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    FDA, EMA tout benefits of parallel scientific advice program

    Regulators described how the parallel scientific advice (PSA) program offered by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) saves sponsors time and resources by bringing both health authorities to the table to hammer out solutions to complex scientific issues arising from their drug development packages at a 16 March webinar held by FDA’s Small Business and Industry Assistance (SBIA) program.   The goal of the PSA program is to ...
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    FDA revises MAPPs on data standards program, scientific interest groups

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) recently issued two revised documents for its Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP): one addresses updated procedures for its data standards program and the other covers operational procedures for scientific interest groups (SIG).   The 10-page MAPP on data standards governance discusses the operating model to support the implementation of CDER’s data standards program. It r...
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    EMA offers new Q&A on data monitoring committees

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released a new guideline offering nine questions and answers on issues related to the role of data monitoring committees (DMCs) in the conduct and management of clinical trials.   EMA explains that the recommendations of DMCs are not binding for trial sponsors, but that sponsors should justify and document and instances where such recommendations are not followed.   “The ultimate responsibility for a clinical trial re...
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    FDA Advisory Committee Calendar

    Regulatory Focus is pleased to team with Tarius , a regulatory information services provider, to routinely offer information about upcoming FDA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings for CDER, CBER, and the Office of the Commissioner. Upcoming Meetings   13 September – Allergenic Products Advisory Committee   The committee will discuss and make recommendations on the safety and efficacy of Peanut [Arachis hypogaea] Allergen Powder manufactured by Ai...
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    FDA Halts All US Sales of Surgical Mesh

    Following thousands of patient lawsuits and a spike in adverse event reports, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday ordered the manufacturers of all remaining surgical mesh products indicated for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) to stop selling and distributing their products in the US immediately. Since FDA reclassified surgical mesh products to class III (high risk) in 2016, the agency said the two manufacturers, Boston Scientific ...
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    Researchers Find Most Expert Speakers at FDA ODAC Meetings Receive Sizable Industry Payments

    Experts speaking on behalf of a pharmaceutical company at US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Oncology Drug Advisory Committee (ODAC) meetings often receive hefty sums, raising questions about the relationships between the companies and the experts ahead of three ODAC meetings next week. “We found that most (92.1%) expert speakers at FDA ODAC meetings receive sizable industry payments (median, $35,435). We were unable to establish payments made from the specific ...
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    House Bill Seeks to Expand Off-Label ‘Scientific Exchange’ Between Industry, Doctors

    While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) attempts to re-work its policy on off-label use communications, Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has introduced a new bill that would further allow pharmaceutical companies to discuss such uses with physicians. GOP representatives have criticized FDA recently for failing to update its policies on off-label use communications as the agency has lost several recent court cases on the issue , and has questioned the need for loos...
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    EMA Explains How it Supports Article 58 Applications

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday released a document discussing the regulatory support available to drugmakers looking to submit applications via the Article 58 procedure in an attempt to increase access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Background First introduced in Regulation (EC) No. 726/2004 in 2004, the Article 58 procedure allows EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) to give opinions, in collaboration ...
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    FDA To Disclose Unredacted Advisory Committee Members' CVs

    In a move toward more transparency, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it would publicly disclose the unredacted curricula vitae (CVs) of advisory committee members. A consent form saying the member’s CV does not include any confidential information will need to be submitted, FDA said. Background FDA maintains about 50 advisory committees comprised of outside experts who weigh in on scientific and medical issues, and which typically convene ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Offers Technical Guidance on Clinical Trials (24 January 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Posts Comprehensive Technical Guidance on Clinical Trials China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released technical guidance on clinical trials, walking drug developers through the entire clinical research process, from preparing to run a first-in-human trial to designing post-marketing and pharmacogenomic studies. CFDA has created the document to provide ...
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    EMA to Launch Tailored Biosimilar Scientific Advice Pilot

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday announced that it will launch a tailored scientific advice pilot project in February 2017 to support the development of new biosimilars. The tailored procedure will advise developers on the studies they should conduct, based on a review of the quality, analytical and functional data they already have available (standard  scientific advice  does not include the assessment of existing data). EMA plans to run the pilot until ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA Offers Guidance on High-Risk IVD Online Applications (13 September 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. TGA Posts Guide to Online Application Form for High-Risk IVDs TGA has released a guide to using its online application form for Class 4 in-house in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices. In keeping with recent guides created by TGA, the IVD document is a comprehensive walkthrough of the process of applying online for devices that fall into the highest-risk category. Class 4 IV...