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    One-Time Marketing Status Reports Due in February, FDA Says

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on all new drug application (NDA) and abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) holders to submit one-time written reports on whether their products are available for sale or if they have been withdrawn or were never made available for sale. Reports are due 14 February and are required under a provision from the law reauthorizing the user fee programs. "The NDA or ANDA holder can submit the one-time report to FDA ...
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    Third Party Certification for Drugs Associated With an Import Alert Exception

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun a widely recognized campaign of intensified surveillance of foreign manufacturers of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and finished drug products. Failure to comply with the regulatory requirements for good manufacturing practice can subject a foreign firm to an import alert, thereby cutting off access to commercial distribution in the US. This article provides an overview of the consequences of an import alert a...
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    FDA Launches Searchable Adverse Event Database for Drugs and Biologics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday launched a new searchable public dashboard for its adverse event database for drugs and biologics. Known as FAERS (FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System), the database contains some 14 million adverse event reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals, consumers and manufacturers for drugs and biologics. Its immediate release led to questions over certain deaths , whether they were linked to the drug's safety...
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    FDA Alerts on Risks From Merck’s Keytruda in Multiple Myeloma Following Halted Trials

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released an alert and summary of findings from two halted Merck clinical trials evaluating the use of Keytruda (pembrolizumab) combined with other treatments in patients with multiple myeloma. The immunotherapy Keytruda is approved by FDA for the treatment of melanoma, lung cancer and other cancers but it is not approved to treat multiple myeloma. On 3 July, FDA required that all patients in these two trials b...
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    EMA and FDA to Begin Sharing Commercially Confidential Information

    Editor's note: this article has been updated with a statement from FDA clarifying that the agency must sign a confidentiality agreement with each EU country before unredacted inspection reports may be shared. As part of a landmark agreement forged in March, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Wednesday that they will soon share non-public and commercially confidential information, including trade secret information. The a...
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    GAO: FDA Improved Expanded Access but More Clarity Necessary

    With the rise of Right-to-Try legislation across states in the US, it might seem like patients with serious or life-threatening ailments and no other comparable medical options might have difficulties in obtaining access to investigational drugs outside of a clinical trial because of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But a new Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday lends credence to many who have voiced concerns with the Right-to-Try laws,...
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    EMA Offers New EudraVigilance Checklist for Sponsors, MAHs

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday published a checklist to help marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and sponsors prepare for the technical changes ahead of the launch of the new EudraVigilance adverse event system on 22 November 2017. The checklist features general testing instructions and easy-to-follow steps to assist sponsors and MAHs in the transition. In addition, EMA notes that the ICH E2B(R3) Implementation Guide and the EU ICSR Implementation...
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    FDA Offers Updated Form for Field Alert Reports

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released an updated version of its automated Field Alert Report (FAR) form, following the conclusion of a successful four-year pilot program. Under federal regulations, sponsors of new drug applications (NDAs) and abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) are required to submit FARs to FDA within three days of being alerted to a potential safety issue, such as a labeling mix-up or bacterial contamination. In May 2013...
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    FDA Warns B. Braun Medical’s California Plant for Repeat Violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month sent a warning letter to B. Braun Medical’s Irvine, CA-based manufacturing facility for repeat violations also uncovered during inspections in 2013, 2014 and 2015. FDA found in its latest inspection from 18 April to 11 May 2016 that B. Braun’s "quality unit was not effectively exercising its responsibilities, particularly for investigating product defect complaints, manufacturing deviations, and adverse t...
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    A Peek Behind the Curtain: 706 FDA Form 483 Requests in 2016 for Indian and Chinese Manufacturers

    As China and India continue to manufacture about 80% of all active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for the US market, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with regulating these manufacturing sites and in 2016 that involved issuing hundreds of Form 483s and responding to more than 700 requests for the inspection reports. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, Focus obtained from FDA two lists detailing not only the 86 requests for the Form 483s issue...
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    EMA Seeks Experts on Clinical Data Anonymization

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday issued a call for experts to join a new technical advisory group for anonymizing clinical data. "Anonymisation of clinical reports poses a major challenge to those directly involved (pharmaceutical industry, clinical research organizations and EMA) and to those accessing the data (patients, healthcare professionals and academia)," EMA says. Specifically, EMA says it plans to form a new committee, referred to as the Techni...
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    FDA Bans Imports of Piston Syringes From Nipro’s Thailand Site

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday added Nipro’s Thailand site to a list of companies barred from shipping supplies of medical devices to the US because of a lack of quality. In this case, FDA will not allow shipments of Nipro Thailand’s piston syringes (with luer lock tip or catheter tip) into the US. Nipro Thailand is the only company or site to be listed on FDA’s Import Alert 89-17 list . “Under section 501(c) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmeti...