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    The leadership role in regulatory affairs

    Abstract  The global regulatory affairs (RA) profession is facing a shift in the definition of leadership success. This article aims to shed some light on important aspects of regulatory leadership. In the context of the article, leadership is defined by the power of making a difference. It explains why critical thinking, business acumen, emotional intelligence, team building, influence and mentorship plays a vital role in building leaders and why RA professionals today...
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    EMA announces new efforts to minimize animal testing

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced it will be providing “special support” to help drug developers use alternative approaches to animal testing through its Innovation Task Force (ITF). Such approaches include tests based on human and animal cells, organoids, organ-on-chips and insilico modeling, all of which have promise to be more predictive scientific tools.   The task force, established by EMA in 2014, is a horizontal cross-sectorial group that b...
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    MHRA awards first ‘innovation passport’ under new pathway

    MSD's (Merck Sharp & Dohme (UK) Limited) investigational drug belzutifan on Friday became the first drug to be awarded an “innovation passport” under the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP).   Belzutifan is being developed to treat adults with von Hippel-Lindau disease, a rare cancer-causing genetic disorder, and has been granted orphan designation in the EU and both orphan designation and br...
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    Formal Meetings Between FDA and Biopharma Companies: New Draft Guidance

    Know the difference between a Type A, Type B and Type C meeting with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? New draft guidance released last week will help biopharma companies understand how to conduct such meetings and what to expect. The 20-page draft explains how sponsors can submit a formal request for a meeting, which can be face-to-face, teleconference/videoconference meetings or written responses only, what sponsors should include in that request, how F...
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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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    Trump Administration Officials Huddle at White House to Discuss Drug Pricing

    A White House spokesman confirmed to Focus that a meeting took place at the White House on Friday "as part of the ongoing discussions to reduce the burden of the high cost of drug prescriptions and unleash a wave of innovation to develop cures and treatments for patients." The confirmation follows reports from several media outlets citing sources who say the meeting, with US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb among other officials in atten...
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    FDA Proposal Explains Uses for New Innovation Funds

    Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the next eight years will have access to more than $500 million in new funds for a variety of new drug, device and clinical trial work. According to a proposal of how these new funds would be used, subject to the congressional appropriations process, FDA said on Friday the bulk would be dedicated to sections of the law on “Advancing New Drug Therapies” and “Patient Access to Ther...
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    EMA Explains How it Supports Article 58 Applications

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday released a document discussing the regulatory support available to drugmakers looking to submit applications via the Article 58 procedure in an attempt to increase access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Background First introduced in Regulation (EC) No. 726/2004 in 2004, the Article 58 procedure allows EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) to give opinions, in collaboration ...
  • Trump to Pharma CEOs: 75% to 80% of FDA Regulations Will be Eliminated

    In a sign of what’s to come for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), President Donald Trump told pharmaceutical company CEOs Tuesday that his administration will be “cutting regulations at a level no one has ever seen before.” The comments, which came before the meeting with CEOs from industry group PhRMA, Merck, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Celgene and others, Trump said in terms of the drug approval process: “We’re also going to be streamlining the process, so t...
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    Regulatory Explainer: 21st Century Cures Redux and What it Will Mean for FDA

    Lingering for more than two years, the revamped 21st Century Cures bill, unveiled in late November, has now been approved by the House and Senate and President Barack Obama has said he will sign it. The 996-page bill includes major tweaks to the way in which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates drugs, devices and biologics, while providing the agency with $500 million over 10 years to implement provisions that seek to move such products to patients more qu...
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    A ‘Cures’ Revival? Congress Looks to Lame Duck Session to Pass Bill Overhauling FDA, NIH

    With the election just eight days away, House and Senate Republicans are working hard to re-shape a wide-ranging bill lingering for more than two years that would overhaul the way the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews medical devices and significantly increase (to the tune of almost $9 billion over five years) funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among other major changes. Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Spe...