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    6 Things You Need to Do to Prepare for the New EU Medical Devices Regulation

    When the EU’s new Medical Devices Regulation ( MDR ) entered into force last month, it set in motion a three-year countdown to the new rules’ full application in 2020. For companies marketing devices in the EU that wish to continue to do so, there is a lot to do in that relatively short time, so it is critical to begin as soon as possible. Early preparation is key. Following are six things you should be doing to get ready. 1. Plan Ahead In order to figure out wh...
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    Swissmedic Touts 2016 Performance: 42 New Approvals

    In its annual report released Tuesday, Swiss drug regulator Swissmedic says it outpaced the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in approving new drugs in 2016, in part due to the agency's new fast-track procedure. In 2016, Swissmedic approved 42 new active substances (NASs), a 50% increase over the previous year and just over 50% more than EMA recommended. "This increase shows that the pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland is conti...
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    FDA, EMA and PMDA Seek Antimicrobial Clinical Study Regulation Harmonization

    For the second time in seven months, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) met in late April to discuss their approaches for evaluating antimicrobial agents, with the aim of identifying areas for convergence. Antimicrobial resistance has been recognized as a public health threat. The World Health Organization said it is "so serious that it threatens the achiev...
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    Senate Confirms Gottlieb as Next FDA Commissioner

    The Senate on Tuesday afternoon voted along party lines to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb as the next US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner. Gottlieb, who faced limited resistance during his Senate committee hearing for his close financial ties to industry, will fill a position most recently held by Dr. Robert Califf , who served under President Barack Obama until last January. In his confirmation hearing, and unlike several other Trump nominees, Gottli...
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    Final EU MDR, IVDR Texts Published, Countdown to Implementation Begins

    The final texts of the new European medical device and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) regulations were published on Friday in the Official Journal of the European Union , setting in motion the timeline for implementation of the new regulations to commence on 25 May. Gert Bos, executive director at Qserve Group and a RAPS board member, explained to attendees of the MedCon conference in Cincinnati on Thursday some of the difficulties that industries will face over the ...
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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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    EU and US Regulations for Chemical Components in Medical Devices

    This article discusses a number of regulations directed at the use of chemical components in medical devices, both in the EU and US. The author reviews legislation, offers compliance advice and warns about the penalties of noncompliance. Introduction When a healthcare provider purchases a new medical product, the purchaser has the same high expectations for long-term reliability and performance that any business has when investing in new equipment. While consumer elec...
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    UK Triggers Brexit: What’s Next for the UK, MHRA and EMA?

    UK Prime Minister Teresa May on Wednesday set in motion the UK’s departure from the EU over the next two years, guaranteeing the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will see some significant changes over the next few years. One of the biggest changes due to Brexit will be the departure of the EMA’s headquarters from London to another country in the EU ( member states will decide the new location), though it’s still unknown where the headquarters will go and how UK’s Medicin...
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    505(b)(2) Approval Pathway: Not Necessarily Shorter Approval Times

    With a goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of studies performed on a previously approved drug, the 505(b)(2) pathway allows for a more streamlined development and approval process, but for new drug applications (NDAs), the pathway has not led to shorter approval times, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. Background Established under the Hatch-Waxman Amendments of 1984 to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosme...
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    When Does CDER Consult With Controlled Substance Staff? Revised MAPP Explains

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released a manual of policies and procedures (MAPP) outlining how its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) staff consult with Controlled Substance Staff (CSS) on abuse potential and dependence liability. Since 2000, CDER and CSS, which fulfills a unique role within FDA under the authority of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970, have collaborated to evaluate all new drug applications (NDAs), abbrevia...
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    Updated: FDA and EMA in 2016: A Look at the Numbers

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wasn't the only major regulator to OK fewer new drugs in 2016 than in recent years. Across the Atlantic, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) saw a similar decline in the number of drugs, with only 27 new active substances (NASs) recommended. In fact, both regulators saw the lowest number of new drugs given a positive review in their respective jurisdictions in years. For EMA, the number represents the fewest NASs recommended in a...