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    Regulatory Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About FDA’s Priority Review Vouchers

    Since 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a handful of special "priority review" vouchers (PRVs) which allow its recipient to expedite the review of any one of its new drug products. What are these vouchers, why is FDA issuing them and what benefit might they have for society? Find out in our latest Regulatory Explainer on the Priority Review Voucher system. Last updated on 25 February 2020 to include: Vifor Pharma said on 17 February that it p...
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    FDA Approves New Gene Therapy Targeting Specific Mutation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved a new gene therapy from Spark Therapeutics for the treatment of children and adult patients with an inherited form of vision loss that may result in blindness. The approval comes two months and a week after an advisory committee of outside experts unanimously voted in favor of approving the treatment for the condition which affects about 6,000 worldwide. The price of the new gene therapy, which Leerink...
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    Resolving Gene Editing Technology's Ethical and Regulatory Challenges

    This article provides an overview of biomedical applications of gene editing technology, addresses ethical and regulatory challenges associated with its implementation for therapeutic development, and proposes approaches for overcoming these challenges. Introduction Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) technology is a genetic "editing" tool aimed at altering DNA sequences and modifying gene function. It offers promising opportunities for ...
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    Experts Tell Senate Committee Current Gene Editing Regulations are Appropriate

    At a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, experts explained that the current regulatory framework for gene editing in the US is appropriate and cautioned that an overly strict approach could drive research to other countries. Specifically, the hearing focused on CRISPR/Cas9, which is a gene editing tool that scientists can use to quickly and accurately edit DNA in a variety of applications. While there are curr...
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    FDA Panel Votes Unanimously in Favor of Gene Therapy to Treat Rare Eye Disorder

    Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics took its gene therapy before the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee on Thursday and the panel voted 16 to 0 in favor of approving the subretinal injection, representing a major step forward for adeno-associated virus gene therapies. The therapy, known as Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec), has been granted priority review by FDA (the agency has until 12 January 2018 t...
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    Regulating CRISPR: FDA and Industry Offer Perspective

    Although the US market is likely more than a year or two away from seeing any commercialized medical products that rely on CRISPR-Cas9 technology, the rapidly developing field has already grabbed the attention of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other drug regulators. What is CRISPR? According to the Broad Institute , CRISPR (pronounced "crisper") stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, which form the basis for a genome ...
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    EU Court of Justice Denies EMA Appeal to Release Documents on Two Medicines

    The Court of Justice of the EU earlier this month delivered a blow to transparency efforts at the European Medicines Agency (EMA), dismissing two appeals by the regulator. The decision means the court has upheld the suspension of the release of clinical study report documents requested by a pharmaceutical company related to PTC Therapeutics’ Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment Translarna (ataluren) and three toxicity studies for Intervet’s Bravecto (fluralaner), a vete...
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    BIO Chair: Trump Should Re-Appoint Califf to Head FDA

    In a phone interview with Focus on Thursday, Ron Cohen, MD, president and CEO of Acorda Therapeutics and chair of industry group BIO, offered his views on increasing funding for the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), what the future may hold for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as some new ideas and possible solutions to help contain rising drug prices. NIH and FDA For NIH, Cohen echoed sentiments circulating on Capitol Hill around the 21s...
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    EMA Contests Two Judicial Decisions Over Clinical Trial Transparency Efforts

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday announced it has appealed two interim orders by the President of the General Court of the EU, which suspended the release of clinical study documents requested by third parties under a new transparency regulation. The first order blocked the release of a study report for PTC Therapeutics’ Translarna (ataluren), a Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy treatment, until a final ruling is provided. EMA says it was planning to provid...
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    Sarepta Wins Controversial FDA Approval for First DMD Drug

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday approved Sarepta Therapeutics’ first drug to treat patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle deterioration and weakness in young children. The approval is highly controversial after a FDA advisory committee voted against approval in April as the outside experts said there was not substantial evidence that the drug is effective in providing clinical benefit...
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    FDA Issues Untitled Letter for Website Promotion of an Opioid 10 Days Before PDUFA Date

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) is calling on Durect and Pain Therapeutics to pull promotional materials on their websites for their unapproved Remoxy (oxycodone) extended-release capsules as the sites incorrectly suggest that the investigational new drug is safe and effective. The letter, dated 9 September for Cupertino, CA-based Durect and Austin-based Pain Therapeutics, comes a little more than two weeks b...
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    Illinois Attorney General Sues Fentanyl Drugmaker for Deceptive Off-Label Marketing

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics for deceptively marketing and selling its opioid Subsys (fentanyl), approved exclusively for the treatment of cancer pain, to physicians treating non-cancer patients for off-label uses like back and neck pain. Madigan alleges that Insys illegally marketed its painkiller to doctors who prescribed high volumes of opioid drugs instead of focusing its marketing on oncologists...