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    FDA issues ICH Q12 guidance and others on clinical trials, safety testing and biowaivers

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 11 May made available an International Council for Harmonisation’s (ICH) guideline on postapproval changes for drug products and issued four other final ICH documents and one draft guidance.   The ICH Q12 guideline aims to facilitate the management of postapproval chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) changes for new and marketed pharmaceuticals and drug substances and is the same as the version endorsed by ICH as a ...
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    Reproductive Toxicity: FDA Consults on Revised ICH Guideline

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released a draft guidance for consultation on a revision to the International Council for Harmonization (ICH) guideline on reproductive toxicity testing. The draft ICH guideline, S5(R3) Detection of Toxicity to Reproduction for Human Pharmaceuticals , was endorsed by the ICH Assembly in August and is currently in Step 3 of the formal ICH procedure as participating regulators hold public consultations on the guideline...
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    Swissmedic To Prioritize Electronic Adverse Events Reports

    Swiss drug regulator Swissmedic on Monday announced it will begin prioritizing the review of electronically submitted adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports in light of a recent influx of such reports. According to Swissmedic, the number of ADRs received has grown in recent years, driven primarily by growth in the number of reports submitted by drugmakers. The agency also says it expects the upward trend to continue, in part due to the recent revision to Switzerland's Ther...
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    FDA Offers Regional Specifications on Submission of ICSRs for Drugs and Biologics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released the technical specifications to assist interested parties in electronically submitting individual case safety reports (ICSRs) and ICSR attachments to its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). The 19-page specifications document describes FDA’s technical approach for submitting ICSRs, for incorporating regional terminology, and for adding ...
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    FDA Launching Pilot Program to Assess Vaccine Safety Reporting Capabilities

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) is launching a pilot program intended to assess its capacity to receive reports of adverse events related to the use of vaccines. At present, CBER—working in tandem with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—receives vaccine-related adverse events electronically through its Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which accepts the International Conferenc...