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    FDA finalizes guidance on field alert reports

    The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday finalized guidance on its expectations for applicants of new drug applications (NDAs) and abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) in submitting field alert reports (FARs) for potentially defective drugs. It contains only minor changes from the draft.   The final document supersedes a draft guidance that was issued in July 2018. (RELATED: Field Alert Report Submissions: FDA Offers Draft Q&A , Regulatory Focus 19 Jul...
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    ICH announces new data exchange with SNOMED to promote drug safety

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) announced on 29 April the release of its first set of data maps with SNOMED International that facilitates the exchange of adverse event reports and other important epidemiologic information between regulators and researchers.   This release of the maps is the first deliverable of an agreement between SNOMED International and ICH that aims to promote drug safety. The ICH Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (...
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    FDA Panel Recommends New Postmarket Requirements for Breast Implants

    As part of efforts to make breast implants safer, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should consider additional postmarket data reporting requirements on breast implant manufacturers, the agency’s General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel suggested after a two-day meeting. On whether to remove textured breast implants from the US market as other countries have done, the panel argued data is lacking to support such a recommendation as it would reduce options for p...
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    FDA Flags 41,000 Adverse Event Reports Linked to Surgical Staplers, Staples

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to health care providers Friday over a growing body of adverse events associated with surgical staplers and implantable staples.   The agency’s ongoing analysis of medical device reports (MDRs) found that it received more than 41,000 individual MDRs that describe adverse events associated with the use of surgical staplers and staples for internal use between 1 January 2011 and 31 March 2018.   These include 36...
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    Additional Cancer Cases Linked to Use of Breast Implants, FDA Finds

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to health care providers on Wednesday to raise awareness on additional cases of breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The letter addresses the last update on medical device reports (MDRs)—otherwise known as adverse event reports—submitted to FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) regarding BIA-ALCL. The September 2018 update reported on a total of 660 MDRs of BIA-ALCL...
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    One-Time Marketing Status Reports Due in February, FDA Says

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on all new drug application (NDA) and abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) holders to submit one-time written reports on whether their products are available for sale or if they have been withdrawn or were never made available for sale. Reports are due 14 February and are required under a provision from the law reauthorizing the user fee programs. "The NDA or ANDA holder can submit the one-time report to FDA ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA Resists Industry Pressure to Change Adverse Event Reporting Timelines (19 December 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. TGA Resists Industry Pressure to Change Adverse Event Reporting Timelines Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has finalized its timelines for reporting adverse events involving biologicals. The timelines are unchanged from draft guidance published last year that was criticized by companies including Pfizer for giving sponsors too little time to act. Un...
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    Surveillance of Adverse Events for Dietary Supplements

    This article discusses past and present congressional legislation and FDA regulations pertaining to reporting dietary supplement adverse events. It also focuses on the value of post-market surveillance to protect consumers and defines and clarifies the regulatory professional's role in communicating product safety as technology continues to expand data access. Introduction Current laws regarding Dietary Supplement (DS) regulation by the US Food and Drug Administration...
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    EMA Makes Final Preparations Ahead of New EudraVigilance Launch

    With the 22 November launch date for its revamped EudraVigilance system rapidly approaching, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday provided some last minute updates on what to expect during the transition to the new system. New EudraVigilance System The new system, developed in response to changes brought on by the EU's pharmacovigilance legislation that went into effect in 2012, promises to improve adverse event reporting and safety monitoring. Specifical...
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    FDA Launches Searchable Adverse Event Database for Drugs and Biologics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday launched a new searchable public dashboard for its adverse event database for drugs and biologics. Known as FAERS (FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System), the database contains some 14 million adverse event reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals, consumers and manufacturers for drugs and biologics. Its immediate release led to questions over certain deaths , whether they were linked to the drug's safety...
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    Making Sense of FAERS: Researchers Suggest Fixes to FDA's Adverse Event Database

    A team of researchers from Novartis, Oracle Health Sciences and the University of California, San Francisco say the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) adverse drug reaction database could be improved by grouping drugs by their chemical structure and automating certain reporting functions. In a paper appearing in eLife earlier this month, the researchers say such changes could help address several major challenges to interpreting data in FDA's adverse event reporti...
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    EMA and FDA to Begin Sharing Commercially Confidential Information

    Editor's note: this article has been updated with a statement from FDA clarifying that the agency must sign a confidentiality agreement with each EU country before unredacted inspection reports may be shared. As part of a landmark agreement forged in March, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Wednesday that they will soon share non-public and commercially confidential information, including trade secret information. The a...