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    EMA's challenges through 2023: Global collaboration, supply shortages, antimicrobial resistance

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recently released its final programming document for 2021 to 2023, setting goals to address medicine availability and shortages, analysis and access to healthcare data, supply chain issues, and antimicrobial resistance.   Emer Cooke, EMA Executive Director, stated in the document’s foreword that much of the agency’s planning over the next few years will be accomplished by implementing the EMA Network Strategy and Regulatory Science S...
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    EU committee considers antimicrobial incentives, repurposing oncology drugs

    During a recent joint meeting of the European Union (EU) Directors for Pharmaceutical Policy and the Pharmaceutical Committee, members debated potential ways to combat antibiotic resistance and improve access to oncology medicines through the repurposing of older or generic medications.   The meeting, held via video conference on 08-09 July 2021, was co-organized and co-chaired by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission, with atten...
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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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    FDA Proposes to Remove Mycoplasma Test Method

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule on Monday to remove the required testing method to detect the presence of Mycoplasma because FDA said the regulation is restrictive in that it identifies only one test method to be used even though other methods may be appropriate. The proposed rule seeks to remove the testing method for Mycoplasma detection in virus harvest pools and control fluid pools of live and inactivated virus vaccines produced ...
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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...