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    FDA seeks comments on regulation of kratom, 6 other drugs

    Kratom, a popular but unregulated psychotropic herbal extract, is one of seven currently unscheduled psychotropic drugs that will be reviewed by the World Health Organization (WHO) under the provisions of the international psychotropic convention to which the US is a party.   WHO notified the US and other international parties to the 1971 convention that the seven new psychotropic drugs may be added to its list of scheduled drugs. By law, that notification triggers a r...
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    FDA declines to extend nitrosamine risk assessment deadline

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected pleas from the pharmaceutical industry to extend the deadline for conducting nitrosamine risk assessments to 1 September, standing firm on the 31 March deadline.   Industry representatives also told FDA to align its guidance with the International Council on Harmonization’s M7 guidance on impurity testing, saying  that divergent expectations have “created many challaneges for the pharmaceutical industry and increased ...
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    Recon: Shape Therapeutics' $112M gene therapy play; Incyte's cancer drug flops at FDA

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US At the FDA’s urging, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are expanding their studies of children 5 to 11 ( NYT ) Bristol Myers withdraws Opdivo in liver cancer as fallout from FDA meeting continues ( Biopharma Dive ) Shelling out $5B+, PerkinElmer pays the big bucks for antibody and reagent player ( Endpoints ) House Democrats expand probe into political interference ...
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    FDA seeks new members for Patient Engagement Collaborative

    The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking eight new members for its Patient Engagement Collaborative (PEC), a group charged with gaining meaningful patient input into medical product development and regulatory decision making.   The 16-member panel includes patients, caregivers, and advocates who serve for 2 to 3 years. The panel is a joint effort between FDA and the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative . Panel members are expected to participate in two to f...
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    RWD, RWE, and improved patient outcomes: From FDA's Mini-Sentinel to real-world examples

    Uses of real-world data and evidence (RWD and RWE) have proliferated in recent years, driven by advances in data-gathering tools and methods and enhanced understanding of the value of such data and evidence. Under the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, Congress codified RWD and RWE in the drug development and approval process. There are many opportunities for the use of RWD and RWE in the approval, labeling, clinical use, and marketing of medical products to enhance individu...
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    FDA finalizes guidance on field alert reports

    The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday finalized guidance on its expectations for applicants of new drug applications (NDAs) and abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) in submitting field alert reports (FARs) for potentially defective drugs. It contains only minor changes from the draft.   The final document supersedes a draft guidance that was issued in July 2018. (RELATED: Field Alert Report Submissions: FDA Offers Draft Q&A , Regulatory Focus 19 Jul...
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    CDRH official offers advice for smoother Q-submission meetings

    A policy analyst with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) walked through mechanisms the medical device industry can use to request pre-submission meetings, as well as best practices for ensuring smooth reviews.   Susannah Gilbert, Q-submission program lead with the division of regulatory programs at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), gave the updates at a 21 July webinar sponsored by the FDA’s Small Business Regulatory Education for Industry...
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    FDA seeks global shift to include pregnant women in medical research

    The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the paradox surrounding the inclusion of pregnant and breastfeeding women in medical research. Even when these women are at higher risk for severe illness and hospitalization, they are unlikely to be included in clinical trials for medical products and vaccines. In a recent article, officials at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signaled their commitment to work with industry and other regulators to support the inclus...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Rezurock, Fexinidazole, Bylvay

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Rezurock cleared for treating chronic graft-versus-host disease Kadmon’s Rezurock (belumosudil) has been approved for treating chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in adults and children aged 12 years or older after failure of previous systemic therapy.   Approval of the kinase inhibitor was based on efficacy findings from the randomized...
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    CBER targets four stem cell firms with untitled letters

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (FDA’s CBER) recently issued untitled letters to four companies for marketing unapproved stem cell products, indicating that despite the end of an enforcement grace period, companies are still resisting the agency’s efforts to get these products approved.   Effective June 1, companies are required to file biologics license applications for stem cell therapies that claim to treat a diseas...
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    Recon: $26B Opioids lawsuit deal imminent; Amylyx closes $135M ALS financing deal

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US How an Unproven Alzheimer’s Drug Got Approved ( NYT ) States and Cities Near Tentative $26 Billion Deal in Opioids Cases ( NYT ) Drug distributors settle New York opioid claims for up to $1.18B  ( Reuters ) Pharma CEOs, lobbyists showered Democrat with cash after his attempt to torpedo Pelosi’s drug pricing bill ( STAT ) Advocates urge Biden to name patent of...
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    FDA’s regulatory affairs head previews Inspectional Affairs Council

    The top regulatory affairs official at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave a preview of a soon-to-be-launched council within the agency that will focus solely on inspection-related matters.   “We will soon stand up an agency-wide decision-making body; it’s called the FDA Inspectional Affairs Council,” said Judith McMeekin, FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs within the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), speaking at a virtual webinar hosted W...