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  • Euro Convergence: Navigating changing regulation of drug-device combination products

    As European regulators prepare to implement new requirements for drug-device combination products under the upcoming Medical Device Regulation (MDR), manufacturers and notified bodies are grappling with some of the lingering questions. “There are still some gaps… and some areas where we’d like to see more certainty, but until then we will continue to keep the dialogue going,” Jonathan Sutch, PhD, senior medicinal specialist at the notified body BSI Group, said during a ...
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    EMA rolls out implementation plan to address nitrosamine impurities

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has rolled out its full plan to implement recommendations to reduce the risk that medicines will be contaminated with nitrosamine impurities, identifying short-, medium- and long-range priorities. The agency has also made templates available for marketing authorization holders to perform risk assessment and confirmatory testing.   The implementation plan builds out a framework for putting in place the specific recommendations of a ...
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    Recon: Exact Sciences nabs rival Thrive for $2B+; Lilly's COVID antibody flops

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Third wave of coronavirus infections in the U.S.? More like 'wildfire,' epidemiologist says ( NBC ) U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass Summer Peak And Are Climbing Higher Fast ( NPR ) Covid hospitalizations rising in 36 states as U.S. hits another record for average new cases ( CNBC ) Fauci on latest surge: 'No matter how you look at it, it's not good news' ( The ...
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    Euro Convergence: Looming deadlines, regulatory bottlenecks keep EU officials up at night

    The opening plenary session of the Euro Convergence 2020 virtual meeting brought together regulatory professionals from industry, notified bodies and competent authorities. The virtual format, said co-chair  Gert Bos, FRAPS of the Netherlands’ Qserve Group, meant that it was possible to draw together a record 14 individuals for the session.   Co-chair Sabina Hoekstra-van den Bosch, PharmD, FRAPS, asked session participants what is keeping them up at night in 2020, espe...
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    EMA highlights multiple considerations when developing drugs for older adults

    In a recently released reflection paper, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) urged pharmaceutical manufacturers to consider the physical and cognitive abilities of patients age 65 years and older when developing products. Those considerations may impact everything from the dosage form to the package labeling. But the sole focus should not be on chronological age since patients of any age may experience similar needs or impairments. “For example, the need for an easy to ...
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    Recon: AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine packs a wallop; Merck KGaA, partners link for COVID mAbs

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Facing vaccine doubts, US grapples with building confidence in coronavirus shots ( BioPharma Dive ) FDA shows signs of cold feet over emergency authorization of Covid-19 vaccines ( STAT ) How pandemic fatigue and polarization led to Wisconsin’s massive Covid-19 outbreak ( Vox ) ( NPR ) Report finds coronavirus pandemic leading to 'unacceptable' shortage of US ...
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    CHMP: Test all metformin for nitrosamines before release

    Medicines containing the diabetes medication metformin must be tested for the presence of nitrosamines before being released into the European market, said a committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) following its scheduled September meeting.   “As of October 2020, EMA and the national competent authorities are asking marketing authorization holders for metformin-containing medicines to test their medicines before releasing them onto the market,” said EMA’s Comm...
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    Recon: New healthcare investing record; Sanofi slim-down, sell-off?

    Recon:   Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Cuomo: Public should be 'very skeptical' about COVID-19 vaccine ( The Hill ) Dr. Scott Gottlieb: U.S. in 7th inning of the pandemic but the ‘hardest part’ is likely ahead ( CNBC ) For Trump, Covid-19 therapeutics are the new vaccines ( STAT ) Whatever happened to Deborah Birx? ( The Hill ) What about the German negotiation model? Biden steers ...
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    Study: Few new drugs have high therapeutic value

    A new study published in The BMJ  finds that only a third of new drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the decade from 2007-2017 have high therapeutic value, according to appraisal by one of five independent organizations.   However, the analysis found that drugs approved through expedited programs – and especially EMA’s programs – were more likely to have high therapeutic value.   “Most of the incre...
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    EMA offers new Q&A on data monitoring committees

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released a new guideline offering nine questions and answers on issues related to the role of data monitoring committees (DMCs) in the conduct and management of clinical trials.   EMA explains that the recommendations of DMCs are not binding for trial sponsors, but that sponsors should justify and document and instances where such recommendations are not followed.   “The ultimate responsibility for a clinical trial re...
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    EMA moves to IRIS for scientific advice questions

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is transitioning to an online platform for drug developers to use when requesting scientific advice. The change will become effective on 19 October for developers of both human and veterinary medicinal products.   The regulatory and scientific information management platform, known as IRIS , “aims to make the handling of product-related regulatory procedures more efficient and user-friendly and to ensure better data quality through ...
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    CHMP starts rolling review of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine

    A second candidate vaccine against COVID-19 is undergoing rolling review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), as the agency begins with evaluation of pre-clinical data to support approval of a coronavirus vaccine during the pandemic.   The human medicines committee of the agency, known as CHMP, announced on 6 October that it was initiating a rolling review of the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccine under development by Pfizer in collaboration with the German p...