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    Recon: FDA signals support for updated COVID vaccines; EMA recommends BioMarin’s hemophilia gene therapy

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US FDA panel to advise on whether — and how — Covid vaccines should be updated ( STAT ) ( NYTimes ) ( Endpoints ) ( Fierce ) Pfizer/BioNTech say Omicron-based COVID shots improve response vs that variant ( Reuters ) FDA places partial clinical hold on David Hung biotech after certain cancer patients experience eye inflammation ( Endpoints ) Astellas’ gene therapy...
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    Recon: Moderna touts bivalent booster’s response against Omicron subvariants; EU to raise investment in Latin American drug manufacturing

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Moderna booster candidate shows strong response against Omicron subvariants ( Reuters ) Moderna CEO: COVID variant vaccine to be ready for shipping in August ( Reuters ) Omicron-specific COVID vaccines on the horizon, Pfizer chief says ( Reuters ) More vulnerable people receiving fewer COVID pills - U.S. study ( Reuters ) FDA to Order Juul E-Cigarettes Off U....
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    Recon: Pfizer to buy 8.1% stake in Valneva, Merck explores Seagen buyout

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US COVID vaccine rollout for US children close after CDC panel vote ( Reuters ) Lawmakers ask GAO to probe pharmacy benefit managers over their role in drug pricing ( STAT ) Comparing the Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines for young children ( STAT ) Merck Explores Purchase of Biotech Seagen ( WSJ ) FDA advisors mostly agree that Acadia’s Nuplazid isn't effective...
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    VRBPAC recommends Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines for youngest children

    On Wednesday, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) voted in favor of amending FDA’s emergency use authorization (EUA) for Moderna’s two-dose vaccine to include children 6 months through 5 years of age. The committee voted separately in favor of recommending to amend Pfizer’s EUA for its vaccine and authorize use of a three-dose vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years of age.   In a 21-0 v...
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    VRBPAC unanimously backs Moderna vaccine for children 6 and up

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) voted unanimously to recommend Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine as a two-dose series for emergency use authorization (EUA) in children 6 years and older.   The committee met on Tuesday to discuss Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine EUA request to include children and adolescents 6 years through 17 years of age. Moderna sought an EUA for a two-dose primary series for adoles...
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    Unannounced FDA inspections in India, China to begin soon

    An official with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the agency will soon resume unannounced onsite inspections in India and China. Also, prioritized foreign inspections will resume in February.   Elizabeth Miller, assistant commissioner for medical products and tobacco operations in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), provided this update on the agency’s inspection activities at a 9 December virtual conference on enforcement sponsored by the Fo...
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    FDA issued vaccine EUAs without facility inspections: GAO

    Manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use did not undergo facility inspections before their vaccines were authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said the General Accounting Office (GAO) in a new report. However, most facilities had been inspected at least once previously in past 10 years, and the agency relied on a variety of other information sources including record reviews and on-site reviews.   The examination of th...
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    FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID vaccine for younger kids

    The first US emergency use authorization (EUA) for younger children to receive a COVID-19 vaccine has been issued, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday afternoon.   The mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer in conjunction with the German firm BioNTech is now authorized for use in children aged 5-11 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will convene a meeting of its immunization advisory committee next week to review clinical param...
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    Near-unanimous adcomm nod on Pfizer COVID vaccine for younger kids

    Younger school-aged children in the US came a step closer on Tuesday to having a COVID-19 vaccine available, with a positive vote from the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) vaccines advisory committee for a reduced dose of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine.   The vote was near-unanimous, with just one abstention and no “nays” among the 18 voting members of FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products advisory committee (VRBPAC). Overall, the committee judged that the ben...
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    European Commission identifies 10 ‘promising’ COVID treatments

    The European Commission (EC) on 22 October released a list of the 10 “most promising treatments” for COVID-19 as part of its strategy to support the development of new therapies.   A panel of scientific experts selected the 10 drugs from a pool of 82 therapeutic candidates that are in late-stage clinical development.    “In selecting the 10 most promising candidates, experts focused on the product categories with the highest potential impact on the pandemic: produc...
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    FDA okays Moderna, J&J, 'mix and match' boosters

    The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized booster doses of both the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccine made by Janssen, the vaccines arm of Johnson & Johnson. The agency has also taken a “mix and match” approach, authorizing heterologous booster doses for all populations eligible for boosters under today's expansion of the emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines.   A booster is recommended for all recipients of the one-dose Janssen vaccine, an...
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    FDA adcomm unanimous on J&J boosters for all

    The vaccines advisory committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted unanimously Friday to recommend a full-strength booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Janssen, the vaccines arm of Johnson & Johnson, for all recipients of the single-dose primary vaccination.   The Vaccines and Related Biologic Products advisory committee (VRBPAC) recommended that FDA issue an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a booster to be given at least 2 months after the...