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    Advantages of developing and deploying an in-house regulatory intelligence database

    Companies with a global regulatory presence may benefit from developing an in-house regulatory intelligence database. Such a database can be customized to focus on key subjects by building content reflecting published sources and the company’s experience. Adaptable content for multiple uses can be built by the company’s local experts. The system structure must support diverse users to create, maintain, document, access, and understand the information with functional collab...
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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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    A multiprong approach to organizational regulatory intelligence: One company’s experience

    It is important and of value for organizations to establish a dedicated regulatory intelligence (RI) function and process with designated roles and responsibilities to support RI monitoring. The true value is realized when there is commitment and engagement across the organization to build the RI resource. This article will lay out how one process was defined for regulatory surveillance/ monitoring (which relies on communication, cross-functional team engagement, and a rob...
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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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    Global medicinal supply chain examined in EC, US efforts

    The European Commission has launched a structured dialog addressing pharmaceutical supply chain initiatives, aiming to safeguard the security of the European Union’s supply of medicines. A 26 February launch meeting kicked off the structured dialog initiative, which brings together national authorities, patients, nongovernmental organizations working in the health sector and members of the research community.   By coming to a clearer understanding of how global medical...
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    MDCG issues guidance on Eudamed alternatives

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) last week issued guidance on administrative practices and alternative technical solutions on the application of certain Medical Device Regulation (MDR) provisions in the absence of a fully functional Eudamed system.   While the first of six Eudamed modules was made available late last year, the remaining modules are expected to be rolled out by the database’s May 2022 date of application. Some modules, ...
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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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    EU MDR survey: Time investment, costs, and personnel resources

    In 2020, a survey was conducted among medical device manufacturers to assess the true costs of the EU Medical Device Regulation for companies. The results show that the regulation requires considerable resources on the part of manufacturers in terms of time, costs, and personnel. Almost half the respondents said they believed the regulation would cost more than 5% of their annual turnover. However, most still relied on manual processes for their clinical data capture activ...
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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...