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    European Commission reviews impact of orphan, pediatric regulations

    The European Commission on Tuesday published the results of a yearslong evaluation of the EU’s orphan and pediatric medicines regulations it says will be used to guide future legislative changes and shape the EU pharmaceutical strategy.   The more than 100-page evaluation reviews the positive impacts and shortcomings of the orphan regulation, Regulation (EC) No 141/2000 , and the pediatric regulation, Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 , based on external studies and var...
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    MDCG explains how notified bodies can use MDSAP audit reports

    In a new guidance document, the European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) details how notified bodies can reference Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) audit reports when planning surveillance audits under the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) or In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR).   While MDSAP audit reports cannot be used to obviate the need for annual surveillance audits required under MDR/IVDR, MDCG says the reports can be used t...
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    EC floats cross-sector health innovation partnership

    In a draft document issued 29 July, the European Commission (EC) unveiled its plan for integration of health technology capabilities across the European Union (EU). The plan was lauded by five pharmaceutical and medical technology associations who signed on to a joint statement welcoming the proposal.   Dubbed the Partnership for Health Innovation, the initiative aims to facilitate translational work by creating an EU-wide “health research and innovation ecosystem,” to...
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    Recon: Abbvie cans pacts with Voyager; Bayer sees compounded troubles with COVID-19

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing. In Focus: US Generic drug approvals still winning the pandemic at US FDA ( Pink Sheet ) BARDA Begins Stockpiling APIs For Critical Drugs ( Pink Sheet ) Report: GoodRx files for IPO ( MedCity News ) CymaBay Reports Positive Results for Seladelpar in Patients with Primary Biliary Cholangitis ( Global Genes ) BARDA drafts Fujifilm Diosynth into its vaccine production effort, of...
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    Recon: Pfizer-US COVID vax deal details emerge; EC OKs Sanofi's aspart biosimilar

    ​Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.  In Focus: US US Price for Pfizer COVID Vaccine Includes Company Distribution Efforts Directed By DOD, CDC ( Pink Sheet ) J&J gets a fresh OK for esketamine, but is it really the game-changer for depression Trump keeps tweeting about? ( Endpoints ) Three More Experimental Therapies Receive Rare Pediatric Disease Designation by FDA ( Global Genes ) Kymera Therapeutics, fresh ...
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    Human microbiomes in health and disease: Strategic options for regulatory science and healthcare policy

    This article describes the human microbiota and microbiomes’ strategic role in personalizing health and disease management, which is rapidly demanding diligent regulatory science and policy action to ascertain confidence and trust among consumers, patients, and healthcare providers. The authors discuss why establishing harmonized processes and standards to better understand the baseline healthy microbiota is essential to development of strategies for nutrition and clinical...
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    EMA: Thumbs up for 11, down for 2 new medicines

    At its June 2020 meeting, the human medicines committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA’s CHMP) recommended that 11 new medicines be approved for use in the European Union (EU); one of these, Dapirivine Vaginal Ring, was recommended under EU Medicines for All, a mechanism for medicines that are also to be used outside the EU.   Dapirivine Vaginal Ring is meant to reduce the risk of infection with HIV, in situations where oral pre-exposure prophylaxis is not used, ...
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    New EMA pharmaceutical water quality guideline takes effect February 2021

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday issued a new guideline on the quality of water for pharmaceutical use that will replace its nearly two-decades-old guidance and position statement on water quality when it takes effect in February 2021.   The adoption of the guideline follows a public consultation that kicked off in November 2018, with EMA making mostly minor changes to the guideline aside from revisions to the table listing minimum acceptable quality o...
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    Updates on MDR implementation, transparency; MDCG posts CEAR template

    The European Commission over the past week provided several updates on the implementation of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and released a fact sheet explaining the information that will be available to the public about devices under the regulation.   The Commission’s Medical Devices Coordination Group (MDCG) also released a template for clinical evaluation assessment reports (CEAR) for notified bodies to document their assessments of clinical evidence for medic...
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    Regulation of advanced therapy medicinal products in the EU

    This article explains some of the terminology relating to advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), including gene and cell-based therapies, tissue-engineered products, and combined ATMPs. The author explains the key EU regulations and guidance documents for each therapy type and discusses marketing authorization, accelerated regulatory pathways, and market access. He advises companies navigating this complex regulatory environment to engage with the regulatory agencies...
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    Euro Regulatory Roundup: EU health committee calls for EMA to get wider remit, more staff to stop shortages

    A key health committee has called for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to get a wider remit and an increased headcount to prevent shortages of essential medicines. The European Parliament committee made the request in a report that argues EMA should be made the regulatory authority in charge of preventing shortages.   In recent months, multiple Parliament committees have begun considering how to address the emerging problem of medicine shortages. As the group primar...
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    Managing uncertainty: Regulatory reporting in multinational trials during COVID-19

    This article discusses regulatory reporting challenges for multinational clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. The author covers the pandemic’s impact on clinical research, national guidelines, and harmonization, as well as the challenge of assessing what is reportable and how to submit COVID-19 risk mitigation measures. She offers real-world experience on how she and her colleagues stopped and restarted recruitment in ongoing multinational clinical trials, and how...