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    Update on trade issues affecting the dietary supplement industry

    This article discusses recent updates on US trade policy issues in the dietary supplement industry. It focuses on the trading relationship between the US and its largest trading partners, including China, and analyzes the ongoing effects of current trade policies on companies that produce, buy, and sell dietary supplements. The authors discuss tools available to US companies to reduce financial liability when trade policies are evolving at a rapid pace.   Introduction ...
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    FDA and China’s NMPA expedite COVID-19 emergency approvals

    In just a short time, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live and work, strained healthcare systems, and caused companies and governments to prioritize fighting the coronavirus above virtually all else. Regulators like the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) have moved to fast-track the review of products that might be used to prevent or treat COVID-19. Regulators Speed Up Review Times ...
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    Safeguarding the US Pharmaceutical Supply: Woodcock Discusses Challenges, Shift Overseas

    As drug and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing moves overseas to cut costs, quality and reliability concerns have been raised and the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health met Wednesday to discuss the supply chain with one of the US Food and Drug Administration’s top officials and other experts. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, explained how part of the problem is that FDA does not know the...
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    China Joins IMDRF’s Safety Information Exchange Program

    China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has joined an International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) program that allows for the rapid exchange of safety and adverse event data, according to reports from the IMDRF meeting in Russia last month. NMPA now joins regulators across Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore and the US in the IMDRF National Competent Authority Report Exchange, according to a report from state media last month. The ...
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    ICH Reverts to Previous Version of Guideline on Residual Solvents

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) has further explained why it decided to go back and change the Permissible Daily Exposure (PDE) for ethylene glycol (EG), and then more recently, to reverse that decision and revert back to the original figure. Prior to 2017, the ICH Q3C guideline, which deals with residual solvents, included a Summary Table 2 that listed EG as a Class 2 residual solvent with a PDE of 6.2 mg/day. But in 2017, ICH was notified by an exter...
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    FDA: US Heparin Supply Not Impacted by African Swine Fever in China

    With shortage concerns looming, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday said that the US heparin supply is not being impacted by the African swine fever in China. “The majority of manufacturers reported no such issues related to African swine fever,” FDA said after reaching out to heparin suppliers. “FDA continues to be in regular contact with US heparin suppliers and manufacturers as this situation evolves.” The update from FDA follows a letter sent in ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: China Releases UDI Rules as Pilot Progresses

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   TGA Seeks Feedback on Plan to List Excipients in Drug Products Online   Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is seeking feedback on plans to list the excipients in medicines online. TGA is considering enforcing the change to give consumers access to information about the products they consume.   Today, the public version of the Australian Register f...
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    House Committee Seeks FDA Briefing on Heparin Supply

    The House Energy & Commerce (E&C) Committee leaders sent a letter on Tuesday to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless seeking further information on how FDA is monitoring the supply of the anticoagulant heparin. The letter notes how the US is reliant on China for its supply heparin, which in turn is reliant on China’s pig supply. Recently, China struggled to contain an outbreak of African swine fever and will lose about 150 million of i...
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    ICH Adds Four New Regulatory Observers

    Regulators from Argentina, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were recently approved by the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) Assembly as Regulatory Observers. The approvals came at a meeting from 1-6 June in Amsterdam. ICH said the meeting was its largest biannual meeting ever and that progress was made on existing guidelines, training materials to support guideline implementation, the details of an ICH meeting in Silver Spring, MD, on 31 October on the revisi...
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    Health Canada Implements ICH Guideline on Good Clinical Practice

    Health Canada said Wednesday that it has implemented the International Council for Harmonisation’s (ICH) guideline on good clinical practice, known as E6(R2). While working to eliminate the differences between its own and ICH guidances, Health Canada said that in cases of such discrepancies, Health Canada-implemented ICH guidances should take precedence. The decision to implement the guideline in Canada follows the work of its ICH peer regulatory agencies to implemen...
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    ICH Advances Revised Guideline on Elemental Impurities

    The internationally harmonized guideline for a risk-based approach on assessing and controlling elemental impurities in drug products entered the final implementation phase. ICH Q3D(R1) Guideline for Elemental Impurities, developed via the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH), reached the fourth out of five steps in ICH’s process of regulatory harmonization last week, moving toward implementation of the revised guideline. The guideline was first recommended for...
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    EMA Opens for Consult ICH M10 Guideline on Bioanalytical Method Validation

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released for public consultation the International Council of Harmonisation’s (ICH) M10 guideline, which aims to help sponsors improve the quality and consistency of bioanalytical data in support of the development and approval of both chemical and biological drugs. The 57-page guidance, which has been in the works since 2016, provides recommendations for the validation of bioanalytical assays for chemical and biological d...