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    FDA’s Woodcock Weighs in on Role of NIH in Drug Development

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Director Janet Woodcock said Wednesday that while the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been instrumental to drug discovery and development, she does not think NIH or academics should be in the business of developing new pharmaceuticals. The comments came as part of the first day of a two-day meeting at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC...
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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Developing GnRH Analogues to Treat Advanced Prostate Cancer

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released draft guidance to help sponsors establish the effectiveness and safety of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogues for treating advanced prostate cancer.   GnRH agonists and antagonists are a mainstay for treating patients with prostate cancer, FDA says, noting that it is one of the most common forms of cancer in American men.   “New drug applications for GnRH analogues typically rely, in part, ...
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    Pfizer Uses EHR Data to Support Expanded Indication for Breast Cancer Drug

    In a move that may become more common as the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) comfort with real-world data (RWD) increases, FDA on Thursday approved a new indication for Pfizer’s Ibrance (palbociclib) in combination with an aromatase inhibitor or fulvestrant to include men with certain types of metastatic breast cancer. The approval is based on RWD from electronic health records and postmarketing reports of Ibrance in male patients sourced from three databases: I...
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    EU Committee Urges No-deal Brexit Transition Period for Medical Devices

    The European Commission (EC) should act in the “best interest of citizens” and establish a transition period to allow manufacturers to keep placing medical devices certified by a UK Notified Body (NB) on the EU market under a no-deal Brexit, trade association COCIR urged Wednesday in an open letter. The European Coordination Committee of the Radiological Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry—otherwise known as COCIR—expressed its concerns around the increasingly lik...
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    MHRA Sets No-Deal Brexit Process for Pharma Submissions

    Pharmaceutical companies and clinical trial sponsors were directed to follow new guidelines for regulatory submissions that would have to be directly submitted to the UK’s Medicines and Health products Agency (MHRA) if Britain leaves the EU without reaching an agreement by the end of this month. The guidance, posted Monday, describes the steps applicants and sponsors need to follow for access to the new MHRA gateway for UK submissions from day one post-Brexit in a no-de...
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    MHRA Spells Out Post-Brexit Regulation of Medical Devices Under No-deal Scenario

    With just about a month left until Brexit, the UK regulatory authority for medical products issued updated guidance on what the medical device industry needs to know about the future device regulation under the increasingly likely scenario of Britain leaving the EU without a deal on continuing resolutions. From requiring a new role as a UK Responsible Person and additional importing and distributing obligations to a slew of new registration and classification requiremen...
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    UK Seeks to Increase Clinical Trials Transparency

    The UK government issued a policy paper to improve clinical trials transparency in response to 10 recommendations a House of Commons Science and Technology committee report offered in 2018. “Research findings must be communicated in ways that are timely, meaningful and relevant to evidence users,” Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health Baroness Blackwood said, welcoming the chance to address the October 2018 report . “Only with a system which values transpar...
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    Swissmedic Updates on Breast Implant Associated-anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

    Swissmedic said Monday that based on the currently available information, the association Swiss Plastic Surgery recommends using smooth implants rather than textured implants where permitted by the clinical situation. France’s National Agency of Medicine and Health Products (ANSM) echoed that recommendation after observing most known breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) cases in patients with textured breast implants. But the committee doe...
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    MHRA Clarifies Medical Devices Policies for Users

    The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a new guidance document on Monday to clarify existing policies and procedures around the use of medical devices. The agency’s guidance provides information that ranges from the definition of a medical device and CE marking to information on buying devices for personal use, as well as problems associated with device use and troubleshooting. For those interested in buying a medical device for pe...
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    EU Lists First Notified Body Under MDR

    BSI United Kingdom (UK) became the first notified body (NB) to be officially designated as an NB under the Europe Union’s (EU) medical device regulation (MDR). The new NB designation—the first-of-its-kind to be listed in the European Commission’s New Approach Notified and Designated Organizations (NANDO) database—comes months before the timeline the Notified Bodies Operations Group had estimated in 2017 guidance for NB designation and notification. The scope of B...
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    MHRA Expands on ‘No-Deal’ Brexit Preparations for Drugs, Medical Devices

    The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued new guidance on Thursday to propose and further clarify certain regulatory positions in case of a “no-deal” scenario as Brexit looms around the corner. The 14-page guidance document covers the current and possible future regulatory space for medicines and medical devices brought into the UK market, as well as clinical trials conducted in the UK. It was developed based on responses to MHRA’s Octob...
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    EMA Recommends When Drugmakers Should Consult With Pediatric Research Network

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday released recommendations from its European network of pediatric research (Enpr)-EMA working group on opportunities during various stages of development to consult with pediatric research groups.   “Enpr-EMA suggests that all companies consider using these opportunities in a spirit of shared learning about the best way to collaborate during [pediatric investigation plan] planning,” EMA writes, noting that companies can benef...