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    ICMRA explores hybrid inspections, postapproval changes with new pilots

    A global regulatory group is seeking industry participants for two pilot programs exploring a common regulatory framework for assessing manufacturing facilities in hybrid inspections and for reviewing postapproval changes.   The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) announced the pilots on 24 June. The group said that the pilots were prompted by its July workshop which “highlighted the need for more convergence on CMC [chemistry, manufac...
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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US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for clarification related to the evaluation of cellular starting materials in its draft guidance on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell product development.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   The draft guidance , issued on 15 March 2022, provides recommendations on chemistry, manufac...
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    DIA: Global initiative to standardize CMC quality data gaining steam

    CHICAGO – Several initiatives in the works among regulators and the pharmaceutical industry are gaining momentum to harmonize chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) information submitted in the Common Technical Document (CTD). One such effort is the formation of an industry consortium that is seeking to develop a structured content cloud-based CMC Module 3 template with input from regulators.   These plans were discussed on 20 June 2022 during the Drug Informatio...
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    FDA issues final guidance on CMC postapproval changes for annual reports

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a final guidance to help manufacturers of certain biological products determine which types of changes to their products should be submitted in annual reports for changes expected to have a minimal impact on product quality. The final guidance differs from the draft in providing more examples of changes that can be submitted in annual reports; however, FDA rejected calls from industry to provide a timeframe for...
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    FDA officials address common pitfalls affecting post-approval change applications

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered some advice to help ensure smoother reviews of abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) post-approval supplements and addressed how certain changes should be categorized at the 10 November meeting of the Association for Accessible Medicines” (AAM) GRx+Biosim conference.   Officials were asked to address common issues affecting ANDA post-approval chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) submissions. Agency officials ...
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    Convergence: Regulatory considerations in advancing gene and cellular therapies

    When developing a regulatory submission for a gene or cellular therapy, it’s essential to keep the basics in mind, such as how to demonstrate the product’s identity, purity, and potency, Haroon Hashmi, PhD, told attendees at RAPS Convergence 2021.   “Even when we think about these complex technologies -- new emerging technologies -- certain regulatory principles always stay in place,” said Hashmi, senior vice president at Ziopharm Oncology, which has developed the Slee...
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    FDA extends comment period on ICH Q12 guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reopened the comment period on its draft guidance implementing the International Council for Harmonization’s (ICH) Q12 guideline on postapproval chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) changes for new and marketed pharmaceuticals and drug substances.   The additional time was requested by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).   FDA announced in a pre-publication notice in the 8 Septembe...
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    EMA guidelines highlight changes to IMPs triggering notification to regulators

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on 1 July released for public consultation two draft guidelines to help sponsors of investigational medicinal products (IMPs) for new drugs and biologics decide whether manufacturing changes are considered a “substantial modification” needing prior approval.   These guidelines are connected to the EU regulation No. 536/2014 which came into force on 20 June 2014. The regulation defines a “substantial modification” as any change to a...
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    FDA issues final guidance on CMC postapproval changes for biologics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued a final guidance to assist manufacturers of biological products in determining which types of changes to their products should be submitted in an annual report and which will require a prior approval supplement, the highest reporting category.   The guidance contains minor changes from a draft issued in December 2017; no reporting changes were switched from the minor to major category. Licensed biological produ...
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    FDA Replaces Withdrawn Biosimilar Guidance With New One on Quality-Related Considerations

    A week after finalizing guidance on developing interchangeable biosimilars, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has drafted guidance for biosimilar developers on the use of comparative analytical studies that can be used to assess whether a proposed product is biosimilar to a reference product. The 28-page draft guidance revises a final guidance from 2015 on quality considerations for demonstrating biosimilarity and serves as a replacement for a 2017 draft gui...
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    Bispecific Antibodies: FDA Drafts Guidance for Developers

    With more than two dozen companies developing bispecific antibodies, the next frontier of cancer therapy may well involve these genetically engineered, recombinant antibodies, which is why the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released new draft guidance to help developers of these products. In explaining why bispecific antibodies could be advantageous, FDA notes that they “can target multiple disease-modifying molecules with one drug, with possible adva...
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    CDER Guidance Agenda for 2019: What’s Coming

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is planning to issue almost 100 new draft and revised draft guidance documents spanning 15 different categories, from biosimilars to clinical pharmacology to drug safety, in 2019. The bulk of the guidance documents are contained in three categories: clinical/medical, pharmaceutical quality/CMC and procedural. The guidance in clinical/medical focuses on specific types of develop...