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    Recon: Vertex inks $900M deal with CRISPR Therapeutics; Congress investigates Emergent's contracts

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Is the US FDA at A Tipping Point? ( Pink Sheet ) New report finds COVID-19 pandemic causes dramatic shifts in prescription drug spending ( EurekAlert ) Trump administration awarded a firm $1.3 billion to make Covid vaccine syringes. Where are they? ( NBC ) U.S. Reaches Another Crucial Juncture In The Fight Against COVID-19 ( NPR ) Biden to push for more vacci...
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    EU clinical trial portal and database declared functional

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced that its long-delayed EU clinical trial portal and database are fully functional, paving the way for the launch of the EU Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS) and the application of the EU Clinical Trial Regulation early next year.   The CTIS was originally expected in September 2018; however, a series of delays have pushed back the launch date for the system, and the EU Clinical Trial Regulation it is intended to suppo...
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    EMA: J&J vaccine possibly linked to rare clots; benefit outweighs risk

    After a review by its safety committee, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has concluded that a “possible link” exists between receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine from Janssen, the pharmaceutical division of Johnson & Johnson, and a rare combination of blood clots in large veins and low platelet counts.   In a press release and briefing, PRAC, EMA’s safety committee, announced that it judged that the overall benefit-risk profile for the vaccine remains positive but conclu...
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    Recon: Abbott profits triple with OTC test launch; Good news for bluebird

      Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Large clinical trial to study repurposed drugs to treat COVID-19 symptoms ( NIH ) Q&A with Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock on the Future of the FDA ( BioSpace ) Covid cases, vaccinations remain elevated as U.S. nears Biden’s 200 million goal ( CNBC ) U.S. CDC expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 16 and older ( Reuters ) Johnson & Johnson reports...
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    Recon: ThermoFisher acquires PPD for $17.4B; First chimeric human-monkey embryos

      Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Daily U.S. Covid cases remain above 70,000 amid Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause ( CNBC ) Fauci, Jim Jordan spar over pandemic restrictions ( The Hill ) What’s behind the wait on a J&J vaccine verdict ( Politico ) ( NYT ) ( WSJ ) The J&J Vaccine Pause Is Science Working Like It’s Supposed To ( Slate ) Why the Johnson & Johnson pause may not matter for Amer...
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    "Very rare" thrombotic events with AZ vaccine, concludes EMA's PRAC

    AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine may have a “very rare” but serious side effect of unusual blood clotting with a low blood platelet account, concluded the safety committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The benefits of receiving the vaccine still outweigh risks, said the committee, hewing to the line EMA has held to throughout the investigation into reports of clotting events with the AstraZeneca vaccine.   The conclusion reached by EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Ris...
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    Recon: EMA says 'possible' AZ-blood clot link; Invitae's $1.2B gene testing investment

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US U.S. begins study on allergic reaction risk in Moderna, Pfizer vaccines ( NIH ) ( Reuters ) CDC says variant from the UK is now the most common strain circulating in the U.S. ( CNBC ) U.S. delivering about 3 million COVID-19 vaccines per day, up 8%: CDC director ( Reuters ) U.S. surpasses 150 million vaccine shots under Biden, on track to hit President’s new 2...
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    How to reduce bias, improve fairness in medical devices

    Lessons learned in the artificial intelligence community about addressing bias could also be applied to medical devices, according to a recent perspective in the journal Science .   “Initiatives to promote fairness are rapidly growing in a range of technical disciplines, but this growth is not rapid enough for medical engineering. Although computer science companies terminate lucrative but biased facial recognition systems, biased medical devices continue to be sold a...
  • FDA, EMA team up on pediatric oncology drug development template

    In a move that dovetails with other cooperative efforts in regulation of pediatric oncology drugs, regulators in the US and Europe have come together to provide a common template for drugmakers to use when planning clinical trials for pediatric cancer drugs.   A new Common Commentary template gives a framework for seeking scientific advice from both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on new Pediatric Investigation Plans ...
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    AstraZeneca vaccine deemed safe by EMA, again

    In a Wednesday status update on the European Medicines Agency's (EMA's) ongoing investigation into rare reports of blood clotting problems in people who have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, EMA head Emer Cooke offered reassuring words about the vaccine’s benefit-risk profile.   “Two weeks ago, on the 18th of March, we gave an interim update of the assessment and we concluded at the time that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing COVID-19 -- w...
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    CHMP recommends five new drugs, gives advice on Celltrion COVID antibody

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) on Friday issued positive opinions for five new medicines and six extensions of therapeutic indications following its meeting earlier this week.   The newly recommended medicines include Verastem’s Copiktra (duvelisib) to treat relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia and refractory follicular lymphoma and Janssen-Cilag’s multiple sclerosis treatment Ponvory (ponesimo...
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    EC advances amendment to speed adapted COVID vaccines

    The European Commission on Wednesday advanced a delegated regulation that would give the European Medicines Agency (EMA) the authority to more quickly authorize COVID-19 vaccines that have been adapted to address variants of the virus.   “We are enabling EMA to fast-track regulatory approval of updated vaccines to tackle new variants. Faster approval means more vaccines in circulation and more Europeans protected from the virus,” said European Commission President Ursu...