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    The RACE is on: Opportunities in pediatric oncology product development

    Pediatric oncology patients continue to have significant unmet medical need. Although the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA) mandated evaluation of new drugs for pediatric patients, the rarity and uniquity of pediatric cancers allowed for waivers or exemptions from PREA requirements. The passing of FDA Reauthorization Act amendments in 2017 included the Research Acceleration for Cure and Equity Act, which expands the scope of oncology products subject to PREA. Sponsors d...
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    The Essential List of Regulatory Authorities in Asia

    To ease the process of finding drug and medical device regulators in Asia and Oceania, Focus has updated its list of the website(s) for each country’s ministry of health and regulatory authority. The list also notes the country’s membership in regional organizations that have a regulatory component.   For countries that do not list a regulatory authority, regulatory functions are either performed by the ministry of health, or the information available online was unc...
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    Researchers Estimate Costs of Exclusivity Extensions to Encourage Antibiotic Development

    A bill introduced last year in the US House of Representatives that would reward manufacturers of certain novel antibiotics with transferrable market exclusivity vouchers could end up costing public and private payers $4.5 billion over 10 years, Harvard Medical School researchers said in an article published Sunday. The economic impact of the bill, which was introduced by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), who is not seeking re-election, and co-sponsored by two Democrats, was ...
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    Survey From CDRH Officials Finds Informed Consent Process Needs Improving

    Informed consent forms (ICFs) may meet the necessary regulatory requirements but are often not written in a way to promote comprehension among clinical trial participants, a new research article from six officials in the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) found. The officials surveyed 399 ICFs from investigational device exemption (IDE) applications for fiscal years 2015 and 2016, finding that overall, the ICFs were...
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    New Research Questions FDA’s Reliance on and Inability to Enforce Postmarketing Requirements

    As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increasingly relied on postmarketing requirements (PMRs) to support its approval decisions, a new study published in the Milbank Quarterly discusses how FDA’s lack of ability to enforce PMRs reveals an agency “on guard against a set of larger political threats to its mandate.” The study’s publication follows a recent report from FDA showing that most of the required PMRs and voluntary postmarketing commitments (PMCs) ...
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    FDA’s Woodcock Weighs in on Role of NIH in Drug Development

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Director Janet Woodcock said Wednesday that while the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been instrumental to drug discovery and development, she does not think NIH or academics should be in the business of developing new pharmaceuticals. The comments came as part of the first day of a two-day meeting at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC...
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    EMA Recommends When Drugmakers Should Consult With Pediatric Research Network

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday released recommendations from its European network of pediatric research (Enpr)-EMA working group on opportunities during various stages of development to consult with pediatric research groups.   “Enpr-EMA suggests that all companies consider using these opportunities in a spirit of shared learning about the best way to collaborate during [pediatric investigation plan] planning,” EMA writes, noting that companies can benef...
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    FDA Works to Reduce Dog Testing in Drug Development

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) researchers are working to develop a new informatics model to reduce the reliance on dogs to conduct studies in animal drug development.   The agency’s new study, which was proposed on Friday, is intended to aid animal drug developers in conducting certain research without the need for product testing on dogs.   Animal drug developers would be able to use the new model as a mechanism for comparing blood levels of certain oral...
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    Half of Clinical Trials Fail to Publish Results, UK Report Finds

    Despite UK and EU rules aimed at boosting clinical trials reporting and transparency, a new report by the UK House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee finds that nearly half of clinical trials fail to publish results.   “Around half of clinical trials are currently left unreported, clinical trial registration is not yet universal in the UK and reported outcomes do not always align with the original study proposal,” the report finds.   Based on these findin...
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    Best of 2017: What Readers Clicked on This Year

    From Trump to biosimilars to a new digital health pilot run by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), here are the top 10 most-read articles of 2017, with some updates on what has occurred since the stories were published. 10. EMA to Suspend More Than 300 Drugs due to Unreliable CRO Studies Back in March, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended the suspension of more than 300 approvals and applications for generic drugs for which bioequivalence studies w...
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    FDA Closes Loophole Companies Used to Skirt Pediatric Study Requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released draft guidance indicating that it no longer intends to grant orphan drug designation to drugs for pediatric subpopulations of common diseases except for under certain conditions. Those conditions are if the use of the drug in the pediatric subpopulation are for a valid orphan subset, meaning "that use of the drug in a subset of persons with a non-rare disease or condition may be appropriate but use of th...
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    Senate, House Agree to Cut Orphan Drug Research Credit in Half in Tax Bill

    Members of the House-Senate Conference Committee discussing the GOP's tax overhaul plan on Friday released the final text of the bill, which would reduce the rare disease research tax credits biopharma companies can claim by half. Currently, companies can claim a 50% tax credit for qualified clinical testing expenses incurred in testing certain drugs for rare diseases or conditions, generally referred to as "orphan drugs," affecting fewer than 200,000 persons in th...