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    Euro Convergence: Early consultation critical in overcoming gene therapy hurdles

    When it comes to advancing gene therapy products in the United States and Europe, the key is early consultation with regulators and identification of potential problems, experts said at the Euro Convergence 2020 virtual meeting. “It is better to do it earlier and establish a collaborative and educational approach to discussions,” advised Mridula Shukla, director of global regulatory affairs at Arcutis Biotherapeutics in Palo Alto, Calif.   Patrick Celis, PhD, head of ...
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    EMA outlines regulatory transparency measures amid COVID pandemic

    Reflecting the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced that the agency is speeding announcements regarding the progress of clinical trials of vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19. The agency is also making public certain information about the progress of clinical trials that would not ordinarily be published.   To clarify how it is addressing transparency for COVID-19-related medicines, EMA published a table listin...
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    Euro Convergence: EMA makes case for multi-stakeholder response to emerging challenges

    The idea that regulatory agencies can come up with solutions in isolation is “very dangerous” and underscores the need for multi-stakeholder responses to emerging challenges, said Anthony Humphreys, of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), at the Euro Convergence 2020 virtual meeting.   Speaking during a session on supporting innovation, Humphreys, head of EMA’s regulatory science and innovation taskforce, set out the importance of gathering the views of other stakehold...
  • 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...