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    EMA wants participants to serve on clinical trial multistakeholder forum

    The European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMA), the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA), and the European Commission are calling for representatives from the research community, pharmaceutical sponsors, academics and regulators to participate in a new multistakeholder platform (MSP) or forum to share and implement ideas for improving clinical trials in the EU.   The call for participation is being launched under last year’s EC-HMA-EMA initiative Accelerating Clinical Tri...
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    FDA draft guidance addresses use of external controls to assess effectiveness of new drugs and biologics

    The FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) have issued draft guidance describing sponsors can leverage external controls, such as use data from registries and electronic health records, in lieu of data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and biologics.   The draft guidance also describes how sponsors can communicate with FDA on using dat...
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    Subpart H and the implications for ad promo

    Advertising and promotion (ad promo) of prescription drugs is regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 1992, the agency implemented Subpart H of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to allow for the accelerated approval of new drugs for serious or life-threatening illnesses. Approval of a drug through the Subpart H pathway introduced a range of regulatory requirements, some of which had specific implications for the ad promo of Subpart H drug...
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    Enhancing diversity in clinical trial populations: An agency-industry perspective

    Achieving health equity – the opportunity for all patients to live a healthy life, irrespective of their circumstances – requires the collective effort of the entire medical product development ecosystem. An example of such a collaboration took place at the September 2022 RAPS Convergence in Phoenix, Arizona, with joint presentations by representatives from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, and industry (Pfizer) who discussed enhancing diversity in ...
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    Accelerating drug development and approvals in India

    India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) implemented the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules in 2019 to expedite the drug development and approval processes. This article provides an overview of those processes; explains the rule-specific terminology, such as the definitions of “drug” and “new drug” under Indian law; and outlines strategies for speeding up the approval processes and optimizing registration of prescription medicines in India.   Keywo...
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    FDA draft guidance aims to ensure accurate measurements of pediatric growth

    Joint draft guidance from two centers at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlines ways sponsors can measure pediatric growth consistently in clinical trials for drugs used to treat both rare and common diseases.   “If an investigational drug or biological product may affect growth or pubertal development, then accurate, serial measurement and recording of growth parameters are essential for data interpretation in pediatric clinical trials,” the agency announc...
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    FDA releases draft guidance to spur development of CDI drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new draft guidance with advice for sponsors on developing drugs for treating Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI).   The draft provides recommendations for designing these trials and covers trial populations, efficacy and safety endpoints, nonclinical studies, and pharmacokinetic studies. The guidance does not address fecal microbiota transplant products.   CDI is an anaerobic, gram-positive, spore-forming ...
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    Convergence: EU official says no delay to CTIS implementation, despite industry concerns

    PHOENIX, AZ – Country-specific requirements that diverge from the Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) and the lack of a forum for resolving issues with the Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS) portal were among the key issues industry representatives brought to a session at RAPS Convergence 2022.   Another problem is that the portal does not flag or send information to sponsors when new information is received, so sponsors must check frequently for updates.   In t...
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    EU adopts 10-part workplan to guide the acceleration of clinical trials

    The European Commission (EC), the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have adopted ten priorities as part of a larger workplan to  accelerate the adoption of clinical trials in the EU. The priorities are meant to steer the agencies’ work from 2022-2026.   The workplan was adopted under the auspices of the EC-HMA-EMA initiative Accelerating Clinical Trials in the EU (ACT EU), which launched earlier this year. (RELATED: EU launch...
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    EMA reports steady rise in clinical trial applications registered in CTIS portal

    Nearly 195 clinical trial applications (CTAs) have been submitted to the European Medicine Agency’s (EMA) Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS) portal through July, marking a substantial increase from a month earlier, according to a 23 August report from the agency.   However, during the same period, most applications (224) were still being registered in the older EudraCT database. (RELATED: EMA reports slow uptick in clinical trial applications submitted via CT...
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    EMA reports slow uptick in clinical trial applications submitted via CTIS portal

    The number of applications filed through the Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS) portal continues to grow, even while most applications are still being filed in the current EudraCT system, according to a 28 July report from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).  Stakeholders offered a mixed assessment of their user experience at recent forum.   Starting in January 2023, CTIS will replace the EudraCT portal and clinical trial sponsors must use the CTIS portal to a...
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    Neonatal drug development addressed in FDA final guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance this week to assist sponsors in developing clinical pharmacology studies for neonatal populations. The guidance is meant to address gaps in neonatal labeling and encourage the development of therapies that are “unique to neonates.”   The guidance is tailored to sponsors developing these studies for investigational new drug applications (INDs), new drug applications (NDAs), biologics license applications ...