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    Do Drugs Approved Via Expedited Pathways Offer Greater Benefits? Study and Doctors Debate

    A recent study in Health Affairs suggests that drugs given an expedited review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offer greater health gains than drugs that receiving a conventional review. But experts caution that the study might only show incremental benefits. The study, conducted by Peter Neumann, director of the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health and three of his colleagues at Tufts Medical Center, compared the change in quality-adjuste...
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    FDA: US Clinical Research Using Three-Parent Baby Technique is Illegal

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday that it is illegal to perform research in the US on a new type of technology that showed promise last year in helping a woman who had multiple miscarriages because of a genetic disorder to give birth to a baby boy in Mexico without that disorder. The technology, known as mitochondrial replacement technology (MRT), deals with mitochondrial DNA passed down only from mother to child. In September 2016, MRT was used to...
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    FDA Panel Votes Unanimously in Favor of First CAR-T Cancer Therapy

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously, 10 to 0, in favor of the benefit-risk profile for the first of a new kind of cancer therapy, known as a Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy. Although the outside panel of experts raised questions about concerns with the safety and manufacturing of the Novartis treatment, known as CTL019 (tisagenlecleucel-T), the panel did not question the effi...
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    CBER Director Focuses on Flexibility to Advance Regenerative Medicines

    Peter Marks, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) on Thursday said his office is equipped to support the development of cutting edge treatments, such as cell and gene therapies. Speaking at the Food and Drug Law Institute's annual conference, Marks said the 21st Century Cures Act added tools to FDA's regulatory arsenal, including the regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation to provi...
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    FDA Officials Question Lack of New Cancer Drugs Developed in Combination With Radiation

    Although almost half of patients with cancer who are cured will have received radiation therapy as a component of their care, there is still a dearth of new therapies being developed in combination with radiation, officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wrote in an article published this week. The authors, including Richard Pazdur, director of FDA's Oncology Center of Excellence, and FDA medical officer Amanda Walker, say that since 2006 there have been ...
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    Regulation and Oversight of Gene Therapy in the US

    This article discusses the evolution, potential uses and regulatory aspects of gene therapy and includes funding, delivery mechanisms, bioethics and steps toward clinical trial implementation. Introduction Sponsors and investigators need to be prepared to take specific steps to satisfy FDA and NIH requirements before, during and after clinical trial implementation. There are a significant number of guidance documents and internal procedures aimed at helping to prepare...
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    FDA Begins Accepting Regenerative Therapy Applications for RAT Designation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday unveiled a new designation category created as part of the 21st Century Cures Act to allow drugs to be eligible for designation as a regenerative advanced therapy (RAT). The stipulations for such a RAT designation include: “The drug is a regenerative medicine therapy, which is defined as a cell therapy, therapeutic tissue engineering product, human cell and tissue product, or any combination product using such the...
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    FDA Withdraws Proposed Rule on Public Disclosure of Info on Unapproved Gene Therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule from 2001 that would have required the public disclosure of summaries of safety and effectiveness data, in addition to other information, from pre-market clinical trials of gene therapies and transplanted non-human tissues to humans, known as xenotransplantation. “FDA has reconsidered our position on this issue and deemed our concerns from 2001 outdated. We will continue to ...
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    EMA to Continue Adaptive Pathways Program as Pilot Ends

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday published a final report on its experience from its adaptive pathways pilot project, noting that a few aspects of the program need to be further improved and refined moving forward.  Though the vast majority of applications for the pilot were rejected, EMA said that moving forward, the agency needs to further integrate the patient voice into the program and refine the definition of methodologically sound strategies for col...
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    European Commission to Overhaul Concept of ‘Similar’ Medicines Within Context of Orphan Legislation

    The European Commission on Friday proposed to review the concept of “similar medicinal products” in the context of its orphan legislation as part of a wider effort to adapt the text to technical progress. Fifteen years after the implementation of the orphan legislation, the commission says it is currently launching initiatives to improve the implementation of the regulatory framework with a view to ensuring timely access to medicinal products.  In this context, the Comm...
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    EC Report Analyzes Regulatory Frameworks for Advanced Therapies in US, Canada, Japan and Korea

    The European Commission report released Wednesday dissects the similarities in how gene-, cell- and tissue-based advanced therapies are regulated across the four different geographic regions, though ongoing research projects in such therapies are heavily concentrated in the US and Japan. The 327-page report highlights the “high degree of convergence” in the regulation of advanced therapies across the US, Canada, South Korea and Japan, noting that only Japan has enacted (...
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    Advanced Therapies: Stakeholders Call for EMA Changes on Regulations, Manufacturing

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday released a report outlining the concerns and regulatory changes described by developers, manufacturers and investors in advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), which include gene therapies, tissue-engineered products and somatic cell therapies, at a meeting last week. The report notes that recurring themes included the need for early interaction with regulators and guidance, more transparency, greater harmonization betwe...