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    EC announces €120 million in Horizon Europe funding

    The European Commission (EC) has pruned the list of COVID-19-related research projects it plans to fund, announcing Thursday a short list of 11 projects that will receive €120 million in total.   Funding for the projects will come from Horizon Europe, a research and innovation program that launched in 2021 and is planned to sunset by 2027. The program supports “urgent research” into COVID-19 with a focus on the emerging threats of variants of SARS-CoV-2, according to...
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    FDA seeks global shift to include pregnant women in medical research

    The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the paradox surrounding the inclusion of pregnant and breastfeeding women in medical research. Even when these women are at higher risk for severe illness and hospitalization, they are unlikely to be included in clinical trials for medical products and vaccines. In a recent article, officials at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signaled their commitment to work with industry and other regulators to support the inclus...
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    EMA begins rolling review of Sanofi Pasteur COVID vaccine

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has taken a fifth COVID-19 vaccine candidate into its rolling review scheme, evaluating data as they become available to speed a regulatory decision amid the ongoing public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic.   EMA’s decision to evaluate Sanofi Pasteur’s Vicprevtyn vaccine by rolling review is based on non-clinical data and early clinical studies “which suggest that the vaccine triggers the production of antibodies that target...
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    Recon: $26B Opioids lawsuit deal imminent; Amylyx closes $135M ALS financing deal

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US How an Unproven Alzheimer’s Drug Got Approved ( NYT ) States and Cities Near Tentative $26 Billion Deal in Opioids Cases ( NYT ) Drug distributors settle New York opioid claims for up to $1.18B  ( Reuters ) Pharma CEOs, lobbyists showered Democrat with cash after his attempt to torpedo Pelosi’s drug pricing bill ( STAT ) Advocates urge Biden to name patent of...
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    Kineret under review by EMA for some COVID patients

    The European Medicines Agency has begun a new evaluation of an immunosuppressive drug to treat certain patients with COVID-19.   The agency announced Monday that it is reviewing an extension of indication for Kineret (anakinra, Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB), to treat people with COVID-19 pneumonia at risk of developing severe respiratory failure. The human interleukin-1 (IL-1) antagonist was first authorized for use in the EU in 2002 and is currently authorized for th...
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    EMA's PRAC weighs in on more vaccine side effects

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has weighed in on several rare adverse events for COVID-19 vaccines and one gene therapy for treating thalassemia in their latest Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) meeting.   At its July meeting, EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) found mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines, like Pfizer’s Comirnaty and the Moderna vaccine marketed in the EU as Spikevax, carry a small risk of myocarditis and pericarditis....
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    Recon: Biotech's 'coolers of cash;' Slipping pharma halo?

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Cavazzoni Begins Putting Her Mark On FDA Drug Center With New Principal Deputy Position ( Pink Sheet ) ( Biocentury ) The Delta Variant Is The Dominant Coronavirus Strain In The U.S. ( NPR ) ( Reuters ) COVID-19 cases up in nearly half of US states: analysis ( The Hill ) Maryland says 100 percent of COVID-19 deaths last month were among unvaccinated ( The Hill...
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    Recon: AZ's $39B bid for Alexion cleared by EC; Leo taps X-Chem for derm drugs

      Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Fauci: More than 99% of people who died from COVID-19 in June were not vaccinated ( The Hill ) The White House is taking right approach in fighting the Covid-19 delta variant, Gottlieb says ( CNBC ) Biden’s grand plan: ‘Blue Sky’ research to solve the biggest health problems ( MedCity News ) As COVID Vaccinations Slow, Parts Of The U.S. Remain Far Behind 7...
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    EC issues first COVID therapeutics portfolio

    As part of its strategy for COVID-19 therapeutics, the European Commission (EC) on Tuesday released a portfolio of the initial five therapeutics being considered for authorization for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.   Four of the candidate therapeutics are monoclonal antibodies in consideration under the European Medicines Agency’s rolling review process. The fifth therapeutic being considered, Eli Lilly’s Olumiant (baricitinib), is an orally administered immunosup...
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    EMA gives procedural guidance on variant COVID vaccines

    A new document from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will give vaccine developers procedural guidance when the time comes for them to update COVID-19 vaccines to include protection against variant strains of SARS-CoV-2.   The procedural guidance was adopted by EMA’s human medicines committee on 24 June, and is meant to apply to vaccines against other human coronaviruses as well. Marketing authorization holders may submit a variation to change the composition of a CO...
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    EMA management board report: COVID coping, CTIS updates and more

    The management board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave a generally positive assessment of the agency’s work through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to recently released highlights of the board’s June meeting.   The board has begun the process of conducting a formal reflection on lessons learned from the pandemic, with a more detailed discussion expected when the board reconvenes in October.   EMA’s board also reviewed the agency’s 2020 annual report publ...
  • EC proposes crisis-related devices role for EMA

    The European Council (EC) has proposed that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) take a stronger role in crisis management and preparedness, increasing its administrative oversight of medicinal products and also medical devices during emergencies such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic.   The proposal, first drafted in November 2020, is part of a triad of documents “aiming to strengthen the EU's health security framework and to reinforce the crisis preparedness and respons...