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    Supply chain disruptions: FDA guidance and temporary policies

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused one of the most prominent displays of supply chain disruption in the modern era. However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found ways to allow for regulatory flexibility by issuing guidance documents while still managing to protect consumers from adulterated and misbranded food.   Keywords – COVID-19 , FDA, food, guidance, pandemic, supply chain   Introduction The complexity of modern supply chains is never more eviden...
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    CAR T cell product development guidance: Comments ask for CMC details

    Both industry and clinicians asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for clarification related to the evaluation of cellular starting materials in its draft guidance on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell product development.   The public comments also sought more details on change management and how the guidance applies to other genetically modified products.   The draft guidance , issued on 15 March 2022, provides recommendations on chemistry, manufac...
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    FDA finalizes guidance on food effect studies, issues draft on contamination prevention for non-penicillin beta-lactam drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued two guidances for industry: a final guidance on how to conduct food effect studies for oral drugs being considered for investigational new drug (IND) and new drug applications (NDAs), and a draft guidance outlining a current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) framework for preventing penicillin from cross contaminating non-penicillin beta-lactam drugs and compounds. Food effect studies   The final guidance on...
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    This Week at FDA: Spring regulatory agenda, upcoming guidances, and more

    Welcome to another installment of This Week at FDA, your weekly source for updates – big and small – on FDA, drug and medical device regulation, and what we’re reading from around the web. This week, we get a glimpse at FDA’s Spring regulatory agenda and get tips on several upcoming guidances. Plus, we learn about a new 510(k) pilot program for CBER-regulated medical devices.   Next week, FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will ...
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    FDA explains when it will rescind breakthrough designations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released draft guidance explaining its thought process for rescinding breakthrough therapy designation (BTD) during its evaluation of a drug.   While FDA has long asserted its authority to rescind or withdraw BTDs, the new guidance will add clarity for sponsors as to when the agency might revoke the designation. Since designation was created under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act in 2012,...
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    FDA caught up on domestic preapproval inspections, foreign inspections still a challenge

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) eliminated its backlog of overdue domestic preapproval inspections, yet such progress has been stunted at the international level as getting to sites in China has remained a challenge amid the country’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. So asserted Patrizia Cavazzoni, the director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), who provided an update on the center’s activities and priorities for 2022 at the Food and Drug ...
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    Clinical trial diversity: Sponsors seek clarity on data sources, timing

    Drugmakers and clinician organizations praised the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent draft guidance containing recommendations on developing a Race and Ethnicity Diversity Plan to improve enrollment of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in clinical trials. But in public comments, they also called for greater details on the types of data that should be used to assess adequate enrollment of these populations, how these diversity plans should be applied to...
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    Medtech Industry: FDA emergency product shortage reporting guidance is too broad, burdensome

    Draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration on reporting medical device and diagnostic shortages for public health emergencies is too broad and potentially could be too resource intensive for manufacturers as well as regulators, representatives from medtech industry groups believe.   In January, the FDA published a draft guidance that outlines when and how the agency wants medtech manufacturers to alert the agency of potential product shortages that happen ...
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    Stakeholders want more clarity about devices used for remote clinical studies

    A number of stakeholders have written to the US Food and Drug Administration about the agency’s recent draft guidance on how digital health technologies (DHT) could be used to conduct clinical trials remotely. Some have concerns about the agency too narrowly defining what products can be used for remote monitoring, while others argue it’s not broad enough. Some are also asking the agency to include smart packaging in the guidance.   In December, the agency published i...
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    Industry lauds PDUFA VII focus on innovation, transparency

    Trade associations in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields have weighed in on the performance goals FDA has outlined for the upcoming reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VII), taking a generally favorable view of planned initiatives and areas of focus.   “The PDUFA VII agreement released today is an important step forward to continue to support patient safety, maintain the FDA’s high standards of independent regulatory review and promote...
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    Woodcock calls for investigation into Aduhelm approval

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s acting head has called on the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct an investigation into matters related to the agency’s recent controversial approval of Biogen’s new Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm (aducanumab).   Janet Woodcock, acting director of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), took to Twitter early Friday afternoon to make the announcement, sharing the letter she sent to Christ...
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    Cavazzoni paints CDER's post-pandemic future

    During an hour-long session at the annual meeting of the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), the director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (FDA’s CDER) went beyond a recap of the prior year’s challenges and wins, looking ahead to what CDER’s post-pandemic future will look like.   Summing up what she termed the “gestalt of the last 18 months,” CDER Director Patrizia Cavazzoni highlighted progress and trends in staffing, drug development and inspections t...