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    Expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, and innovative licensing & access

    Abstract Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to reduce time to approval for medicines that address an unmet medical need. This article compares the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicine’s Agency’s (EMA’s) PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme, and the innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP) from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and reviews th...
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    EMA announces new efforts to minimize animal testing

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced it will be providing “special support” to help drug developers use alternative approaches to animal testing through its Innovation Task Force (ITF). Such approaches include tests based on human and animal cells, organoids, organ-on-chips and insilico modeling, all of which have promise to be more predictive scientific tools.   The task force, established by EMA in 2014, is a horizontal cross-sectorial group that b...
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    The PhD scientist’s pathway into regulatory affairs

    Making a transition from a life and health science research scientist to a regulatory affairs professional can be challenging. It is difficult to gain the requisite experience in an academic or industry research setting. However, the combination of an advanced science degree, transferable skills, and professional experiences can make this transition attainable.   Intellectual curiosity is often the impetus for pursuing a doctorate degree (PhD). The desire to learn a su...
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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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    MHRA awards first ‘innovation passport’ under new pathway

    MSD's (Merck Sharp & Dohme (UK) Limited) investigational drug belzutifan on Friday became the first drug to be awarded an “innovation passport” under the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP).   Belzutifan is being developed to treat adults with von Hippel-Lindau disease, a rare cancer-causing genetic disorder, and has been granted orphan designation in the EU and both orphan designation and br...
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    LPAD pathway: FDA finalizes guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance explaining its recently created program intended to spur the development of new antibiotic and antifungal drugs intended for limited patient populations.   The final guidance comes more than two years after FDA issued the draft guidance for comment and a year after the agency held a public meeting to receive input on the guidance from the scientific community. (RELATED: FDA details limited ...
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    510(k) Modernization: FDA Floats Need to Pursue New Authority

    Plans at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “modernize” the most commonly used pathway for new medical device clearances “might require new authority,” FDA leadership said on Monday. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Jeff Shuren, director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), issued a joint statement to announce 2018 progress on novel device approvals, pointing out that the breakthrough 510(k) is one of two submission types that was new...
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    CDRH Outlines Next Steps to Implement New Safety and Performance Based Pathway

    Following Tuesday’s final guidance that established a new option for 510(k) clearance, a spokesperson from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) highlighted next steps to implement the new Safety and Performance Based Pathway in 2019. “Our next step is to develop an implementation plan to apply this Safety and Performance Based Pathway,” CDRH spokesperson Angela Stark told Focus . “We encourage industry and o...
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    FDA Discusses Device Least Burdensome Provisions in New Draft Guidance

    After signaling that it would shift more of the regulatory oversight of medical devices to the postmarket setting, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a new draft guidance detailing updates to its least burdensome approach to regulating devices. FDA's least burdensome provisions were first introduced under the FDA Modernization Act (FDAMA) in 1997, and since then, both the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) and the 21st Century Cures Act...
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    What New CDRH Guidance is Coming in FY 2018: Alternative 510(k) Pathway and More

    While recognizing that comparison testing for 510(k) applicants can be outdated, especially for newer medical devices, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that in the first quarter of 2018, new draft guidance will be released to address an alternative pathway for demonstrating substantial equivalence. The creation of this voluntary, alternative 510(k) pathway, first announced back in September , "will allow more flexibility to use more moder...
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    CDRH Plots Creation of New 'Super Office,' Alternative 510(k) Pathway

    Jeff Shuren, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) told attendees at the final session at AdvaMed’s MedTech conference in San Jose, California, that his center is plotting the creation of a new "super office." The so-called "Total Product Life Cycle 'Super' Office" will integrate premarket, postmarket surveillance and quality-compliance functions, Shuren said, noting it will be "a big deal." The o...
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    Biomarker Qualification: FDA Explains Process and Opportunities for Engagement

    In a set of newly released presentations, officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explain changes to the agency's biomarker qualification program and detail early opportunities for biomarker developers to engage with FDA. "A qualified biomarker can be used in multiple drug development programs without the need for [the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research] CDER to reconfirm the suitability of the biomarker's qualified context of use," said Marianne No...