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    Advanced therapies: ‘Trip hazards’ on the development pathway

    This article concerns the development of advanced therapies and the challenges and complexities of getting them through the developmental pathway, which the authors call “the trip.” The authors examine at strategic levels the importance of some of the fundamental building blocks for the development program and highlight some commonly encountered challenges (trip hazards) for cell and gene therapies and offer “bench-to-bedside” and chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CM...
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    A mandatory dietary supplement registry: Transparency as ‘disinfectant’

    The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act struck a balance between protecting public safety and promoting consumer access to dietary supplements, but it did not address the Food and Drug Administration’s inability to “see” into the marketplace. This article discusses how a mandatory product listing can benefit the industry through increased transparency and accountability. It outlines criticisms from industry skeptics and provides considerations for legislation of th...
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    FDA releases compliance program for CDER, CDRH-led combination product inspections

    In a newly issued compliance program , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains its approach to inspections of Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)- and Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)-led combination products.   The 46-page document lays out FDA’s intended implementation of the compliance program; inspectional operations and reporting considerations; sampling and analytical testing expectations; regulatory and administrative stra...
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    FDA abandons proposal for devices referencing drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday said it will abandon a proposed regulatory approach for medical devices referencing drugs (DRDs) that would have allowed devices to be authorized for new uses with already approved drugs when the drugmaker does not want to collaborate on the new use.   The decision comes after FDA held a public hearing to discuss the scientific, regulatory and legal challenges posed by the approach in November 2017. At the time, FDA...
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    FDA drafts guidance on emergency-use injector reliability

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week issued draft guidance explaining how combination product developers can demonstrate that their emergency-use injectors will reliably deliver drugs as intended in a life-threatening emergency.   The guidance specifically applies to emergency-use injectors that are prefilled or co-packaged with emergency drugs or biologics, such as those to treat anaphylaxis, and is intended to expand on FDA’s 2013 guidance Technical ...
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    Product Hopping: E&C Hearing Addresses Restrictions to Generic Competition

    A subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing on Thursday raising questions around some of the tactics pharmaceutical companies use to block competition, including the controversial use of product hopping. Product hopping, which involves companies reformulating drugs to restrict competition, can include many different types of reformulations, such as a change from a capsule to a tablet, a change in dosing or strength or a reformulation to an ext...
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    FDA Again Pushes Back Compliance Date for Safety Reporting Requirements for Combo Products

    A little more than a year after pushing back the date by which combination product companies must comply with certain postmarket safety reporting (PMSR) requirements, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday extended the compliance deadline again. The updated guidance explains how FDA does not intend to enforce 21 CFR 4.102(c) and (d) (constituent part-based PMSR requirements), 4.104(b)(1) and (b)(2) (submission process for constituent part-based Individual ...
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    Combo Product Reviews: FDA Drafts Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released high-level draft guidance explaining the principles for premarket review of combination products, including how sponsors can determine which type of premarket submission is appropriate. The 22-page draft, which implements a section of the 21 st Century Cures Act , explains what combination products are, how their various FDA center assignments are determined and considerations for making approval pathway de...
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    Industry Comments on ICH Product Lifecycle Management Guideline

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday released comments gathered during its public consultation for the International Council for Harmonisation's (ICH) draft guideline on pharmaceutical product lifecycle management.   The 31-page draft guideline , ICH Q12: Technical and Regulatory Considerations for Pharmaceutical Product Lifecycle Management , was adopted by ICH and released for public consultation last year.   Most of the comments EMA received express...
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    New Product-Specific Guidances Focus on Drugs Without Generic Competition

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued 63 new and revised draft product-specific guidances detailing its expectations for companies looking to develop generic versions of those products.   Of the 63 guidances, 22 are new draft guidances and 41 are revised draft guidances. According to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, nearly 70% (43) of the guidances are for products that do not have any generic competition.   Some of the newly released draft gu...
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    European Commission Revises Q&A on Safety Features for Medicinal Products

    The European Commission on Monday released a revised question and answer document regarding the implementation of the rules on the safety features for medicinal products for human use. Revisions in the document are related to two questions and answers, including one on if a pack bearing safety features is lawfully opened by, for instance, parallel traders or manufacturers replacing the leaflet, can the pack be resealed? The answer notes that in certain circumstances it ...
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    FDA Plots Policy Priorities for 2018

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced its priorities for policy activity in 2018, which will include reducing the misuse and abuse of opioids, promoting generic drug and biosimilar competition, creating a total product lifecycle office for medical devices, advancing digital health technologies and strengthening the agency’s workforce. “Our work is taking place during an inflection point in both science and policy,” FDA Commissioner Scott Go...