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    FDA Planning Five Guidance Documents to Help Children With Rare Diseases

    • 10 July 2014
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new report indicating four core ways it plans to accelerate the development of treatments for pediatric rare diseases (PRD). The report, Complex Issues in Developing Drugs and Biological Products for Rare Diseases and Accelerating the Development of Therapies for Pediatric Rare Diseases , was required under Section 510 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act ( FDASIA ) and based off a...
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    FDA to Focus on Blood, Platelet Disorders at Upcoming Meeting With Patients

    US regulators have announced they will soon hold their tenth patient-focused drug development meeting, this time focusing on a collection of blood and platelet disorders that includes hemophilia A, hemophilia B, and von Willebrand disease. Background The meetings are required under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) , Section X of which called for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to meet with patients in order to better un...
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    FDA to Focus on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis at Upcoming Patient Meeting

    Since the passage of the  Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA)  in 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been publicly meeting with patients who suffer from debilitating conditions without adequate treatment options in the hopes of better understanding their wants and needs in the drug development process. Now the agency is gearing up for its ninth patient-focused drug development meeting, this time focusing on the views of p...
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    FDA-Commissioned Report Makes Major Recommendations on How to Improve CDRH

    US medical device regulators should make several major changes to ensure that they are able to regulate products more quickly, efficiently and predictably, a new report commissioned under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) says. Background The medical device industry has often lambasted the US Food and Drug Administration's review process as being increasingly  onerous, slow and unpredictable —a view also  shared  by government i...
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    Perspectives on the FDASIA Health IT Report and Public Workshop

    On 7 April 2014, a Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act ( FDASIA )-mandated workgroup issued its strategy and regulatory framework document on health IT to Congress. 1 The workgroup is comprised of representatives from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). A public workshop was held 13–15 May 2014 to discuss the pr...
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    As FDA Takes Notice of Patients, Groups Trying to Influence Regulatory Policy do as Well

    An advocacy group focused on accelerating the discovery and approval of new therapies—and in particular therapies for under-served and rare diseases—has launched a new effort aimed at helping to bring patient perspectives into the regulatory process. Background In recent years, regulators and regulatory-minded groups alike have pressed to increase the involvement of patients in the regulatory process. The thinking is that patients are the best stakeholders to ask a...
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    Congress Skeptical About FDA, ONC Effort to Coordinate on Health IT Regulation

    In April of this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), issued a new proposed framework indicating their desire to more consistently regulate health technology, including health software. Now members of Congress have written to the ONC regarding that proposal, saying parts of it go above and beyond its authority under the law. Background In 2012, the  Food and Drug...
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    Final Regulation Makes it Easier for FDA to Seize Drugs at the Border

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finalizing without change a proposed regulation introduced last year which would establish an administrative detention process for pharmaceutical products it believes are adulterated or misbranded. Background The rule is borne from the  Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) , Section 709 ("Administrative Detention") of which ordered FDA to promulgate a final regulation within two years of the passage...
  • FDA Moves to Close Glaring Loophole in Current Drug Import System

    A proposed rule issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would make it easier for the agency to destroy low-value drugs refused admission into the US under federal law. Background: Import Regulation The backbone of pharmaceutical regulation in the US is the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) . Under Section 801(b) of the FD&C Act , FDA is permitted to refuse to allow the import or entry of any drug that has not been approved (under Sect...
  • Time for Generic Pharma Companies to Re-Identify Themselves, FDA Says

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding all manufacturers of generic drug products, including active pharmaceutical ingredients used in generic drug manufacturing, that they need to re-register with the agency under the terms of a 2012 law. Background In the lead-up to the 2012 passage of  The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) , FDA regulators highlighted a growing problem: Many generic drug manufacturers were moving the...
  • New Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting to Concentrate on Neurologic Disorders

    Since the passage of the  Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA)  in 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been publicly meeting with patients who suffer from debilitating conditions without adequate treatment options in the hopes of better understanding their wants and needs in the drug development process. Now the agency is gearing up for its eighth meeting for patients with neurologic manifestations of inborn errors of ...
  • FDA, ONC Issue Long-Awaited Health IT Framework

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released for consultation a new proposed framework on how to regulate health information technology (IT), including mobile medical device applications ("apps") according to risk. Background Mobile medical applications can best be understood as programs run on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet that allow a user to access a medical technology wherever and whenever they wish. For example, a smartphone application t...