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    TGA explains how it will handle lapsed conformity assessments due to MDR delays, COVID

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday released guidance explaining its approach to medical device conformity assessment recertification in light of delays in the implementation of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   “[TGA] is issuing this guidance to inform sponsors … about the general approach the TGA will take to the lapsing of conformity assessment documents due to delays in audits due ...
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    Risk management, drug shortages and the EU portal for clinical trials

    Feature articles during May focused on risk management and mitigation in dealing with contractors and vendors and included articles on best practices in good vendor management, use of risk management to support outsourcing activities, testing in-house versus outsourcing, and outsourcing in regulatory operations. Also included were in-depth examinations of challenges and opportunities in “bespoke” therapies, a critical appraisal of drug shortages in Germany and an update on...
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    A guide to good vendor management

    This article addresses best practices for regulatory affairs departments in their work with vendors. The author provides an overview of the vendor-contract giver relationship, then discusses finding an appropriate vendor, due diligence in selecting a vendor, vendor-related risk management, contract management, performance evaluation, maintaining the vendor-contract giver relationship, and the importance of follow-up meetings, audits, and reviews.   Introduction   A...
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    Using risk management to support outsourcing activities

    This article outlines organizational risks and benefits with respect to third-party vendors and partnerships in regulatory affairs functions. It also discusses the different controls available to apply an effective risk management program in an organization.   Introduction   The use of contracted or third-party services can be an effective way for organizations to resource projects or programs. This way of working has been a growing trend in business operations, e...
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    Novartis’ Zolgensma Joins Growing List of Medicines to Lose Accelerated Assessment Status in EU

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recently announced its decision to remove Novartis’ spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy onasemnogene abeparvovec from its accelerated assessment program. CHMP did not announce its reasoning behind the decision, which effectively means that the treatment, approved in the US as Zolgensma and launched at a price of more than $2 million, will be reviewed in the EU in 210 days rather...
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    Reassessing Benefit-Risk: FDA Preps for New Guidance

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and pharmaceutical industry experts gathered Thursday in Silver Spring, MD, to discuss how FDA assesses the benefits and risks of new drugs from the preclinical to postmarket phases. The meeting was conducted as part of FDA preparations in drafting new guidance in FY 2020 on the benefit-risk assessment of new drugs and biologics. Theresa Mullin, associate director for strategic initiatives at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and ...
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    Risk-Based Monitoring: Pfizer and BMS Seek Clarity on FDA Draft Guidance

    Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) recently raised questions with and sought further clarity from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a draft guidance related to the risk-based monitoring (RBM) of clinical trials. The eight-page RBM draft guidance , released in March, comes in the form of eight questions and answers. It expands on guidance from August 2013, known as “ Oversight of Clinical Investigations--A Risk-Based Approach to Monitoring ,” by providing...
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    Industry Calls for Changes in Two REMS Guidances

    Industry groups representing the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and generic drug industries are calling for changes to two recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidances on risk evaluation and mitigation strategies (REMS).   The draft guidances , released for comment in January, detail a framework for companies to develop an assessment plan for their REMS programs and provide recommendations for surveying patient and health care provider knowledge of REMS...
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    FDA Modifies REMS Program for Clozapine

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced changes to its risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for the antipsychotic drug clozapine, set to take effect on 28 February 2019.   Background   Clozapine, which is marketed as Clozaril, Fazaclo ODT and Versacloz, is an antipsychotic drug first developed in the late 1950s and was first approved by FDA in 1989. Clozapine is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia in patients whose symptoms are not ad...
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    Risk Management: What Regulatory Professionals Need to Know

    For companies looking to develop new therapies or improve existing ones, and for the regulators overseeing them, striking right balance between potential benefits to patients and an appropriate level of risk is critical. The drive to innovate, develop new and better products, and help patients live healthier lives has led to numerous medical breakthroughs. But it is just as imperative that products are as safe as possible, and that where there are associated risks, they a...
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    EMA Begins Publishing Reports on Whether Approved Medicines Still Qualify as Orphans

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday announced it has begun publishing reports detailing its decision-making on whether newly approved drugs to treat rare diseases still qualify for orphan designation when they receive marketing authorization. In the EU, drugs intended to treat diseases affecting fewer than five in 10,000 people in the EU qualify for orphan designation, which provides authorized medicines with ten years marketing exclusivity and reduced fees....
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    Overview of Annex I, In Vitro Diagnostic Directive and the new In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation

    This article provides an overview of Annex I, Essential Requirements 98/79/EC and helps clarify understanding of the new content of Annex I, General Safety and Performance Requirements. It is aimed at regulatory professionals who will benefit from having knowledge of In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices General Requirements and Essential Requirements (ERs) as well as requirements for risk management, software, labeling, self-testing devices and instructions for use. Int...