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    A history of expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, Sakigake, and ILAP

    It can take at least a year to 18 months to get a new medicinal product approved in the US, European Union, or United Kingdom. Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to shorten the time to market for medicines that address seriously debilitating and life-threatening conditions. This article reviews the initiation and achievements of US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) ...
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    Official encourages ATMP sponsors to consult toolbox guidance to avoid PRIME derailments

    An EU official advised manufacturers of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) to consult the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) recently issued “toolbox” guidance to avoid having products rejected from being eligible for accelerated review under the PRIME program for quality-related deficiencies.   Barbara Bonamassa, a reviewer with the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA), offered an update on some of the EU’s ongoing activities to expedite the development of ATMP the...
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    January’s Regulatory Focus: Leadership in RA, expanding diversity, and more

    Feature articles during January focused on regulatory leadership, a novel approach to hiring regulatory professionals, expedited programs for reducing time to approval for certain drugs, and the Cuban biotechnology industry and its response to COVID-19. Keywords – assessment aid, breakthrough therapy, Cuba, diversity, ILAP, leadership, PRIME   Leadership, hiring, and expanding diversity Effective leadership in regulatory affairs is rooted in an understanding a...
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    Expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, and innovative licensing & access

    Abstract Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to reduce time to approval for medicines that address an unmet medical need. This article compares the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicine’s Agency’s (EMA’s) PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme, and the innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP) from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and reviews th...
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    FDA-EMA Workshop Discusses Quality Challenges for PRIME, Breakthrough Therapies

    Last November, officials from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met with industry representatives in London to discuss the various quality challenges that arise when the development of investigational products is accelerated. EMA’s launch of its priority medicines (PRIME) scheme and FDA’s breakthrough therapy designation have enabled companies to speed certain treatments to market, although there have been difficulties in ...
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    EMA Adds Five Therapies to PRIME Scheme, Bringing Total to 25

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday announced that it has accepted five additional therapies to its PRIME (PRIority MEdicines) scheme, bringing the total number of products accepted to the program to 25. The agency also said it denied seven requests for eligibility, which seeks to streamline the development of promising new therapies through earlier scientific advice and increased engagement between EMA and sponsors. While this latest batch of recomme...
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    EMA Report on 2016: 27 New Drugs, New Priority Scheme, Trial Transparency

    With the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) departure from London and loss of UK expertise (about 60 of the 897 EMA staffers are from the UK) looking more likely, the agency on Wednesday released a report outlining its successes from 2016, when 27 new medicines were authorized and several new programs took shape. Like in the US, EMA is increasingly approving new drugs more quickly for those with unmet needs. In 2016, more than one in three new medicines was recommen...
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    EMA Prioritizes Three New Treatments as Part of its PRIME Scheme

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday announced that it recently granted eligibility to three new treatments as part of its PRIME scheme, which focuses on medicines that may offer a major therapeutic advantage over existing treatments or benefit patients without treatment options. The newly added medicines, which are considered priority medicines by EMA, include Cymabay Therapeutics’ MBX-8025 , which is intended to treat Primary Biliary Cholangitis, a ch...
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    Global Regulatory Strategy

    This article discusses the development of a regulatory strategy allowing companies to identify opportunities and problems prospectively, improve utilization of company resources and focus the development team on the key objectives and assist in developing products with a positive benefit-risk profile demonstrating differential advantages and value for prescribers and payers. The term "strategy," per Merriam Webster (Edition 11), means "a careful plan or method for achi...
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    EMA Adds Four New Drugs to PRIME Scheme

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted four new drugs eligibility to its PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme, bringing the total number of drugs accepted to the program to eight. Like the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) breakthrough therapy program, PRIME aims to streamline the development of promising new therapies through earlier scientific advice and increased engagement between EMA and sponsors in order to facilitate an accelerated product assessme...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA to Waive Some Scientific Advice Fees for Accelerated Access Program (9 June 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA Posts new Guidance on Changing Risk-Management Plans, Manufacturing Sites The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has posted new guidance on post-authorization changes to risk-management plans (RMPs) and manufacturing sites. EMA, which has adopted the policies in an attempt to simplify processes for marketing authorization holders, explained the implications of the guidance...
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    EMA Accepts Four Products to Priority Medicines Scheme

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday released its first statistics for its PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme, naming the first four products to become eligible for the program, which seeks to speed the development of promising new drugs and biologics. This is the first time EMA has released data signaling industry interest in PRIME since its launch in March. In total, EMA says it received 18 applications, mostly from small- and medium-sized companies, represe...