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    Trials without clinical sites offer chance for improved access, generalizability

    The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled the rise of clinical trials without clinical sites and opened the door to continuing these innovative models after the public health crisis has faded. While these trials offer the potential to expand access and the generalizability of results, there are also some limitations to conducting drug trials in this format.   In a special communication in  JAMA Internal Medicine , Steven R. Cummings, MD, director of the San Francisco Coordina...
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    FDA Rare Disease Day: Collaboration begins with patients

    A few ingredients are essential to advancing therapies for rare diseases: organized patients, the involvement of academic researchers, and support and flexibility from the US Food and Drug Administration and industry. That’s according to Frank McCormack, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati. “It begins with the courage and resolve of patients. The patients had the foresight to organize, and facilitate and fund research, and then they lined up for tr...
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    COVID-19: FDA offers guidance on container closure switches

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented global demand for raw materials and components of products used in the response to the virus. Supply chains for critical materials such as reagents, test swabs and now the glass vials and stoppers used to hold vaccines and therapeutics have been impacted, necessitating workarounds to keep pace with demand.   With COVID-19 vaccines and several therapeutics using glass vials and stoppers for their container closure systems ...
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    PDUFA VII negotiations continue as industry presses for clear timelines

    As meetings continue between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and industry to negotiate the upcoming reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments (PDUFA VII), cell and gene therapy demands and timelines continue to loom large. Minutes from this and other end-of-year PDUFA subgroup meetings continue to show how industry and FDA are working to balance commitments and resources for PDUFA VII.   In a 17 December 2020 breakout meeting, representativ...
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    FDA unveils data modernization plan

    A three-pronged plan to modernize the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approach to data was unveiled Wednesday, building on the agency’s previous technology modernization effort.   In a blog post announcing the new Data Modernization Action Plan (DMAP), Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock and Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy write that data modernization is the “next step” for the agency after its 2019 Technology Modernization Action Plan (TMAP)...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Nulibry, Amondys 45, Pepaxto

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Nulibry okayed to cut mortality risk in babies with rare genetic disorder Origin Biosciences’ Nulibry (fosdenopterin injection) has been approved for reducing the risk of death from molybdenum cofactor deficiency (MoCD) type A, a rare, genetic metabolic disorder marked by severe seizures. The condition presents soon after birth and most patients...
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    FDA warns COVID trial sponsor for failing to submit IND

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month warned a clinical trial sponsor for failing to submit an investigational new drug (IND) application for a study of a product to treat COVID-19.   In its warning letter to KDunn and Associates, P.A. dba HealthQuilt, FDA said it observed “objectionable conditions” during an August inspection related to a trial the company sponsored titled “An Open-Label Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of [redacted] in Sub...
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    February's Regulatory Focus: Global and regional harmonization and alignment

    Feature articles during February included a range of topics focused on harmonization and alignment across global and regional regulatory entities, including electronic submissions through the European Medicines Agency (EMA), tools for updating the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (EU IVDR) template, China’s new PAC regulation, Project Orbis and improving patients access to new therapies, as well as a report on medtech companies’ preparation for EU Medical Device Regulatio...
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    FDA on Rare Disease Day: New initiatives and an upcoming conference

    On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a series of efforts and a day-long conference centered on addressing the unmet needs of patients with rare diseases. FDA leaders announced the initiatives in recognition of Rare Disease Day, observed on February 28.   A new request for applications (RFA) issued by FDA augments the agency’s Orphan Products Grants Program. The RFA is seeking natural history studies to address unmet needs in rare diseases, l...
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    Project Orbis: Maximizing patient access to new medicines

    To ensure equitable access to new medicines for all patients, drug manufacturers aim to register new products in as many countries as possible. Project Orbis, an initiative of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), is a pilot program that provides applicants with a framework for concurrent submission and review of oncology products among international partners to allow earlier registration in countries outside of the US. This article summarizes Genentech’s experience...
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    Updated: FDA issues EUA for J&J's one-shot COVID vaccine

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen, a division of Johnson & Johnson. “The authorization of this vaccine expands the availability of vaccines, the best medical prevention method for COVID-19, to help us in the fight against this pandemic, which has claimed over half a million lives in the United States,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD in a statement announcing ...
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    FDA eases storage, transportation conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday updated the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to allow the vaccine to be transported and stored at temperatures found in conventional pharmaceutical freezers for up to two weeks.   The announcement comes one week after Pfizer and BioNTech disclosed they had submitted data demonstrating their vaccine’s stability at higher temperatures based on manufacturing data from the p...