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    In new pilot, EC probes uneven oncology product launches

    A pilot program launched this month by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission (EC) aims to reduce the time to market launch of certain oncology products by providing the regulator with an “early warning system” for sponsors’ impending marketing plans. The pilot also seeks to aid understanding of the reasons behind uneven launch of some products across European Union (EU) countries.   The project, which is planned to run through August 2022, sup...
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    Vaccine makers call for alternative study designs for COVID vaccines

    Regulators need to facilitate new ways of clinically validating COVID-19 vaccines now that effective shots are being given around the world, Thomas Triomphe, executive vice president of Sanofi Pasteur, testified at a joint meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).   With over a dozen vaccines authorized or approved around the world, a significant n...
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    EMA sets 12 March J&J vaccine meeting; Celltrion's mAb gets Article 5(3) review

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced an extraordinary meeting of its human medicines committee (CHMP) to evaluate the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson division. The aim of the 11 March meeting will be to “conclude the evaluation, if possible.”   The US Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the one-shot adenovirus vaccine on 27 February after its vaccines advisory committee voted unanimously that ...
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    EMA, Health Canada publish Moderna data package

    Making good on an earlier commitment to transparency in regulatory decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), in collaboration with Health Canada, has published the full clinical data package upon which the regulators based their approvals of the COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by Moderna and the US National Institutes of Health.   The Tuesday announcement of the availability of the data package “highlights the shared commitme...
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    February's Regulatory Focus: Global and regional harmonization and alignment

    Feature articles during February included a range of topics focused on harmonization and alignment across global and regional regulatory entities, including electronic submissions through the European Medicines Agency (EMA), tools for updating the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (EU IVDR) template, China’s new PAC regulation, Project Orbis and improving patients access to new therapies, as well as a report on medtech companies’ preparation for EU Medical Device Regulatio...
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    CHMP’s February recommendations: Evrysdi, Jemperli, and a generic for prostate cancer

    The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (EMA’s CHMP) recommended six new medicines for approval when it met in February, including two biosimilars and one generic medicine.   The committee recommended marketing authorization for Roche’s Evrysdi (risdiplam) for the treatment of certain types of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). It is the first oral treatment for this condition and was reviewed under the EMA’s accelerated assessment pr...
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    EMA releases guidance for COVID variant vaccine development

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published a reflection paper laying out what data are needed to support approval of vaccines that protect against variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.   “[I]t is an urgent public health priority to define an expedited regulatory process for the adaptation of vaccines to protect against current or future variants,” wrote the agency in announcing the new guidance. The document comes less than 2 weeks after a vari...
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    EMA plots earlier engagement with patient groups

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) on Friday announced it will pilot an early engagement program to bring patient and consumer groups to the table with its human medicines committee earlier in the evaluation process.   In its proposal for the pilot, EMA says there are “missed opportunities” for its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) to incorporate patient perspectives into its reviews, as patient input is typically sought late in the process and o...
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    EMA: Lentiviral thalassemia treatment on hold pending cancer investigation

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) was notified by a gene therapy firm that the company has suspended marketing of its beta thalassemia treatment Zynteglo (betibeglogene autotemcel, bluebird bio) as a precautionary measure.   In a press release , the agency related that bluebird bio’s actions came after a recipient of the related bb1111 gene therapy for sickle cell disease developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Another bb1111 recipient has also developed myelodyspla...
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    EU plan to tackle COVID variants features flu vaccine-like pathway

    The European Union’s plan to take on new and emerging COVID-19 variants came into focus Wednesday with the European Commission’s announcement of a new incubator tasked with scanning for and assessing variants, speeding regulatory approvals and boosting EU production of vaccines.   The incubator is said to lay the groundwork for the recently proposed European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), which the Commission has billed as a “central eleme...
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    Janssen's COVID vaccine application submitted to EMA

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced Tuesday that Janssen, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has submitted an application for conditional marketing authorization for its one-dose vaccine against COVID-19.   The submission package now goes before EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) for an accelerated assessment. “The Committee could issue an opinion by the middle of March 2021, provided the company’s data on the vaccine’s efficacy, safety and quality are suff...
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    Recon: Kerfuffle over WHO's Wuhan mission; BMS inks $1.3 B cancer deal

    Recon:   Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US New, Daily Coronavirus Cases Drop Below 100K For First Time In Months ( NPR ) U.S. Continues To Accelerate Vaccination Strategy ( NPR ) Seven coronavirus variants potentially similar to UK type have been detected in US: study ( The Hill ) ( NYT ) Fauci Awarded $1 Million Israeli Prize For 'Speaking Truth To Power' Amid Pandemic ( NPR ) Pentago...