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    Maximizing the potential of the FDA assessment aid: Genentech’s experience

    The assessment aid (AAid), an initiative of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), was introduced in 2018 as a pilot program to help streamline the agency’s review of oncology drug applications. In this article, Genentech shares its experience with the AAid to date and provides recommendations for preparing the AAid and improving the process to fully realize its benefits. Keywords – assessment aid, FDA OCE pilots, oncology dr...
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    Friends of Cancer Research urges early dose-finding studies to reduce treatment toxicity

    Friends of Cancer Research is calling on all stakeholders in the cancer community to move away from the idea of “more is better” in drug dosing and begin to incorporate dose-finding studies into the cancer trial process.   Dose optimization is the focus of a new white paper that the group released at its 25 th annual meeting. The paper offers recommendations for performing adequate dose optimization studies in oncology, with a focus on the pre-market setting. “These...
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    February's Regulatory Focus: Global and regional harmonization and alignment

    Feature articles during February included a range of topics focused on harmonization and alignment across global and regional regulatory entities, including electronic submissions through the European Medicines Agency (EMA), tools for updating the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (EU IVDR) template, China’s new PAC regulation, Project Orbis and improving patients access to new therapies, as well as a report on medtech companies’ preparation for EU Medical Device Regulatio...
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    Project Orbis: Maximizing patient access to new medicines

    To ensure equitable access to new medicines for all patients, drug manufacturers aim to register new products in as many countries as possible. Project Orbis, an initiative of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), is a pilot program that provides applicants with a framework for concurrent submission and review of oncology products among international partners to allow earlier registration in countries outside of the US. This article summarizes Genentech’s experience...
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    FDA Collaborates With Health Canada, Australia to Approve New Cancer Drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday unveiled a new initiative whereby its Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) will work to approve new cancer drugs alongside Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Health Canada. The collaboration, dubbed Project Orbis , was launched with FDA’s decision with TGA and Health Canada to grant accelerated approval to Eisai's Lenvima (lenvatinib) in combination with Merck's Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for the tre...
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    FDA Launches Expanded Access Pilot ‘Project Facilitate’

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday launched a new pilot program, dubbed Project Facilitate, aimed at helping physicians complete expanded access requests for cancer patients.   “The FDA has been working diligently to improve the Expanded Access framework, including development of an updated and more streamlined application form, but despite recent improvements, we understand that for many patients or health care professionals, especially those not fami...
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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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    FDA Begins Intercenter Pilot Project on Combination Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that it is beginning a new pilot project linked to its intercenter consult request (ICCR) process for combination products of drugs, medical devices and/or biologics. To improve combo product submission review at FDA, the agency is stressing the need for closer intercenter collaboration and communication and is planning to test certain aspects of those collaborations in the pilot, with the goal of achieving imple...
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    EMA to Continue Parallel Scientific, HTA Advice Following Successful Pilot

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says its pilot project for delivering scientific advice to sponsors in parallel with health technology assessment (HTA) bodies has been successful in helping to design efficient clinical development plans and speeding access to new drugs. Due to the success of the pilot, which concluded on Wednesday, EMA says it will continue to offer parallel scientific advice as part of its routine activities. "Our parallel scientific advice fosters...
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    FDA Plans Pilot Project on Clinical Outcome Assessments

    As part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) work on patient-focused drug development, the agency is launching a pilot project where it will collate and summarize clinical outcomes on a number of different diseases in one online resource. The clinical outcome assessment (COA) pilot project, announced Wednesday, is intended to be a starting point for companies considering how certain COAs might be used in clinical trials and early drug development. COAs for th...
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    EMA in 2014: A Landmark Year for Approvals, With Eyes on the Future

    In the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Annual Report 2014 , top regulatory officials describe the agency's role as both a "gatekeeper" and "enabler." This dual role means that the agency must not only work to ensure the safety of patients in the EU, but also to facilitate the development of new and innovative therapies. By the Numbers 2014 was a landmark year for EMA in many ways. The agency recommended record numbers of products to treat rare diseases , launched it...
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    How Does the Pharmaceutical Industry Really Work? FDA Wants its Managers to Know

    The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has announced that it plans to continue a program which allows pharmaceutical companies to invite regulators to visit their manufacturing sites to better understand how the industry operates. Background The program, known as the Regulatory Project Management Site Tours and Regulatory Interaction Program, or the "Site Tours" program, has been in effect in various forms since 1999, when it was created by CDER's Training a...