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    FDA rolls out more guidance on 'N of 1' gene therapies

    Developers of individualized investigational antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) therapies for ultra-rare diseases received additional guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In two draft documents, the agency has provided new information for sponsor-investigators and for those overseeing manufacture of these so-called “N of 1” therapies for people with severely debilitating or life-threatening genetic disease.   "Progress in individualized medicines provi...
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    Edwards Recalls Part of Transcatheter Heart System After One Death

    Last month, Edwards Lifesciences recalled its SAPIEN 3 Ultra Delivery System after reports of burst balloons during implantation, resulting in significant difficulty retrieving the valve into the catheter and withdrawing the system from the patient, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday. FDA said 17 injuries and one death were reported at the time when Edwards initiated the Field Corrective Action early last month. “The use of affected product may caus...
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    European Commission Consults on Revised GMPs for Sterile Drugs

    The European Commission on Wednesday launched a three-month public consultation ahead of its planned revision to good manufacturing practice (GMP) rules for sterile medicinal products contained in Annex 1 of Eudralex Volume 4 . The Commission says the revision was developed in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-Operation Scheme (PIC/S), and is meant to add clarity to Annex 1, which has been updated numerous times si...
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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...
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    RAPS Holiday Schedule Announced

    RAPS headquarters will close this year the week of 26 December and reopen 3 January 2017. Online orders from the RAPS Store may still be placed and will be shipped while the office is closed, and RAPS will still take 20% off all orders placed in December with the code: DEC20OFF. However, please note shipping times may be delayed for orders placed from 23 December through 4 January. Regulatory Focus will publish news and the RF Today e-newsletter will continue d...
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    FOIA'd Documents Show FDA's Rationale Against Marijuana Rescheduling

    In a report and other documents obtained by Vice News via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lays out its case against rescheduling marijuana. FDA's recommendation on the matter was cited by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) when it denied two petitions to reschedule marijuana last August . Despite efforts by medical marijuana advocates and a growing number of states (25, plus the District of Columbia) where med...
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    FDA: Toxicity Seen in Fatal French Study Does Not Extend to Other FAAH Inhibitors

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said that after reviewing the safety information of a first-in-human clinical trial in Rennes, France that resulted in the death of one healthy volunteer and the hospitalization of five others in January, the agency found that the toxicity exhibited in the trial does not extend to other drugs in the class, known as fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitors. Working alongside the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and ...
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    Dramatic Drop in Hydrocodone Combo Prescriptions After DEA Rescheduling

    Prescriptions for hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) fell significantly after the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tightened restrictions on those drugs, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine . For years the US has been in the grips of a prescription drug abuse epidemic, in part driven by the availability of hydrocodone and other opioids such as oxycodone, codeine and methadone. In 2013, more than 200 million prescriptions for opioids we...
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    Australia Releases Updated Drug Schedule

    Australia has updated a legislative instrument designed to advise the country's states and territories on the scheduling and labeling of medicines and poisons. Background In Australia, like in many other countries, medicines and other chemicals are classified in a schedule system. The schedule is organized by the level of regulatory control required for different substances based on their safety and use. The legal basis for drug scheduling in Australia is found in ...
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    India Seeks Input on Draft Revisions to Device GMPs

    This content is provided by RegLink News , publishers of e-weekly global regulatory news. RegLink offers a 30-day free trial and 15% discount on Global Update subscriptions to RAPS members. India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) is seeking input on draft revisions to Schedule M-III of the country’s Drug and Cosmetic Act , which describes good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for medical devices. The revisions aim to bring the GMP requi...
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    DEA Establishes Production Limits for Painkillers, With Some Drugs Set for Big Increases

    US drug regulators have set new production quotas for dozens of controlled substances regulated under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) , establishing the quantities of the drugs which may be produced in 2015. Quota Adjustments In a 5 September 2014 Federal Register notice , the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which is charged with setting the quotas, released a list of dozens of schedule I and II controlled substances which will be subject to produc...
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    Merck's Insomnia Drug Belsomra Clears Final DEA Hurdle

    The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has given a final and long-awaited approval to Merck to market its new insomnia drug Belsomra (suvorexant) as a Schedule IV drug. Background Belsomra is an orexin receptor antagonist intended to treat insomnia in patients. While its sponsor, Merck, has already obtained FDA approval to market the drug, it has been awaiting scheduling by DEA as a controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) . In February 2...