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    EU committee considers antimicrobial incentives, repurposing oncology drugs

    During a recent joint meeting of the European Union (EU) Directors for Pharmaceutical Policy and the Pharmaceutical Committee, members debated potential ways to combat antibiotic resistance and improve access to oncology medicines through the repurposing of older or generic medications.   The meeting, held via video conference on 08-09 July 2021, was co-organized and co-chaired by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission, with atten...
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    FDA Proposes to Remove Mycoplasma Test Method

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule on Monday to remove the required testing method to detect the presence of Mycoplasma because FDA said the regulation is restrictive in that it identifies only one test method to be used even though other methods may be appropriate. The proposed rule seeks to remove the testing method for Mycoplasma detection in virus harvest pools and control fluid pools of live and inactivated virus vaccines produced ...
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    FDA, EMA and PMDA Seek Antimicrobial Clinical Study Regulation Harmonization

    For the second time in seven months, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) met in late April to discuss their approaches for evaluating antimicrobial agents, with the aim of identifying areas for convergence. Antimicrobial resistance has been recognized as a public health threat. The World Health Organization said it is "so serious that it threatens the achiev...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Offers Fast-Track Approvals to HIV, Hepatitis Combo Products (28 March 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. India Offers Fast-Track Approvals to HIV, Hepatitis Combination Products The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is offering fast-track approvals to combination products to treat HIV and hepatitis B and C. DCGI Dr GN Singh is prepared to waive the need to run clinical trials and truncate the regulatory submission process to cut the time it takes for sponsors to br...
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    GAO: Drugmakers Want More Clarity on Antibiotic Incentives

    Despite some improvements, drugmakers say the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not fully clarified its expectations for developing new antibiotic drugs or detailed how to access new incentives, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Specifically, GAO says that FDA has issued 14 updated or new guidances focused on antibiotics since the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) Act was passed as part of the Food and Drug Admi...
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    Regulatory Explainer: 21st Century Cures Redux and What it Will Mean for FDA

    Lingering for more than two years, the revamped 21st Century Cures bill, unveiled in late November, has now been approved by the House and Senate and President Barack Obama has said he will sign it. The 996-page bill includes major tweaks to the way in which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates drugs, devices and biologics, while providing the agency with $500 million over 10 years to implement provisions that seek to move such products to patients more qu...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Plans Ways to Curb Antibiotic Resistance (2 June 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA Proposes Restricting Use of Colistin to Curb Rise of Antibiotic Resistance The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is proposing to restrict the use of colistin to curb the rise of antibiotic resistance. Under the plan, use of colistin in animals would be limited to last-resort cases, a constraint intended to quell concerns that an emerging resistant mutation will spread quic...
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    Researchers Urge Caution on Expanding Priority Review Voucher Programs

    As Congress looks to further expand current priority review voucher (PRV) programs (and even create entirely new ones), researchers are now cautioning that the worth of the vouchers could decline significantly and diminish incentives to develop drugs for neglected diseases. Background Since 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a handful of special "priority review" vouchers to pharmaceutical and biotech companies developing drugs and biologics fo...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Brexit Could Lead to New Regulatory Burdens (25 February 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Industry Leaders Warn Brexit Would Lead to Significant Regulatory Burdens More than 50 leaders of the British biopharmaceutical industry have warned of the regulatory and business upheaval that could result from the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, an event dubbed “Brexit.” In a letter in The Financial Times , the executives argue leaving the EU would result in “s...
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    Orphan Medicines in the EU: A 15-Year Review

    With the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Orphan Regulation in the EU, the European Commission notes in a new report that this landmark regulation has incentivized the development, approval and marketing of more than 100 rare disease treatments, or orphan drugs. According to the European Commission’s fourth inventory of orphan medicines, released Friday, somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 different rare diseases exist in the EU, impacting between 27 million and 36 ...
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    EMA to Investigate Use of Last-Resort Antibiotic

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced Monday that it will investigate the use of a last-resort antibiotic after the discovery of a gene in the EU that causes bacteria, such as E. coli , to become resistant to the drug. Background In November, scientists published a study in The Lancet on the gene, known as MCR-1, which was found to cause bacteria to become resistant to the last-resort antibiotic, known as colistin, which is of the polymyxin class and can be...
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    Consumer Advocacy Group Warns on Orphan Provisions in 'Cures' Act

    Orphan drug provisions in the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act could increase US healthcare spending by billions of dollars over the next decade, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen warns, though the bill still remains in limbo in the Senate. The provisions in question would add an additional six months of marketing exclusivity for approved drugs that later go on to be approved to treat rare diseases. The extended period of exclusivity would apply to all indicati...