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    WHO Details Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance Globally

    The World Health Organization (WHO) finalized a report on combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR), stressing the urgency to act. The final report—developed by the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG)—identifies 14 recommendations centered on the urgency and action needed for a global fight against AMR. “The challenges of antimicrobial resistance are complex and multifaceted, but they are not insurmountable,” WHO said, arguing the report’...
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    UK Details Plans to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance Over the Next 20 Years

    The UK's Department of Health and Social Care on Thursday released two policy papers detailing the actions the government plans to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) over the next five years and a global vision for containing AMR by 2040.   Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland on Thursday, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock called AMR "as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare," and called for an "urgent global response."   Whi...
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    FDA Fleshes Out Guidance on Susceptibility Breakpoints for Antimicrobial Drugs, Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance Thursday on the coordinated development of antimicrobial drugs and susceptibility assays, with additional clarifications. The finalization follows concerns raised by AdvaMed and BIO with the 2016 draft guidance’s lack of language to address the issue of antimicrobial susceptibility breakpoints among drug and medical device sponsors. The issue relates to leveraging the use of ka breakpoint as a vehicle for a...
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    EMA Consults on Harmonized Antibacterial Drug Development Guideline

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday released a draft version of its guideline on developing antibacterial medicines for consultation.   The 30-page guideline, which is now on its third revision, has been updated to reflect a harmonized approach to antibacterial drug development based on the tripartite discussions between EMA, the US Food and Drug Administration and Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency.   "Antimicrobial resistance is a glob...
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    Duodenoscope Reprocessing: Interim Study Results Indicate Higher Contamination Rates

    Interim results from the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) mandated postmarket surveillance studies of duodenoscopes indicated a “higher-than-anticipated contamination rates after reprocessing,” FDA said in a safety notice released on Monday. The postmarket surveillance studies, including human factors studies as well as sampling and culturing studies, were set as requirements in 2015 on all three duodenoscope manufacturers on the US market amid a growing body of ...
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    WHO Finds Wide Disparities in Antibiotic Use Between Countries

    A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) published Monday reveals major differences in the amount of antibiotics consumed by countries around the world and calls for changes in how countries monitor and use antimicrobial drugs.   “Overuse and misuse of antibiotics are the leading causes of antimicrobial resistance. Without effective antibiotics and other antimicrobials, we will lose our ability to treat common infections like pneumonia,” said Suzanne Hill,...
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    Antimicrobial Susceptibility: FDA Launches Test Website, Issues Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday launched a new website aimed at improving access to information that can help healthcare professionals determine which drugs are most likely to work to treat bacterial or fungal infections. The website is part of an effort mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act to combat rising antimicrobial resistance by providing a central, easily accessible and up-to-date repository for antimicrobial susceptibility interpretive ...
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    FDA, EMA and PMDA Plot Harmonized Path for Antibiotics

    Regulators from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), met in Tokyo last month to plot out an approach that would allow drugmakers to conduct a single development plan for new antibiotics. The meeting, part of an ongoing effort by the three agencies to spur antibiotic development in light of growing concerns about antimicrobial resistance, was the third between the three ...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Rise of Cell Therapies Prompts EC to Float Orphan Drug Changes (2 November 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Rise of Cell Therapies Prompts Commission to Float Changes to Orphan Drug Rules The European Commission has proposed changes to its orphan drug regulation. Officials want to make changes to the 17-year-old text to account for the rise of cell therapies and other advanced medicinal products, the nature of which are a poor fit for aspects of the existing regulation. If t...
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    Is Increasing Antibiotic Resistance Driving Bacteriophage Therapy Closer to Being a Reality?

    This article reviews the history of bacteriophage discovery, biology, and potential medical uses, and discusses therapeutic pros and cons compared to and potentially replacing antibiotics due to increasing antibiotic resistance. The article also highlights the future of phage therapy and the need for more scientific investigation and clinical trials prior to approval for human use and the possible patenting and regulatory issues impacting bacteriophage development. The U...
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    FDA, EMA and PMDA Seek Antimicrobial Clinical Study Regulation Harmonization

    For the second time in seven months, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) met in late April to discuss their approaches for evaluating antimicrobial agents, with the aim of identifying areas for convergence. Antimicrobial resistance has been recognized as a public health threat. The World Health Organization said it is "so serious that it threatens the achiev...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia Scraps Target Date for Processing GMP Applications (25 April 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. TGA Scraps 15-day Target for Processing GMP Clearance Applications Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has scrapped its 15-day target timeframe for processing good manufacturing practice (GMP) clearance filings. The target is a long-standing part of TGA’s guidelines for overseas manufacturers, but has become progressively harder to achieve as the volum...