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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA’s PRAC Seeks to Suspend Four Imaging Agents (16 March 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. PRAC Asks to Suspend Authorizations of Four Imaging Agents After Reviewing Safety The Pharmacovigilance and Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has recommended the suspension of the marketing authorizations for four linear gadolinium contrast agents. PRAC put forward the proposal after finding “convincing evidence” accumulations of gadolinium are present in the brain many month...
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    EMA Reviews Safety of PAH Medicine Following 5 Deaths in France

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) signaled Tuesday that doctors can continue to use Actelion Pharmaceuticals’ pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) medicine Uptravi (selexipag) while the agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) evaluates its safety following the deaths of five patients taking the medicine in France. “Based on a preliminary review of available data, EMA advises that Uptravi may continue to be used, both in existing and new pat...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Offers Draft Proposal on Dissolution of Generics (19 May 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA Posts Draft Reflection Paper on Dissolution of Generic Oral Drugs The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a draft reflection paper about the dissolution specification of generic oral immediate release drugs. EMA has used the paper to propose a decision tree designed to counter doubts about the suitability of dissolution specifications and increase the tran...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Germany Joins EU Medical Countermeasure Procurement Alliance (21 April 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. PRAC Adopts Rules for Public Hearings on Safety Reviews Ahead of dry run in July The Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has adopted rules of procedure for public hearings on safety reviews. PRAC, which could hold its first public hearing by the end of the year, is working on the initiative to give its members a way to gather the views of patients on safety is...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Looks to Cut PML Risk in Patients Taking MS Drug Tysabri (18 February 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. PRAC Aims to cut Risk of PML in Patients Taking Biogen’s Tysabri with Frequent MRI Scans The European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has completed its review of Tysabri, the Biogen multiple sclerosis drug associated with increased risk of developing progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). To mitigate this danger, PRAC is recom...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Revises Conflict of Interest Rules for Board Members (21 January 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. PRAC Adopts Strategy to Monitor Effects of Risk-Minimization Measures The Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has implemented a strategy to enable it to measure the impact of its activities. Officials have designed the strategy to deliver feedback on the effectiveness of risk-minimization measures and other actions. PRAC, a part of the European Medicines Agen...
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    EMA Committee Finds No Link Between HPV Vaccines and Rare Conditions

    After reviewing the safety profile of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, a European Medicines Agency's (EMA) committee found no evidence the vaccines cause two rare conditions in young women, concluding that "there is no reason to change the way the vaccines are used." PRAC Review There are currently three centrally-authorized HPV vaccines in the EU – Gardasil/Silgard, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix – to protect against cervical cancer and other HPV related conditions. Upon...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: CHMP Updates Breast Cancer Guidelines (15 October 2015)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA Updates Data Quality Control, IT Papers as Introduction of New Process Nears The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has updated documents on data quality control and electronic filings ahead of the introduction of a new process in November. EMA will start using the new process on 4 November, at which time the regulator will start sending out alerts every time it vali...
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    EMA Hopes to Boost Drug Safety in Scientific Advice Pilot

    In an effort to boost the safety of approved drugs, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is piloting a new procedure that would allow companies to seek the agency's advice on designing post-authorization safety studies (PASS). Background Currently, EMA and its Scientific Advice Working Party (SAWP) offer scientific advice to companies developing medicines. The advice is primarily intended to help drugmakers design "trials that are scientifically sound and generate rob...
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    EU Committee Confirms Increased Risk with Ibuprofen at High Doses

    A European committee has confirmed that high doses of ibuprofen, a popular over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory drug, can increase a patient's risk for cardiovascular issues. Background Ibuprofen belongs to a class of drugs, called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which includes drugs such as diclofenac, naproxen and aspirin. NSAIDs already have a warning about increased risk of blood clots included in the information distributed with such products ...
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    EU Committee Wants Additional Restrictions on Codeine Use in Children

    A European committee is recommending a series of restrictions on the use of medicines containing codeine in children. PRAC’s Recommendations Citing concerns that codeine can cause breathing problems and other serious adverse effects in children, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) is recommending codeine be contraindicated for children less than 12 years of age. Additionally, PRAC says that children between ages 12 ...
  • EMA Initiates Review of Low-T Medications

    The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) has announced it will initiate a review of testosterone-containing medicines following concerns that the drugs, used primarily to treat a condition commonly known as "Low-T," may cause an elevated risk of cardiovascular side effects. Background Those concerns were first raised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2014 following the publication of two separate studies in the Journal of the American Medical Asso...