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    10 Years in, EU Pediatric-Use Marketing Authorization Called a 'Disappointment'

    Biopharmaceutical companies and regulators across Europe have said that in the 10 years since the Pediatric Regulation took effect, some pediatric therapeutic areas have seen progress, though the pediatric-use marketing authorization (PUMA) has not lived up to expectations. Overall, according to a summary of the comments received from 75 stakeholders on the consultation from last November , the European Commission noted that the reward system built into the regul...
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    EMA Offers New EudraVigilance Checklist for Sponsors, MAHs

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday published a checklist to help marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and sponsors prepare for the technical changes ahead of the launch of the new EudraVigilance adverse event system on 22 November 2017. The checklist features general testing instructions and easy-to-follow steps to assist sponsors and MAHs in the transition. In addition, EMA notes that the ICH E2B(R3) Implementation Guide and the EU ICSR Implementation...
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    EMA to Launch Revamped EudraVigilance System to Monitor Adverse Events

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) management board on Monday endorsed the launch on 22 November 2017 of an improved system for collecting and monitoring suspected adverse events. In the lead up to the launch of the new EudraVigilance system, EMA says national competent authorities, marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and sponsors of clinical trials have to make  final preparations  to ensure that their processes and IT infrastructures can work with the new...
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    10 Hot-Button Issues FDA’s New Commissioner Will Face

    Like his predecessors, Scott Gottlieb, the newly sworn-in commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will have a full plate to tackle as he takes the reins of the short-staffed agency. Opioid Epidemic At the forefront of the agenda is what Gottlieb called his "highest immediate priority" in the confirmation hearing: the opioid crisis. While acknowledging that FDA’s past actions may have been too incremental, Gottlieb will now have to deal with ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia Scraps Target Date for Processing GMP Applications (25 April 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. TGA Scraps 15-day Target for Processing GMP Clearance Applications Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has scrapped its 15-day target timeframe for processing good manufacturing practice (GMP) clearance filings. The target is a long-standing part of TGA’s guidelines for overseas manufacturers, but has become progressively harder to achieve as the volum...
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    Fast Start for FDA Drug Approvals in 2017

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to make a comeback from the relatively low number of new drugs approved in 2016, though it's unlikely to match the approval highs from 2014 and 2015. Already in 2017, FDA has approved 14 new drugs , though that quick pace is not likely to continue and the rest of the year is shaping up to be an average or slightly above average year for approvals. Based on data from BioPharmCatalyst , FDA has just over 20 remaining a...
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    Main Challenge for Generic Drugmakers? First Cycle Approvals, FDA Says

    The biggest outstanding challenge for the generic drug industry moving into the second iteration of its user fee agreement is multiple cycle reviews before approval, Kathleen Uhl, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs told participants Tuesday at a generic drugs forum for small businesses. According to FDA’s latest complete set of data, only 9% of abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) won approval in the first review cycle, ...
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    MHRA Details Common Issues in Clinical Trial Applications

    The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Wednesday issued guidance detailing the most common issues it sees in clinical trial applications in an effort to help sponsors avoid unnecessary delays. According to the agency, more than half of the approximately 1,000 clinical trial applications submitted each year require additional information before they can be reviewed and approved. While MHRA typically reviews clinical trial applications for ...
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    House Bill Would Incentivize Drugmakers to 'Repurpose' Drugs for Rare Diseases

    Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) on Monday reintroduced a bill that would grant drugmakers an additional six months exclusivity for repurposing already-approved drugs to treat rare diseases. The bill, known as the Orphan Product Extensions Now Accelerating Cures and Treatments (OPEN) Act , was initially included in the 21st Century Cures Act , but was removed before it was signed into law last year. The additional exclusivity for new orphan indications under the OPEN Act w...
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    EMA Reflects on its First Decade of Conditional Marketing Authorizations

    Ten years after the development of the conditional marketing authorization (CMA) pathway, European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday said the program is working as intended, and has led to earlier patient access to 30 drugs, nearly half of which were for orphan indications, and 80% of which target seriously debilitating or life-threatening conditions. Additionally, EMA says that the majority of products granted conditional marketing authorization were either for indicatio...
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    Truthful and Non-Misleading: FDA Looks to Clarify Policies on Medical Product Communications

    When is off-label marketing considered free speech? And when should such communications, whether they are directed at doctors, insurers or the public be considered in violation of the law or US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations? FDA on Wednesday attempted to answer these questions and more with the release of two new draft guidance documents and a 63-page memorandum on public health interests and First Amendment considerations related to off-label communica...
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    FDA’s Approval of a New Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Raises Questions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday raised some eyebrows with its approval of another long-acting opioid, Egalet’s Arymo ER (morphine sulfate extended-release tablets), with abuse-deterrent properties. What makes this approval unique is not only the oddly-worded FDA explanation of an another opioid's marketing exclusivity in relation to this approval, but the agency overriding a nearly unanimous advisory panel of outside medical experts. Back in August,...