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    Comirnaty booster gets adcomm thumbs up, for limited population

      An advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 16-2 on Friday against approval of a third booster dose added on to the 2-dose regimen for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty. However, the committee voted unanimously in favor of an emergency use authorization (EUA) for booster doses for those aged 65 years and up, as well as health care workers and other individuals at high risk for COVID-19 because of occupational exposure.   The ball is n...
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    In advance of adcomm, Pfizer makes its case for Comirnaty booster

    In briefing documents made available on Wednesday in advance of a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meeting, Pfizer made the case that a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine would address an unmet public health need in the face of high and persistent levels of Delta variant breakthrough infections among the vaccinated.   Pfizer’s application for a supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) for Comirnaty, the messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine it co-develope...
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    Convergence: EMA study reveals need for RWE framework, submission structure

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has identified a need for more consistency in how real-world evidence (RWE) is submitted, Xavier Kurz told attendees at RAPS Convergence 2021.   Kurz, the head of surveillance and epidemiology at EMA, said the agency reached the conclusion after analyzing the use of RWE in applications for marketing authorization and extension of indication in 2018 and 2019. The study, preliminary findings from which were shared at RAPS Convergence 2...
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    US to continue international inspection cooperation, says Marks

    Some of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) pandemic-related changes are likely here to stay, a top FDA official told Focus .   In the leadup to RAPS Convergence 2021, Peter Marks, director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), spoke with Focus about how CBER’s pandemic pivot accelerated a trend toward global cooperation, and how the changes stand to benefit patients and industry going forward.   Business as usual came to a halt...
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    News in Focus: PDUFA VII is a step in the right direction for the rare disease community

    Craig Martin is chief executive officer of Global Genes, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase public awareness for rare disease and globally connect, empower and educate individuals and rare disease foundations in person, print and online. More than 400 million people worldwide are affected by 7,000+ rare diseases. In the U.S., around 1 in 10 people (more than 33 million Americans) have a rare condition. More than half of rare disease patients are chi...
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    FDA convenes adcomm for Pfizer COVID booster

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced late Wednesday afternoon that it plans to hold an advisory committee meeting on 17 September to discuss a third booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals aged 16 years and up.   "The FDA is evaluating data submitted by Pfizer-BioNTech in a supplemental Biologics License Application for its COVID-19 vaccine and will discuss it with the agency's advisory committee to inform our decision-making...
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    Recon: Novartis' Leqvio nabs NICE nod; HebeCell makes a foray into CAR-NK space

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US When Will the Delta Surge End? ( NYT ) Why can’t America fix its Covid-19 testing problems? ( VOX ) Vaccination Rates Rose In August As COVID Cases Surged Due To The Delta Variant ( NPR ) First vaccination doses up 17 percent since Pfizer approval: analysis ( The Hill ) Companies eye financial penalties for unvaccinated workers ( The Hill ) America has waste...
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    Recon: Gruber and Krause to leave CBER; Sanofi refiles with FTC on $3.2B Translate Bio buyout

      Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Percentage of Americans who say they won't get vaccinated drops to record low in new poll ( The Hill ) US demand for COVID-19 antibody treatments rising fast ( PMLive ) CDC Staff Floats 'Risk-Based Approach' to Potential Booster Doses ( MPT ) CDC panel unanimously endorses full approval of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for people 16 and older ( CNBC ) Nearly 1 m...
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    Recon: Baxter in late-stage talks for $10B Hillrom buy; Catalent drops $1B for gummy vitamin maker

      Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US COVID-19 Deaths And Hospitalizations Continue To Rise In The U.S. ( NPR ) HHS Lifts Pause on Lilly's Monoclonal Antibody Combo, Sort Of ( MPT ) U.S. CDC advisers vote in favor of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine ( Reuters ) Baxter in late-stage talks to buy Hillrom for about $10B: WSJ ( MedTech Dive ) Reimbursement begins slowly for Biogen’s expensive Alzheimer’s ...
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    EMA goes all in on big data

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the EU’s Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) have issued an ambitious workplan for a joint steering group to tackle issues related to big data in healthcare and medicines development.   The steering group’s 2021-2023 work plan, adopted in June and published Friday, “aims to increase the utility of big data in regulation, from data quality through study methods to assessment and decision-making,” according to EMA’s big data webpage...
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    Recon: FDA investigates iPhone-pacemaker interference; Humacyte's $245M SPAC deal

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US FDA warns of pacemaker-iPhone interference ( Healthcare IT News ) Opinion: Expanding the domestic public health supply chain is a matter of national security ( STAT ) BD gets emergency FDA nod for smartphone-enabled COVID-19 antigen test ( MedTech Dive ) Ivermectin Scripts, Poison Center Calls Boom During Delta Surge ( MPT ) U.S. COVID-19 tests again in short...
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    Industry lauds PDUFA VII focus on innovation, transparency

    Trade associations in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields have weighed in on the performance goals FDA has outlined for the upcoming reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VII), taking a generally favorable view of planned initiatives and areas of focus.   “The PDUFA VII agreement released today is an important step forward to continue to support patient safety, maintain the FDA’s high standards of independent regulatory review and promote...