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    FDA updates safety communication for robotically assisted surgical devices used in mastectomy

    The safety and effectiveness of robotically assisted surgical devices has yet to be established in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer, according to an updated safety communication released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   The agency reiterated that use of these devices has been cleared for procedures such as hysterectomy, prostatectomy, and colectomy based on data from 30-day patient follow-up. However, robotically assisted surgical (RAS) devi...
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    Recon: Pharma's rep down again; Roche ponies up $3B for Shape's RNA editing tech

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Six U.S. states do not join $26B opioid settlements with distributors, J&J ( Reuters ) ‘We Sent a Terrible Message’: Scientists Say Biden Jumped the Gun With Vaccine Booster Plan ( KHN ) Fauci says he hopes U.S. will have ‘some good control’ over Covid by spring 2022 ( CNBC ) American Medical Association calls for public, private sectors to mandate vaccines ( ...
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    PDUFA VII commitment letter: RWE, rare diseases see renewed attention

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released the commitment letter outlining performance goals and procedures for the upcoming reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments for FYs 2023-2027 (PDUFA VII).   The agency also announced a public meeting on the reauthorization, scheduled for the afternoon of 28 September. Registration for the meeting, which will be held virtually, is free.   Many of the concepts and programs the agency di...
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    Recon: FDA vax approval signals looming mandates; Pfizer's $2.3B Trillium takeover

      Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Gets Full Approval From The FDA ( NPR ) ( NYT ) ( NBC ) Biden calls on companies to mandate vaccines following FDA full approval ( The Hill ) Pentagon set to make Pfizer vaccine mandatory after FDA approval ( Reuters ) New York City, The Country's Largest School System, Mandates Teacher Vaccinations ( NPR ) The U.S. Is Getting a Cra...
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    FDA refreshes bioequivalence guidance for generic drugs

    Generic drug makers received a refreshed draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday; the guidance updates some recommendations on the conduct of bioequivalence (BE) studies that have pharmacokinetic endpoints.   In announcing the updated draft guidance’s availability, FDA said that the document is meant to "clarify the agency’s recommendations regarding BE information submitted in an [abbreviated new drug application] submission, provide assistan...
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    FDA studies consumer perception of DTC drug ads, willingness to report false claims

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking a scientific approach to evaluating direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising, focusing on how to measure consumer perceptions of the information presented in ads.   In a recent Regulatory Science in Action article , the agency outlined findings from three studies looking at the role of images in advertising, the development of valid measures to assess perception of ads, and the likelihood that physicians and consume...
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    Researchers: France could teach the US lessons in biosimilar pricing

    The US should look to the French healthcare system for lessons in reducing biosimilar pricing, according to a recent paper published in Health Affairs .   James C. Robinson, of the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley, and colleagues said the US “lacks consistent incentives for physicians to prescribe low-price biosimilars and for manufacturers to compete using price reductions” and that the slow up...
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    Recon: NYT says Abbott destroyed COVID tests when sales dwindled; Woodcock out of running for FDA commissioner?

      Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Maker of Popular Covid Test Told Factory to Destroy Inventory ( NYT ) Acting FDA Chief Janet Woodcock Ruled Out as Biden Nominee ( Bloomberg ) Child Covid-19 hospitalizations soar, filling pediatric wings, data show ( NBC ) White House: More than one million vaccine doses administered in past 24 hours ( The Hill ) Three senators announce positive COVID-19...
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    FDA report: Drug quality tops OPQ's list of product defects

    A new report from the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) details the top drug quality issues seen in from 2016-2020, with questions of product quality topping the list.   In all, just over a quarter (27%) of all Product Quality Defect (PQD) reports were related to product quality issues, while device and packaging issues together made up another third of the PDQ reports over the 5-year period.   The PQD reports came fro...
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    Working group: More guidance needed on MRD in myeloma trials

    A working group formed to consider the use of minimal residual disease (MRD) in the treatment of multiple myeloma and the development of new therapies has issued a call for additional regulatory guidance on the use of MRD as a marker in clinical trials.   The working group, a collaboration of advocacy organizations, patients, research foundations, academic, government agencies and industry, was initially convened in 2016 by the Foundation for the National Institutes of...
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    Euro Roundup: MHRA contemplates a new regulatory framework for personalized medicines

    MHRA seeks feedback on making personalized medicines at the point of care   The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) seeking input on whether the production of personalized medicines at the point of care (POC) is sufficiently different from standard manufacturing to require the creation of a new framework.   In contrast to traditional medicine manufacturing, where fewer facilities, working at scale, manufacture products for global distrib...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Jemperli, Welireg, Xywav

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Jemperli cleared for dMMR advanced solid tumors GlaxoSmithKline’s Jemperli (dostarlimab-gxly) has been granted accelerated approval for treating adults  with mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) recurrent or advanced solid tumors whose disease has progressed despite treatment.   The Ventana MMR RxDx Panel was also approved as a companion diagnos...