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    EC report details EU medicine shortages, offers potential solutions

    A commission ordered by the EC Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) to conduct a study on medicine shortages in the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) has released a final report outlining the problem and its recommendations for stakeholders.   Documenting the scope of human medicine shortages in EU/EEA countries between 2004 and 2020, the study conducted by Technopolis Group, Milieu Law & Policy Consulting and Ecorys analyzed data from 22 differe...
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    New reports address generics pricing, innovation in the EU

    A European generics trade association is calling for relaxation of “extreme cost containment policies” against generic medicines, asserting that such measures are counterproductive and may endanger the supply chain through consolidation of production and withdrawal or products from the market.   “The European Commission has collected a growing body of evidence showing that extreme cost containment policies applied to generic medicines are counterproductive, driving ind...
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    New guide to clinical trial lay summaries available for EU sponsors

    The European Commission (EC) has laid out recommendations on best practices for preparation, translation and dissemination of lay summaries of clinical trial information, intended both for trial participants and the general public, in a newly published document.   The EC’s Clinical Trials Expert Group (CTEG) adopted the guidelines in July 2021; the 85-page document walks users through the lay summary (LS) process from the planning and scoping stage, through the develop...
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    Vaccines Europe makes the case for vaccine-specific HTA

    A new position paper from Vaccines Europe calls for an EU-wide committee and effort to implement clinical health technology assessment (HTA) methodologies that are specific to vaccines.   The vaccine-specific initiative would be part of a broader effort by the European Commission (EC) to institute common HTA methodologies and tools throughout the EU. Vaccines Europe, together with the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations’ (EFPIA), is seekin...
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    EU committee considers antimicrobial incentives, repurposing oncology drugs

    During a recent joint meeting of the European Union (EU) Directors for Pharmaceutical Policy and the Pharmaceutical Committee, members debated potential ways to combat antibiotic resistance and improve access to oncology medicines through the repurposing of older or generic medications.   The meeting, held via video conference on 08-09 July 2021, was co-organized and co-chaired by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission, with atten...
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    New MDCG guidance offers QMS roadmap for device repackaging, relabeling

    Notified bodies who certify quality management systems related to device repackaging and relabeling have new guidance from the European Commission’s Medical Devices Coordinating Group (EC’s MDCG).   The guidance covers activities conducted under Article 16(4) of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and the In Vitro Device Regulation (IVDR) related to repackaging and relabeling of medical devices. The overall goal of the notified body’s certification activities under t...
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    Euro Roundup: MHRA contemplates a new regulatory framework for personalized medicines

    MHRA seeks feedback on making personalized medicines at the point of care   The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) seeking input on whether the production of personalized medicines at the point of care (POC) is sufficiently different from standard manufacturing to require the creation of a new framework.   In contrast to traditional medicine manufacturing, where fewer facilities, working at scale, manufacture products for global distrib...
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    Notified bodies report success — and some drawbacks — using remote audits

    Remote audits conducted by notified bodies have been successful in ensuring that medical device manufacturers are complying with the EU’s Medical Device Regulation and In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation, according to a recently conducted survey  of 46 notified bodies, with remote audits uncovering roughly the same number of deficiencies as onsite audits.   The survey was conducted by the European Association of Medical Device Notified Bodies (TEAM NB), located in Liège...
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    EFPIA, others question EC's proposed orphan and pediatric drug development updates

    An initiative by the European Commission (EC) to boost the development of pediatric drugs and medicines for people with rare diseases has received stakeholder feedback that in many cases expresses concern with the proposed upending of the status quo.   A 60-day period of public consultation for the initiative’s roadmap closed at the end of July; in all, 112 comments were received from individuals, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public authorities, medical socie...
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    CTIS set to launch in EU; sponsor guide now online

    The European Commission (EC) has affirmed that it plans to launch the Clinical Trials Information System by the end of January 2022, as part of its broader efforts to modernize and streamline the conduct and oversight of clinical trials in the EU.   “The pandemic has clearly shown the importance of efficient clinical trials that do not compromise on rigorous safety and efficacy standards,” said Stella Kyriakides, EC commissioner for health and food safety, speaking o...
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    EC issues first COVID therapeutics portfolio

    As part of its strategy for COVID-19 therapeutics, the European Commission (EC) on Tuesday released a portfolio of the initial five therapeutics being considered for authorization for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.   Four of the candidate therapeutics are monoclonal antibodies in consideration under the European Medicines Agency’s rolling review process. The fifth therapeutic being considered, Eli Lilly’s Olumiant (baricitinib), is an orally administered immunosup...
  • EC proposes crisis-related devices role for EMA

    The European Council (EC) has proposed that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) take a stronger role in crisis management and preparedness, increasing its administrative oversight of medicinal products and also medical devices during emergencies such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic.   The proposal, first drafted in November 2020, is part of a triad of documents “aiming to strengthen the EU's health security framework and to reinforce the crisis preparedness and respons...