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    EMA Offers New EudraVigilance Checklist for Sponsors, MAHs

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday published a checklist to help marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and sponsors prepare for the technical changes ahead of the launch of the new EudraVigilance adverse event system on 22 November 2017. The checklist features general testing instructions and easy-to-follow steps to assist sponsors and MAHs in the transition. In addition, EMA notes that the ICH E2B(R3) Implementation Guide and the EU ICSR Implementation...
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    FDA Offers Biomarker Qualification Case Studies

    As part of an educational series on qualifying biomarkers for use in drug development, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released two fictitious examples of how biomarkers can improve the drug development process and how FDA works with researchers, pharmaceutical companies and patient advocates to qualify biomarkers. One follows a researcher who discovers a promising biomarker of drug-induced kidney injury in rats and explores how he partnered with rese...
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    Significant Safety Events Found in a Third of FDA-Approved Drugs, Study Finds

    Among 222 novel therapeutics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2001 through 2010, 32% were affected by a postmarket safety event, according to a study published in JAMA on Tuesday. Biologics, psychiatric therapeutics and those receiving accelerated approval and near–regulatory deadline approval were statistically significantly associated with higher rates of events, the study found. Of the 222 new drugs and biologics assessed, the study f...
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    FDA Drug Approvals on Limited Evidence: Follow-Ups Lacking, Study Finds

    For drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based on limited evidence, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found “noticeable variability” in the degree to which novel drugs were studied in the postmarket period. The authors, including Yale University professors Harlan Krumholz and Joe Ross, urged FDA to take a cautious approach in increasing its reliance on surrogate markers, smaller and shorter trials, and evidence derived ...
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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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    EC Will Not Offer a Timeline for Phasing Out Non-Human Primate Research

    The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) released a preliminary opinion earlier this month reiterating that, when alternatives do not exist, the appropriate use of non-human primates (NHPs) remains essential to some biomedical and biological research, as well as for pharmaceutical safety assessments. The opinion is part of a process to reevaluate the same conclusion from 2009 that “recognised that animals s...
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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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    FDA Details Combination Product Postmarket Safety Reporting Requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to clarify its expectations for combination product manufacturers adjusting to the agency's recently released final rule for postmarket safety reporting. In a webcast last week, John Weiner, associate director for policy at the Office of Combination Products (OCP), explained which parts of the rule manufacturers should be following now, and which will they will be required to comply with beginning July 2017. Weiner ...
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    Public Citizen Petitions FDA to Pull Some IV Solutions

    Consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen on Wednesday petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately require the removal of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) intravenous (IV) solutions from the market because their risks outweigh their limited benefits and there are other, safer alternative IV solutions. According to the petition, there are two main categories of IV solutions: crystalloid and colloid. Colloidal solutions, including HES, have largely the...
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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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    Analysis: Longer Review Times Associated With Fewer Adverse Events for High-Risk Heart Devices

    A new analysis finds longer regulatory review times for high-risk cardiovascular medical devices to be associated with fewer adverse event reports, and a lower likelihood of such reports citing serious injury or death. The analysis, published in Nature Biomedical Engineering on Friday, raises questions about the trade-offs between speeding access to new devices and ensuring their safety. Specifically, the authors looked at the number of adverse events reported to the ...