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    Groups suggest changes to FDA’s guidance expanding eligibility criteria for oncology trials

    While groups expressed overwhelming support for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) draft guidance expanding eligibility criteria for investigational oncology trials, some comments discouraged the agency from taking an approach that dichotomizes the curative and non-curative setting; a pharmaceutical firm suggested that safety data be combined for some investigations performed in curative and non-curative settings.   Among the recommendations of the draft gu...
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    FDA updates safety communication for robotically assisted surgical devices used in mastectomy

    The safety and effectiveness of robotically assisted surgical devices has yet to be established in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer, according to an updated safety communication released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   The agency reiterated that use of these devices has been cleared for procedures such as hysterectomy, prostatectomy, and colectomy based on data from 30-day patient follow-up. However, robotically assisted surgical (RAS) devi...
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    FDA seeks global shift to include pregnant women in medical research

    The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the paradox surrounding the inclusion of pregnant and breastfeeding women in medical research. Even when these women are at higher risk for severe illness and hospitalization, they are unlikely to be included in clinical trials for medical products and vaccines. In a recent article, officials at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signaled their commitment to work with industry and other regulators to support the inclus...
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    MHRA announces streamlined clinical trial review process

    In the wake of the systemic changes flowing from the UK’s exit from the EU, the country’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) plans to streamline review of clinical trials for medicinal products.   Beginning in January 2022, new Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs) will receive a combined review from MHRA and the UK Research Ethics Services, with collaboration from the UK’s Health Research Authority (HRA). The process is...
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    FDA 'may require' post-marketing studies to analyze long-term effects of breast cancer drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "may require” or seek agreement from sponsors to conduct post-marketing studies to analyze long term effects of breast cancer drugs in both pre- and post-menopausal women in a final guidance issued on 17 June. The guidance also provides other considerations for sponsors as they plan for the inclusion of premenopausal women in clinical trials of drugs for breast cancer treatment.   According to the agency’s announcement of the f...
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    Brexit, COVID-19 headline EMA’s 2020 annual report

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) started 2020 by wrapping up challenges associated with the UK’s decision to leave the EU, only to run headlong into additional challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the annual report that also marked the agency’s 25 th anniversary, EMA outlined a year that looked different than most.   “As the scientific body in charge of the regulation of medicines, EMA had an essential part to play in ensuring treatments and vaccines ...
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    Euro Roundup: HRPA posts 5-year plan as it emerges from ‘twin challenges’ of Brexit and COVID

    Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has published its strategic plan for 2021 to 2025. HPRA set out five goals intended to help it emerge from the “twin challenges of Brexit and COVID-19” and deliver better outcomes for people and animals.   The five goals are titled health system partnerships, progressive regulation, communication and engagement, enabling innovation and great people, great processes. By engaging in activities that further those goals...
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    FDA modifies immunogenicity language in final bispecific antibody guidance

    A newly finalized guidance on bispecific antibodies from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notes that although bispecific antibodies can generally be characterized in the same ways as standard monoclonal antibodies and manufacturing processes may be similar, some scientific and regulatory considerations are unique to bispecifics.   According to a 24 May agency announcement , while the regulatory pathway for evaluating monoclonal antibodies is “well established...
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    FDA clarifies deferral policy on pediatric studies for new cancer drugs

    Final guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifies when sponsors must conduct pediatric studies for new cancer drugs as well as when those requirements can be waived or deferred.   Sponsors are required to evaluate these oncology drugs in pediatric populations for applications submitted on or after 18 August 2020, under changes made by the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA).   The guidance addresses molecularly targeted oncology drugs for ...
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    ATMPs: Global regulators eye harmonization for ultra-orphan products

    Top regulators from the US, EU, UK and Japan view harmonization as a critical factor in enabling the development of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) for ultra-rare diseases.   Particularly for cell and gene therapies targeting patient populations numbering in the hundreds worldwide, commercial viability and the feasibility of clinical trials can be complicated by jurisdictional differences in regulatory requirements. Such challenges were the topic of convers...
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    Recon: 2021's priciest drugs; A leaderless FDA?

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Novartis' canakinumab failed to improve survival in Phase III trial ( Reuters ) ( Endpoints ) Is a leaderless FDA clamping down on drug reviews? Not knowing is weighing heavy on biotech ( STAT ) Pandemic Forces FDA to Sharply Curtail Drug Company Inspections ( NYT ) A Survey of Survival Outcomes for Targeted Cancer Drugs Approved by the US Food and Drug Admini...
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    MHRA awards first ‘innovation passport’ under new pathway

    MSD's (Merck Sharp & Dohme (UK) Limited) investigational drug belzutifan on Friday became the first drug to be awarded an “innovation passport” under the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP).   Belzutifan is being developed to treat adults with von Hippel-Lindau disease, a rare cancer-causing genetic disorder, and has been granted orphan designation in the EU and both orphan designation and br...