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    Regulation and Oversight of Gene Therapy in the US

    This article discusses the evolution, potential uses and regulatory aspects of gene therapy and includes funding, delivery mechanisms, bioethics and steps toward clinical trial implementation. Introduction Sponsors and investigators need to be prepared to take specific steps to satisfy FDA and NIH requirements before, during and after clinical trial implementation. There are a significant number of guidance documents and internal procedures aimed at helping to prepare...
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    FDA Begins Accepting Regenerative Therapy Applications for RAT Designation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday unveiled a new designation category created as part of the 21st Century Cures Act to allow drugs to be eligible for designation as a regenerative advanced therapy (RAT). The stipulations for such a RAT designation include: “The drug is a regenerative medicine therapy, which is defined as a cell therapy, therapeutic tissue engineering product, human cell and tissue product, or any combination product using such the...
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    FDA Withdraws Proposed Rule on Public Disclosure of Info on Unapproved Gene Therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule from 2001 that would have required the public disclosure of summaries of safety and effectiveness data, in addition to other information, from pre-market clinical trials of gene therapies and transplanted non-human tissues to humans, known as xenotransplantation. “FDA has reconsidered our position on this issue and deemed our concerns from 2001 outdated. We will continue to ...
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    Global Regulatory Strategy

    This article discusses the development of a regulatory strategy allowing companies to identify opportunities and problems prospectively, improve utilization of company resources and focus the development team on the key objectives and assist in developing products with a positive benefit-risk profile demonstrating differential advantages and value for prescribers and payers. The term "strategy," per Merriam Webster (Edition 11), means "a careful plan or method for achi...
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    EMA to Continue Adaptive Pathways Program as Pilot Ends

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday published a final report on its experience from its adaptive pathways pilot project, noting that a few aspects of the program need to be further improved and refined moving forward.  Though the vast majority of applications for the pilot were rejected, EMA said that moving forward, the agency needs to further integrate the patient voice into the program and refine the definition of methodologically sound strategies for col...
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    European Commission to Overhaul Concept of ‘Similar’ Medicines Within Context of Orphan Legislation

    The European Commission on Friday proposed to review the concept of “similar medicinal products” in the context of its orphan legislation as part of a wider effort to adapt the text to technical progress. Fifteen years after the implementation of the orphan legislation, the commission says it is currently launching initiatives to improve the implementation of the regulatory framework with a view to ensuring timely access to medicinal products.  In this context, the Comm...
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    EC Report Analyzes Regulatory Frameworks for Advanced Therapies in US, Canada, Japan and Korea

    The European Commission report released Wednesday dissects the similarities in how gene-, cell- and tissue-based advanced therapies are regulated across the four different geographic regions, though ongoing research projects in such therapies are heavily concentrated in the US and Japan. The 327-page report highlights the “high degree of convergence” in the regulation of advanced therapies across the US, Canada, South Korea and Japan, noting that only Japan has enacted (...
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    Advanced Therapies: Stakeholders Call for EMA Changes on Regulations, Manufacturing

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday released a report outlining the concerns and regulatory changes described by developers, manufacturers and investors in advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), which include gene therapies, tissue-engineered products and somatic cell therapies, at a meeting last week. The report notes that recurring themes included the need for early interaction with regulators and guidance, more transparency, greater harmonization betwe...
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    CDRH Offers Peek Inside New Expedited Access Program for Breakthrough Devices

    A little more than a year since the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) put the finishing touches on a new expedited review process for potentially life-saving medical devices and the agency has accepted almost 60% of the applications of those looking to be a part of the new program. Over the past year, CDRH has made 29 decisions on requests for designation into its voluntary Expedited Access Pathway (EAP) program, an...
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    FDA Seeks Ban on Electric Stimulation Devices Used in Aversive Therapy

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it intends to ban electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used to treat aggressive and self-injurious behaviors after an advisory panel recommended banning the devices in 2014. According to FDA, ESDs are only used to treat aggressive and self-injurious behaviors at a single US facility, the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, MA. FDA proposed the ban in a notice appearing in the Federal Register on Friday, saying ...
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    Physicians Lack Understanding of What ‘Breakthrough’ Designation Means, Study Finds

    A US survey of board-certified internists and specialists revealed “substantial deficits in knowledge” of what it means for a drug to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and approved via the “breakthrough” pathway, according to a research letter published in JAMA on Tuesday. Since 2012, FDA has designated certain drugs as "breakthrough” therapies (76 drugs have received the designation through April 2015) if preliminary clinical evidence – such as ...
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    EMA Unveils 19 Advanced Therapy Product Classifications

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday released a host of classification decisions for advanced therapies being developed to treat various types of tissue damage, including burns, scars and non-healing wounds. The agency, through its Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT), offers sponsors an optional consultation to determine whether a product meets the criteria for an advanced-therapy medicinal product (ATMP) . The classification procedure is laid out in Arti...