the public when approving drugs, especially when the decision goes against the recommendations of its advisory committees. Not doing so will continue to undermine the public’s trust in the agency, said a panel of former FDA commissioners and others at the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) annual conference on Tuesday.   Califf ad...
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    Expedited regulatory pathway options and utility: Pandemic to endemic

    Expedited regulatory programs recognize the need for products targeting serious illnesses with unmet clinical need to proceed to market as soon as possible, without necessarily providing the amount of evidence required for regular market authorization. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a race to develop treatments and vaccines, and the length of time required for regulatory considerations has been widely discussed. We seek to determine whether emerging regulator...
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    Califf, experts eye legislative fix for accelerated approval program

    Regulatory and industry experts agree that completing confirmatory studies quickly is essential to the success of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) accelerated approval program, with some suggesting that new legislation might be necessary to reliably get results from these trials in a timelier manner.   Robert Califf, head of clinical policy and strategy for Verily and Google Health and the Biden Administration’s nominee to be FDA commissioner, said a legisla...
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    FDA approved more first-in-class drugs, gave more accelerated approvals in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) approved 50 new drug therapies in 2021. While the figure is a slight decrease from 2020 , more drugs were designated as first-in-class and used the accelerated approval pathway than in previous years.   The approvals reported by CDER do not include biologics license applications (BLAs) approved by FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). In 2021, CBER approved...
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    Exclusive accelerated approval drugs comprise ‘relatively small share’ of Medicare spending

    Policymakers looking to rein in Medicare spending should look beyond the lens of the accelerated approval pathway, as drugs that exclusively fall under this indication make up a small percentage of overall Medicare spending, according to a recent research letter written by Benjamin N. Rome, of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) research group at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and colleagues.   “Medicare is spending more an...
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    Recent FDA approvals of drugs and biologics for children

    This article provides a summary of drugs and biologic products that have recently become available for the pediatric population in the United States. It highlights prescription products for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psoriasis, active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA), active psoriatic arthritis, Ebola virus treatment, spinal muscular atrophy, and bladder dysfunction that became available in 2019, 2020, and 2021 after completion of pe...
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    FDA officials address common pitfalls affecting post-approval change applications

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered some advice to help ensure smoother reviews of abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) post-approval supplements and addressed how certain changes should be categorized at the 10 November meeting of the Association for Accessible Medicines” (AAM) GRx+Biosim conference.   Officials were asked to address common issues affecting ANDA post-approval chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) submissions. Agency officials ...
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    Study: RWD not ready for postapproval prime time

    For drugs and biologics that receive accelerated approval, could information drawn from real-world data sources supplant traditional postapproval clinical trials to confirm that the therapies have benefit? Real-world data (RWD) are not yet robust enough to confirm the benefit of drugs awarded accelerated approval based on surrogate endpoints, answered the authors of a recent study.   “The findings of this cross-sectional study suggest that none of the 50 [Food and Drug...
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    FDA’s accelerated approval program: Is change on the way?

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched its accelerated approval program in 1992, offering a pathway to bring life-saving drugs and biologics to the market faster. After nearly 30 years, could substantial reforms be on the way?   At RAPS Convergence 2021, David Dorsey of Janssen R&D, said Congress could choose to make changes to the accelerated approval program through the upcoming reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). Congress has...
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    Pazdur mounts defense of accelerated approval during Cures 2.0 panel

    During a listening session convened by the Friends of Cancer Research (FOCR) with Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) on their nascent Cures 2.0 package, Richard Pazdur, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) defended the agency’s accelerated approval program.   (RELATED: Cures 2.0: Discussion draft signals impact on FDA, creation of ARPA-H , Regulatory Focus 23 June 2021)   Asked by DeGette w...
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    FDA defends Aduhelm's accelerated approval, while others call for reform

    Three papers published as Viewpoints in JAMA Internal Medicine this week highlight the rationale provided by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the agency’s approval of aducanumab (Aduhelm; Biogen Inc), implications the approval could have for the Medicare program, and a contemplation on the future of FDA’s accelerated approval pathway.   Writing on behalf of FDA, Billy Dunn, MD, director of the Office of Neuroscience with FDA, and colleagues said the agenc...
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    FDA to study disclosure information for accelerated approval products in oncology

    The Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know how to better present disclosure information about products with accelerated approval to patients with cancer and their caregivers.   In two studies recently announced in the Federal Register , OPDP is seeking to confirm prior research on how patients interpret disclosure information for a product approved under FDA’s accelerated approval pathway on a direct-to-...