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    FDA panel split on approach to COVID-19 vaccines for younger children

    Members of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) disagreed as to whether the agency should grant emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for COVID-19 vaccines for children at a 10 June meeting.   Some said that EUAs were necessary to get the pediatric population vaccinated quickly to achieve herd immunity as the country emerges from the pandemic and that these vaccines should be available soon as th...
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    FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in children 12-15

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age.   "The FDA's expansion of the emergency use authorization [EUA] for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age is a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic," said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock in a statement. "Today's action allows for a younger popul...
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    FDA eases storage, transportation conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday updated the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to allow the vaccine to be transported and stored at temperatures found in conventional pharmaceutical freezers for up to two weeks.   The announcement comes one week after Pfizer and BioNTech disclosed they had submitted data demonstrating their vaccine’s stability at higher temperatures based on manufacturing data from the p...
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    Australia’s TGA authorizes Pfizer COVID vaccine

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Monday granted provisional approval to Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty for individuals aged 16 and older, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in Australia.   The approval follows a provisional determination by the agency in October allowing for the submission of the application under the provisional pathway. TGA has also granted provisional determinations for vaccines developed by Astra...
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    EU authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine

    The European Commission on Monday conditionally authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine after receiving a recommendation by the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use earlier in the day.   The fast-tracked decision shortened what is usually a two-month procedure to a matter of hours, spotlighting the dire need for a vaccine as much of Europe faces lockdowns and restrictions amid a winter resurgence of the virus. The c...
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    FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use

    The US Food and Drug and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in individuals ages 16 and older just one day after the agency’s advisory panel voted 17-4 in favor of the vaccine.   Now that the vaccine has been authorized just three weeks after Pfizer and BioNTech submitted their emergency use authorization (EUA) request, a nationwide rollout of the vaccine is set to begin. FDA Commissioner Stephen ...
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    EMA chief says Pfizer, Moderna data ‘very robust,’ defends vaccine review approach

    Emer Cooke, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) newly installed executive director, on Thursday told a European Parliament committee that data submitted in support of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are “very robust”.   The meeting occurred hours before the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee would meet to discuss authorizing the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use and ju...
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    Population Pharmacokinetics: Drugmakers Seek Clarity and Additions to Revised FDA Guidance

    About a dozen drugmakers and industry groups recently offered their opinions on a revised US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance related to population pharmacokinetics (PK) analyses submitted as part of new drug applications and biologic license applications. The comments largely seek specific tweaks to the 23-page revised draft, which was released in July , although some of the comments also seek further clarity and new additions to the guidance. Indu...
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    FDA Approves Two More Biosimilars

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved the 22 nd and 23 rd biosimilars: Pfizer’s Ruxience (rituximab-pvvr), which is the second biosimilar to Roche’s Rituxan (rituximab), and Samsung Bioepis’s Hadlima (adalimumab-bwwd), which could end up being the ninth biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab). Ruxience is approved as a treatment of adult patients with CD20-positive B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) to be used as a single agent or in combin...
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    Another Biosimilar Approval From FDA, Another Unknown Launch Date

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved Pfizer’s Zirabev (bevacizumab-bvzr), the 21 st biosimilar in the US and the second for Roche’s cancer treatment Avastin (bevacizumab). But the launch date in the US for Zirabev, a treatment for five types of cancer, remains unknown, as does the launch date for its predecessor, Amgen’s Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb), approved in September 2017. Similarly, two Enbrel (etanercept) biosimilars have been approved, the f...
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    Pfizer Appoints Gottlieb to Board of Directors

    Following in the tradition of recently departed US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioners, Scott Gottlieb is joining the board of directors at Pfizer. In addition to his role on the Pfizer board, Gottlieb, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, is also resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a partner at the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates. Reactions to Gottlieb’s decision to join the Pfizer board ranged from ...
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    Risk-Based Monitoring: Pfizer and BMS Seek Clarity on FDA Draft Guidance

    Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) recently raised questions with and sought further clarity from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a draft guidance related to the risk-based monitoring (RBM) of clinical trials. The eight-page RBM draft guidance , released in March, comes in the form of eight questions and answers. It expands on guidance from August 2013, known as “ Oversight of Clinical Investigations--A Risk-Based Approach to Monitoring ,” by providing...