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    Stakeholders seek clarity on FDA cell and gene therapy draft guidance

    Industry, medical societies and other stakeholders have weighed in on draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detailing how sponsors that want to study multiple versions of cell and gene therapies could combine them in a single “umbrella” trial.   The draft guidance, released in September 2021, outlined FDA’s proposed thinking for how this process would work. For cell and gene therapies intended to treat a single disease, sponsors would typically ...
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    FDA warns COVID trial sponsor for failing to submit IND

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month warned a clinical trial sponsor for failing to submit an investigational new drug (IND) application for a study of a product to treat COVID-19.   In its warning letter to KDunn and Associates, P.A. dba HealthQuilt, FDA said it observed “objectionable conditions” during an August inspection related to a trial the company sponsored titled “An Open-Label Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of [redacted] in Sub...
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    Drugmakers Can Now Submit Pre-Assigned Number Requests via CDER’s Portal

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    Beginning Monday, prospective applicants can submit pre-assigned number requests for four additional application types: new drug application (NDA), investigational new drug (IND) application, biologic license application (BLA) and drug master file (DMF), via the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)’s NextGen Portal.   The pre-assigned number requests were previously made via email. But now the firms submitting such applications can use the portal, which is a ...
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    Rare Disease Pre-IND Meetings: FDA Offers Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released new draft guidance to assist sponsors of  treatments for rare diseases in planning and conducting more efficient and productive pre-investigational new drug application (pre-IND) meetings. Specifically, the guidance discusses issues commonly encountered in the early phases of rare disease drug development. “Our experience shows that early and substantive engagement with FDA review teams can help increase th...
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    Best Practices for IND Sponsor Communications: FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week finalized guidance from 2015 on the best practices for communications between investigational new drug application (IND) sponsors and FDA. The guidance describes what to expect in milestone meetings (i.e. pre-IND, end-of-Phase 1 and Phase 2 and pre-NDA/BLA [new drug application/biologics license application] meetings) and how sponsors and FDA work collaboratively during the drug development process. In addition, ...
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    FDA Offers Two New Draft Guidances on Developing Targeted Therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday published two new draft guidance documents that seek to support the development of treatments that address underlying genetic mutations that often cause or contribute to diseases, and another discussing how to determine if an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) device used in a study must undergo its own FDA review, distinct from a drug study. "New drugs are being developed based solely on their ability to target these und...
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    European Commission Adopts Two Acts on GMPs for Medicines

    Last month, the European Commission adopted two legal acts seeking to improve patient safety through good manufacturing practices (GMP) that ensure the highest quality of medicines for investigational and human use. One of the acts is an  implementing directive  that sets out principles and guidelines of GMP in medicines where the manufacture or import is subject to a manufacturing authorization ( see Article 40 of the Community code Directive (2001/83/EC) ). The ...
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    FDA Explains Emergency Expanded Access Application Process

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has laid out the process by which doctors can access an investigational drug for treatment in an individual patient in an emergency situation, both during and after normal business hours in a new Manual of Policies and Procedures. The release of the MAPP coincides with a bill passed in the Senate and making its way through the House that aims to ease the process by which terminal patients can access such investigational dr...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Benefit-Risk Considerations for IDEs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized its guidance detailing its framework for assessing the benefits and risks of investigational device exemptions (IDEs). "A primary goal of this guidance is to clarify the factors that FDA considers when assessing risks and anticipated benefits for IDE studies, and how uncertainty may be offset by a variety of risk mitigation measures that can ensure appropriate patient and participant protections in investiga...
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    IND Application Fast Facts

    This article provides information companies need when filing an Investigational New Drug (IND) a pplication  with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help make the application process more efficient. It addresses common questions and concerns that develop across multiple companies and multidisciplinary groups. When is there a 30-day FDA review? After filing an IND application with FDA, there is a mandatory 30-day review period. 1 The purpose of this review i...
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    Companies Producing Drugs Only for INDs Exempt From FDA Registration

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday published a correction to a recent final rule on registering foreign and domestic manufacturing establishments, clarifying that a company producing solely products for investigational new drug (IND) applications is exempt from registration. The more than 200-page final rule released in late August requires the electronic submission of the registration and listing information for all drug, active pharmaceutical ingredi...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Neurological Device Trials

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday finalized its guidance for sponsors looking to submit an investigational device exemption (IDE) to conduct clinical trials for neurological devices targeting disease progression in diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. "FDA believes that neurological devices intended to slow disease progression and improve clinical outcomes that are meaningful to patients may represent a revolutionary option for patients," FDA w...