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    FDA Delays eCTD Requirements for Master Files

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving drugmakers an additional year before requiring master files to be submitted in electronic common technical document (eCTD) format. In a revised guidance released Friday, FDA says it is delaying the requirement for drug master files (DMF) and biological product files (BPF) to be submitted in eCTD format until 5 May 2018. Other documents, such as new drug applications (NDAs), abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and...
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    European Commission Recommends Changes to SmPC, Package Leaflets

    The European Commission last week released a report detailing recommendations to improve the information provided to patients and healthcare professionals for approved drugs. In its report, the Commission says that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) should update its guidelines to improve the comprehension and readability of package leaflets (PL) and summary of product characteristics (SmPC) to safe use of drugs in the EU. The report itself takes into account the resul...
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    GAO: Drugmakers Want More Clarity on Antibiotic Incentives

    Despite some improvements, drugmakers say the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not fully clarified its expectations for developing new antibiotic drugs or detailed how to access new incentives, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Specifically, GAO says that FDA has issued 14 updated or new guidances focused on antibiotics since the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) Act was passed as part of the Food and Drug Admi...
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    FDA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule on Combo Product Postmarket Safety

    More than the seven years after it was first proposed, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday finalized new postmarket safety reporting requirements for combination products. The final rule, first proposed in 2009 , which is the first time the agency has issued specific recommendations for combo products, is part of FDA’s efforts to ensure more consistent postmarketing safety reporting for these drug/device, biologic/device, biologic/drug or drug/biologic/d...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Tropical Disease PRVs, Offering a Number of Clarifications

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance on tropical disease priority review vouchers (PRVs), clarifying when a voucher can be used, whether drugmakers are “guaranteed” a six-month review when using a voucher and whether FDA can remove a tropical disease from the list of considered diseases (it can’t). This finalization of the 2008 draft guidance includes 25 questions and answers and includes the following substantive changes based on pu...
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    Priority Review Voucher Fees to Decline in FY 2017

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday unveiled the new user fee rates for the tropical disease and rare pediatric disease priority review voucher (PRV) programs. The additional fees necessary to use the vouchers for both programs are set to decline by about $20,000 when compared to last year. Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher User Fee Year Voucher Fee FY 2011 $4,582,000 FY 2012 $5,280,000 FY 2013 $3...
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    Industry Weighs in on FDA Draft Guidance on Infectious Disease NGS-Based Diagnostics

    Diagnostic companies Illumina, Roche, AstraZeneca and others are offering a peek inside how they view next-generation sequencing (NGS) diagnostic devices, with the release of 20 comments on recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance. "Next generation sequencing has the capability to replace previous methods with a single approach to accomplish what might have required several different tests in the past," FDA explains. "In contrast to human sequencing di...
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    EMA and FDA Set Up New Working Group on Rare Diseases

    The new collaboration between the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday will improve the sharing of information on various aspects of the development and scientific evaluation of medicines for rare diseases. According to EMA, rare diseases affect 30 million people in the EU and approximately the same number in the US, though each disease individually concerns a limited number of patients. And since only a limited n...
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    EMA Official: Data Sharing and Collaboration Can Fill Scientific Gaps in Alzheimer's

    Speaking at a panel at RAPS' 2016 Convergence on Monday, Enrica Alteri, head of human medicines research and development support at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) called on drugmakers to share data to close the gaps in Alzheimer's disease (AD) research. According to Alteri, doing so could help the scientific community not only learn from past failures in Alzheimer's research, but enable the development and validation of new targets. Scientific Gaps "There are gaps...
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    FDA Offers New Guidance on Qualified Biomarker for COPD Trials

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued guidance providing a qualified context of use (COU) for the biomarker plasma fibrinogen in interventional clinical trials of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at high risk for exacerbations and/or all-cause mortality. This guidance describes the experimental conditions and constraints for which this biomarker is qualified through the CDER Biomarker Qualification Program, and ca...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Begins Review of First Herceptin Biosimilar (1 September 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EUnetHTA Nears Start of Third Phase of HTA Cooperation Agenda The European network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) is on the cusp of entering the third phase of its agenda. Members of the European Commission and the Dutch National Health Care Institute began a 30-day countdown to the official start of the program by signing a grant agreement.  When the of...
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    FDA Issues Form 483 for Alexion’s Rhode Island Site

    Rare disease drugmaker Alexion disclosed late Monday in an SEC filing that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently completed a routine current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) inspection of the company’s Smithfield, Rhode Island manufacturing facility and issued a Form 483 with three observations. “These observations are inspectional, and do not represent a final FDA determination of compliance. The observations pertain to: completion and closure of certain ...