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    GAO: FDA Improved Expanded Access but More Clarity Necessary

    With the rise of Right-to-Try legislation across states in the US, it might seem like patients with serious or life-threatening ailments and no other comparable medical options might have difficulties in obtaining access to investigational drugs outside of a clinical trial because of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But a new Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday lends credence to many who have voiced concerns with the Right-to-Try laws,...
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    Health Canada Opens Consultation on Mandatory Adverse Drug Reaction, Device Incident Reports

    Health Canada on Tuesday opened up a consultation on changes to the country's Food and Drug Regulations and Medical Devices Regulations that would make it mandatory for certain health care institutions to report serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and medical device incidents (MDIs). "Reports about serious ADRs and MDIs can be important signals of emerging safety issues. Such post-market observations can also lead to improved safety information about a product," ...
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    EMA Offers New EudraVigilance Checklist for Sponsors, MAHs

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday published a checklist to help marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and sponsors prepare for the technical changes ahead of the launch of the new EudraVigilance adverse event system on 22 November 2017. The checklist features general testing instructions and easy-to-follow steps to assist sponsors and MAHs in the transition. In addition, EMA notes that the ICH E2B(R3) Implementation Guide and the EU ICSR Implementation...
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    FDA Offers Updated Form for Field Alert Reports

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released an updated version of its automated Field Alert Report (FAR) form, following the conclusion of a successful four-year pilot program. Under federal regulations, sponsors of new drug applications (NDAs) and abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) are required to submit FARs to FDA within three days of being alerted to a potential safety issue, such as a labeling mix-up or bacterial contamination. In May 2013...
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    FDA Warns B. Braun Medical’s California Plant for Repeat Violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month sent a warning letter to B. Braun Medical’s Irvine, CA-based manufacturing facility for repeat violations also uncovered during inspections in 2013, 2014 and 2015. FDA found in its latest inspection from 18 April to 11 May 2016 that B. Braun’s "quality unit was not effectively exercising its responsibilities, particularly for investigating product defect complaints, manufacturing deviations, and adverse t...
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    EMA to Launch Revamped EudraVigilance System to Monitor Adverse Events

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) management board on Monday endorsed the launch on 22 November 2017 of an improved system for collecting and monitoring suspected adverse events. In the lead up to the launch of the new EudraVigilance system, EMA says national competent authorities, marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and sponsors of clinical trials have to make  final preparations  to ensure that their processes and IT infrastructures can work with the new...
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    Significant Safety Events Found in a Third of FDA-Approved Drugs, Study Finds

    Among 222 novel therapeutics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2001 through 2010, 32% were affected by a postmarket safety event, according to a study published in JAMA on Tuesday. Biologics, psychiatric therapeutics and those receiving accelerated approval and near–regulatory deadline approval were statistically significantly associated with higher rates of events, the study found. Of the 222 new drugs and biologics assessed, the study f...
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    IMDRF Offers New Guideline on Adverse Event Reporting

    As a way to improve the accuracy and capture of medical device adverse events, the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF), a voluntary and global group of device regulators, on Monday published a new final guideline on a harmonized terminology for reporting such events. "Widespread use of a single, appropriate adverse event terminology and coding system is expected to improve signal detection by adverse event management systems enabling a faster response ...
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    A Peek Behind the Curtain: 706 FDA Form 483 Requests in 2016 for Indian and Chinese Manufacturers

    As China and India continue to manufacture about 80% of all active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for the US market, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with regulating these manufacturing sites and in 2016 that involved issuing hundreds of Form 483s and responding to more than 700 requests for the inspection reports. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, Focus obtained from FDA two lists detailing not only the 86 requests for the Form 483s issue...
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    EMA Seeks Experts on Clinical Data Anonymization

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday issued a call for experts to join a new technical advisory group for anonymizing clinical data. "Anonymisation of clinical reports poses a major challenge to those directly involved (pharmaceutical industry, clinical research organizations and EMA) and to those accessing the data (patients, healthcare professionals and academia)," EMA says. Specifically, EMA says it plans to form a new committee, referred to as the Techni...
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    Fast Facts: Serious Adverse Event Reporting Requirements in the US

    This article presents reporting requirements for Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) and focuses on an important, but often overlooked regulation that specifies when a study is being run and includes the use of an approved drug. There are reporting requirements with specific timeframes that must be followed if there is a reportable SAE attributed to the approved drug. Adverse Events (AE) in clinical trials are considered serious adverse events when the AE meets any one of th...
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    Swissmedic To Prioritize Electronic Adverse Events Reports

    Swiss drug regulator Swissmedic on Monday announced it will begin prioritizing the review of electronically submitted adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports in light of a recent influx of such reports. According to Swissmedic, the number of ADRs received has grown in recent years, driven primarily by growth in the number of reports submitted by drugmakers. The agency also says it expects the upward trend to continue, in part due to the recent revision to Switzerland's Ther...