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    Managing regulation of mental health-related claims in the COVID-19 era

    As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers are increasingly turning to dietary supplements to help them manage the daily stress of this unprecedented time. However, as demand for dietary supplements associated with stress and anxiety-reduction has increased, so has regulatory scrutiny from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This article provides an overview of the FDA and FTC’s regulations and enforcement activ...
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    Supply chain disruptions: FDA guidance and temporary policies

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused one of the most prominent displays of supply chain disruption in the modern era. However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found ways to allow for regulatory flexibility by issuing guidance documents while still managing to protect consumers from adulterated and misbranded food.   Keywords – COVID-19 , FDA, food, guidance, pandemic, supply chain   Introduction The complexity of modern supply chains is never more eviden...
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    FDA finalizes instructions for use guidance for drugs, biologics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized guidance on the content and format of Instructions for Use (IFU) labeling for pharmaceutical manufacturers to help consumers understand complicated instructions for using a drug or a biologic.   The guidance covers human prescription drug and biological products, as well as drug-led or biologic-led combination products submitted under a new drug application (NDA) or a biologics license application (BLA)....
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    FDA publishes two critical DSCSA draft guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 5 July issued two draft guidances covering the implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA); one addresses the use of electronic standards for tracing products through the pharmaceutical supply chain, while the other guidance pertains to identifying trading partners that are authorized to track products though the supply chain.   The agency announced that “these documents are critical steps toward implement...
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    VRBPAC recommends addition of Omicron-component to future boosters

    A panel of experts recommended the inclusion of an Omicron component in future COVID-19 vaccine boosters in the United States. Public health officials suspect another surge in COVID-19 cases this fall and are considering boosters with an updated strain composition in hopes that vaccine targeting a more recent strain of the virus will be more effective.   FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) met on 28 June to discuss whether the a...
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    FDA official: Virtual audits, records requests may be sticking around

    CHICAGO – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to use a hybrid inspection model going forward as it eases out of its pandemic response mode, combining a mix of record requests, remote interactive evaluations (RIEs) with onsite inspections if needed, asserted Alonza Cruse, director of FDA’s pharmaceutical quality operations.   Cruse discussed how the agency is transitioning to normal operators at the 22 June Drug Information Association (DIA) annual meeting ...
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    FDA authorizes Pfizer, Moderna vaccines for youngest children

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday authorized the emergency use of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months of age, asserting that the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks.   This action comes two days after the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) unanimously voted to support expanding the emergency use authorizations (EUAs). (RELATED: VRPAC recommends Pfizer, Mode...
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    Back to the drawing board for FDA’s revised quality metrics plan?

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) revised plan to collect quality metrics data from manufacturers drew criticism from one major pharmaceutical industry group on the metrics the agency is proposing, as well as its methods for developing the program. Others complained that the proposed program lacks focus, while two industry groups also expressed serious misgivings about the purpose of the overall program.   Yet on a positive note, one industry group and major ...
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    Recon: FDA staff find Pfizer, Moderna vaccines safe for children; Rune Labs gets clearance to track Parkinson’s symptoms with Apple Watch

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Pfizer COVID vaccines safe and effective for small children, FDA staff say ( Reuters ) ( NYTimes ) U.S. FDA staff says Moderna COVID vaccine effective and safe for children ( Reuters ) ( Politico ) FDA requires disclosure of suicide risk for anti-baldness drug ( Reuters ) Rune Labs gets FDA clearance to use Apple Watch to track Parkinson's symptoms ( Reuters )...
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    Marks eyes gene therapy development pilot, sees uptick in successful RMAT requests

    Peter Marks, director of Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), attributes an increase in the amount of regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) requests approved for cell and gene therapies to sponsors “getting the hang” of the agency’s expectations for designation requests.   Marks spoke at the California Separation Science Society’s (CASSS) meeting on 8 June on cell and gene therapies. The meeting was h...
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    Cavazzoni: Pandemic-era tools, learnings are here to stay

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) top drug official said the pandemic has prompted the agency to consider new ways of working going forward and has renewed calls for industry to embrace digital technologies and decentralized models for conducting clinical trials. The pandemic has also prompted the agency to re-evaluate its hiring practices, and to adopt the use of alternative tools in lieu of onsite inspections, which have become a permanent fixture in the agency...
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    Experts say FDA enforcement focus unchanged, use of alternative tools to grow

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will continue to focus on data integrity practices and take a hard look at OTC firms’ testing programs either through onsite inspections or using alternative inspection tools in fiscal year 2022, according to experts who spoke to Regulatory Focus on near-term enforcement trends.   In addition, industry should expect to continue fielding requests for electronic records as the agency’s use of this alternative inspection tool is...