• RF Quarterly

    A history of expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, Sakigake, and ILAP

    It can take at least a year to 18 months to get a new medicinal product approved in the US, European Union, or United Kingdom. Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to shorten the time to market for medicines that address seriously debilitating and life-threatening conditions. This article reviews the initiation and achievements of US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) ...
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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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    EU regulation of herbal products, Part 1: Definitions, regulations, and documentation

    This article compares and contrasts the regulatory requirements for herbal medicinal products, herbal-based medical devices, and botanical food supplements in the EU. It provides an overview of the current framework, highlights areas of controversy, and presents recent regulatory developments. The article is the first of two on this topic. The current article presents the definitions, main regulations, and documentation requirements for placing the products on the market;...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    Vaccines Europe makes the case for vaccine-specific HTA

    A new position paper from Vaccines Europe calls for an EU-wide committee and effort to implement clinical health technology assessment (HTA) methodologies that are specific to vaccines.   The vaccine-specific initiative would be part of a broader effort by the European Commission (EC) to institute common HTA methodologies and tools throughout the EU. Vaccines Europe, together with the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations’ (EFPIA), is seekin...
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    Regulation of cell and gene therapy products in Japan

    In recent years, new cell and gene therapies have been developed and approved in a number of countries, including Japan. The Japanese government fully supports academia and the pharmaceutical industry in the research and development of these innovative therapies, and in 2019, revised the Act on Securing Quality, Efficacy, and Safety of Products Including Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices to enact the conditional early approval system for accelerating the development and ...
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    ICMRA releases framework for aligning global track and trace systems

    The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) has issued a broad set of recommendations outlining how regulators and industry can set up track and trace systems that are globally aligned to ensure counterfeit or falsified products do not infiltrate supply chains.   The report , which was issued by a joint regulators/industry working group, explores the technical features that would allow for interoperable national and regional track and trace...
  • RoundupsRoundups

    Euro Roundup: HRPA posts 5-year plan as it emerges from ‘twin challenges’ of Brexit and COVID

    Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has published its strategic plan for 2021 to 2025. HPRA set out five goals intended to help it emerge from the “twin challenges of Brexit and COVID-19” and deliver better outcomes for people and animals.   The five goals are titled health system partnerships, progressive regulation, communication and engagement, enabling innovation and great people, great processes. By engaging in activities that further those goals...
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    Euro Roundup: Northern Ireland warns of Brexit border strain for pharmaceuticals

    The Minister for Health in Northern Ireland has warned “additional bureaucracy and management” created by Brexit is putting a strain on a team that advises on medicines and pharmaceutical issues.   Robin Swann, the politician in charge of health in Northern Ireland, framed the problem as a result of the solution Brexit negotiators came up with to avoid the creation of a hard border on the island of Ireland. The solution, the Northern Ireland Protocol, leaves the jurisd...
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    Recon: Kerfuffle over WHO's Wuhan mission; BMS inks $1.3 B cancer deal

    Recon:   Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US New, Daily Coronavirus Cases Drop Below 100K For First Time In Months ( NPR ) U.S. Continues To Accelerate Vaccination Strategy ( NPR ) Seven coronavirus variants potentially similar to UK type have been detected in US: study ( The Hill ) ( NYT ) Fauci Awarded $1 Million Israeli Prize For 'Speaking Truth To Power' Amid Pandemic ( NPR ) Pentago...
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    Interacting with competent authorities during COVID-19 – A European perspective

    This article covers direct interaction with various European authorities in regard to initial and amendment submissions and notifications related to urgent safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors contacted selected European authorities to solicit data on submission events during 1 March and 30 June 2020. They found that the first 6-12 weeks of the pandemic presented challenges to numerous stakeholders but, after adjustments, the number of trials s...
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    Euro Regulatory Roundup: EU health committee calls for EMA to get wider remit, more staff to stop shortages

    A key health committee has called for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to get a wider remit and an increased headcount to prevent shortages of essential medicines. The European Parliament committee made the request in a report that argues EMA should be made the regulatory authority in charge of preventing shortages.   In recent months, multiple Parliament committees have begun considering how to address the emerging problem of medicine shortages. As the group primar...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    EMA nominates executive director to replace Rasi

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Management Board on Thursday nominated Emer Cooke from a short list of candidates to succeed Guido Rasi as the agency’s next executive director.   Rasi, whose second term as EMA executive director ends on 15 November, served as Executive Director from 2011-2014 before being forced to step down after the European Union Civil Service Tribunal annulled his appointment. (RELATED: Rasi returns to head EMA for five-year term , Regula...