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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...
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    FDA pilots program to encourage new drug development tools

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday announced it will pilot a new program it hopes will spur the development of novel drug development tools (DDTs) that do not fit within the agency’s existing DDT qualification programs.   The qualification process for DDTs was revamped under the 21 st Century Cures Act and FDA currently offers specific qualification programs for biomarkers, clinical outcome assessments (COAs) and animal models for use under the Anim...
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    FDA launches online orphan submissions portal

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday launched a new cloud-based submission portal for orphan drug designation requests, shifting away from the current paper and CD-based submission process. The new portal, first announced in January, is part of the agency’s orphan drug technology modernization effort and fits in with its broader technology modernization plans. The shift to electronic submissions follows a decade of increasing orphan drug designation reques...
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    FDA orphan drug updates at NORD Summit

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided updates on the agency’s efforts to support the development of medical products for rare diseases at the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Summit this week.   In his keynote address on Thursday, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said that FDA had already approved 51 orphan indications through July of this year and acknowledged that the agency’s Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) has se...
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    Updated: FDA delays collection of drug manufacturing volume data

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday announced it will not begin collecting drug manufacturing volume data next month as required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).   Section 3112 of the CARES Act establishes new reporting requirements for drug manufacturers intended to improve the response to drug shortages, including expanding shortage reporting requirements for life-saving drugs to include drugs that are “critical...
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    European Commission reviews impact of orphan, pediatric regulations

    The European Commission on Tuesday published the results of a yearslong evaluation of the EU’s orphan and pediatric medicines regulations it says will be used to guide future legislative changes and shape the EU pharmaceutical strategy.   The more than 100-page evaluation reviews the positive impacts and shortcomings of the orphan regulation, Regulation (EC) No 141/2000 , and the pediatric regulation, Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 , based on external studies and var...
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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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    Risk management, drug shortages and the EU portal for clinical trials

    Feature articles during May focused on risk management and mitigation in dealing with contractors and vendors and included articles on best practices in good vendor management, use of risk management to support outsourcing activities, testing in-house versus outsourcing, and outsourcing in regulatory operations. Also included were in-depth examinations of challenges and opportunities in “bespoke” therapies, a critical appraisal of drug shortages in Germany and an update on...
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    Bespoke therapies – opportunities, challenges, and hope

    This article discusses the advent of bespoke therapies, defined as the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics or symptoms and responses of a patient during all stages of care and as a new frontier beyond personalized medicine. The author covers the revolutionary genetic tools implementing such therapies and the clinical and nonclinical safety perspectives for bespoke therapies. The author concludes that with bespoke therapies we are entering a new...
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    Drug shortages in Germany ‒ A critical appraisal

    This article discusses drug shortages in Germany, the root causes of production problems with active pharmaceutical ingredients, and drug product manufacturers. The authors offer analysis from the perspective of a medium-sized generic drug manufacturer. They outline a range of reasons for the shortages, all of which point to a “broken marketplace.” The authors conclude with a discussion of mitigation activities and address the current COVID-19 pandemic. They warn that drug...
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    Pelosi Drug Pricing Bill Advances on Party-Line Votes

    Two House committees on Thursday advanced on party-line votes Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) bill to allow for the negotiation of certain medicine prices as part of plans to bring down costs in the US. No major amendments were adopted in either the Energy & Commerce or the Education & Labor committees’ meetings, although the amendments in the E&C meeting ranged from carving out specific disease treatments from negotiations to requiring the Health and Human Services Sec...