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    European Regulatory Roundup: Critical Moment for EMA (15 December 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Commission Creates Roadmap for Evaluation of Pediatric Rare Disease Legislation The European Commission has created a roadmap for evaluating legislation covering pediatric rare diseases. Officials are embarking on the nearly two-year evaluation to understand why regulations on pediatric and orphan medicines have failed to translate into the hoped-for medical advances. ...
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    Have PRVs Incentivized New Rare or Neglected Disease Research? Experts Discuss

    The priority review voucher (PRV) programs, created by Congress with an eye to incentivizing the development of new rare pediatric and neglected tropical disease drugs, have so far rewarded a wide range of small and large biopharma companies and products, though whether PRVs have actually spurred new research remains a question. Andrew Robertson, head of regulatory science and policy at Sanofi, and Rachel Cohen, regional executive director for the Drugs for Neglect...
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    More Efficient Rare Pediatric Drug Development: FDA Drafts Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released draft guidance that could help speed the development of treatments for rare pediatric disease drugs. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said the draft guidance "could eliminate the need for certain clinical studies and, when pediatric clinical studies are needed, could reduce the total number of patients who would receive a placebo instead of a potentially helpful...
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    House, Senate Pass Compromise Bill on FDA, DoD Emergency Use Authorizations

    The US Senate and House of Representatives this week passed a bill forging a compromise over a controversial provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 ( NDAA ) that would have allowed the Department of Defense (DoD) to authorize the use of medical products on an emergency basis. The bill is partly the result of criticism raised over the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) sluggishness in approving a French freeze-dried plasma pr...
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    House Adds Provision to Allow DoD to Approve Medical Products Outside of FDA

    The House of Representatives' Rules Committee on Monday will take up a provision that would expand the US Department of Defense's (DoD) ability to approve, on an emergency basis, medical products, as US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb pushed for the provision to be rejected. According to the committee's conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018, the House will add the Senate amendment to authorize the s...
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    Amgen Challenge of FDA Decision on Pediatric Exclusivity Could Have Wider Implications

    Back in May, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied a six-month extension of market exclusivity for Amgen's blockbuster Sensipar (cinacalcet), resulting in lawsuit filed by the drugmaker. A JAMA viewpoint published Wednesday argues that a decision in Amgen's favor could end up diminishing FDA's ability to encourage clinically meaningful pediatric studies. The case centers on the interpretation of how companies "fairly respond" to FDA's written requests ...
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    FDA Widens Expanded Access Navigator as Johnson Presses House to Pass Right-to-Try

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Thursday announced that a web platform to help patients find information on clinical trials for cancer drugs would be expanded to include orphan disease drugs. The decision follows a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing last month on a bill that passed the Senate in August and seeks to speed and increase access to experimental therapies for terminally ill patients. In written comments to...
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    Opioids: GAO Calls on HHS to Assess Effectiveness of Expanding Medication-Assisted Treatment

    The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday issued a report calling on the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assess the effectiveness of efforts to expand the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. The report follows a House hearing last week in which FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced several steps the agency will take to promote the development and use of MAT. Background The report and Gottlieb's testim...
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    FDA Issues Disease-Specific Draft Guidance for Pediatric GERD

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued draft guidance detailing clinical considerations for drugmakers looking to develop products to treat pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). FDA says the draft is meant to be a starting point for discussions between the agency, drugmakers, academia and the public and sets out the agency's current thinking on potential study populations, endpoints and clinical pharmacology issues related to dosing. Sp...
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    EU Pediatric Regulation’s 10-Year Anniversary Report Highlights Shortcomings

    Ten years ago, the European Commission created a new regulation as part of an effort to try to encourage more pediatric research. But in the years since, companies have been slow to increase their development of treatments for pediatric populations, particularly in oncology, where many of the medicines used were developed in the 1990s, “if they exist at all,” an EC report released Thursday said. The report highlighted that the number of completed pediatric investig...
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    EMA Revises Reflection Paper on Pediatric Extrapolation

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday released an updated draft reflection paper for public consultation detailing the agency's framework for pediatric extrapolation in drug development. EMA defines extrapolation as extending information and conclusions from studies of a particular subgroup (source population), condition or drug to make inferences for another subgroup (target population), condition or drug. By extrapolating data from adult or other pediatric popu...
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    ICH Plans Work on Clinical Trials Guideline Revision, Pediatric Extrapolation

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) is planning to take up two new topics, according to the minutes released Thursday from the group's meeting in Montreal in May and June. The two topics include the first revision to ICH's 1997 E8 General Considerations for Clinical Trials and a new guideline on pediatric extrapolation in clinical trials, both proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ICH Assembly also adopted concept papers outlines f...