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    Reps Question Gottlieb on Bayer's Follow-Up Essure Studies

    Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) on Monday sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb regarding concerns related to Bayer's postmarket study for its permanent birth control device Essure. A year and a half after Bayer's postmarket study was initiated, "It is unclear whether Bayer acted with urgency to enroll patients, or if the study results will be delayed. The FDA cannot continue to allow Bayer to drag its feet on...
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    Expedited Approval Pathways Associated With Increased Safety-Related Label Changes, Study Finds

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasingly granting faster reviews via expedited regulatory pathways, but a new article published in the British Medical Journal found a higher association with these expedited pathways and the likelihood of safety-related labeling changes than with non-expedited pathways. In their analysis of 15 years of data, authors Sana Mostaghim, Joshua Gagne and Aaron Kesselheim of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law...
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    ICH Releases Concept Paper for Planned Guideline on Collecting Safety Data

    The International Conference for Harmonization (ICH) on Wednesday released the concept paper and business plan for its upcoming guideline on targeted approaches to safety data collection. ICH says the goal of the guideline, referred to as ICH E19, will be to provide "harmonized guidance on when it would be appropriate to use a targeted approach to safety data collection in some late-stage pre-marketing or post-marketing studies, and how such an approach would be implemen...
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    EMA Updates Guidance on Three Post-Authorisation Activities

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced Friday it has updated three post-authorisation activity guidance documents, including type II variations, post-authorisation safety studies and quality variations. "The main aim is to improve the quality of post-authorisation applications by better assisting applicants in complying with the legal and regulatory requirements and avoiding frequent mistakes," EMA writes. Specifically, the updates include a new pre-submission c...
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    EMA Offers New EudraVigilance Checklist for Sponsors, MAHs

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday published a checklist to help marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and sponsors prepare for the technical changes ahead of the launch of the new EudraVigilance adverse event system on 22 November 2017. The checklist features general testing instructions and easy-to-follow steps to assist sponsors and MAHs in the transition. In addition, EMA notes that the ICH E2B(R3) Implementation Guide and the EU ICSR Implementation...
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    Significant Safety Events Found in a Third of FDA-Approved Drugs, Study Finds

    Among 222 novel therapeutics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2001 through 2010, 32% were affected by a postmarket safety event, according to a study published in JAMA on Tuesday. Biologics, psychiatric therapeutics and those receiving accelerated approval and near–regulatory deadline approval were statistically significantly associated with higher rates of events, the study found. Of the 222 new drugs and biologics assessed, the study f...
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    EC Will Not Offer a Timeline for Phasing Out Non-Human Primate Research

    The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) released a preliminary opinion earlier this month reiterating that, when alternatives do not exist, the appropriate use of non-human primates (NHPs) remains essential to some biomedical and biological research, as well as for pharmaceutical safety assessments. The opinion is part of a process to reevaluate the same conclusion from 2009 that “recognised that animals s...
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    FDA Details Combination Product Postmarket Safety Reporting Requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to clarify its expectations for combination product manufacturers adjusting to the agency's recently released final rule for postmarket safety reporting. In a webcast last week, John Weiner, associate director for policy at the Office of Combination Products (OCP), explained which parts of the rule manufacturers should be following now, and which will they will be required to comply with beginning July 2017. Weiner ...
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    Public Citizen Petitions FDA to Pull Some IV Solutions

    Consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen on Wednesday petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately require the removal of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) intravenous (IV) solutions from the market because their risks outweigh their limited benefits and there are other, safer alternative IV solutions. According to the petition, there are two main categories of IV solutions: crystalloid and colloid. Colloidal solutions, including HES, have largely the...
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    Analysis: Longer Review Times Associated With Fewer Adverse Events for High-Risk Heart Devices

    A new analysis finds longer regulatory review times for high-risk cardiovascular medical devices to be associated with fewer adverse event reports, and a lower likelihood of such reports citing serious injury or death. The analysis, published in Nature Biomedical Engineering on Friday, raises questions about the trade-offs between speeding access to new devices and ensuring their safety. Specifically, the authors looked at the number of adverse events reported to the ...
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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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    Senate Overwhelmingly Passes 21st Century Cures Act Despite Patient Safety Concerns

    The Senate on Wednesday passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5. President Barack Obama praised the bipartisan efforts and said he will sign the bill. The bill’s path to success, following the House’s positive vote last week, took a unique route, with the House also passing a previous iteration back in July 2015, and then the Senate trying to craft its own package of bills, which stalled and looked to be dead as recently as September. The wide-ranging, nea...