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    Pharma groups say ICH guideline on viral safety evaluation needs to incorporate continuous manufacturing

    US pharmaceutical industry groups endorsed the major principles of the International Council for Harmonization’s (ICH) Q5A(R2) guideline on viral safety of biotechnology products but said it could be improved by incorporating continuous manufacturing principles and clarifying materials testing recommendations.   These comments were made in response to FDA’s release of the Q5A(R2) guideline for public comment in November 2022. The deadline for comments was 13 January....
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    ICH releases draft guideline proposing harmonized bioequivalence testing

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) last month released a draft M13A guideline which proposes harmonized bioequivalence (BE) testing of new orally administered immediate-release (IR) solid oral drugs and assessing BE after post-approval changes.   The guideline covers the scientific and technical aspects of study designs used to support BE assessments; it does not address pharmacokinetic (PK) study designs or data analytics to support BE assessments. The ...
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    FDA official pushes for cloud-based regulatory assessments

    A top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official touted the benefits of cloud-based regulatory submissions in ensuring consistent product reviews and explained how the agency is moving towards this platform through ongoing internal and international harmonization initiatives at a 30 November symposium on drug master files (DMFs) and structured data submissions.   Lawrence Yu, director of the Office of New Drug Products (ONDP) in the Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) at ...
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    China’s digital health regulatory framework for SaMD

    There is no specific definition in the People’s Republic of China regulatory framework clarifying the term “digital health,” but there is general acceptance that the term refers to digital technologies applied across the healthcare sector. 1,2 This article describes recent updates to the regulatory framework for digital health applications that qualify as medical devices under China’s regulations.   Keywords – China, digital health, regulatory   Introduction...
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    ICH touts adoption of continuous manufacturing, safety reporting guidelines

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) announced that “excellent progress” has been made over the past year in advancing guidelines in the areas of pharmaceutical quality, safety and efficacy, including the adoption of the widely awaited guideline on continuous manufacturing (CM).   These achievements were announced on 22 November following its meeting held in Inchon, South Korea. The meeting was held in parallel with meetings of ICH’s ten working groups and...
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    ICH E11A: Pharma groups want more information on data extrapolation, pediatric biomarkers

    Two US pharmaceutical industry groups note that they are generally supportive of the International Council for Harmonization (ICH) guideline on pediatric extrapolation in drug development but suggest that the guidance should address a broader subset of the population and not just focus on extrapolating data from adults. The groups called for more information on using biomarkers for the pediatric population and for including the estimands concept in the final guidance.   ...
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    ICH advances guidelines on selective reporting of safety data, viral safety

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) recently announced the adoption of its E19 guideline, which outlines a risk-based approach for collecting safety data for late-stage pre-approval or post-approval studies when the safety of a drug is well-understood.   In a separate development, ICH announced that its draft Q5A(R2) guideline on analytical testing of biotechnological products to ensure product safety has been released for consultation.   ICH E19 descr...
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    ICH M12: Pharma industry wants clarity on rifampin dosing, more information on biomarkers

    The pharmaceutical industry would like the International Council for Harmonization (ICH) to clarify dosing information for rifampin and requests additional information on the use of biomarkers as a type of drug-drug interaction study (DDI), while the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and Pfizer want more flexibility in developing a DDI strategy.   The comments were made in response to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) call for feedb...
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    Pharma groups: FDA is exceeding its authority in risk management plan guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft guidance on risk management plans (RMPs) has overstepped the agency’s statutory bounds in requiring manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) as well as prescription drug manufacturers to submit risk management plans (RMPs) to avert drug shortages.   This requirement could impose the very drug shortages it is designed to prevent, instead of just targeting those products at risk of drug shortage, pharmace...
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    Pharma groups question enhanced approach in Q14, call for more alignment between Q14 and Q2(R2)

    Pharmaceutical industry groups praised certain aspects of the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) draft Q14 and Q2(R2) guidelines yet had questions on how enhanced knowledge on analytical methods should be conveyed in regulatory submissions and whether smaller companies would have the necessary resources to invest in the enhanced approach in Q14.   Other groups had questions related to the use of multivariate modeling in analytical method development. In addi...
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    ICH signs off on carcinogenicity testing addendum

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) recently announced that its S1B(R1) addendum outlining a “weight of evidence” (WoE) approach to assess the human carcinogenic risk for certain pharmaceuticals in lieu of conducting a two-year rat study has reached Step 4 and is awaiting sign-off by regulators.   The document contains several changes from the Step 2 guideline released in May 2021. (RELATED: To speed drug development, ICH proposes reducing rat carcinoge...
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    RF Quarterly, June 22: Regulatory history

    Welcome to the June issue of RF Quarterly in which global regulatory experts write about Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), medical device regulations in China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), and a personal reflection on 3 decades at the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH). Also included are articles on the development of clinical trial disclosure requirements, expedited pathways, and the De Novo pathway and the Final Ru...