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    European Commission identifies 10 ‘promising’ COVID treatments

    The European Commission (EC) on 22 October released a list of the 10 “most promising treatments” for COVID-19 as part of its strategy to support the development of new therapies.   A panel of scientific experts selected the 10 drugs from a pool of 82 therapeutic candidates that are in late-stage clinical development.    “In selecting the 10 most promising candidates, experts focused on the product categories with the highest potential impact on the pandemic: produc...
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    ICMRA: Industry's commitment to quality can facilitate regulatory flexibility

    Frequent communication with industry and relying on assessments by other regulators have enabled the rapid scale-up of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, asserted regulators and industry representatives attending a July workshop sponsored by the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA).   The workshop explored how different regulatory tools are being deployed to increase manufacturing capacity for vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
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    FDA to convene VRBPAC on vaccines for younger children plus Moderna, J&J boosters

    Amid the nationwide rollout of booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it will convene its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) to discuss potential booster doses for the other two US-authorized COVID-19 vaccines developed by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) later this month.   The committee will also meet on 26 October to discuss Pfizer's anticipated request...
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    Kaleido warned; FDA not persuaded by 'medical food' claim

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning letter to Kaleido Biosciences for administering an investigational new COVID-19 treatment to patients without obtaining an investigational new drug (IND) application.   The company argued that the product under investigation was a food and not a drug, and therefore not subject to IND filing requirements. Yet the agency disagreed, saying that the endpoints used in the clinical trials went beyond ‘diet...
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    August’s Regulatory Focus: Alternative regulatory pathways

    Feature articles during August focused on alternative global regulatory pathways and their use in providing faster, easier access to new treatments for unmet medical needs. Articles examined emergency use authorizations for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) in the US, as well as regulatory pathways for laboratory developed tests (LDTs), innovative medicinal products in Switzerland, software as a medical device (SaMD) in the US and Europe, and cell and gene therapy products in Ja...
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    ‘Immune’ claims and COVID-19

    Correction and Editor’s note: The article, ‘Immune’ claims and COVID-19 (published 30 June 2021) incorrectly stated that Vi-Jon Inc. had received a warning letter from the FDA, when in fact it had not received such a letter. The article was corrected on 15 July 2021, but the correction was not appropriately noted on our website. The article was further updated on 27 August 2021 to remove an extraneous reference. Regulatory Focus regrets these errors and apologizes. ...
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    FDA: No plans yet to resume onsite GMP foreign inspections

    An official with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the agency has no plans to resume onsite foreign inspections for operations that are not deemed “mission critical” during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Instead, the agency is relying on the expanded use of mutual recognition agreements as an alternative tool for boots-on-the-ground inspections.   So asserted Alonza Cruse, the director of pharmaceutical quality operations in FDA’s Office of Regulato...
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    WHO revises guidance on GMPs for investigational products, R&D facilities

    The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued a revised draft guidance to industry addressing good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for investigational drug products as well a new draft guideline addressing GMP principles for research and development facilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The draft guidance on GMPs for investigational products was prompted by WHO’s Prequalification Team Inspections Services (PQT), which last year expressed the need...
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    EMA updates COVID-19 vaccine risk management plans to reflect variant safety

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) wants companies to provide safety information on additional strains or variants in an update to its guidance on risk management plans (RMPs) for COVID-19 vaccines. In the update, EMA also discourages sponsors from using passive surveillance to evaluate vaccine safety due to a lack of robustness in these methods.   The plan should be read in conjunction with EMA guidance on good pharmacovigilance practices, including GVP Module V, Mod...
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    Warning letter: FDA blasts Innova for falsifying data, GMP violations

    Editor's note: This article has been updated to include a statement from Innova. The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter on 10 June to Innova Medical Group for distributing unauthorized SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen tests and "false or misleading" information in the tests’ labeling.   The warning letter comes after FDA inspected two of the firm’s facilities in Pasadena and Brea, CA over the course of several weeks in March and April.   FDA also ...
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    COVID-19 diagnostics: Moving from laboratory to home-based testing

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has worked closely with diagnostics developers during the past year to facilitate access to COVID-19 testing and accelerate development of home-based tests. By creating a flexible regulatory framework, the agency has enabled authorization of nearly one COVID-19 diagnostic per day, including at-home tests that have a critical role in the ongoing response to SARS-CoV-2. Introduction The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic create...
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    FDA may decline new COVID vaccine EUA requests

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) updated emergency use authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines says the agency may decline EUA requests from developers that have not yet met with the agency to discuss their vaccines.   This announcement was made by the agency in a 25 May tweet from the account of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). The revised guidance supersedes versions issued on 22 February 2021 and October 2020. All versions ...