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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: TGA new drug approval times hold steady despite pandemic pressures

    Australian approval times for new drugs and other filings held steady in the second half of 2020 despite the pressures COVID-19 put on regulatory officials, according to a TGA report.   The median approval time for new chemical entities, new biological entities and biosimilars over the back half of last year was 196 days, compared to 198 days in 2019 and a legislated timeframe of 255 days. TGA median approval times for major variations and new generic medicines fell 4%...
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    Australia’s TGA authorizes Pfizer COVID vaccine

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Monday granted provisional approval to Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty for individuals aged 16 and older, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in Australia.   The approval follows a provisional determination by the agency in October allowing for the submission of the application under the provisional pathway. TGA has also granted provisional determinations for vaccines developed by Astra...
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    FDA pilots program to encourage new drug development tools

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday announced it will pilot a new program it hopes will spur the development of novel drug development tools (DDTs) that do not fit within the agency’s existing DDT qualification programs.   The qualification process for DDTs was revamped under the 21 st Century Cures Act and FDA currently offers specific qualification programs for biomarkers, clinical outcome assessments (COAs) and animal models for use under the Anim...
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    TGA gives Pfizer COVID vaccine provisional determination

    Another vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the novel coronavirus, has received provisional determination from Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Pfizer, doing business in Australia as Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd, received the determination on 14 October for its messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine candidate, BNT162b2.   The decision comes after a 9 October decision by TGA to grant provisional determination to AstraZeneca’s rec...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: Japan’s PMDA shares principles for evaluation of COVID-19 vaccines

    Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) has published principles for evaluating COVID-19 vaccines. The principles echo guidelines published in other parts of the world, for example by recommending that studies are designed to show vaccines prevent COVID-19.   PMDA, like its peers, is against the use of surrogate measures given the lack of evidence linking them to the key endpoint of COVID-19 prevention. Clinical trials to assess the preventive effect ...
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    TGA explains how it will handle lapsed conformity assessments due to MDR delays, COVID

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday released guidance explaining its approach to medical device conformity assessment recertification in light of delays in the implementation of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   “[TGA] is issuing this guidance to inform sponsors … about the general approach the TGA will take to the lapsing of conformity assessment documents due to delays in audits due ...
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    TGA moves AstraZeneca's vaccine on first step toward approval

    The Australian Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA) has taken the first step toward provisional approval of the vaccine against COVID-19 being developed by AstraZeneca in collaboration with the University of Oxford. The decision was made after reviewing the firm’s clinical trial plan and weighing the threats of the pandemic, said TGA in announcing its decision.   On 9 October, TGA gave AstraZeneca’s recombinant chimpanzee adenovirus vector vaccine, ChAd0x1-S, a prov...
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    Updated: FDA delays collection of drug manufacturing volume data

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday announced it will not begin collecting drug manufacturing volume data next month as required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).   Section 3112 of the CARES Act establishes new reporting requirements for drug manufacturers intended to improve the response to drug shortages, including expanding shortage reporting requirements for life-saving drugs to include drugs that are “critical...
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    Risk management, drug shortages and the EU portal for clinical trials

    Feature articles during May focused on risk management and mitigation in dealing with contractors and vendors and included articles on best practices in good vendor management, use of risk management to support outsourcing activities, testing in-house versus outsourcing, and outsourcing in regulatory operations. Also included were in-depth examinations of challenges and opportunities in “bespoke” therapies, a critical appraisal of drug shortages in Germany and an update on...
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    Bespoke therapies – opportunities, challenges, and hope

    This article discusses the advent of bespoke therapies, defined as the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics or symptoms and responses of a patient during all stages of care and as a new frontier beyond personalized medicine. The author covers the revolutionary genetic tools implementing such therapies and the clinical and nonclinical safety perspectives for bespoke therapies. The author concludes that with bespoke therapies we are entering a new...
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    Drug shortages in Germany ‒ A critical appraisal

    This article discusses drug shortages in Germany, the root causes of production problems with active pharmaceutical ingredients, and drug product manufacturers. The authors offer analysis from the perspective of a medium-sized generic drug manufacturer. They outline a range of reasons for the shortages, all of which point to a “broken marketplace.” The authors conclude with a discussion of mitigation activities and address the current COVID-19 pandemic. They warn that drug...
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    Pelosi Drug Pricing Bill Advances on Party-Line Votes

    Two House committees on Thursday advanced on party-line votes Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) bill to allow for the negotiation of certain medicine prices as part of plans to bring down costs in the US. No major amendments were adopted in either the Energy & Commerce or the Education & Labor committees’ meetings, although the amendments in the E&C meeting ranged from carving out specific disease treatments from negotiations to requiring the Health and Human Services Sec...