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    COVID-19 therapeutics tracker

    Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, just three therapeutics have been approved to treat COVID-19: dexamethasone in the  United Kingdom  and  Japan ; Avigan (favilavir) in  China , Italy and Russia; and Veklury (remdesivir) in  Japan  and Australia.   Convalescent plasma may be used in the US to treat hospitalized patients under an emergency use authorization (EUA) or an investigational new drug application (IND). “Adequate and well-controlled randomized trials remain ne...
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    COVID-19 vaccine tracker

    Researchers worldwide are working around the clock to find a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. The Herculean effort means that a fast-tracked vaccine could come to market anywhere from the  end of 2020  to the middle of  2021 .   To date, just two coronavirus vaccine has been  approved . Sputnik V – formerly known as Gam-COVID-Vac and developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute in Moscow – was approved by the Ministry of Health of th...
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    FDA, EC offer guidance on COVID-19 convalescent plasma

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Commission (EC) recently released guidance on convalescent plasma collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and which may potentially be used as a treatment for COVID-19. FDA’s 9-page guidance, which follows the agency’s granting of the use of single patient emergency Investigational New Drug Applications (eINDs) to the investigational plasma, is meant to provide recommendations to health care pr...
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    Hear from the experts who wrote the book

    RAPS has introduced a new, comprehensive resource that promises to find a secure place on every regulatory professional’s bookshelf. Global Pharmaceutical and Biologics Regulatory Strategy, Second Edition , spans 18 chapters with updates from more than 30 leading regulatory experts. Topics range from why it is no longer enough for today’s regulatory professional to just focus on regulatory guidance, to a primer on regulatory intelligence, to defining regulatory strategies...
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    Safeguarding the US Pharmaceutical Supply: Woodcock Discusses Challenges, Shift Overseas

    As drug and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing moves overseas to cut costs, quality and reliability concerns have been raised and the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health met Wednesday to discuss the supply chain with one of the US Food and Drug Administration’s top officials and other experts. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, explained how part of the problem is that FDA does not know the...
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    Will Some Biologics Get 30 Years of Exclusivity?

    As the wrangling over the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement continues, a provision to require Mexico and Canada to accept 10 years of biologic exclusivity stirred up controversy because it would be two more years than what Canada currently enjoys and add five more years for Mexico. In the US, biologic exclusivity is set at 12 years. But in reality, a 30-year run for a biologic without competition is possible, following a court win for Amgen last August. And 15-plus y...
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    Here Come the Oncology Biosimilars in the US: How Low Will Prices Go?

    A quick look at biopharma’s top-selling drugs (including forecasted sales through 2024) reveals a trio of biologic cancer treatments that have been marketed since 1997 and will likely bring in a cumulative total of more than $300 billion. But biosimilar competition for Roche’s Herceptin (trastuzumab), Avastin (bevacizumab) and Rituxan (rituximab) is now ready to launch in the US, and Bernstein biopharma analyst Ronny Gal said in a report issued Friday that prices over...
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    FDA Rolls Out Expectations for Biosimilars, Soon-to-Be Biologics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released two new draft Q&A guidance documents on biosimilar development and the deemed to be a license provision of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA), as well as two final guidance documents on the same topics and one proposed rule amending the definition of a biological product. The efforts are part of FDA’s decade-long work to begin, starting in March 2020, transitioning the approved...
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    How Price Caps in India are Forcing US Device Companies to Sell Stents and Implants at a Loss

    Hypothetical talk circulating on Capitol Hill this week around the idea of price ceilings for certain pharmaceuticals set off alarm bells for industry. But on the medical device side, companies are already seeing what happens when a government, in this case India, sets price caps for certain devices and mandates that companies remain in the market and take a loss on sales. The situation in India has reached a point where the Advanced Medical Technology Association ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India’s DCGI Asks Industry How to Further Cut Regulatory Burdens (5 July 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. DCGI Asks Industry How to Further Cut Regulatory Burdens DCGI Dr. GN Singh has asked the industry how his agency can further reduce the regulatory burden companies face. Singh put out the call for suggestions about how DCGI can streamline drug regulation as part of a release detailing the changes it has already made to make it easier to do business in India. The ind...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Sets Guidelines for Fixed-Dose Combination Trials (13 June 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. DCGI Sets Guidelines for FDC Trials as Long Wait for Phase IV Protocols Continues The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has outlined how makers of fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) can meet regulatory demands for clinical data on their drugs. DCGI Dr. GN Singh is asking FDC manufacturers to focus on safety data and is providing flexibility in the design of clinical...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Offers New Drug, Device Draft Guidance (16 May 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. China Shares Flurry of Proposals to Encourage Drug, Medical Device Innovation The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released four draft documents intended to encourage innovation in the drug and medical device industries. CFDA’s proposals aim to cut the time it takes to set up a clinical study, accelerate the approval process, overhaul the patent system and...