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    FDA and EMA Share Perspectives on Evaluating Ebola Treatments

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) have shared their perspectives on evaluating treatments for Ebola in two articles appearing in Clinical Trials . The articles discuss some of the challenges the Ebola outbreak presented for studying drugs and vaccines to treat the disease. At the time the outbreak began, no products existed to treat Ebola, and those that were in development had not been tested in humans. Study ...
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    Registration Procedures for Medicinal Products in China

    This article provides a high-level introduction to the Chinese regulatory framework, including requirements for marketing approval of imported drugs. An increasing number of pharmaceutical companies based outside China are interested in marketing their products in China as evidenced by the increasing number of clinical trial and marketing applications submitted by foreign companies. Obtaining marketing authorization approval equal to an Import Drug License (IDL) approv...
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    EMA Carries 2014 Momentum, Recommends 39 New Drugs and Sets Orphan Record

    In 2015, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) maintained its momentum from 2014 , granting 93 positive opinions, 39 of which were for new active substances. The agency also recommended 18 orphan drugs for approval, breaking last year's record of 17. Notably, EMA trailed just behind the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) for the year. In 2015, CDER approved 45 new drugs, 21 of which had been granted orphan drug designati...
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    Post-Marketing Plans: An Often Overlooked Component of FDA Advisory Committee Meeting Discussions

    The article analyzes the proportion of FDA Advisory Committees specifically asked to discuss or vote on issues related to post-approval safety activities. Introduction Preparing effectively for a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee meeting requires the sponsor team's anticipation of discussion and voting topics FDA will pose to the advisory panel. Discussion topics and voting questions will influence information the team provides to the panel as w...
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    European Commission to Evaluate EMA’s Fee System

    Late next year, the European Commission will begin reviewing the pharmaceutical company fee system that helps fund the European Medicines Agency (EMA). “The effectiveness and the efficiency of the system will be examined notably with respect to the sustainability and the fairness of the financial model of the fees charged by EMA to industry at large, including the remuneration paid by EMA to rapporteurs and experts from national competent authorities,” the commission sai...
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    US Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies: Medical Countermeasures and Emergency Use Authorization

    This article discusses how medical products needed during public health emergencies can be made available to the public through the use of FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). During public health emergencies, the US government must respond quickly. Medical countermeasures (MCMs) are medical products, such as drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests needed during an emergency. MCMs are developed, manufactured, procured, stockpiled and distributed to protect or treat th...
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    EMA Spells Out New Expectations for Adaptive Pathways Applications

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a new guidance to help companies applying to its adaptive pathways pilot. Background EMA launched its adaptive pathways pilot in 2014 to speed access to new medicines in areas of "high medical need" by leveraging existing approval pathways to support "early and progressive patient access" to new medicines. Under the pilot, drugs would either be authorized conditionally or in a staggered fashion by narrow indication befor...
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    EMA Issues Draft Guidance on Post-Authorization Efficacy Studies

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) today issued draft scientific guidance intended to help sponsors design post-authorization efficacy studies (PAES). The guidance, which comes a year after a new regulation, known as the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 357/2014, established circumstances in which EU regulators could require PAES for all medicines. In the past, PAES were typically only required for medicines approved conditionally or under exceptional circumstanc...
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    Report: Competition Quickly Follows First-In-Class Approvals

    By the time "first-in-class" drugs receive marketing approval in the US, nearly all later iterations of those products have begun clinical testing or filed a new drug application with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a new study by Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. The study, which compared 40 drug classes with a first-in-class approval between 1998 and 2011, found that the race for marketing approval for new classes of drugs and biol...
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    EMA Sets Up Two-Year Pilot Program on Patient Registries

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched an initiative focused on existing patient registries, with the aim of seeing how they can be better used as a source of post-authorization data, and how they can help to establish new registries. Background EMA defines a registry as a system using observational methods over time to collect uniform data on a population defined by a particular disease, condition, or exposure. A disease registry includes patients bas...
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    Landmark EU Court Ruling Ends Uncertainty Over Duration of Biotech Patent Protection

    Pharmaceutical and biotech companies are cheering a ruling issued earlier this week by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that essentially adds up to a couple days' worth of patent protection to medicinal products, but could mean millions of Euros for the companies. The ruling is concerned specifically with Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), which extend the duration of certain rights associated with a patent and are typically provided to compe...
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    EMA Hopes to Boost Drug Safety in Scientific Advice Pilot

    In an effort to boost the safety of approved drugs, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is piloting a new procedure that would allow companies to seek the agency's advice on designing post-authorization safety studies (PASS). Background Currently, EMA and its Scientific Advice Working Party (SAWP) offer scientific advice to companies developing medicines. The advice is primarily intended to help drugmakers design "trials that are scientifically sound and generate rob...