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    EMA management board report: COVID coping, CTIS updates and more

    The management board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave a generally positive assessment of the agency’s work through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to recently released highlights of the board’s June meeting.   The board has begun the process of conducting a formal reflection on lessons learned from the pandemic, with a more detailed discussion expected when the board reconvenes in October.   EMA’s board also reviewed the agency’s 2020 annual report publ...
  • 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...
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    EMA updates COVID-19 vaccine risk management plans to reflect variant safety

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) wants companies to provide safety information on additional strains or variants in an update to its guidance on risk management plans (RMPs) for COVID-19 vaccines. In the update, EMA also discourages sponsors from using passive surveillance to evaluate vaccine safety due to a lack of robustness in these methods.   The plan should be read in conjunction with EMA guidance on good pharmacovigilance practices, including GVP Module V, Mod...
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    Brexit, COVID-19 headline EMA’s 2020 annual report

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) started 2020 by wrapping up challenges associated with the UK’s decision to leave the EU, only to run headlong into additional challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the annual report that also marked the agency’s 25 th anniversary, EMA outlined a year that looked different than most.   “As the scientific body in charge of the regulation of medicines, EMA had an essential part to play in ensuring treatments and vaccines ...
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    Recon: Novavax COVID-19 vax 90%-plus effective; GSK pays big for Iteos' TIGIT-targeted immunotherapy

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Novavax Offers U.S. a Fourth Strong Covid-19 Vaccine ( NYT ) ( NPR ) ( Reuters ) Another Sad Coronavirus Pandemic Milestone Is Approaching ( NPR ) U.S. Not On Pace To Meet Biden's Vaccination Goal ( NPR ) Eight states see rise in new COVID-19 infections ( The Hill ) U.S. has administered over 309 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, CDC says ( CNBC ) How did ...
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    EMA preps for EU common standard on electronic product information

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) this week launched a stakeholder consultation on a draft EU common standard for electronic product information (ePI) for human medicines.   The common standard would provide a semi-structured template for ePI incorporating the authorized, statutory product information for medicines, including the summary of product characteristics (SmPC), labeling and package leaflet. EMA says that ePI will be better suited “for electronic handling a...
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    Demand forecasting in a pandemic: New considerations from EMA

    A new reflection paper from an EU steering group on drug shortages provides considerations for forecasting demand for medicines in the face of global health emergencies.   “The methodology is based on pragmatic predictions of demand for certain medicines and encourages the use of the best available information, with an aim to reach the right balance between existing uncertainties with regards to the actual future demand, and the imperative public health need to prepare...
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    Euro Roundup: Switzerland moves to mitigate split from EU on device regulation

    Switzerland has adopted supplemental provisions to its new Medical Devices Ordinance (MedDO) to soften the impact of its split from the European Union. The action comes as the failure to update a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) erects barriers to trade between Switzerland and the EU.   Swiss medical device manufacturers have enjoyed barrier-free access to the EU single market since 2001. However, the EU refused to consider updating the MRA in light of the new EU ...
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    Industry and patient groups call for IVDR delay

    In the wake of the 26 May EU implementation of the new medical device Regulation (MDR), a trade group, a patient association and a data analytics firm have jointly called for a delay in implementation of the parallel In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR), now slated for 26 May 2022. Without a course correction, the organizations cite the potential for serious disruptions in patient care, especially in targeted therapies for cancer patients.   With just a year to go ...
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    ATMP trade organizations call for GMO exemption in EU

    In a joint paper and press release, major trade associations for cell and gene therapy developers are calling for relaxation of EU regulations that treat these advanced therapies as genetically modified organisms (GMOs).   The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), and the European Association of Bioindustries (EuropaBio) joined in the 24 May publication of the paper in Human Gene Therapy,...
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    Recon: CMS head confirmed; EU seeks breach-of-contract fine from AZ

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Biden's CMS head confirmed, but FDA pick remains elusive ( Axios/Yahoo ) BARDA Funding Freeze Risks Companies Abandoning COVID Therapeutic Work ( Pink Sheet ) CDC: Half of US adults now vaccinated against COVID-19 ( The Hill ) Pandemic creates 500-site backlog for FDA, despite decade of dwindling US inspections ( Pharma Tech ) The Vaccine Rollout Is Changing ...
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    Recon: ASCO 21 updates; Moderna goes for teen EUA

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Moderna says that its vaccine is effective for 12- to 17-year-olds and that it will seek F.D.A. authorization ( NYT ) ( NPR ) President Biden still hasn’t appointed a permanent FDA commissioner. That has big implications for upcoming drug approvals ( Fortune ) Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Advance Biomedical Research Stalled by Pandemic ( Global Genes ) ...