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    CBER withdraws 20 draft and final guidances

    Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) withdrew 20 draft and final guidances, more than half of which date back to the 1980s and 1990s.   Many of the withdrawn guidances relate to blood and blood products, donor screening and HIV. Among the guidances are a Y2K-era guidance on handling the year 2000 date change for computer systems and software applications used to manufacture blood products and a 200...
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    Is FDA Too Lax With its Drug Approval Standards? Senior FDA Officials Discuss

    From industry to academia, commenters have argued that the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) drug approval standards are becoming inappropriately low and that the required postapproval evaluations are either inadequate or left undone. But three senior FDA officials offered several counterpoints on Monday at the fifth annual Biopharma Congress in Washington, DC. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, explained that the agency ...
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    As the Race for a Permanent FDA Commissioner Picks Up, Agency Turnover Continues

    With a decision on a permanent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner slated for the end of October at the latest, the steady stream of FDA employee defections to industry continues. So, who will be nominated as the next commissioner? Some influential health groups and former FDA commissioners (including Scott Gottlieb), according to the Washington Post , are pushing for Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless to be nominated, while the Wall Street Journal...
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    As Stem Cell Clinics Proliferate, E&C Leaders Seek to Hear FDA’s Plan

    A bipartisan group of representatives on the Energy & Commerce (E&C) committee sent a letter to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless on Thursday seeking more details on the agency’s plan to slow the proliferation of stem cell clinics. While noting that FDA has agreed to exercise enforcement discretion for 36 months in a recent guidance, the letter also explains how CBER Director Peter Marks said in April that industry has shown “mo...
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    Two Gene Therapy Approvals Headline CBER’s FY 2018 Report

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) on Wednesday published its Fiscal Year 2018 report, highlighting two gene therapy approvals, as well as the approvals of a hepatitis B vaccine, a vaccine to prevent shingles and a flu vaccine for children as young as six months. Both of the gene therapy approvals occurred at the very beginning of the previous fiscal year, with CBER signing off on Spark Therapeutics’ Luxturna...
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    CDER Looks Ahead at Real World Evidence

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on Friday held a webinar reviewing the agency’s real-world evidence (RWE) framework, which deals primarily in the postmarket space for drugs and biologics. The agency  unveiled  its RWE framework last December to provide a high-level view of how it is looking at the use of real-world data. Jacqueline Corrigan-Curay, director of the Office of Medical Policy within CDER, explaine...
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    CBER Guidance on Gene Therapies: What to Expect in 2019

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) on Wednesday released plans for what guidance is to be expected in 2019, including six final guidance documents related to gene therapies. The gene therapy guidance documents ( draft versions were published in July ) the agency expects to finalize include: Long Term Follow-Up After Administration of Human Gene Therapy Products; Guidance for Industry Chemistry, Manufacturing, an...
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    Pazdur, Marks and Woodcock Discuss FDA Changes, What’s Coming

    Three of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) directors – Richard Pazdur, Peter Marks and Janet Woodcock – took the stage Wednesday at Prevision Policy’s Biopharma Congress to discuss all things FDA – from why the agency is viewed more positively now than in the past to what needs to happen in each of their centers. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Director Woodcock said that the difference between years past, when FDA was viewed negatively, and now is tha...
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    Special 510(k)s: FDA Seeks Input to Expand Eligibility

    Device manufacturers have two months to help inform US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on its Special 510(k) Program.   The 32-page draft guidance for industry and FDA staff is intended to update the policies set forth when the program was launched in 1998. At the time, modifications to the intended use of a device or any labeling changes were deemed inappropriate for special 510(k) submissions.   “We are proposing to evaluate whether design a...
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    CBER Director Highlights Firsts in FY2017 Report

    In his second annual report as the director of the US Food Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Research and Evaluation(CBER), Peter Marks said the center continued to meet or exceed its performance goals in the final year of the last Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V). According to Marks, CBER exceeded its PDUFA goals by completing 100% of its FY2017 cohort of standard and priority biologics license application (BLA) and new drug application (NDA) reviews...
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    FDA Releases Annual Report on Biological Product Deviations

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Research and Evaluation (CBER) on Wednesday released its annual summary of manufacturing deviations reported by biologics, blood and blood component, and human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/P) manufacturers. During FY2016, CBER says it received 51,229 deviation reports that met its reporting threshold, a 10% increase from FY2015, but only slightly up from the 50,598 deviations ...
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    CBER Director Offers a Peek Into the Complexities of Where the Center is Headed

    In addition to protecting the US blood supply and ensuring vaccines are safe and effective, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) is also now regulating complex gene and cell therapies, as well as a new category of treatments: regenerative medicines. Peter Marks, director of CBER, offered attendees of DIA’s annual conference on Tuesday a few examples of the changing landscape for the center, noting that with...