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    Gene therapies – The regulatory road to individualized medicine

    This article discusses the evolving US regulatory landscape for gene therapies. The author explores the recent history and developmental paradigm shifts for gene therapy products and concludes with advice for abbreviated development and thoughts on policies that will create a sustainable gene therapy ecosystem. The author examines the paradigm shift of clinical trial and lifecycle management for gene therapies and considers the changes to the US regulatory framework that ...
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    Regulatory tools for generic drug companies: Formal FDA meetings and controlled correspondence

    This article discusses formal meetings and controlled correspondence for the generic drug industry and the use of these regulatory tools in the abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) process. The author notes that these tools are useful in understanding the current thinking of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to avoid unexpected delays for product approval as well as expedite faster generic drug approvals.   Introduction Generic drugs are copies of innovato...
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    FDA calls for stakeholders to join GDUFA talks

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week called on non-industry stakeholders, including advocacy groups, healthcare professionals and other experts, to declare their interest in participating in consultation meetings for the next Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA III) program.   The call comes less than two months after the agency held its GDUFA III reauthorization kickoff meeting, during which industry stakeholders sought improvements to the generic...
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    FDA issues 36 new and revised product-specific guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released its latest batch of product-specific guidances, posting 19 new and 17 revised draft guidances, bringing the total number of product-specific guidances issued by the agency to 1,938.   The guidances , which FDA posts quarterly, are intended to promote generic competition by clarifying the agency’s expectations for the studies required to demonstrate that a generic drug is equivalent to a reference listed drug...
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    FDA explains transfer of ownership policy for generics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new manual of policies and procedures (MAPP) for transferring ownership of drug applications, including those due to corporate mergers and acquisitions.   The new MAPP outlines how Orange Book staff in the Office of Generic Drugs will process requests to transfer ownership of a drug application and explains the responsibilities of the current owner of the drug application as well as the new owner.   To transf...
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    Gene therapies: Industry asks for clarification on FDA’s sameness guidance

    Biotech companies and industry groups are raising questions about the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent draft guidance on interpreting sameness of gene therapy products under its orphan drug regulations.   The draft guidance, issued for comment in January, explains how FDA intends to determine the sameness of two gene therapies intended for the same use or indication for the purposes of awarding orphan drug designation and exclusivity. (RELATED: FDA fina...
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    Regulation of advanced therapy medicinal products in the EU

    This article explains some of the terminology relating to advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), including gene and cell-based therapies, tissue-engineered products, and combined ATMPs. The author explains the key EU regulations and guidance documents for each therapy type and discusses marketing authorization, accelerated regulatory pathways, and market access. He advises companies navigating this complex regulatory environment to engage with the regulatory agencies...
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    Cell and gene therapies: FDA official on COVID-19 impact

    Speaking at a session on cell and gene therapies at BIO Digital on Monday, a top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official discussed the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on the agency’s work related to cell and gene therapies.   “Before the pandemic, we were seeing a huge escalation in the workload that we have to make adjustments for,” said Wilson Bryan, director of the Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies at the Center for Biologics Eval...
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    Bespoke therapies – opportunities, challenges, and hope

    This article discusses the advent of bespoke therapies, defined as the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics or symptoms and responses of a patient during all stages of care and as a new frontier beyond personalized medicine. The author covers the revolutionary genetic tools implementing such therapies and the clinical and nonclinical safety perspectives for bespoke therapies. The author concludes that with bespoke therapies we are entering a new...
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    Refine gene therapy follow-up guidance, expert says

    It’s time for regulatory agencies, academics and pharmaceutical companies to convene to refine guidance for long-term follow-up of patients receiving gene therapy. That was the message Anne-Virginie Eggimann, senior vice president for regulatory science at bluebird bio, Inc., brought to a policy session at the annual meeting of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy .   To date, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) hav...
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    EC offers antitrust reassurances to generic drugmakers cooperating on shortages

    The European Commission on Wednesday reassured the generic drug association Medicines for Europe that member and nonmember companies can work together to battle shortages of critical hospital drugs to treat COVID-19 patients. The commission explains how generic firms may need to coordinate on stock management and distribution “so that not all undertakings focus on one or a few medicines, while others remain in under-production. Such coordination would be contrary to ant...
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    Novartis Admits to ‘Mistake’ After Partial Clinical Hold Placed on Zolgensma Trial

    Novartis on Wednesday said that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a partial hold on intrathecal clinical trials of its gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi) for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients based on findings in a small preclinical animal study.   On Thursday, a Novartis spokesperson told Focus that a draft report of the preclinical safety findings was presented to the AveXis safety management team last March and the company “...