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    HHS moves to end FDA’s unapproved drugs initiative

    Following an announcement by outgoing President Donald Trump on Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is moving to end the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) unapproved drugs initiative, which the agency claims has led to increased drug prices for some older drugs. FDA’s unapproved drugs initiative can be traced back more than a decade to the agency’s 2006 compliance policy guide (CPG) on marketed drugs without approved new drug applications (NDAs...
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    Sentinel: FDA Outlines Five-Year Roadmap

    As the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Sentinel Initiative approaches its 11 th anniversary, the agency on Wednesday laid out its vision for enhancing the system over the next five years.   First launched as a pilot program in 2008, the Sentinel Initiative encompasses FDA’s effort to meet obligations set by Congress in the 2007 Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act to develop a system for active postmarket risk identification and analysis for medical p...
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    Study Finds FDA Action on Unapproved Drugs Led to Higher Prices, Longer Shortages

    A new study finds that the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 2006 initiative to get manufacturers selling unapproved drugs to submit the drugs for approval or remove them from the market led to higher prices and longer shortages for those drugs. Background Today, drugs must be reviewed by FDA for safety and efficacy or in some cases conform to an over-the-counter (OTC) monograph before they can be marketed in the US. However, in the years between the 1938 Food, D...
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    Biomarker Qualification: FDA Explains Process and Opportunities for Engagement

    In a set of newly released presentations, officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explain changes to the agency's biomarker qualification program and detail early opportunities for biomarker developers to engage with FDA. "A qualified biomarker can be used in multiple drug development programs without the need for [the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research] CDER to reconfirm the suitability of the biomarker's qualified context of use," said Marianne No...
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    CDRH to Launch 'Critical to Quality' Pilot Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) will lead a pilot program to define characteristics of a device that are critical to product quality and how these characteristics are controlled in design and manufacturing prior to the postmarket inspection. The voluntary pilot, which will run from 29 September to 31 December 2018, invites firms submitting a Premarket Approval Application (PMA) to consider participating ...
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    CTTI Offers Recommendations for Pediatric Clinical Trials for Antibiotics

    The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) has released a set of recommendations it says will improve the use of antibiotics in children. According to CTTI, a public-private partnership aimed at improving the quality and efficacy of clinical trials, challenges in enrolling and completing pediatric clinical trials for antibiotics leads to a situation where such drugs are used in children despite lacking adequate labeling for pediatric populations. Furthermore, ...
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    FDA to Hold One Advisory Committee for Each Initial Biosimilar

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday clarified that it plans to hold only one advisory committee meeting for each of the first new biosimilars for a reference product, though it may hold more if there are particular issues or concerns with a specific biosimilar application. Marjorie Shapiro, chief of the laboratory of molecular and developmental immunology at FDA, told attendees at the annual PDA/FDA conference in Washington, DC, that the first biosimi...
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    Two Draft FDA Guidelines on NGS Set Foundation for Precision Medicine Initiative

    New next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies that can examine millions of DNA variants at a time and help inform treatment decisions are at the heart of two new draft guidance documents released Wednesday evening by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. FDA says the guidance offers a streamlined approach to the oversight of diagnostics that detect medically important differences in a person’s gen...
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    Gavi Commits $27.5m to WHO Malaria Vaccine Candidate’s Pilot Program as More Funds Needed

    The public-private vaccine alliance known as Gavi on Thursday pledged $27.5 million to a pilot project that the World Health Organization is running to introduce a malaria vaccine candidate into sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the project, WHO, GlaxoSmithKline, the developer of the vaccine, and the nonprofit PATH will collaborate to donate doses of the vaccine candidate, known as RTS,S, for use in the WHO pilots. In addition to the Gavi funds, WHO will provide about $17 ...
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    FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Critical Quality Attributes for Chewable Tablets

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued new draft guidance covering the quality attributes drugmakers should consider when developing chewable tablets. The guidance also includes recommendations for what information drugmakers should include when submitting developmental, manufacturing and labeling information to FDA. FDA says the new guidance is needed, as "numerous approved drug product applications for chewable tablets revealed that in certain ca...
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    Industry, FDA Discuss Benefits of Data Sharing in Biomarker Development

    Data sharing is critical to the validation of new biomarkers used in drug development, experts at the seventh annual Predictive Safety Testing Consortium (PSTC) workshop at the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) White Oak campus on Monday said. Biomarkers are biological characteristics that can be measured to give an indication of a biological process or the presence or likelihood of a disease.  They can also predict how a patient might respond to a particular inter...
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    Precision Medicine: Technology, Regulations and Challenges

    • 11 March 2016
    This article discusses fundamentals of precision medicine, providing an update on how recent regulations and technology trends are contributing to the advancement of patient-centered healthcare. As the field of Precision Medicine (PM) continues to escalate on the trajectory from hypothesis-driven conception to customary clinical best practice, there are facets impacting not only commercial product developers, but also select general public subgroups in dire need of ind...