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    FDA Offers More Details on Digital Health Precertification Pilot

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week sought to answer some frequently asked questions regarding the rollout of its new precertification pilot program for digital health products, which is expected to begin 1 September and only include nine participating companies. The third-party certification program, first announced in June by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, will assess developers based on their software development, validation and mai...
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    FDA Updates on Digital Health Plans, Software Pre-Certification Pilot

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released new details on its plans for regulating digital health technologies, including more information about its upcoming pilot program to pre-certify software-based medical devices. According to the agency's newly released Digital Health Innovation Action Plan , FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) plans to improve the landscape for digital health technologies by developing guidance on the medic...
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    EMA-FDA QbD Pilot Program Led to Further Harmonization

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have wrapped up a joint pilot program assessing applications containing Quality by Design (QbD) elements that led to further hamornization of concepts introduced through the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH). Background The joint pilot program, initially launched in March 2011 for three years, was extended for two more years in 2014 to facilitate further harmonization of per...
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    CMS Drops Medicare Part B Drug Payment Pilot

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) late Thursday decided to abandon a pilot plan that aimed to lower Medicare pharmaceutical spending. The Part B Drug Payment Model , first unveiled in March, would have tested whether alternative drug payment designs will lead to a reduction in Medicare expenditures. CMS said in a statement on Friday to Focus : "After considering comments, CMS will not finalize the Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model during this Adm...
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    Global Regulatory Strategy

    This article discusses the development of a regulatory strategy allowing companies to identify opportunities and problems prospectively, improve utilization of company resources and focus the development team on the key objectives and assist in developing products with a positive benefit-risk profile demonstrating differential advantages and value for prescribers and payers. The term "strategy," per Merriam Webster (Edition 11), means "a careful plan or method for achi...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia Looks to Establish Expedited Approval Pathway (20 September 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. Australia Moves Closer to Establishing Expedited Reviews Australia has pushed its expedited review program closer to fruition by accepting the recommendations of an expert panel, which called for the creation of an expedited review pathway and an option to leverage overseas approvals when trying to bring a drug to market in Australia. Lloyd Sansom, Will Delaat and John H...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA to Discuss Future of Adaptive Pathways Program (15 September 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA Schedules Workshop to Discuss Adaptive Pathway Program The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has scheduled a meeting to hear what drug developers and other groups have to say about its adaptive pathways program. EMA is presenting the workshop as an opportunity to discuss the lessons of the two-year pilot program and figure out the future of the staged approach to drug app...
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    EMA to Continue Adaptive Pathways Program as Pilot Ends

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday published a final report on its experience from its adaptive pathways pilot project, noting that a few aspects of the program need to be further improved and refined moving forward.  Though the vast majority of applications for the pilot were rejected, EMA said that moving forward, the agency needs to further integrate the patient voice into the program and refine the definition of methodologically sound strategies for col...
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    FDA Begins Intercenter Pilot Project on Combination Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that it is beginning a new pilot project linked to its intercenter consult request (ICCR) process for combination products of drugs, medical devices and/or biologics. To improve combo product submission review at FDA, the agency is stressing the need for closer intercenter collaboration and communication and is planning to test certain aspects of those collaborations in the pilot, with the goal of achieving imple...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Adaptive Designs for Device Studies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized guidance that lays out how to design medical device clinical trials that allow for changes based on data, while maintaining study validity and integrity. FDA says it received 151 comments from seven entities , including the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and AstraZeneca, on the draft guidance and “incorporated most of them in this final guidance.” Guidance Adaptive trial designs , first...
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    EMA Tries to Assuage Professors on Assumptions Linked to Adaptive Pathways Pilot

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Executive Director Guido Rasi and senior medical officer Hans-Georg Eichler sent a letter on Thursday to clarify some assumptions called into question by a group of nine professors who are criticizing aspects of the agency’s adaptive pathways pilot program. Background First announced in March 2014, EMA’s pilot program seeks to accelerate patient access to drugs for patients with pressing medical needs and after approval for a narrow...
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    Physicians Lack Understanding of What ‘Breakthrough’ Designation Means, Study Finds

    A US survey of board-certified internists and specialists revealed “substantial deficits in knowledge” of what it means for a drug to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and approved via the “breakthrough” pathway, according to a research letter published in JAMA on Tuesday. Since 2012, FDA has designated certain drugs as "breakthrough” therapies (76 drugs have received the designation through April 2015) if preliminary clinical evidence – such as ...