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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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    ICH shares "work-in-progress" update to GCP guidance

    The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) has made available a draft version of its updated principles for good clinical practice. The principles are to be considered a “work-in-progress,” wrote ICH in announcing the availability of the updates, which are still in development by the ICH’s E6(R3) expert working group.   “The principles are interdependent and should be considered in their totality to assure ethical trial conduct, participant safety, and reliabl...
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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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    FDA: Master protocols have value in COVID-19, and beyond

    An official from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that developers of COVID-19 drugs consider using master protocols to assess the benefits and the risks of potential COVID-19 treatments and outlined ways to ensure the integrity of the data generated from these protocols.   Gregory Levin, the deputy director of the Division of Biometrics III in the FDA’s Office of Biostatistics, described how master protocols can be leveraged to evaluate the safety ...
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    Woodcock: Post-COVID, new flexibility could boost cancer trial diversity

    Though cancer clinical trials have taken a hard knock from COVID-19, preserving and extending pandemic flexibility may give oncology research broader reach than ever before, according to Janet Woodcock, MD, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Woodcock spoke Friday at a webinar co-hosted by Friends of Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology,   At the meeting, whose focus was how to improve patient access and repres...
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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 ...