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    Regulatory Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About FDA’s Priority Review Vouchers

    Since 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a handful of special "priority review" vouchers (PRVs) which allow its recipient to expedite the review of any one of its new drug products. What are these vouchers, why is FDA issuing them and what benefit might they have for society? Find out in our latest Regulatory Explainer on the Priority Review Voucher system. Last updated on 25 February 2020 to include: Vifor Pharma said on 17 February that it p...
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    N-of-1 Trials: FDA Plots Path to Regulation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking notice of a unique and recent phenomenon where physicians and specialists can create a tailored treatment to help or even cure an individual patient with a rare genetic mutation that could prove fatal. In an editorial published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine , Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and Peter Marks, director of the agency’s Center for Biologics Evalua...
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    Rare Disease Clinical Trials: FDA Awards $15M in Grants

    After receiving 89 clinical trial grant applications, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday selected 12 projects that will be funded with more than $15 million over the next four years.   The announcement of the new funding comes as approximately 30 million Americans are affected by 7,000 known rare diseases, but only a few hundred treatments exist for these rare diseases.  Two-thirds of the 2019 grants will go to studies affiliated with universities,...
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    Product Hopping: E&C Hearing Addresses Restrictions to Generic Competition

    A subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing on Thursday raising questions around some of the tactics pharmaceutical companies use to block competition, including the controversial use of product hopping. Product hopping, which involves companies reformulating drugs to restrict competition, can include many different types of reformulations, such as a change from a capsule to a tablet, a change in dosing or strength or a reformulation to an ext...
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    Rare Pediatric Disease PRVs: FDA Updates Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released revised draft guidance on rare pediatric disease priority review vouchers (PRVs), which are awarded to companies developing certain rare pediatric disease treatments and can then be sold. From 2014 to today, FDA has issued 20 rare pediatric disease PRVs, with one selling for $350 million to AbbVie in 2015 and more recently selling for between $80 million and $130 million. The revisions to FDA’s guidance i...
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    FDA Again Pushes Back Compliance Date for Safety Reporting Requirements for Combo Products

    A little more than a year after pushing back the date by which combination product companies must comply with certain postmarket safety reporting (PMSR) requirements, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday extended the compliance deadline again. The updated guidance explains how FDA does not intend to enforce 21 CFR 4.102(c) and (d) (constituent part-based PMSR requirements), 4.104(b)(1) and (b)(2) (submission process for constituent part-based Individual ...
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    Patient Groups, Industry Seek Changes to Rare Disease Drug Guidance

    Patient groups, drugmakers and other organizations are calling for changes to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recently revised draft guidance on developing drugs to treat rare diseases.   The 24-page draft guidance was revised last February after first being published in 2015. The revision included updates to the agency’s approach to natural history studies, a discussion of issues for evaluating biomarkers for consideration as surrogate endpoints and a ne...
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    Combo Product Reviews: FDA Drafts Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released high-level draft guidance explaining the principles for premarket review of combination products, including how sponsors can determine which type of premarket submission is appropriate. The 22-page draft, which implements a section of the 21 st Century Cures Act , explains what combination products are, how their various FDA center assignments are determined and considerations for making approval pathway de...
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    Industry Comments on ICH Product Lifecycle Management Guideline

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday released comments gathered during its public consultation for the International Council for Harmonisation's (ICH) draft guideline on pharmaceutical product lifecycle management.   The 31-page draft guideline , ICH Q12: Technical and Regulatory Considerations for Pharmaceutical Product Lifecycle Management , was adopted by ICH and released for public consultation last year.   Most of the comments EMA received express...
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    New Product-Specific Guidances Focus on Drugs Without Generic Competition

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued 63 new and revised draft product-specific guidances detailing its expectations for companies looking to develop generic versions of those products.   Of the 63 guidances, 22 are new draft guidances and 41 are revised draft guidances. According to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, nearly 70% (43) of the guidances are for products that do not have any generic competition.   Some of the newly released draft gu...
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    European Commission Revises Q&A on Safety Features for Medicinal Products

    The European Commission on Monday released a revised question and answer document regarding the implementation of the rules on the safety features for medicinal products for human use. Revisions in the document are related to two questions and answers, including one on if a pack bearing safety features is lawfully opened by, for instance, parallel traders or manufacturers replacing the leaflet, can the pack be resealed? The answer notes that in certain circumstances it ...
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    FDA Plots Policy Priorities for 2018

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced its priorities for policy activity in 2018, which will include reducing the misuse and abuse of opioids, promoting generic drug and biosimilar competition, creating a total product lifecycle office for medical devices, advancing digital health technologies and strengthening the agency’s workforce. “Our work is taking place during an inflection point in both science and policy,” FDA Commissioner Scott Go...