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    Strategies for pediatric clinical trials and drug development

    This article discusses the considerations for designing and conducting pediatric clinical trials from a pediatrician’s perspective. The author covers pediatric subpopulations, issues related to age, endpoints, and pharmacokinetic considerations, while presenting practical solutions and ethical considerations. Patient and family‒centric approach to studies and engagement with patient advocacy groups are also discussed. The author concludes with some recommendations about pe...
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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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    Euro Roundup: EU launches survey for COVID-19 drug developers

    The EU is holding a survey to understand the needs of companies developing new and repurposed treatments for COVID-19. The follows the European Commission’s recent strategy to support the approval of up to five new COVID-19 drugs by the end of the year.   (RELATED: EC strategy aims for 3-5 new COVID therapeutics by year end , Regulatory Focus 6 May 2021)   In the survey, the EU asks for information about the COVID-19 therapies companies are developing, includi...
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    IVDR: MDCG charts rollout in new implementation plan

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) this week released its joint implementation and preparedness plan for the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR) set to take effect next May.   With the date of application of the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) now in the rear view, MDCG’s attention is turned to challenges on the horizon related to IVDR. MDCG previously released a joint implementation plan for MDR in March 2020, bef...
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    Euro Roundup: EMA streamlines processes to handle COVID-19 volume

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is temporarily revising its processes to cope with a rising volume of work related to the COVID-19 pandemic. EMA made the changes to ensure it can handle a “very active pipeline” that is expected to yield up to five COVID-19 therapies this year.   Faced with that workload, EMA is temporarily freeing co-rapporteurs from the need to provide their own assessment reports on initial marketing authorization applications for non-COVID-19 ...
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    European Commission kicks off review of pharmaceutical legislation

    As part of its broader pharmaceutical strategy, the European Commission on Tuesday released a roadmap for its planned revision of the EU’s aging pharmaceutical legislation next year.   The Commission adopted its pharmaceutical strategy last November following a public consultation earlier in the year. “[The strategy] is intended to make the European pharmaceutical system patient-centered, future-proof and crisis-resistant,” the Commission writes. (RELATED: European C...
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    European Commission tightens requirements for duplicate MAAs

    The European Commission earlier this month issued an updated notice detailing how it handles duplicate marketing authorization applications (MAAs) for pharmaceuticals and biologics, three years after launching a targeted consultation on the practice.   While the notice still foresees an increase in the number of requests for duplicate MAAs, the Commission has closed off the ability of companies to request duplicate MAAs solely to introduce a first generic to their own ...
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    EC advances amendment to speed adapted COVID vaccines

    The European Commission on Wednesday advanced a delegated regulation that would give the European Medicines Agency (EMA) the authority to more quickly authorize COVID-19 vaccines that have been adapted to address variants of the virus.   “We are enabling EMA to fast-track regulatory approval of updated vaccines to tackle new variants. Faster approval means more vaccines in circulation and more Europeans protected from the virus,” said European Commission President Ursu...
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    MDCG issues guidance on Eudamed alternatives

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) last week issued guidance on administrative practices and alternative technical solutions on the application of certain Medical Device Regulation (MDR) provisions in the absence of a fully functional Eudamed system.   While the first of six Eudamed modules was made available late last year, the remaining modules are expected to be rolled out by the database’s May 2022 date of application. Some modules, ...
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    EU regulators expand use of remote source data verification in clinical trials

    The latest update to the European Commission and European Medicines Agency’s guidance on managing clinical trials conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic expands the use and scope of remote source data verification (rSDV) in clinical trials.   Previous versions of the guidance envisioned that rSDV would “only be considered necessary for very few trials” involving the treatment or prevention of COVID-19, “Or in the final data cleaning steps before database lock in pivota...
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    December's Regulatory Focus: APL and the role of social media

    December 2020. It’s been just one year since we finished the last Regulatory Focus issue on advertising and labeling, yet it feels like a lifetime. In March, as the true impact of COVID-19 kicked in and we retreated from the office space to our home offices, it was hard to envision how we would prevail, both personally and professionally. But our industry, and particularly regulatory advertising and labeling, did not skip a beat and instead, stayed the course and perseve...
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    Leveraging digital/social media platforms to meet business goals: A US case study

    This article discusses considerations for compliantly leveraging digital and social media platforms to meet pharmaceutical business objectives in the US. The authors outline the approach of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc in developing processes, reviewing and approving digital/social media content, and electronic Form FDA 2253 submissions of related promotional materials.   Introduction Since the onset of social media in the early 2000s, pharmaceutical manufacture...