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    EMA Backs Six Drugs, One Biosimilar for EU Approval

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday said that its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) is recommending six new drugs, a biosimilar and three generic medicines for EU approval. The six medicines the agency is recommending are: Dr. Falk Pharma's Jorveza (budesonide) to treat eosinophilic esophagitis, a rare inflammatory condition of the esophagus. Jorveza was granted an accelerated assessment and orphan designation; Merck Sharp & Dohme's Pr...
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    House Adds Provision to Allow DoD to Approve Medical Products Outside of FDA

    The House of Representatives' Rules Committee on Monday will take up a provision that would expand the US Department of Defense's (DoD) ability to approve, on an emergency basis, medical products, as US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb pushed for the provision to be rejected. According to the committee's conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018, the House will add the Senate amendment to authorize the s...
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    10 Years in, EU Pediatric-Use Marketing Authorization Called a 'Disappointment'

    Biopharmaceutical companies and regulators across Europe have said that in the 10 years since the Pediatric Regulation took effect, some pediatric therapeutic areas have seen progress, though the pediatric-use marketing authorization (PUMA) has not lived up to expectations. Overall, according to a summary of the comments received from 75 stakeholders on the consultation from last November , the European Commission noted that the reward system built into the regul...
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    EMA Offers New EudraVigilance Checklist for Sponsors, MAHs

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday published a checklist to help marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and sponsors prepare for the technical changes ahead of the launch of the new EudraVigilance adverse event system on 22 November 2017. The checklist features general testing instructions and easy-to-follow steps to assist sponsors and MAHs in the transition. In addition, EMA notes that the ICH E2B(R3) Implementation Guide and the EU ICSR Implementation...
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    Conditional Approvals for Early Access to New Medications

    This article provides insight into Conditional Approvals (CAs) and Conditional Marketing Approvals (CMAs) as developed across several jurisdictions to potentially provide earlier access to new medicines. The author explains the specifics regarding regulatory requirements for obtaining CAs in the European Union (EU), Japan and the US. Introduction Before a medicinal product for human use is authorized to enter the market, it must undergo extensive study to ensure its s...
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    EMA to Launch Revamped EudraVigilance System to Monitor Adverse Events

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) management board on Monday endorsed the launch on 22 November 2017 of an improved system for collecting and monitoring suspected adverse events. In the lead up to the launch of the new EudraVigilance system, EMA says national competent authorities, marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and sponsors of clinical trials have to make  final preparations  to ensure that their processes and IT infrastructures can work with the new...
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    10 Hot-Button Issues FDA’s New Commissioner Will Face

    Like his predecessors, Scott Gottlieb, the newly sworn-in commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will have a full plate to tackle as he takes the reins of the short-staffed agency. Opioid Epidemic At the forefront of the agenda is what Gottlieb called his "highest immediate priority" in the confirmation hearing: the opioid crisis. While acknowledging that FDA’s past actions may have been too incremental, Gottlieb will now have to deal with ...
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    House Bill Would Incentivize Drugmakers to 'Repurpose' Drugs for Rare Diseases

    Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) on Monday reintroduced a bill that would grant drugmakers an additional six months exclusivity for repurposing already-approved drugs to treat rare diseases. The bill, known as the Orphan Product Extensions Now Accelerating Cures and Treatments (OPEN) Act , was initially included in the 21st Century Cures Act , but was removed before it was signed into law last year. The additional exclusivity for new orphan indications under the OPEN Act w...
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    EMA Reflects on its First Decade of Conditional Marketing Authorizations

    Ten years after the development of the conditional marketing authorization (CMA) pathway, European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday said the program is working as intended, and has led to earlier patient access to 30 drugs, nearly half of which were for orphan indications, and 80% of which target seriously debilitating or life-threatening conditions. Additionally, EMA says that the majority of products granted conditional marketing authorization were either for indicatio...
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    Truthful and Non-Misleading: FDA Looks to Clarify Policies on Medical Product Communications

    When is off-label marketing considered free speech? And when should such communications, whether they are directed at doctors, insurers or the public be considered in violation of the law or US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations? FDA on Wednesday attempted to answer these questions and more with the release of two new draft guidance documents and a 63-page memorandum on public health interests and First Amendment considerations related to off-label communica...
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    FDA’s Approval of a New Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Raises Questions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday raised some eyebrows with its approval of another long-acting opioid, Egalet’s Arymo ER (morphine sulfate extended-release tablets), with abuse-deterrent properties. What makes this approval unique is not only the oddly-worded FDA explanation of an another opioid's marketing exclusivity in relation to this approval, but the agency overriding a nearly unanimous advisory panel of outside medical experts. Back in August,...
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    FDA, DOJ Investigate Galena Biopharma’s Former Promotions of Fentanyl

    Galena Biopharma on Monday disclosed in an SEC filing that the US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) are pursuing a criminal investigation, in addition to a previously announced civil investigation, related to the marketing and promotion of its deadly opioid Abstral (fentanyl), which the company sold for $8 million upfront in 2015. The details of the criminal investigation have not been disclosed. “There also have b...