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    EMA: Lentiviral thalassemia treatment on hold pending cancer investigation

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) was notified by a gene therapy firm that the company has suspended marketing of its beta thalassemia treatment Zynteglo (betibeglogene autotemcel, bluebird bio) as a precautionary measure.   In a press release , the agency related that bluebird bio’s actions came after a recipient of the related bb1111 gene therapy for sickle cell disease developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Another bb1111 recipient has also developed myelodyspla...
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    FDA guides on COVID considerations in cell and gene therapy

    Manufacturers of cell and gene therapies have a new guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that provides pandemic-related manufacturing considerations.   The guidance specifically addresses both licensed and investigational cell and gene therapy (CGT) manufacture, and “is intended to supplement the recommendations to drug and biological product manufacturers provided in FDA’s ‘Good Manufacturing Practice Considerations for Responding to COVID-19 Infect...
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    FDA offers first thoughts on neurodegenerative disease gene therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance on the development, testing, and trial design for human gene therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. The document, released on 5 January 2021, also highlights approval pathways for these novel products.   The draft guidance, which applies to products for both adult and pediatric populations, emphasizes the importance of early communication with FDA before the submission of an investigational new drug...
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    EMA updates advanced therapy guidelines for developers

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has updated its guidance to industry on the development of new medicines with genetically modified cells, including a special section on considerations for developing chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies.   “It is recognised that this is an area under constant development and the guideline should be applied to any novel product as appropriate,” the EMA wrote in the new guideline.   The 36-page guideline provides rec...
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    November's Regulatory Focus: US, China, and EU: Regulatory and strategic considerations

    Feature articles during November focused on a range of topics, including a comparison of US drug regulatory pathways with those in China, as well as the application of EU and US guidelines during product development for advanced therapies. The line-up also included articles on the challenges in getting contemporaneous approval for medicines and companion diagnostics, and the importance of early planning in preparation for the transition to the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Devi...
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    FDA issues 34 new and revised product-specific guidances

    In its latest quarterly release of product-specific guidances meant to promote the development of generic drugs, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday posted 13 new and 21 revised draft guidances, bringing the total number of such guidances released by the agency to 1,974.   The guidances are intended to foster generic competition by clarifying the agency’s expectations for the studies required to demonstrate that a generic drug is equivalent to a refe...
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    Advanced therapies: Navigation and application of EU and US guidelines during product development

    Continued progression and understanding in the development of advanced therapies has led to a significant increase in the number of products and types of indication under investigation, particularly for treating serious and life-threatening conditions. Although the principle regulatory requirements and guidance, as issued for traditional biologic products, can be generally applied, advanced therapies require additional regulatory and strategic considerations because of the...
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    Regulation of cell and gene therapy products in China

    This article provides an overview of the Chinese regulations and guidance documents for cell and gene therapy products (CGTPs).   Introduction As early as 1993, Chinese regulators provided guidance on clinical research for somatic cell and gene therapy. More regulations, laws, and guidances have since been published, either specific to, or including, CGTPs. The two most recent publications have been draft guidelines for clinical studies for immune cell therapy produc...
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    Gene therapies – The regulatory road to individualized medicine

    This article discusses the evolving US regulatory landscape for gene therapies. The author explores the recent history and developmental paradigm shifts for gene therapy products and concludes with advice for abbreviated development and thoughts on policies that will create a sustainable gene therapy ecosystem. The author examines the paradigm shift of clinical trial and lifecycle management for gene therapies and considers the changes to the US regulatory framework that ...
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    FDA issues 36 new and revised product-specific guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released its latest batch of product-specific guidances, posting 19 new and 17 revised draft guidances, bringing the total number of product-specific guidances issued by the agency to 1,938.   The guidances , which FDA posts quarterly, are intended to promote generic competition by clarifying the agency’s expectations for the studies required to demonstrate that a generic drug is equivalent to a reference listed drug...
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    Advanced therapies: ‘Trip hazards’ on the development pathway

    This article concerns the development of advanced therapies and the challenges and complexities of getting them through the developmental pathway, which the authors call “the trip.” The authors examine at strategic levels the importance of some of the fundamental building blocks for the development program and highlight some commonly encountered challenges (trip hazards) for cell and gene therapies and offer “bench-to-bedside” and chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CM...
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    Gene therapies: Industry asks for clarification on FDA’s sameness guidance

    Biotech companies and industry groups are raising questions about the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent draft guidance on interpreting sameness of gene therapy products under its orphan drug regulations.   The draft guidance, issued for comment in January, explains how FDA intends to determine the sameness of two gene therapies intended for the same use or indication for the purposes of awarding orphan drug designation and exclusivity. (RELATED: FDA fina...