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    EMA shares lessons learned from biosimilars pilot

    The lack of mature quality data, such as sufficient batch data, hindered the ability of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to provide scientific advice to sponsors on their biosimilar development programs, according to a report on the agency’s recently concluded biosimilar scientific advice pilot.   Also, EMA found that current regulatory guidelines, which assume that developers will take a stepwise approach to biosimilar development where clinical studies are condu...
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    EC updates Clinical Trial Regulation Q&As ahead of January go-live

    The European Commission has issued an updated question-and-answer guidance clarifying certain aspects of the Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR), which is set to go into effect this January.   The revision clarifies that active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used in investigational medical products do not have to comply with good manufacturing practices (GMPs) in the clinical trial application, describes the content of the protocol synopsis, and adds a new question o...
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    EMA's challenges through 2023: Global collaboration, supply shortages, antimicrobial resistance

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recently released its final programming document for 2021 to 2023, setting goals to address medicine availability and shortages, analysis and access to healthcare data, supply chain issues, and antimicrobial resistance.   Emer Cooke, EMA Executive Director, stated in the document’s foreword that much of the agency’s planning over the next few years will be accomplished by implementing the EMA Network Strategy and Regulatory Science S...
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    Recon: CureVac pulls back its COVID mRNA vax; Medtronic's new robotics bid

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US FDA Permits Marketing of E-Cigarette Products, Marking First Authorization of Its Kind by the Agency ( FDA ) FDA still without a permanent leader as clock ticks down on acting head ( CNN ) IPO floodgates open up after summer lull as five more biotechs file for Nasdaq ( Endpoints ) FDA staff doesn’t take stance on Moderna Covid booster shots, says two doses are...
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    EMA readies CTIS go-live plan

    A new electronic information system for clinical trial reporting in the EU is one step closer to launch with the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Thursday publication of a go-live planning document.   The 12-page document covers key steps remaining before the launch of the Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS), planned for 31 January 2022, and follows an April 2021 audit by EMA’s management board that confirmed that CTIS is “fully functional and meets the agreed ...
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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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    EMA announces new efforts to minimize animal testing

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced it will be providing “special support” to help drug developers use alternative approaches to animal testing through its Innovation Task Force (ITF). Such approaches include tests based on human and animal cells, organoids, organ-on-chips and insilico modeling, all of which have promise to be more predictive scientific tools.   The task force, established by EMA in 2014, is a horizontal cross-sectorial group that b...
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    ISPE: Global regulators discuss GMP deficiencies, data integrity, real-world evidence

    The COVID-19 public health emergency has prompted regulators to take a different approach to uncovering data integrity violations in virtual inspections compared to onsite inspections, said an official with Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The official also provided an update on the status of the EU’s good manufacturing practice (GMP) guide Annex 1, which addresses the manufacture of sterile medicinal products, at a 24 September panel discussion sponsore...
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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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    Tips for avoiding regulatory pitfalls in pediatric drug development

    Developers can improve their chances of success in getting pediatric drugs to market by consulting early with regulators in the US and the EU, understanding regulatory precedence and current context, and having a clearly defined clinical study design, experts advised at RAPS Convergence 2021.   One of the common hurdles in developing a pediatric drug product is navigating the different regulatory requirements in the US and Europe, said Linda McBride, a regulatory consu...
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    Convergence: EMA study reveals need for RWE framework, submission structure

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has identified a need for more consistency in how real-world evidence (RWE) is submitted, Xavier Kurz told attendees at RAPS Convergence 2021.   Kurz, the head of surveillance and epidemiology at EMA, said the agency reached the conclusion after analyzing the use of RWE in applications for marketing authorization and extension of indication in 2018 and 2019. The study, preliminary findings from which were shared at RAPS Convergence 2...
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    Convergence: Regulatory considerations in advancing gene and cellular therapies

    When developing a regulatory submission for a gene or cellular therapy, it’s essential to keep the basics in mind, such as how to demonstrate the product’s identity, purity, and potency, Haroon Hashmi, PhD, told attendees at RAPS Convergence 2021.   “Even when we think about these complex technologies -- new emerging technologies -- certain regulatory principles always stay in place,” said Hashmi, senior vice president at Ziopharm Oncology, which has developed the Slee...