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    CDER regulatory science division touts 2020 accomplishments

    In its 2020 annual report, the division of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tasked with addressing emerging regulatory issues and developing new tools and approaches for regulatory reviews said it was able to expand its efforts despite the COVID-19 pandemic impacting most of the year.   “2020 was a challenging year. In addition to adjusting to new work environments related to the COVID-19 pandemic that involved 100% teleworking for some staff and laboratory wo...
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    EMA clarifies application of GMP principles to ATMP starting materials

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a question-and-answer guidance on 23 April addressing how good manufacturing practices (GMP) principles should be applied to starting materials for advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) of biological origin.   EMA said that the Q&A is not meant to set new GMP requirements but rather to give guidance on “what principles of GMP mean and how to implement them.” The guideline describes “minimal” requirements in the fields of...
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    CDRH to Review Materials Used in Medical Devices

    Following recent high-profile safety issues related to materials used in implantable and insertable medical devices, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Director Jeff Shuren on Friday announced plans to improve the agency’s approach to evaluating material safety and biocompatibility.   “Modernizing the regulatory framework pertaining to the FDA’s review of medical device materials requi...
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    UK’s NIBSC Updates on No-Deal Brexit Plans

    With less than a month remaining before the UK exits the EU, the UK’s National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) on Thursday provided an update in the event of a no-deal Brexit scenario.   In the update, the NIBSC, which produces and distributes a wide range of biological reference materials and functions as the UK’s official medicines control laboratory for biological products, says that while a Brexit deal “remains the Government’s top priority”...
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    EMA Consults on Regulatory Science Strategy to 2025

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday launched a six-month public consultation on its proposed strategy for regulatory science through 2025 following two recent multi-stakeholder workshops on the topic.   “The regulatory science strategy to 2025 aims to build a more adaptive regulatory system that will encourage innovation in human and veterinary medicine,” said EMA Executive Director Guido Rasi, adding that the agency developed the plan with input from t...
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    The Life and Times of a Promotional Claims Compendium

    This article discusses developing a "promotional claims compendium" to review pharmaceutical marketing materials. It highlights the advantages of using a compendium for a variety of purposes and the potential value it could bring to not only the review team, but the entire organization. Introduction Reviewing promotional materials is a necessity in the pharmaceutical industry. Rules and regulations implemented by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding pro...
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    FDA Science Board Weighs Plan for 'Cures' Funds

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) science board met Tuesday to discuss an agency plan to spend $500 million over nine fiscal years on a variety of topics stipulated by the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act . Last week, FDA released its proposal for how it would spend the funds ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, with the bulk of the funds to be devoted to sections of the law on "Advancing New Drug Therapies" and "Patient Access to Therapies and Information."...
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    FDA Unveils Regulatory Science Progress Report

    The report, covering fiscal years 2015 and 2016, notes significant US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) progress in refining non-clinical and clinical tools to better evaluate medical products, advancing manufacturing and quality, and enhancing internal IT tools to support the scientific review of regulatory applications. Non-Clinical In terms of the non-clinical predictive models, the report notes that FDA researchers developed a wide variety of computational tools th...
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    FDA Warns Fresenius Kabi Subsidiary Over Promotional Materials

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) has warned Fenwal, a Fresenius Kabi subsidiary, for the second time due to promotional materials for the company's platelet additive solution. FDA first approved Fenwal's new drug application (NDA) for InterSol (500mL platelet additive solution 3) in 2009 as a storage solution to replace a portion of the plasma in platelets collected via the company's Amicus apheresis devi...
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    PMDA Head Talks Priorities for 'Rational Medicine'

    The head of Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), Tatsuya Kondo, on Thursday released a paper discussing his vision for a patient-centric, regulatory science-driven and evidence-based system for medicine in Japan. "'Rational Medicine' is the idea that a patient-centric system should be created—a system under which optimal medical care from the patient's point of view, which is based on the latest scientific knowledge, is provided—from the perinatal t...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Lead Brexiteer Dismisses Need for UK to Stay in EU Regulatory System (10 November 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Lead Brexiteer Dismisses Need for UK to Stay in EU Regulatory System A senior politician overseeing the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union has dismissed the need to retain certain aspects of the country’s current regulatory model post-Brexit. Asked in the House of Commons whether he agreed with industry leaders on the need for the UK to be part of a Europe-...
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    GDUFA Science Priorities for 2017: Postmarket Evaluation and Complex Generics

    In the final year of the first Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA I), FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) is planning to prioritize the post-market evaluation of generics, work on the equivalence of complex generics and locally acting products, as well as new standards and computational and analytical tools. The release of OGD’s regulatory science priorities on Thursday comes as 2016 saw a banner year for generic approvals, with 651 approvals (or 835 if tentative approv...