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    HHS pushes through last-minute policies impacting FDA

    With just days remaining before the transition to a new administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pushing through policies that could impact the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory oversight.   Last week, HHS announced it had finalized a rule that would cause its regulations to expire if they are not reviewed every 10 years, with some exceptions provided for medical device-specific regulations, food standards and over-the-cou...
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    December's Regulatory Focus: APL and the role of social media

    December 2020. It’s been just one year since we finished the last Regulatory Focus issue on advertising and labeling, yet it feels like a lifetime. In March, as the true impact of COVID-19 kicked in and we retreated from the office space to our home offices, it was hard to envision how we would prevail, both personally and professionally. But our industry, and particularly regulatory advertising and labeling, did not skip a beat and instead, stayed the course and perseve...
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    FDA revises draft PLLR guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday revised its draft guidance providing recommendations on the content and format of labeling required under the pregnancy and lactation labeling rule (PLLR).   The draft guidance was first issued alongside the final PLLR in 2014, with the rule itself taking effect in June 2015. The PLLR revised labeling requirements under the 2006 physician labeling rule, to “provide a framework for clearly communicating information ...
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    Global front-of-pack nutrition labeling schemes: Impact on marketing strategies

    This article discusses the global proliferation of various front-of-pack nutrition labeling systems, launched as a tool to help control and reduce the incidence of obesity and other noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, some cancers, and diabetes. The author addresses critical changes introduced internationally to food and beverage labels, proposals that are currently under consideration, and key elements companies should be aware of when planning mark...
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    FDA to Congress: Pediatric Information Lacking in 36% of Relevant Orphan Drug Labels

    In a report to Congress, the US Food and Drug Administration said that there is a public health need for additional pediatric information in labeling for over one-third of approved orphan indications that are relevant in the pediatric population. FDA research, conducted as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017  (FDARA), found that of all drugs that were approved for an orphan indication between 1 April 1999 and 31 August 2018, a total of 548 orphan indications we...
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    FDA Flags Incidents of Excess Radiation Exposure to Patients

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) imposed a boxed warning on the labeling of rubidium 82 generators, which are used with Positron Emission Tomography (PET) heart perfusion imaging scans. The agency circulated the drug safety alert on Monday in response to recent excess radiation exposure incidents. Manufacturers Bracco Diagnostics and Jubilant DraxImage also sent letters last month to inform health care providers about incidents of patients’ exposure to high lev...
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    FDA Proposes to Remove Mycoplasma Test Method

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule on Monday to remove the required testing method to detect the presence of Mycoplasma because FDA said the regulation is restrictive in that it identifies only one test method to be used even though other methods may be appropriate. The proposed rule seeks to remove the testing method for Mycoplasma detection in virus harvest pools and control fluid pools of live and inactivated virus vaccines produced ...
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    FDA Proposes Radiological Health Deregulatory Action

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday proposed to amend and repeal parts of the current radiological health regulations regarding certain recommendations, including radiation protection during medical procedures and performance standards for diagnostic x-ray systems. The action sought via the new proposed rule also covers recommendations under the radiological health regulations on diagnostic x-ray systems’ major components, laser products, ultrasonic ther...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Pediatric Information in Drug Labels

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance on the content and placement of pediatric information within the labeling of drugs and biologics.   “The goal of this guidance is to provide recommendations to help ensure that information on the use of prescription drugs in pediatric populations (whether positive, negative, or inconclusive) is consistently placed in the proper sections and subsections within labeling so that the information is c...
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    FDA Draft Guidance on Broader Labeling for Oncology Companion Diagnostics Draws Mixed Reactions

    Developers of companion diagnostic (CDx) tests as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnology groups and companies expressed mixed reactions to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on broader labeling of in vitro CDx assays for a specific group or class of oncology therapeutic products. The support and concerns were expressed through comments recently submitted to FDA’s draft guidance document, which was released  last December. Some commenters showe...
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    Industry, Advocacy Groups Seek Clarity on Proposed Changes to Informed Consent Rules

    Trade associations representing the medical device and clinical research industries, as well as the nonprofit public advocacy organization Public Citizen, are calling for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify provisions of its proposed rule for institutional review boards (IRBs) to waive or alter requirements for obtaining informed consent for certain clinical trials involving minimal risk to participants.   Background   Under current FDA regulations...
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    FDA Finalizes Accelerated Approval Labeling Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized guidance on labeling drugs and biologics approved under the accelerated approval pathway.   FDA's accelerated approval program allows the agency to approve products to treat serious or life-threatening conditions based on surrogate or intermediate clinical endpoints "that are reasonably likely to predict clinical benefit." When granting accelerated approval, FDA will require a sponsor to complete postmarket...