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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...
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    HHS opens pathway to importing Canadian drugs

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule that clears a path for importation of some Canadian drugs into the US. The measure follows a 24 July 2020 executive order issued by President Donald Trump that directed the HHS secretary to take action to expand access to lower-cost imported drugs. In a 24 September press release, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the final rule would help affordability of drugs for US patient...
  • FDA launches digital health center of excellence

    A new digital health Center of Excellence within the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aims to boost digital health innovation by fostering partnerships and connections among digital health stakeholders.   The DHCoE’s website details services offered, including examples of CDRH-specific, FDA-wide and external efforts to “translate digital advances into tools that benefit consumers.” The Center is housed within FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (...
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    RAPS welcomes new Ontario Chapter

    RAPS has announced the official launch of the RAPS Ontario Chapter , which first began as a RAPS-affiliated local networking group. Ontario joins Vancouver as the second RAPS chapter in Canada and expands RAPS’ global network to now include 20 chapters and eight local networking groups. “We are very excited about the formal launch of our chapter in the RAPS regulatory community,” said founding member and Ontario chapter chair, Ntsakisi Onibayo, RAC, regulatory complian...
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    Medical cannabis regulation is a global patchwork

    (Editor's note: this article was updated to clarify which products made from cannabis or hemp plants fall under Health Canada's Natural Health Products category.) The framework for regulating cannabis as a pharmaceutical product varies widely across the world, though increased clinical research into cannabis products means more approvals are likely under any scenario.   “It’s currently a complex patchwork of approaches,” Michael Craig, a principal consultant at Pa...
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    Regulatory Focus, August issue: Global clinical trials, clinical trial applications

    Feature articles during August focused on global clinical trials and clinical trial applications, with articles on regulatory options for conducting clinical trials in China, a case study on the impact of COVID-19 on submissions to European authorities, and an examination of Canada’s application process and alternate pathway for COVID-19‒related trials. Also included was an article on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updates on requirement for EUAs for diagnostics sup...