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    CDER Goals for 2017: Improved Informatics, Cures Act Implementation and User Fees

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Director Janet Woodcock outlined the critical priorities for 2017 in a new podcast as part of what she said will be "another busy and productive year." On the informatics front, Woodcock said that last summer, the executive committee of the FDA had a retreat and "the number one item there was improving and really implementing Informatics Process Management and so forth across the w...
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    When Does CDER Consult With Controlled Substance Staff? Revised MAPP Explains

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released a manual of policies and procedures (MAPP) outlining how its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) staff consult with Controlled Substance Staff (CSS) on abuse potential and dependence liability. Since 2000, CDER and CSS, which fulfills a unique role within FDA under the authority of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970, have collaborated to evaluate all new drug applications (NDAs), abbrevia...
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    FDA Officials Defend Agency's Flexibility Under Current Regulatory Framework

    Top officials at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are defending the agency's flexibility to accelerate the availability of products by considering diverse data sources in product submissions. In an article in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery on Friday, Rachel Sherman, deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco in the Office of the Commissioner at FDA, writing alongside former FDA Commissioner Robert Califf and other high-ranking agency officials, argue ...
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    CDER Guidance in 2017: Lots of Procedural and Quality Documents Coming

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on Wednesday released its agenda of new and revised draft guidance documents to be published this calendar year, and it includes several eagerly-awaited documents, such as ones on biosimilar interchangeability (which has been on the list since 2015) and a revision of a draft on postmarket safety reporting for drugs and biologics. The 102 draft guidance documents slated for release ...
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    'Cures,' User Fees and Automation: Woodcock Details Priorities and Challenges for 2017

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Director Janet Woodcock said Wednesday at the FDA/CMS Summit in Washington, DC, that she's looking to develop a plan to automate processes for new drug reviews, implement provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act and support the reauthorization of the user fee acts in 2017. 21st Century Cures On Tuesday, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law, ushering forth...
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    FDA’s CDER Lays Out Rules for Public-Private Partnerships

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday published a manual of policies and procedures (MAPP) describing how staff from the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) can engage in public-private partnerships and consortia to facilitate, inform, and help the external groups understand CDER’s current thinking in a role separate from any regulatory review process. Under FDA’s Critical Path Initiative , Advancing Regulatory Science Initiative and similar ...
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    FDA Says Real-World Evidence Could Generate 'Incorrect or Unreliable Conclusions’

    Fifteen top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday calling into question some of the potential uses of real-world evidence (RWE) but also acknowledging that real world research and the concepts of a planned intervention and randomization “are entirely compatible." Defining RWE Rachel Sherman, deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco in the Office of the Commissioner at FDA, wr...
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    FDA’s Office of New Drugs Director to Retire

    After nearly 25 years of service at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), John Jenkins , M.D., Director of the Office of New Drugs (OND), will retire from the federal government on 6 January 2017. For the past 15 years, Jenkins has led OND in its difficult tasks of setting US standards for new drugs’ safety and efficacy, overseeing the clinical testing of investigational drugs and reviewing marketing applications under Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) time...
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    ICH Looks to Revamp GCP Guidelines, Adds New Members

    Members of the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) agreed on several moves that would revamp the organization's good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines during a meeting in Osaka, Japan last week. Following discussions, ICH said it plans to conduct a broad review of its guidelines related to GCP and clinical trial design, beginning with a reflection paper expected in early 2017. "This will include updating current guidance on interventional trials and expand on...
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    FDA Calls on Pharma Companies to Join Manufacturing Inspection Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on Tuesday announced the launch of the 2017 CDER Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) Staff Experiential Learning Site Visit Program, which is meant to help OPQ staff learn more about industry’s drug development and manufacturing processes. The program, which aims to bring groups of OPQ staff to observe operations of commercial manufacturing, pilot plants and pharmaceutical test...
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    WHO: New Emergencies Program Faces $200M Funding Gap

    As part of its overall financing dialogue, the World Health Organization (WHO) gave an update on its newly formed Health Emergencies Programme (WHE), which the agency says is currently facing a $200 million funding gap. "For this biennium, we face a double challenge. You have asked us to do more, especially through the health emergencies programme," said WHO Director Margaret Chan in her opening remarks at the 2016 WHO financing dialogue in Geneva on Monday. According t...
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    CDRH Outlines Top 10 Science Priorities for 2017

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) plans to leverage real-world evidence and more “Big Data” for regulatory decisions, according to a list of its science priorities for 2017. As far as what will change between 2016 and 2017, the 13-page report says that thanks to more “needs submissions from staff,” CDRH was able to identify new topic areas, including clinical trial design and precision medicine, as well as desc...