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    Marks defends push toward COVID vaccine boosters

    Peter Marks, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), defended the agency's moves toward authorizing third doses of COVID-19 vaccines amid their limited global supply.   Speaking at RAPS Convergence 2021 on Monday, Marks said he is "fully confident" that those who tune into the agency's upcoming advisory committee meeting to discuss Pfizer and BioNTech's supplemental biologics license application (sBLA...
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    Convergence: Regulatory considerations in advancing gene and cellular therapies

    When developing a regulatory submission for a gene or cellular therapy, it’s essential to keep the basics in mind, such as how to demonstrate the product’s identity, purity, and potency, Haroon Hashmi, PhD, told attendees at RAPS Convergence 2021.   “Even when we think about these complex technologies -- new emerging technologies -- certain regulatory principles always stay in place,” said Hashmi, senior vice president at Ziopharm Oncology, which has developed the Slee...
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    Convergence: First-year experience with Japan’s amended medical device rules

    Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) is providing priority review for certain innovative medical devices and has implemented a post approval change management process to allow for continuous improvement of medical devices.   The changes are part of the Amendment of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Act (PMD Act), which was implemented in September 2020. Officials from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) and the PMDA provided a...
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    Key regulators featured in RAPS Convergence 2021 health authority forums

    On Monday, RAPS Convergence 2021 attendees will have the opportunity to hear from global regulators during three health authority forums. The presentations will highlight key topics and updates relevant to each regulatory body in hour-long sessions.   The session featuring Japan’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) features four Japanese regulators, including session leader Tetsuya Kusakabe, PMDA’s international coordination officer, and Kanako Sasaki, de...
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    Convergence: Plenary probes how FDA, EMA will move forward

    During the opening plenary session for RAPS Convergence 2021, leading regulators from the US and EU moved beyond the now-obligatory discussion of lessons learned from the pandemic to a substantive review of how the agencies are really faring a year and a half into the public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Speaking to an audience of regulatory experts in attendance at the virtual conference, Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Admin...
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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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    HMA-EMA plans real-world metadata framework for regulatory decision-making

    Officials at the Heads of Medicines Agencies – European Medicines Agency (HMA-EMA) are moving forward with an effort to create a usable catalogue of metadata to aid the scientific community in identifying real-world evidence that can inform regulatory decisions.   Metadata is defined generally as “a set of data that describes and gives information about other data” and can be further subcategorized by generation, location, ownership, and governance of the data; process...
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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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    EU committee considers antimicrobial incentives, repurposing oncology drugs

    During a recent joint meeting of the European Union (EU) Directors for Pharmaceutical Policy and the Pharmaceutical Committee, members debated potential ways to combat antibiotic resistance and improve access to oncology medicines through the repurposing of older or generic medications.   The meeting, held via video conference on 08-09 July 2021, was co-organized and co-chaired by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission, with atten...
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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...