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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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    FDA Advisory Committee Calendar

    Regulatory Focus is pleased to team with Tarius , a regulatory information services provider, to routinely offer information about upcoming FDA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings for CDER, CBER, and the Office of the Commissioner. Upcoming Meetings   13 September – Allergenic Products Advisory Committee   The committee will discuss and make recommendations on the safety and efficacy of Peanut [Arachis hypogaea] Allergen Powder manufactured by Ai...
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    13 Keys to a Successful FDA Advisory Committee Meeting

    When the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has significant questions or concerns about clinical data submitted in support of a product under review, it often seeks input from independent academicians and clinicians outside the agency. For this reason, FDA has established Advisory Committees comprised of such experts in various therapeutic areas. Currently, there are 49 such standing committees. If your company is a sponsor of a product subject to Advisory Committee rev...
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    Formal Meetings Between FDA and Biopharma Companies: New Draft Guidance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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    Formal Meetings Between FDA and ANDA Applicants: Stakeholders Weigh Draft Guidance

    Drugmakers Sanofi and Teva, alongside industry groups AAM and the Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force, offered their comments earlier this month on new draft guidance related to formal meetings between FDA and abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) sponsors. The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates’ (SOCMA) Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force expressed disappointment that, although it participated in the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA II) negotiation...
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    FDA Launches New Online Portal for Requesting Pre-ANDA Meetings

    Thanks to the new Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA II), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week launched a new online platform to allow industry to request pre-ANDA (abbreviated new drug application) meetings for complex generic drugs.  The CDER Direct NextGen Collaboration Portal allows potential ANDA applicants to initiate requests by uploading a meeting request package and to submit supporting documents, such as meeting presentation materials, re...
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    EMA Explains Early Industry Engagements Following EU Ombudsman's Questions on Bias

    Following an inquiry into the perception of bias in early interactions between the biopharma industry and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), EMA executive director Guido Rasi tried to assure the EU ombudsman that the risk of bias is manageable. "While we acknowledge the need to avoid and manage any risk of bias, experience over the years shows that such risk can be managed by having in place the necessary safeguards and I can assure you that the Agency guarantees...
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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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    Procedures for Device Advisory Committee Meetings: FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Thursday finalized guidance from 2015 on advisory committee meetings. Background Other than the Medical Devices Dispute Resolution Panel (which this guidance does not address), there are 17 device panels: (1) Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices; (2) Circulatory System Devices; (3) Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology Devices; (4) Dental Products; (5) E...
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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...