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    FDA official pushes for cloud-based regulatory assessments

    A top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official touted the benefits of cloud-based regulatory submissions in ensuring consistent product reviews and explained how the agency is moving towards this platform through ongoing internal and international harmonization initiatives at a 30 November symposium on drug master files (DMFs) and structured data submissions.   Lawrence Yu, director of the Office of New Drug Products (ONDP) in the Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) at ...
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    ICH touts adoption of continuous manufacturing, safety reporting guidelines

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) announced that “excellent progress” has been made over the past year in advancing guidelines in the areas of pharmaceutical quality, safety and efficacy, including the adoption of the widely awaited guideline on continuous manufacturing (CM).   These achievements were announced on 22 November following its meeting held in Inchon, South Korea. The meeting was held in parallel with meetings of ICH’s ten working groups and...
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    ICH E11A: Pharma groups want more information on data extrapolation, pediatric biomarkers

    Two US pharmaceutical industry groups note that they are generally supportive of the International Council for Harmonization (ICH) guideline on pediatric extrapolation in drug development but suggest that the guidance should address a broader subset of the population and not just focus on extrapolating data from adults. The groups called for more information on using biomarkers for the pediatric population and for including the estimands concept in the final guidance.   ...
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    ICH advances guidelines on selective reporting of safety data, viral safety

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) recently announced the adoption of its E19 guideline, which outlines a risk-based approach for collecting safety data for late-stage pre-approval or post-approval studies when the safety of a drug is well-understood.   In a separate development, ICH announced that its draft Q5A(R2) guideline on analytical testing of biotechnological products to ensure product safety has been released for consultation.   ICH E19 descr...
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    ICH M12: Pharma industry wants clarity on rifampin dosing, more information on biomarkers

    The pharmaceutical industry would like the International Council for Harmonization (ICH) to clarify dosing information for rifampin and requests additional information on the use of biomarkers as a type of drug-drug interaction study (DDI), while the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and Pfizer want more flexibility in developing a DDI strategy.   The comments were made in response to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) call for feedb...
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    Pharma groups: FDA is exceeding its authority in risk management plan guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft guidance on risk management plans (RMPs) has overstepped the agency’s statutory bounds in requiring manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) as well as prescription drug manufacturers to submit risk management plans (RMPs) to avert drug shortages.   This requirement could impose the very drug shortages it is designed to prevent, instead of just targeting those products at risk of drug shortage, pharmace...
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    Pharma groups question enhanced approach in Q14, call for more alignment between Q14 and Q2(R2)

    Pharmaceutical industry groups praised certain aspects of the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) draft Q14 and Q2(R2) guidelines yet had questions on how enhanced knowledge on analytical methods should be conveyed in regulatory submissions and whether smaller companies would have the necessary resources to invest in the enhanced approach in Q14.   Other groups had questions related to the use of multivariate modeling in analytical method development. In addi...
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    ICH signs off on carcinogenicity testing addendum

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) recently announced that its S1B(R1) addendum outlining a “weight of evidence” (WoE) approach to assess the human carcinogenic risk for certain pharmaceuticals in lieu of conducting a two-year rat study has reached Step 4 and is awaiting sign-off by regulators.   The document contains several changes from the Step 2 guideline released in May 2021. (RELATED: To speed drug development, ICH proposes reducing rat carcinoge...
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    RF Quarterly, June 22: Regulatory history

    Welcome to the June issue of RF Quarterly in which global regulatory experts write about Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), medical device regulations in China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), and a personal reflection on 3 decades at the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH). Also included are articles on the development of clinical trial disclosure requirements, expedited pathways, and the De Novo pathway and the Final Ru...
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    ICH details milestones reached on guidelines after Athens meeting

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) announced it has reached several milestones over the past year, including advancing guidelines on validating analytical procedures for testing pharmaceuticals and extrapolating adult clinical trial data to the pediatric populations.   The ICH announcement follows its 21-25 May meeting in Athens, Greece which was held in a hybrid format. The meeting included seven working groups, as well as the ICH Management Committee...
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    Pharmaceutical industry groups suggest ICH Q9 changes

    The proposed revisions of the International Council of Harmonization’s (ICH) Q9 (R1) guideline on risk management should be better aligned with medical device quality risk standards as well as international standards. Further, a firm’s information technology (IT) program should be subject to the same level of risk controls as other areas within an organization, representatives of the pharmaceutical industry said in their comments on the update.   The European Medicin...
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    ICH drafts guideline on pediatric extrapolation in drug development

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) on Tuesday released a draft ICH E11A guideline that establishes a framework for extrapolating drug development data from adult trials to the pediatric population.   “This new ICH guideline aims to promote international harmonization of methodologies and strategies to incorporate paediatric extrapolation into overall drug development plans and to improve the speed of access to new drugs for paediatric patients, while l...