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    PIC/S looks to adopt EU Annex on qualified persons, batch release

    The Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme (PIC/S) this week announced plans to incorporate the EU good manufacturing practice (GMP) Annex 16 on batch release by a qualified person (QP) into a PIC/S guideline. The aim is to have non-EU/European Economic Area (EEA) members incorporate Annex 16 into their regulatory systems.   The EU’s Annex 16 covers the certification of a QP that can release product batches for marketing authorization holders in the EU or labeled...
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    WHO Seeks Additional Birth Control API Manufacturers as US FDA Bans China Site

    A Chinese manufacturer of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for the birth control drug levonorgestrel has been placed on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) import alert list, causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to scramble to find a replacement. "At the moment, there is no alternative levonorgestrel API which has been prequalified," WHO said Wednesday. When an API is prequalified by WHO, it can be used for the manufacture of finished pharmaceuti...
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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 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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    Experts Call for New Regulatory Pathways for Antibiotics

    Faced with the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), experts are calling for more incentives to boost investment in new antibiotics. At the FDA/CMS Summit in Washington, DC today, representatives from several companies developing new antibiotic treatments said that while recent initiatives such as the Generating Antibiotics Now Act (GAIN Act) have helped revitalize investment in antibiotic development, more needs to be done to encourage research and deve...
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    FDA Adds Three New Pathogens to GAIN Act Qualifying List, But Impact Remains Unclear

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an updated and final list of pathogens that are eligible for special incentives under the 2012 Generating Antibiotics Incentives Now (GAIN) provisions of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) . Background The GAIN Act was passed in an attempt to incentivize the development of new antibiotics—a response to both growing rates of microbial resistance to antibiotics and a dearth of...
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    Establishing Effective Device Supplier Qualifications

    Supplier qualification is an important quality system requirement that, when performed effectively, ensures with a high level of confidence that a purchased product will consistently meet specified requirements. An effective supplier qualification procedure should include risk analysis, quality auditing and the use of qualified analytical test methods and statistical techniques to determine supplier capability. A risk score assigned to suppliers, based on the result of s...
  • EMA Guide on Development of Novel Drug Development Methodologies Released

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) released a new guidance on 26 January that addresses the development of novel methodologies in drug development, and how EMA develops qualification opinions and advice for scientific methods and protocols. The qualification process is a "new, voluntary scientific pathway leading to either a [Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP)] opinion or a Scientific Advice on innovative methods or drug development tools." The pr...