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    Industry calls for withdrawal of FDA electronic tracing guidance

    Pharmaceutical distributors urge the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately withdraw its guidance setting parameters for establishing electronic systems to trace products through the supply chain. A trade association for distributors claims the agency overreached its statutory authority in seeking access to private electronic tracing information among trading partners.   The guidance, published in June, laid the groundwork for the data architecture system...
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    Kaleido warned; FDA not persuaded by 'medical food' claim

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning letter to Kaleido Biosciences for administering an investigational new COVID-19 treatment to patients without obtaining an investigational new drug (IND) application.   The company argued that the product under investigation was a food and not a drug, and therefore not subject to IND filing requirements. Yet the agency disagreed, saying that the endpoints used in the clinical trials went beyond ‘diet...
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    US to continue international inspection cooperation, says Marks

    Some of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) pandemic-related changes are likely here to stay, a top FDA official told Focus .   In the leadup to RAPS Convergence 2021, Peter Marks, director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), spoke with Focus about how CBER’s pandemic pivot accelerated a trend toward global cooperation, and how the changes stand to benefit patients and industry going forward.   Business as usual came to a halt...
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    FDA’s novel excipient pilot program opens for candidates

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new pilot program to review novel excipients for use in meeting unmet needs in formulating new drug products. The pilot has the full support of the pharmaceutical industry.   FDA called the program “a new pathway for manufacturers to obtain FDA review of certain novel excipients (inactive ingredients) prior to their use in drug formulations,” according to a 7 September announcement.   Excipients are inactiv...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Trudhesa, Brukinsa, Keytruda

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approval Trudhesa nasal spray approved for migraine Impel NeuroPharma’s Trudhesa (dihydroergotamine mesylate nasal spray) has been approved for acute treatment of migraine with or without aura in adults. Other ergotamine formulations have been previously approved to treat migraine.   The approval was based on findings from the Phase 3, open-label STO...
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    FDA extends comment period on ICH Q12 guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reopened the comment period on its draft guidance implementing the International Council for Harmonization’s (ICH) Q12 guideline on postapproval chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) changes for new and marketed pharmaceuticals and drug substances.   The additional time was requested by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).   FDA announced in a pre-publication notice in the 8 Septembe...
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    FDA says Turkish OTC maker’s testing program earns failing grades

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) criticized a Turkish manufacturer of over-the-counter drugs for failing to test incoming ingredients and to test products before releasing them to the market in a recent warning letter . The company was also warned for its lax approach to stability testing.   The 13 May letter to Istanbul-based Gulsah Uretim Kozmetik Sanayi Anonim Sirketi follows up on FDA’s review of a 23 April response to request for records. The firm is the...
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    News in Focus: PDUFA VII is a step in the right direction for the rare disease community

    Craig Martin is chief executive officer of Global Genes, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase public awareness for rare disease and globally connect, empower and educate individuals and rare disease foundations in person, print and online. More than 400 million people worldwide are affected by 7,000+ rare diseases. In the U.S., around 1 in 10 people (more than 33 million Americans) have a rare condition. More than half of rare disease patients are chi...
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    Animal models have limitations for safety assessment of gene therapies: FDA adcomm

    An advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said animal models are “problematic” in assessing the safety risks of gene therapies derived from adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors.   FDA’s Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee (CTGTAC) held a virtual meeting on 2 September to discuss the best animal models to study to assess safety of these products.   “AAV are a popular type of gene therapy, yet we are seeing a variety o...
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    JAK inhibitors' CV, cancer risks merit expanded boxed warning

    The boxed warnings for several members of a class of drugs used to treat a number of inflammatory conditions must be revised to reflect the increased risk of cancer, serious cardiovascular problems and death seen in people taking the drugs, according to a new drug safety communication from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   The revisions come after safety data from a randomized clinical trial of Pfizer’s Xeljanz (tofacitinib) and is extended release formulati...
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    Top FDA and EMA officials to kick off Convergence 2021

    RAPS will hold its annual Convergence, the world’s largest conference dedicated to healthcare product regulation and regulatory issues, 12–15 September . Convergence 2021 will be a live, virtual event featuring more than 100 educational sessions, presentations, panel discussions, speaker and author meet and greets, and other interactive sessions with more than 200 expert speakers.   The four-day conference will kick off with an opening plenary and panel discussion o...
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    FDA convenes adcomm for Pfizer COVID booster

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced late Wednesday afternoon that it plans to hold an advisory committee meeting on 17 September to discuss a third booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals aged 16 years and up.   "The FDA is evaluating data submitted by Pfizer-BioNTech in a supplemental Biologics License Application for its COVID-19 vaccine and will discuss it with the agency's advisory committee to inform our decision-making...