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    LPAD pathway: FDA finalizes guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance explaining its recently created program intended to spur the development of new antibiotic and antifungal drugs intended for limited patient populations.   The final guidance comes more than two years after FDA issued the draft guidance for comment and a year after the agency held a public meeting to receive input on the guidance from the scientific community. (RELATED: FDA details limited ...
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    Global regulators agree on endpoints for COVID-19 therapeutics

    Regulators participating in the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) last week reached a consensus on endpoints that would be acceptable as primary endpoints in randomized controlled trials for therapeutics to treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19).   In a teleconference on 20 July 2020 co-chaired by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), ICMRA members reviewed potential endpoint...
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    Experts address clinical challenges for ultra-rare diseases at BIO

    A panel of experts at BIO Digital on Wednesday discussed some of the challenges and regulatory considerations for sponsors developing treatments for ultra-rare diseases where clinical trials could involve a very small number of patients.   When asked where companies should begin their development for extremely rare diseases, Brad Glasscock, global vice president and head of global regulatory affairs at BioMarin said, “First and foremost I think is understanding whether...
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    Orphan drug incentives reviewed at BIO

    Orphan drug designation has been a fruitful pathway for drug development, but unmet need remains. Whether changes are needed to the legislation, and how orphan drug research can incorporate patient-focused drug development principles and make room for modern-day collaboration were topics for expert discussion at an orphan drug-focused session during BIO Digital 2020.   The future looks bright for drug development for rare diseases, said session moderator Natasha Bonhom...
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    EC offers antitrust reassurances to generic drugmakers cooperating on shortages

    The European Commission on Wednesday reassured the generic drug association Medicines for Europe that member and nonmember companies can work together to battle shortages of critical hospital drugs to treat COVID-19 patients. The commission explains how generic firms may need to coordinate on stock management and distribution “so that not all undertakings focus on one or a few medicines, while others remain in under-production. Such coordination would be contrary to ant...
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    OTC monograph reform is now law: What’s next?

    This article discusses the impact of over-the-counter (OTC) monograph reform, part of the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act . Regulators and public health stakeholders have been championing OTC monograph reform for more than five years. Then, in what seems like a blink of any eye, it is now law, passed by Congress and signed by the President on 27 March 2020 as part of the CARES Act for pandemic relief. The new law reflects the...
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    FDA seeks withdrawal of heartburn drugs due to new carcinogen concerns

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday requested that all manufacturers of drugs containing ranitidine (commonly known as Zantac and used for heartburn) remove all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) versions from the market because the carcinogen N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) has now been found to increase significantly in samples stored at higher temperatures. The announcement is the most serious in a chain of FDA safety advisories related to NDMA ...
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    FDA Floats Idea of a Rating System for Drug Manufacturers

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Task Force on Drug Shortages supports the idea of creating a new rating system to help drug purchasers, including consumers, better understand the quality management of drug manufacturing facilities. “This idea envisions that pharmaceutical companies could, at their discretion, disclose the rating of the facilities where their drugs are manufactured,” Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, w...
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    Public Funds Help Late-Stage Development of About 25% of New Drugs, Study Finds

    One in four new drugs approved in the US between January 2008 and December 2017 received direct funding from public resources for late stage research or through spin-off companies created from public research institutions, a study published in the BMJ on Wednesday found.  As the drug pricing debate has accelerated in recent months, the debate over whether public or private entities do the majority of drug development work has continued, with the general assumption tha...
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    MHRA Offers No-Deal Brexit Guidance on Comparator Products for Generic Drug Studies

    As another delay may push back Brexit to the end of January, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Tuesday published new guidance on comparator products (CPs) used in bioequivalence (BE), pharmacokinetic (PK) and therapeutic equivalence (TE) studies to support generic drug and other abridged marketing authorization applications following a no-deal Brexit. The guidance explains how it may be possible for an applicant to compare a proposed...
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    Another Record Year for Generic Drug Approvals but Questions on Competition Remain

    For each of the last five years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set generic drug approval records, but questions have lingered on whether these high approval numbers are translating into competition. FY 2019 figures show a total of 1,171 generic drug approvals (935 full approvals and 236 tentative approvals), which breaks FDA’s previous all-time record of 971 full and tentative approvals for FY 2018 . And although the abbreviated new drug application (...
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    FDA Issues 53 Product-Specific Guidances to Help With Generic Drug Development

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released 53 product-specific guidance documents to aid generic drug development, including 34 new guidance documents, 26 guidances for treatments that lack generic competition and 16 for complex products. When finalized, the guidance documents will represent the current thinking of FDA on, among other things, the product-specific design of bioequivalence studies to support abbreviated new drug applications. Among th...