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    Digital health collaborative aims to build in equity and inclusion

    A newly minted collaborative of industry, government, and patient groups is seeking to develop a set of best practices that will help make digital health measurement technologies work for all users, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, and other factors.   The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community ( DATAcc ), launched in May 2021, is hosted by the nonprofit Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) and brings together more than 30 organizations, including the US F...
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    Health Canada drafts guidance on electronic media in labeling

    Health Canada last week launched a public consultation on its draft guidance for drugmakers on incorporating electronic media, such as websites or mobile applications, in prescription drug labeling.   The public consultation runs until 7 May 2021 and seeks feedback from industry, health professionals and the public on the agency’s proposed guidance. The draft guidance is built around Health Canada’s existing legal framework for labeling and explains the agency’s expect...
  • RF Quarterly

    RF Quarterly, March 2021: Global clinical trials

    Welcome to the inaugural issue of RF Quarterly featuring original, thematically developed content by regulatory experts addressing key areas and emerging issues in the global regulatory landscape. RF Quarterly is a member-exclusive addition to the regular monthly  Regulatory Focus  feature articles and replaces the former quarterly article series. The theme for this issue is Global Clinical Trials.   Clinical trials are an essential component of pharmaceutical re...
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    Modernizing clinical trial regulations in Canada

    This article provides an overview of Health Canada’s plans to modernize its clinical trials regulations and enhance health care agility in the regulatory framework for its health care products by making regulations more flexible and adaptive to innovation. The author discusses how clinical trials in several health care product lines can be modernized and looks at how lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic experience can help set up a more flexible regulatory framework ...
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    The Canadian application process and alternate pathway for COVID-19‒related trials

    This article offers an overview of the clinical trial application process and guidance on the regulatory obligations pursuant to Part C, Division 5, of the Food and Drug Regulations for Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects in Canada. The authors focus on clinical trial applications only for biologics (schedule D) and pharmaceuticals (schedule F). They provide information on a range of clinical trial submission requirements and communication with Health Canada’s relevan...
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    How to handle COVID variants? Global regulators turn to flu vaccines

    A global consortium of regulators is turning to seasonal influenza vaccine authorization as a model for how to address variant-adjusted version of authorized COVID-19 vaccines.   New guidance available from the ACCESS consortium, including the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), directs vaccine developers to focus on demonstrating robust immune response against new variants when trialing modified COVID-19 vaccines. In addition...
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    EMA, Health Canada publish Moderna data package

    Making good on an earlier commitment to transparency in regulatory decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), in collaboration with Health Canada, has published the full clinical data package upon which the regulators based their approvals of the COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by Moderna and the US National Institutes of Health.   The Tuesday announcement of the availability of the data package “highlights the shared commitme...
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    England and Canada diverge from US on cancer drug decisions

    Regulatory and health technology assessment agencies in Canada and England are diverging from the US when it comes to oncology drugs. But they often rely on the same surrogate endpoints to make their decisions, according to two new analyses published in JAMA Internal Medicine .   The first study , led by Avi Cherla, MSc, of the London School of Economics and Political Science, revealed that among 68 cancer indications with accelerated approval in the US that also rec...
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    Health Canada greenlights Moderna's COVID vaccine

    Health Canada has authorized a second vaccine against COVID-19, granting Moderna marketing authorization with conditions for the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine it co-developed with the US National Institutes of Health.   The authorization for use in individuals aged 18 years and up follows Health Canada’s 9 December authorization of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and the German firm BioNTech. Both vaccines’ authorizations were issued under an interim or...
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    A deep dive into OPDP’s position on public health emergencies in the US

    This article explores the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion’s (OPDP’s) views on public health emergencies, including COVID-19, and how this affects drug promotion. The author reviews trends in past enforcement letters and concludes that promotional materials relating to current public health emergencies are heavily scrutinized by OPDP, which regulatory advertising and promotion reviewers should bear in mind.   Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has caused innumer...
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    Health Canada authorizes Pfizer's mRNA vaccine under interim order

    Health Canada has authorized the use of the COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by Pfizer and the German firm BioNTech for use in individuals 16 years of age and up. The authorization was made under the country’s interim order regarding drug importation, sale and advertising during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The first vaccine doses may be administered within days of the 9 December authorization , depending on transit and delivery logistics required to ship the first doses f...
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    Getting to the point: Achieving clear communication with health authorities

    This article discusses the critical need for clear, precise, and consistent communication on the part of regulatory professionals in interactions and submissions with health authorities. It presents various approaches and offers examples for the regulatory professional to draw on to improve the clarity of such communications.   Introduction As a regulatory professional, one is constantly reaching for and achieving new goals. Whether it is initiation of a first-in-hum...