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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Xaciato, cutaquig, Rituxan

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Xaciato okayed for treating bacterial vaginosis Daré’s Xaciato (clindamycin phosphate vaginal gel ) has been approved to treat bacterial vaginosis in patients aged 12 years or older.   The approval was based on findings from the Phase 3 multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled DARE-BVFREE study in which 307 patients from the indicate...
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    PhRMA, AdvaMed weigh in on safety reporting draft guidance

    Two industry trade associations and a pharmaceutical company are asking for some adjustments and clarification on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) draft guidance on safety reporting or investigational drugs and devices. The comment period on the guidance closed at the end of November.   FDA’s draft guidance includes details of how the agency believes investigators should report serious and non-serious adverse events in investigational new drug applicatio...
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    FDA rolls out more guidance on 'N of 1' gene therapies

    Developers of individualized investigational antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) therapies for ultra-rare diseases received additional guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In two draft documents, the agency has provided new information for sponsor-investigators and for those overseeing manufacture of these so-called “N of 1” therapies for people with severely debilitating or life-threatening genetic disease.   "Progress in individualized medicines provi...
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    Exclusive accelerated approval drugs comprise ‘relatively small share’ of Medicare spending

    Policymakers looking to rein in Medicare spending should look beyond the lens of the accelerated approval pathway, as drugs that exclusively fall under this indication make up a small percentage of overall Medicare spending, according to a recent research letter written by Benjamin N. Rome, of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) research group at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and colleagues.   “Medicare is spending more an...
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    FDA expands eSTAR filing to de novo devices, IVDs

    US medical device and in vitro diagnostic sponsors who are using the Food and Drug Administration’s de novo pathway will be able to use the eSTAR filing format at the beginning of 2022. A pilot program for the eSTAR template that kicked off in 2020 began with a template for 510(k) device submissions.   Nine companies participated in that pilot program that trialed the interactive, PDF-based filing format. Use of eSTAR was expanded in September 2020 to include all 5...
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    FDA announces FY 2022 GDUFA science and research priorities

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) has announced its science and research priorities for fiscal year (FY) 2022 to spur the development of complex generic drugs. The priorities were prompted by public feedback the agency received at a public workshop earlier this year.   The agency also announced the availability of fellowships and funding for research activities that are aligned with these priorities.   The workshop was held i...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Cytalux, Lyvispah, Caldolor

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Cytalux okayed for aiding identification of ovarian cancer lesions during surgery On Target Laboratories’ Cytalux ( pafolacianine ) has been approved as a diagnostic agent in assisting surgeons identify cancerous lesions in women with ovarian cancer.   The intravenous imaging drug is administered before surgery to improve detection of addi...
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    Public-private initiative expands support for NGS tests

    A key microbial genome database is being updated and expanded through a public-private partnership, as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) works with a health data company and an academic institution to build out the FDA-ARGOS database.   In partnership with George Washington University and Embleema, which maintains a bioinformatics platform, FDA  is conducting a year-long, $2 million project to “further improve the utility of the FDA-ARGOS database as a key tool...
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    FDA offers draft guidance for registries as RWD

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance on the use of registries in regulatory decision making, adding another piece to the puzzle of how the agency will consider real-world data (RWD) when considering a new drug indication or assessing post-approval requirements.   The draft guidance , which was published Monday, outlines considerations for sponsors and stakeholders when proposing to design a registry or use an existing registry to support r...
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    Recon: Blueprint's $250M preclinical buy; WHO, CDC, Biden react to Omicron variant

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Biden says omicron variant is cause for concern but not panic ( NPR ) CDC Statement on B.1.1.529 (Omicron variant) ( CDC ) Pfizer boosts Paxlovid manufacturing capacity as Merck’s rival COVID pill hits surprise efficacy setback ( Fierce ) Opinion: Becerra needs to open up to the press ( AHCJ ) Opinion: Will Moderna Ever Learn to Share? ( MedPage Today ) Who ...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Voxzogo, Fyarro, Livtencity

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).    New approvals   Voxzogo cleared  as growth-improvement therapy for children with dwarfism   BioMarin’s  Voxzogo (vosoritide injection) has been  approved  for improv ing growth in children aged 5 years or older with achondroplasia and open epiphyses, or growth plates.    Achondroplasia is the most common form of dwarfism. Children with open  epiph...
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    Smiths Medical warned by FDA for multiple violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slapped Smiths Medical in Minneapolis, MN with a warning letter for inadequate procedures for handling medical device reports (MDRs), faulty handling of complaints, inadequate validation processes, and lax corrective and preventative actions (CAPA) procedures. The company makes blood warmers and infusion pumps.   The warning letter was issued on 1 October and posted on 23 November. It follows a recent recall of the company’s ...