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    Euro Convergence: How orphan drug suppliers can win labelling exemptions

    A strong local presence in EU markets is needed when seeking labelling exemptions that help reduce the cost of providing orphan products, according to experts who spoke at RAPS Euro Convergence 2021.   Manufacturers of orphan drugs can gain exemptions from some labelling requirements at an EU level and from individual member states, a potentially valuable flexibility for companies that make orphan drugs targeting very small numbers of patients. Such products face speci...
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    EC strategy aims for 3-5 new COVID therapeutics by year end

    To support the development of therapeutics for COVID-19, the European Commission on Thursday announced a new strategy intended to bring at least three to five new COVID-19 therapeutics to market this year.   The strategy, which includes more than €140 million in funding, aims to streamline the development of promising new medicines and ensure their speedy rollout across the EU, complementing the strategy the Commission deployed for COVID-19 vaccines last year. (RELATED...
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    FDA welcomes alternative approaches to generic drug development

    Issuance of a product specific guidance should not “diminish innovation or creativity” in generic drug development, Robert Lionberger, director for the office of research and standards in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of Generic Drugs, said at a 5 May webinar on the development of product specific guidance.   FDA officials said that the number of a product specific guidances (PSGs) issued by the Office of G...
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    FDA scraps another last-minute Trump-era policy

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday revoked a policy issued in the final days of the Trump administration that was purportedly aimed at increasing transparency related to drug review timelines.   The policy, announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on 15 January 2021, would have required FDA to publish “redundant” information on new drug applications (NDAs) and abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) submitted to the agency for...
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    CHMP recommends eight new medicines in April, including two orphans

    In its April meeting, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) human medicines committee recommended eight new medicines for approval, including three new non-orphan medicinal products and two orphan medicines.   EMA’s Committee for Medical Products for Human Use (CHMP) also issued positive opinions for extensions of therapeutic indications for nine medicines, bringing the total new indications for 2021 to 23.   Leo Pharma’s Adtralza (tralkinumab) was recommended ...
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    FDA offers guidance on generic drug development during COVID

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released a new questions and answers guidance for generic drugmakers addressing generic product development and abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) submissions and assessments during the COVID-19 public health emergency.   “FDA recognizes that the COVID-19 public health emergency may impact the development of generic drug products, interrupt or delay ANDA applicants’ bioequivalence studies, and impact the submissi...
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    FDA increases OTC monograph facility fees in reissued notice

    Following a dispute with the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) that resulted in its initial notice being withdrawn, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday reissued its notice announcing fee rates for its newly created over-the-counter (OTC) monograph drug user fee program (OMFUA) for FY2021.   FDA initially issued the notice on 29 December, but it was quickly withdrawn by HHS over public outcry against FDA’s plans to collect user fees fro...
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    FDA issues 36 new and revised product-specific guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week issued 36 new and revised draft product-specific guidances meant to facilitate the development of generic drugs by clarifying the agency’s expectations for the studies required to demonstrate bioequivalence (BE) to a reference listed drug (RLD).   The latest batch of guidances includes 22 new and 14 revised draft guidances covering drugs to treat prostate cancer, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis and numerous other cond...
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    FDA on Rare Disease Day: New initiatives and an upcoming conference

    On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a series of efforts and a day-long conference centered on addressing the unmet needs of patients with rare diseases. FDA leaders announced the initiatives in recognition of Rare Disease Day, observed on February 28.   A new request for applications (RFA) issued by FDA augments the agency’s Orphan Products Grants Program. The RFA is seeking natural history studies to address unmet needs in rare diseases, l...
  • FDA’s OPQ reports on drug quality efforts in 2020

    The office tasked with overseeing pharmaceutical quality within the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) released its annual report for 2020 on Thursday, highlighting its effort in a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.   In its previous annual report, the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) touted its participation in nearly one third of the preapproval inspections FDA carried out in 2019. For 2020, OPQ instead foc...
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    FDA eyes adaptive designs for BE studies impacted by COVID-19

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to adaptive designs to salvage in vivo bioequivalence (BE) studies that have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   FDA acknowledged the impact that the public health emergency could have on BE studies early in the pandemic and in April 2020 the agency created a webpage with information for abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) sponsors noting that protocol revisions may be required for studies that are inter...
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    A look at FDA’s data on priority and competitive generics

    Three years into the second Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA II) program, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seen the number of priority and competitive generic therapy (CGT) abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) approved or under review rise as generic drugmakers continue to pursue both designations. The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA), which reauthorized GDUFA for five years, includes provisions to shorten the reviews of certain ANDAs...