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    FDA prevented record number of drug shortages in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prevented 317 drug shortages in 2021, the highest number since the agency began tracking drug shortages in 2012, according to a recent report released by the agency.   The agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has been tracking drug shortages since the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) was passed in 2012, which requires FDA to release an annual report to Congress; FDA’s Center f...
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    EU reference labs: Commission adopts implementing acts

    A new set of implementing acts adopted by the European Commission outlines what EU reference laboratories need to consider in order to serve their customers. The regulations address issues such as how to ensure the labs have proper training and resources to handle workloads as well as how to ensure pricing transparency.   On 17 June, the Commission published two regulations on EU reference labs that may be used by notified bodies and member states to give technical ass...
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    MDCG guidance aims to help manufacturers implement UDIs under MDR and IVDR

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on 20 May issued a   question and answer guidance to help the medical device industry comply with unique device identification (UDI) requirements under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR).   The 14-page document covers 25 questions regarding UDI device identifiers (UDI-DI), UDI labeling, UDI rules for systems and procedures packs and configurable devices, a...
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    Excipient group releases guide on reporting microplastic use in pharmaceuticals

    The International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council (IPEC) has just released a how to guide to assist the pharmaceutical industry in complying with new labeling and reporting rules for microplastics that have been intentionally added to pharmaceuticals.   The document “summarizes the core elements of the restriction proposal and intends to provide guidance for excipient manufacturers and users on how to prepare for compliance,” IPEC announced.   The microplastics...
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    Quality metrics: FDA wants feedback on pared-down program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday outlined a pared-down plan to collect quality metrics data from drugmakers in an attempt to renew its earlier stalled effort to obtain manufacturing quality data as a means of mitigating potential drug shortages and promoting enhanced quality management in the pharmaceutical industry.   The agency stressed in an announcement that this program would be different from the original quality metrics draft guidance unv...
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    NASEM report: FDA should disclose drug and device manufacturing information

    To ensure resiliency in the medical supply chain, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should publicly disclose the location of all manufacturing facilities that supply ingredients and parts for pharmaceuticals and medical devices approved in the US, according to a consensus study report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).   This is one of seven recommendations in a 365-page report on building supply chain resiliency. The re...
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    Orphan drug experts discuss new book on developing rare disease treatments

    Developing therapies for rare diseases involves complex incentives, unique requirements, and often extensive patient engagement. The authors of RAPS’ Orphan Drug Development for Rare Diseases , Sundar Ramanan, PhD, MBA, and Sunny Kamlesh Dave, MPharm, recently took time to discuss with RAPS Senior Editor Gloria Hall the importance of orphan drugs, the peculiarities and challenges of obtaining an orphan drug designation (ODD), and what is covered in the book. During a “m...
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    Maximizing the potential of the FDA assessment aid: Genentech’s experience

    The assessment aid (AAid), an initiative of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), was introduced in 2018 as a pilot program to help streamline the agency’s review of oncology drug applications. In this article, Genentech shares its experience with the AAid to date and provides recommendations for preparing the AAid and improving the process to fully realize its benefits. Keywords – assessment aid, FDA OCE pilots, oncology dr...
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    EU foresees reenergized clinical trial sector as new regulations take effect

    The delayed Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) is set to take effect on Monday, 31 January, marking a milestone in the European Union’s attempt to improve transparency and boost the amount of human research that takes place in the region.   Currently, sponsors must file clinical trial applications to national regulators and ethics committees in each country that they want to include in their studies, then cope with multiple processes for registering their studies and pos...
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    Recon: Elizabeth Holmes found guilty of four counts of fraud; Another big Paxlovid deal

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US More than 1 million Americans were diagnosed with COVID over the long holiday weekend ( NPR ) ( Reuters ) Elizabeth Holmes is found guilty of four counts of fraud ( NYT ) ( POLITICO ) The Epic Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes ( NYT ) Pfizer carries pandemic momentum into 2022, scoring another huge Paxlovid deal with the US ( Fierce ) CDER, CBER Approve Total...
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    Euro Roundup: EMA reflects on a decade of collaboration with HCPs, recommends Janssen COVID booster

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recently released a report that reflected on a decade of implementing a framework to better work with doctors, pharmacists, and nurses in the EU.   As of December 2021, there are now 38 eligible organizations working with the agency in a variety of practice areas. The framework is designed for EMA to access a network of independent experts in clinical practice who can advise on real-world experience with drug development, benefit-ris...
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    EC outlines rules for electronic IFU for med devices

    The European Commission has issued rules outlining the circumstances in which medical device instructions for use (IFU) can be provided in electronic form, rather than in paper form.   The implementing regulation , issued on 14 December, brings the European Union into alignment with device regulators in the US, Australia, and other nations, which already allow electronic labeling/IFU for certain medical devices. (RELATED: TGA Offers Guidance on Electronic Instructio...