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    Regulators discuss accelerated approvals, Project Orbis at DIA

    Regulators from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Health Canada gave their perspectives on different issues related to accelerated approval pathways in their respective jurisdictions at the DIA Global Annual Meeting.   All three regulators offer their own form of accelerated approval based on less comprehensive clinical data than a traditional marketing approval would require. In the US, that pathway is dubbed accelerated ap...
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    Canada’s drug price reforms delayed to 2021

    Amendments to Canada’s Patented Medicines Regulations will now be put in place 1 January 2021, delaying implementation of the sweeping drug pricing reforms by six months.   The new timeline represents a further adjustment from the schedule laid out in 2017, when Health Canada first proposed overhauling its drug pricing review process.   Draft pricing guidelines promulgated by the government of Canada’s Patent Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) have been availab...
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    Health Canada releases guidance to streamline COVID-19 clinical trials

    Health Canada Wednesday issued two guidance documents designed to streamline clinical trials for medical devices and drugs that are related to COVID-19.   The guidance documents support an interim order (IO) that reduces the administrative burden of clinical trials and promotes efficient investigation of drugs and medical devices to treat, prevent, mitigate or diagnose COVID-19.   The IO has dropped administrative requirements for non-significant changes during a...
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    Health Canada’s Public Release of Drug, Device Clinical Data Picks Up Steam

    Last March, amendments to Canada’s  Food and Drug Regulations and the Medical Devices Regulations enabled the public release of clinical information submitted to Health Canada for new drug and device approvals. But in the first five months after the amendments took effect, just one clinical trial package for a new drug and one clinical trial package for a new device were published. In the last two months, however, Health Canada has published information on eight more d...
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    Canadian Regulator and Regulatory Experts to Speak at 2019 Convergence

    RAPS’ 2019 Regulatory Convergence in Philadelphia will include a session hosted by the Canadian Association of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (CAPRA). RAPS and CAPRA enjoy a collegial relationship and have collaborated on a number of initiatives in recent years. RAPS is even offering CAPRA members the opportunity to attend this year’s Convergence at the RAPS member rate. This is the second consecutive year CAPRA has hosted a session within RAPS’ signature annua...
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    Australia and Canada Jointly Approve Breast Cancer Drug

    As part of a push toward regulatory convergence, Health Canada and Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) last week jointly approved Eli Lilly’s Verzenio (abemaciclib) for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. Each regulator evaluated different parts of the regulatory submission dossier, although both made independent decisions regarding approval. Health Canada also worked with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) on the appr...
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    Health Canada Encourages RWE Submissions

    In lock step with its US counterparts, Health Canada this week announced that it’s seeking to better use real-world evidence (RWE), while addressing certain specifics in protocol development and data quality concerns.  As real-world data (RWD) sources increase in quantity and quality, Health Canada explains how “prospectively planned clinical trials have been and continue to be considered the most robust tool for providing evidence of drug safety and efficacy,” although...
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    Health Canada Opens Generic Drug Guidances for Consultation

    Health Canada last week released two draft guidances for public consultation as part of the agency’s effort to clarify the criteria for its abbreviated new drug submission (ANDS) pathway for generic drugs.   Specifically, the draft guidances detail how the agency intends to implement a recently proposed regulatory amendment aimed at boosting access to generic drugs and making labeling more consistent and transparent.   “The draft guidance documents have been releas...
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    Health Canada Outlines Plan to Adopt IMDRF Table of Contents

    Health Canada is seeking industry feedback on guidance that describes its plan to formally implement the Table of Contents (ToC) structure, established by the International Medical Device Regulators (IMDRF) for a harmonized approach to the format of medical device market authorization applications. The implementation guidance identifies how Health Canada will adopt ToC formats as part of its efforts to support the global convergence of documentation requirements for m...
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    Transition to ISO 13485:2016 Comes to an End

    The three-year transition period for ISO 13485:2016 officially ended Thursday and as of Friday all ISO 13485:2003 certificates are now null and void, regardless of their original expiration date. The role of the revised standard plays into major regulatory initiatives worldwide aimed at international harmonization. Both the 2003 and the 2016 version of the global consensus standard—developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO—co-existed until Thu...
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    Health Canada Seeks to Better Define Regulatory Requirements for SaMD

    Health Canada released a draft guidance document on Tuesday to aid industry in determining whether the agency intends to regulate a software product as software as a medical device (SaMD). Health Canada notified industry last year of its intent to release draft guidance on SaMD as part of a larger initiative to improve regulatory reviews. The timeline, however, was delayed after a Health Canada scientific advisory panel raised concerns over the previous approach, whic...
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    Canada Completes Transition to MDSAP

    Most companies in the Canada market were able to meet the 1 January deadline to complete the transition into the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP), according to Canada’s MEDEC. "We have been flooded with transition packages and we're going through all of them," Ian Sullivan, regulatory affairs specialist at Health Canada' Medical Devices Bureau, told Focus . The stack of transition packages has taken priority over calculating the final statistics on exact...