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    Woodcock: CDER Informatics System is Top Priority for 2018

    Going into 2018, Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said that her top priority will be to implement a center-wide informatics system. Woodcock made the comment at the FDA/CMS Summit in Washington, DC on Tuesday, noting that the rest of CDER's priorities for 2018 will be similar to priorities in 2017. Among those are implementing the 21st Century Cures Act ; working toward the goal...
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    FDA Details Plans for More Efficient Inspections, Facility Evaluations

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) will soon launch an effort to streamline the two offices' inspection and facility evaluation efforts. In an email to FDA staff on Monday, CDER Director Janet Woodcock and Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Melinda Plaisier said it is vital that the two offices quickly implement the plan in order to meet commitments under the recent...
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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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    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’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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    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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    FDA to Revise Draft Guidance on Quality Metrics Data

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on Monday offered a couple of revisions to its list of guidance documents for 2016. Most notably, a revision to the agency’s draft guidance on quality metrics is expected later this year. The revision on the quality metrics data draft comes as FDA has received 79 comments on the first draft released in July 2015, and as many at the PDA/FDA Joint Regulatory Conference on Monday i...
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    FDA Makes Drug Safety Labeling Change Information Easier to Access

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced the safety labeling changes (SLC) program will be managed by its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s (CDER’s) Office of Communications (OCOMM), which has created a new database that provides data to the public in downloadable and searchable formats. “With this transition, safety labeling change (SLC) data on the Web will now be available much faster for health care providers, health information technol...
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    FDA’s CDER Unveils Plans for 2016 Guidance Documents

    The guidance agenda for the next fiscal year from the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) reveals a lot of new advice on generics, pharmaceutical quality, off-label communications and other recommendations carried over from 2015, particularly on the implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The 15 categories of guidance documents planned for 2016 range from advertising (including a potentially controv...