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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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    Smallpox antiviral approved under FDA’s Animal Rule

    Though the World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1980, FDA has approved Tembexa (Chimerix,brincidofovir) as a treatment for the contagious, deadly disease caused by the variola virus.   The 4 June announcement of Tembexa’s approval noted that smallpox drug development is “an important component of the US medical countermeasures response,” since the federal government has significant concerns about the virus’ potential use as a bioweapon. Tembexa was...
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    Vanda Pharmaceuticals Sues FDA Over Partial Clinical Hold

    In a complaint filed against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Vanda Pharmaceuticals called on a federal district court to lift a partial clinical hold on its experimental drug tradipitant. The complaint—filed with US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday—alleged that FDA acted in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 (APA) in imposing the partial clinical hold last December. The hold was imposed on a protocol for a new clinic...
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    EMA Updates on 3Rs Guideline Review

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday published a report on actions taken to update its guidelines following a review of 3Rs, or replacement, reduction and refinement, principles to reduce the need for animal testing of medicinal products.   In 2014, EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) launched a review to update their guidelines to ensure they align with 3Rs best practices....
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    Tracking Post-Approval Study Completion: Majority On-Schedule but Not Submitted

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its most recent report tracking the progress that new drug and biologic applicants are making on post-approval studies. The report found that the majority of post-marketing requirements (PMRs) and post-marketing commitments (PMCs) are progressing on schedule, though of those studies that are open (734 NDAs and 156 BLAs are open as of 30 September 2016) and on-schedule, few PMRs for new drug applications ...
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    Drugged Driving: FDA Finalizes Study Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized guidance on how drugmakers should study the effects of their drugs on driving ability. The guidance is largely in line with the draft version issued in 2015, and continues to recommend that drugmakers follow the "tiered assessment" approach detailed in a 2011 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Behavioral Safety Research. FDA first introduced the draft guidance after ...
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    Rare Diseases: FDA Awards Grants for 21 Clinical, Natural History Studies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday awarded $32 million in research grants to fund 15 clinical studies and six natural history studies for rare diseases. The grants are being funded through FDA's orphan products grants program , with $22 million going to the clinical studies and $9.8 million in combined funding from FDA and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences' (NCATS) Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases program going to fund...
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    Bioequivalence Studies of Solid Oral Dosage Forms Overview

    The article discusses regulations and guidance for conducting bioavailability and bioequivalence studies required to obtain generic product approval across various markets. Included are comparative regulatory approaches for establishing bioequivalence of generic drugs to their corresponding reference drugs across various international jurisdictions, including Australia, Canada, EU, Japan and the US. Introduction 'Generic' drugs offer a significant cost saving and are ...
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    Former CDC Director: Medicine Should Look Beyond Randomized Controlled Trials

    In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas Frieden calls for greater use of alternative data sources, other than randomized controlled trials (RCTs), for health care decision making. "For much, and perhaps most, of modern medical practice, RCT-based data are lacking and no RCT is being planned or is likely to be completed to provide evidence for action. This 'dark matter'...
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    EMA Updates Guidance on Three Post-Authorisation Activities

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced Friday it has updated three post-authorisation activity guidance documents, including type II variations, post-authorisation safety studies and quality variations. "The main aim is to improve the quality of post-authorisation applications by better assisting applicants in complying with the legal and regulatory requirements and avoiding frequent mistakes," EMA writes. Specifically, the updates include a new pre-submission c...
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    Fears Over Device Surveillance Amid Talk of Deregulation

    A team of researchers say that better postmarketing data for medical devices could identify safety issues sooner, but they fear that current political headwinds could derail planned device safety efforts. In a viewpoint published in JAMA on Thursday, Joshua Sharfstein of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Rita Redberg and Alison Jacoby of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, point to the recent debate over power morcellators as ...
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    FDA Offers Biomarker Qualification Case Studies

    As part of an educational series on qualifying biomarkers for use in drug development, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released two fictitious examples of how biomarkers can improve the drug development process and how FDA works with researchers, pharmaceutical companies and patient advocates to qualify biomarkers. One follows a researcher who discovers a promising biomarker of drug-induced kidney injury in rats and explores how he partnered with rese...