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    COVID-19 therapeutics tracker

    Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, just three therapeutics have been approved to treat COVID-19: dexamethasone in the  United Kingdom  and  Japan ; Avigan (favilavir) in  China , Italy and Russia; and Veklury (remdesivir) in the United States ,  Japan  and Australia.   Three therapeutics have received emergency use authorizations (EUAs) in the US. Convalescent plasma, which was authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 23 August and is subject to updated...
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    Perspective: Drug price transparency in the Biden era

    The Trump administration’s efforts to increase drug price transparency are likely to survive the transition to the Biden administration, according to a perspective piece published 13 January in the New England Journal of Medicine . Included in the Transparency in Coverage final rule, issued in late October 2020, the drug price transparency provisions aim to require that health insurers publish list prices and historical net prices for prescription drugs. The inform...
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    EC’s new pharmaceutical strategy highlights support for innovation, R&D

    The European Commission (EC) has adopted its pharmaceutical strategy for Europe. The announcement follows a period of consultation earlier this year and meets the EC’s goal of finalizing the strategy by year’s end.   The strategy is not focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, but strategies and considerations included in the document were informed by the impact of the novel coronavirus in Europe and globally.  The primary objectives of the strategy fall into four categories. ...
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    Experts propose changes to FDA’s Accelerated Approval Program

    A new white paper from the Friends of Cancer Research offers a blueprint for reimagining the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Accelerated Approval Program for drugs and biologics that treat serious and life-threatening illnesses. The white paper , released during the group’s annual meeting, recommends explicitly adding a more comprehensive risk-benefit assessment to the surrogate endpoints currently used as the basis for approval, a framework that would move the U...
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    EMA's CHMP gives Gamifant a second thumbs down; approves five new medicines

    In its November meeting, a committee of the European Medicines Agency gave its second thumbs down to the monoclonal antibody Gamifant (emapalumab), confirming a July 2020 negative opinion on the Novimmune SA drug.   The US FDA approved Gamifant for pediatric use in primary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in November 2018; this was the same indication for which EMA has twice declined authorization.   EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) had positive recommendat...
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    Makena indication may fall based on post-approval data

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to withdraw the approval of the only drug indicated to prevent recurrent preterm birth, based on a post-approval study showing a lack of efficacy.   Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection) was originally granted accelerated approval in 2001 and remains on the market. Makena’s manufacturer, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, has requested a public hearing to explore the issue. It is up to the FDA commissioner whether to gr...
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    Getting to the point: Achieving clear communication with health authorities

    This article discusses the critical need for clear, precise, and consistent communication on the part of regulatory professionals in interactions and submissions with health authorities. It presents various approaches and offers examples for the regulatory professional to draw on to improve the clarity of such communications.   Introduction As a regulatory professional, one is constantly reaching for and achieving new goals. Whether it is initiation of a first-in-hum...
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    Report: FDA REMS program ineffective at curbing opioid misuse

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been using the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) program as a way to mitigate adverse events stemming from opioid misuse and abuse, but that program is a poor tool for fighting the opioid epidemic, the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General concluded in a new report .   The REMS program is a long-standing drug safety program that has allowed the FDA to require manufacturers to implement ...
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    FDA gives draft adjuvant trial guidance for RCC, bladder cancer

    Two new draft guidances from the US Food and Drug Administration give investigators a roadmap for clinical trials of adjuvant drug or biologic therapy for two common cancers. The first of the guidances released on 1 October addresses adjuvant treatment for bladder cancer, and the other addresses adjuvant treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC).   “Currently, there is significant variability in the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials” that examine adjuvant ...
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    Report calls for limits on compounded bioidentical hormone therapy

    Evidence does not support the clinical utility of compounded bioidentical hormone therapies and their use should be limited to patients who cannot use products approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a consensus study report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).   FDA requested the NASEM review due to increasing popularity of compounded bioidentical hormone therapies (cBHT) combined with concerns over he...
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    Biopharma industry urges MRA to mitigate risk of no-deal Brexit

    The biopharma industry is urging the European Union to separate talks about post-Brexit regulatory cooperation from broader political negotiations. Groups including the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) made the plea amid fears the collapse of free trade talks will force a hard split between the United Kingdom and EU regulatory regimes.   In a letter to senior EU officials, the six trade groups call for Brexit negotiators to pr...
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    FDA labeling study helps clear path for OTC naloxone

    Consumers reading a model drug facts label for naloxone could understand labeling sufficiently to use the opioid antagonist safely and effectively without the support of a healthcare provider, according to a label-comprehension study conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   The unusual move by the FDA could help clear a hurdle to approval of over-the-counter injectable and intranasal naloxone; many public health experts concerned about the impact of th...