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    When to Submit a New 510(k): FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized two guidances detailing when a new 510(k) is required for changes made to medical devices or their software. In August 2016, FDA released the two draft guidances, five years after the agency's first attempt to replace its 1997 guidance on 510(k) changes. But the agency withdrew the 2011 draft guidance after Congress ordered it to rethink the policies discussed in that version, which industry complained woul...
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    EMA Adds New Excipients to Labeling Requirements

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday updated its annex to the European Commission's guideline on excipient labeling, adding five new excipients and expanding the safety warnings required for 10 others. Excipients are defined as any part of a drug other than the active pharmaceutical ingredient. Most excipients are thought to be inactive, though some can cause reactions in certain circumstances. For instance, lactose is commonly used as a filler in drug tablets, ...
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    FDA Draft Guidance for Medical Product Communications

    This article focuses on the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) draft guidance as it impacts prescription drug promotion and offers examples regarding information considered consistent with labeling. It emphasizes the need for regulatory professionals to better understand and adhere to FDA's evidentiary standards by utilizing examples of the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP), formerly Division of Drug Marketing and Communications, enforcement actions tha...
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    Child-Resistant Packaging Statements in Drug Labels: FDA Drafts Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday published draft guidance to help ensure child-resistant packaging (CRP) statements in drug labels is clear, useful, informative and, to the extent possible, consistent in content and format. The draft, now open for comments, is meant to assist applicants, manufacturers, packagers and distributors in determining what information should be included to support the CRP statements. Background Child-resistant pack...
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    ICH Q12 Post Approval Change Management Protocol: Advantages for Consumers, Regulators and Industry

    This article discusses the latest draft of ICH Q12 and significance of harmonizing regulatory requirements across regional borders. It emphasizes how Post-Approval Change Management Protocol (PACMP) can be used as a tool to improve strategic change management and ensure supply chain reliability. 1, 2 Introduction While the pharmaceutical industry is globalized, regulations are regionalized. This means a Marketing Authorization Holder (MAH) can manufacture a product a...
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    FDA Makes Drug Safety Labeling Change Information Easier to Access

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced the safety labeling changes (SLC) program will be managed by its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s (CDER’s) Office of Communications (OCOMM), which has created a new database that provides data to the public in downloadable and searchable formats. “With this transition, safety labeling change (SLC) data on the Web will now be available much faster for health care providers, health information technol...
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    Capsule Supplier Changes: FDA Offers an Updated Policy

    Changing the supplier of gelatin capsules used to encase drugs constitutes a minor change, and does not require a prior approval supplement (PAS), according to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy that went into effect Monday. Prior Approval Supplement When a drugmaker makes changes to an already approved product, including changes to its specifications, manufacturing process or label, the company must notify FDA of the change. Depending on the seriousness of...
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    Australia Outlines Major Drug Label Changes

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday announced upcoming changes to the way medicine labels on the island will look and be laid out in order to make more pertinent information about medicines easier to find. The changes, which will be implemented over four years beginning 31 August 2016, will be made available in Australia’s Federal Register of Legislation from 17 August 2016, along with guidance on how to apply the new labeling orders. T...
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    Plain Language Labelling Requirements

    This article describes the requirements of the guidance document published by Health Canada on plain language labelling. The Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations ( Labelling, Packaging and Brand Names of Drugs for Human Use ) came into force on 13 June 2015. 1 The Plain Language Labelling amendments aim to improve the safe use of drugs and help reduce preventable harms from medication errors by making drug labels and safety information easier to read and...
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    Drugmakers Split on Whether to Include Interchangeability Statement in Biosimilar Labels

    Drug, biologic and biosimilar companies’ comments on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on biosimilar labeling reveals a major split between those who do and do not want a statement on a biosimilar’s interchangeability status on each new product's label. The comments come as FDA has still yet to release its guidance on what interchangeability means, and as FDA has not found any biosimilar to be interchangeable with its reference product. However, th...
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    Confusion Pushes FDA to Change Antidepressant’s Brand Name

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday approved a brand name change for Takeda’s antidepressant Brintellix (vortioxetine) to decrease the risk of prescribing and dispensing errors resulting from confusion with AstraZeneca’s blood-thinning medicine Brilinta (ticagrelor). The new brand name of Brintellix will be Trintellix, and the tablets will look nearly identical and are expected to be available in June, FDA said. “No other changes will be made to the la...
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    Health Canada Finalizes IVD Labeling Guidance After 18 Years

    The Canadian regulatory agency Health Canada on Friday finalized its guidance for labeling in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices nearly 18 years after releasing the draft version in 1998. The final guidance includes new considerations for electronic labeling, IVDs with small containers, blood glucose monitors and information on complying with Canada's Official Languages Act , which requires product labels to be written in both French and English. Additionally, the guidance...