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    Are Biosimilars 'Interchangeable' in the EU? A New Perspective

    The EU’s take on the class of medicines known as biosimilars is a slight variation of what is seen in the US, where there are two distinct types: Follow-on biologics that are biosimilar, or "expected to produce the same clinical result as the reference product," and ones that are "interchangeable," or able to be switched with their reference product. Arguments over interchangeability in the US (from whether pharmacists should be allowed to switch a biologic for its...
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    House Committee Probes Restricted Distribution Systems Delaying Generics

    • 24 March 2017
    The House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform on Wednesday heard testimony on how pharmaceutical companies use restricted distribution systems to delay generic drug competition. In his opening statement, Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said that some drugmakers are manipulating the regulatory framework to block competitors from accessing the reference drugs they need to conduct bioequivalence testing t...
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    EMA Touts Growth of Post-Authorisation Study Database

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday announced it has published more than 1,000 post-authorization studies in a public online database. The database, referred to as the EU PAS Register (European Union electronic register of post-authorisation studies), is operated by the European Network of Centres for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (ENCePP), and was established with the aim of increasing transparency for post-authorisation studies. The EU Pass Regi...
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    Pharma Companies Take Issue With FDA Proposal to Overhaul Nonclinical Study Regulations

    A group of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Novartis, Celgene, Bristol-Myers Squibb and more than 170 others have offered their critiques and are seeking further clarifications on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule to amend the regulations for good laboratory practice (GLP) for nonclinical laboratory studies. The proposed rule, unveiled in August , would require a complete quality system approach for these safety ...
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    FDA Offers New Bioequivalence Recommendations for 31 Active Ingredients, 13 Revisions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced the latest batch of new draft guidance for the generic drug industry with 31 product-specific bioequivalence (BE) recommendations and 13 revisions to prior recommendations. The recommendations, which have been released on an ongoing basis since 2010, provide product-specific guidance on the design of BE studies to support abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs). The new guidance is for the following activ...
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    Senate Overwhelmingly Passes 21st Century Cures Act Despite Patient Safety Concerns

    The Senate on Wednesday passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5. President Barack Obama praised the bipartisan efforts and said he will sign the bill. The bill’s path to success, following the House’s positive vote last week, took a unique route, with the House also passing a previous iteration back in July 2015, and then the Senate trying to craft its own package of bills, which stalled and looked to be dead as recently as September. The wide-ranging, nea...
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    FDA Revises Guidance on Safety Testing of Drug Metabolites

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released revised guidance on recommendations to industry on when and how to identify and characterize drug metabolites whose nonclinical toxicity needs to be evaluated. The revisions mean the new guidance supersedes guidance from February 2008. The guidance has been revised to be in alignment with ICH guidance, known as M3(R2) Nonclinical Safety Studies for the Conduct of Human Clinical Trials and Marketing Authori...
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    When can Non-Inferiority Trials Establish Efficacy? FDA Explains With Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday finalized guidance to pharmaceutical and biotech sponsors looking for more advice on when non-inferiority studies demonstrating effectiveness of an investigational drug can provide interpretable results, how to choose the non-inferiority margin and how to test the non-inferiority hypothesis. The 56-page guidance, which finalizes a draft from 2010 and supersedes the 2010 guidance known as "Antibacterial Drug Products: U...
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    FDA Adds 34 New and 33 Revised Bioequivalence Study Recommendations for Generic Drug Developers

    • 04 October 2016
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday published 67 generic drug-specific recommendations (34 new and 33 revised) describing the agency’s expectations for developing generics that are therapeutically equivalent to reference-listed drugs (RLDs). The guidance is intended to help the generic pharmaceutical industry identify the most appropriate ways to generate evidence needed to support abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) approval. This is FDA’s third r...
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    FDA Proposes New Rule to Overhaul Regulations for Nonclinical Studies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday proposed to amend the regulations for good laboratory practice (GLP) for nonclinical laboratory studies to require a complete quality system approach for these safety and toxicity studies. The 142-page proposed rule outlines what’s referred to as a “GLP Quality System,” which will involve additional management responsibilities and standard operating procedures (SOPs), as well as a more nuanced approach for multi-site ...
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    Ulcerative Colitis Drugs: FDA Offers Draft Guidance on Clinical Development

    Pharmaceutical companies looking to understand FDA’s current thinking on efficacy endpoints for clinical trials to develop new ulcerative colitis (UC) treatments will be interested in new draft guidance released Friday. And though the guidance spells out what primary endpoints should be used, the agency also bemoans the fact that there are not well-defined and reliable clinician-reported, patient-reported and observer-reported outcome instruments for clinical trials. Ba...
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    FDA Issues New Guidance on Osteoporosis Drug Development

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued new draft guidance calling for drugmakers to conduct long-term nonclinical bone quality studies for osteoporosis treatments. According to FDA, such studies are necessary for osteoporosis drugs to determine whether the drugs result in poorer bone quality when taken for long periods of time. Additionally, FDA says these studies should be nonclinical, as "there are no validated and reliable methods for the noninvasi...