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    FDA, CMS: Second Parallel Review Decision Ever for NGS Test

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Thursday announced joint approval and coverage decisions for Foundation Medicine's FoundationOne CDx next generation sequencing (NGS) based test. The test was reviewed under FDA and CMS' parallel review program, and is only the second test to be approved and cleared under the program since its inception in 2011, the first being Exact Sciences' Cologuard colorectal cance...
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    Experts Tell Senate Committee Current Gene Editing Regulations are Appropriate

    At a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, experts explained that the current regulatory framework for gene editing in the US is appropriate and cautioned that an overly strict approach could drive research to other countries. Specifically, the hearing focused on CRISPR/Cas9, which is a gene editing tool that scientists can use to quickly and accurately edit DNA in a variety of applications. While there are curr...
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    EMA Backs Six Drugs, One Biosimilar for EU Approval

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday said that its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) is recommending six new drugs, a biosimilar and three generic medicines for EU approval. The six medicines the agency is recommending are: Dr. Falk Pharma's Jorveza (budesonide) to treat eosinophilic esophagitis, a rare inflammatory condition of the esophagus. Jorveza was granted an accelerated assessment and orphan designation; Merck Sharp & Dohme's Pr...
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    Breakthrough Devices: FDA Issues Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued a draft guidance detailing the agency's new program for breakthrough medical devices created by the 21st Century Cures Act . The new breakthrough devices program supersedes and combines several of the agency's existing programs to speed access to new devices. "Earlier and more frequent interaction between the FDA and manufacturers … should allow manufacturers to make the best use of their resources to bring st...
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    EMA, European Commission Look to Foster Development of Advanced Therapies

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Commission on Friday published a joint action plan to further the development of new cell and gene therapies, as well as other advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). The plan, which features the release of several new and revised guidelines comes as on the international level, a regular forum for dialogue has been established to share experiences on advanced therapies between EMA, the US Food and Drug Administr...
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    FDA Panel Votes Unanimously in Favor of Gene Therapy to Treat Rare Eye Disorder

    Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics took its gene therapy before the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee on Thursday and the panel voted 16 to 0 in favor of approving the subretinal injection, representing a major step forward for adeno-associated virus gene therapies. The therapy, known as Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec), has been granted priority review by FDA (the agency has until 12 January 2018 t...
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    FDA Finalizes Combination Product Classification Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued its final guidance on classifying combination products as drugs, biologics or medical devices. The guidance finalizes and combines two 2011 draft guidances, Classification of Products as Drugs and Devices & Additional Product Classification Issues and Interpretation of the Term 'Chemical Action' in the Definition of Device Under Section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act , and details how F...
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    Expedited Approval Pathways Associated With Increased Safety-Related Label Changes, Study Finds

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasingly granting faster reviews via expedited regulatory pathways, but a new article published in the British Medical Journal found a higher association with these expedited pathways and the likelihood of safety-related labeling changes than with non-expedited pathways. In their analysis of 15 years of data, authors Sana Mostaghim, Joshua Gagne and Aaron Kesselheim of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law...
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    'Historic Action': FDA Approves First CAR-T Therapy

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday approved the first gene therapy, Novartis' Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) for certain pediatric and young adult patients with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Dubbed an "historic action" by the agency, the approval comes a little more than a month after FDA's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted unanimously , 10 to 0, in favor of the benefit-risk profile for the first of this new kind of cancer th...
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    FDA to Unveil New Regulatory Framework for Stem Cell Therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Monday the agency will advance a new framework to better regulate stem cell therapies this fall. "This comprehensive policy will establish clearer lines around when these regenerative medicine products have sufficient complexity to fall under the agency's current authority, and then define an efficient process for how these products should be evaluated for safety and effectiveness," Gottli...
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    Do Drugs Approved Via Expedited Pathways Offer Greater Benefits? Study and Doctors Debate

    A recent study in Health Affairs suggests that drugs given an expedited review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offer greater health gains than drugs that receiving a conventional review. But experts caution that the study might only show incremental benefits. The study, conducted by Peter Neumann, director of the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health and three of his colleagues at Tufts Medical Center, compared the change in quality-adjuste...
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    FDA: US Clinical Research Using Three-Parent Baby Technique is Illegal

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday that it is illegal to perform research in the US on a new type of technology that showed promise last year in helping a woman who had multiple miscarriages because of a genetic disorder to give birth to a baby boy in Mexico without that disorder. The technology, known as mitochondrial replacement technology (MRT), deals with mitochondrial DNA passed down only from mother to child. In September 2016, MRT was used to...