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    European Regulatory Roundup: Rise of Cell Therapies Prompts EC to Float Orphan Drug Changes (2 November 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Rise of Cell Therapies Prompts Commission to Float Changes to Orphan Drug Rules The European Commission has proposed changes to its orphan drug regulation. Officials want to make changes to the 17-year-old text to account for the rise of cell therapies and other advanced medicinal products, the nature of which are a poor fit for aspects of the existing regulation. If t...
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    NDI Guidance: The Waiting Game

    This article discusses FDA's publication of its revised draft of Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues: Guidance for Industry (2016 Draft Guidance) and the implications regarding the lack of finalization in the year following its publication. The authors make suggestions regarding what companies may begin doing prior to and in anticipation of eventual finalization. Introduction Regarding how dietary supplements should be regulate...
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    FDA Analyst Counters Critiques of Orphan Drug Act

    While recent reports have claimed that drugmakers are manipulating the incentives provided by the Orphan Drug Act , Mike Lanthier, an operations research analyst at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), says that in most cases, the act is working as intended. "My sense is that the Orphan Drug Act has been a successful catalyst for spurring rare disease development," Lanthier said at the National Organization for Rare Disorders' (NORD) Summit in Washington, DC on ...
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    New California Law Requires Posted Notices of Non-FDA Approved Stem Cell Products

    California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed into law a bill that requires health providers to post notices in their offices when they are administering stem cell treatments that have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The law is part of efforts to crack down on the use and sale of unapproved stem cell treatments, some of which are being hawked as cures for a range of diseases with few or no treatment options, like ALS, autism and spina...
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    FDA Seeks Tweaks to Right-to-Try Bill in House E&C Hearing

    The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Tuesday held a hearing to discuss a "Right-to-Try" bill passed in the Senate that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to change. The hearing discussed a bill that would seek to undercut FDA’s oversight of a program, known as expanded access, whereby terminally ill patients and their doctors can request access to an investigational drug outside of a clinical trial. Right-to-Try laws have now passed in 37 states...
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    FDA: 30 Percent of Drugs Used in Expanded Access Programs are Later Approved

    A new paper by a team of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials finds that only about 30%of drugs requested for expanded access go on to be approved by the agency. "Expanded access provides just that: access. There is no guarantee that the product sought will be effective and/or safe, much less that it will be effective and/or safe for the particular patient," the authors write. Background In recent years, the debate over patient access to unapproved drugs has...
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    'Historic Action': FDA Approves First CAR-T Therapy

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday approved the first gene therapy, Novartis' Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) for certain pediatric and young adult patients with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Dubbed an "historic action" by the agency, the approval comes a little more than a month after FDA's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted unanimously , 10 to 0, in favor of the benefit-risk profile for the first of this new kind of cancer th...
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    FDA Explains Emergency Expanded Access Application Process

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has laid out the process by which doctors can access an investigational drug for treatment in an individual patient in an emergency situation, both during and after normal business hours in a new Manual of Policies and Procedures. The release of the MAPP coincides with a bill passed in the Senate and making its way through the House that aims to ease the process by which terminal patients can access such investigational dr...
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    New Research Compares Drug Regulators Around the Globe

    Pharmaceutical regulations vary widely in different countries, though new research published Friday in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery offers comparisons in terms of the regulators’ budgets, staff, new drug approvals and timelines for approvals. Of the regulators in the more established major pharmaceutical markets (the authors from the European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine and Novo Nordisk point to the US, Europe and Japan as being the regulators in such mark...
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    19 European Cities Vie to Host EMA Headquarters

    The European Commission on Tuesday said it will assess the 19 offers from EU cities to host the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) headquarters as it moves from London's Canary Wharf following Britain's decision to leave the EU. The Commission's assessment will be published online 30 September 2017, then the European Council will have a political discussion based on the assessment at the General Affairs Council (Article 50 format) in October 2017. The vote will cons...
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    FDA Finalizes GDUFA Q&A Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized the second part of its question and answers guidance on issues related to the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA), including self-identification requirements, generic drug reviews, and inspections and compliance issues. The guidance, which finalizes a revised draft version released in September 2013, provides answers on more than 30 commonly asked questions on GDUFA implementation. While the draft g...
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    CDRH Clarifies Process for Consensus Standard Recognition Requests

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) this week detailed changes to its process for handling requests for the agency to recognize new voluntary consensus standards for medical devices, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act . Medical device makers often rely on consensus standards in the development and testing of their products, and FDA allows device makers to submit a declaration of conformity to show that the...