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    COVID-19 therapeutics tracker

    More than a year into the pandemic, only a handful of repurposed therapeutics have been approved to treat COVID-19: dexamethasone in the UK and Japan; Avigan (favilavir) in China, Italy and Russia; and Veklury (remdesivir) in the US, UK and Japan.   Regulators around the world have allowed a handful of treatments to be used on an emergency-use basis including Eli Lilly and Company’s monoclonal antibodies bamlanivimab with etesevimab; Regeneron’s casirivimab and imdevim...
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    Cures 2.0: Discussion draft signals impact on FDA, creation of ARPA-H

    More than four years after the 21 st Century Cures Act was signed into law, Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) on Tuesday circulated a discussion draft of their proposed Cures 2.0 legislation, setting the stage for negotiations on the long-awaited legislative package.   In addition to proposing new programs and enhancements for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the 127-page draft bill ...
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    EMA recommends bluebird bio's Skysona, seven other medicines

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a favorable opinion for bluebird bio’s Skysona (elivaldogene autotemcel), a gene therapy that treats early cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CALD). Seven other medicines also received positive recommendations from the agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) during its May meeting.   Skysona’s status as an advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP) means it was first assessed by EMA’s Committee for Advanced T...
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    Drug labeling authority, UDI program reviewed by Harvard-based researchers

    Two papers in JAMA Internal Medicine highlighted separate, but important issues concerning the US Food and Drug Administration’s authority to modify package inserts and the effect of a recently shuttered agency initiative.   In a Viewpoint, Bishal Gyawali, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics and Law (PORTAL) research group at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital suggested improving FDA’s authority to modify drug package...
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    Recon: Kerfuffle over WHO's Wuhan mission; BMS inks $1.3 B cancer deal

    Recon:   Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US New, Daily Coronavirus Cases Drop Below 100K For First Time In Months ( NPR ) U.S. Continues To Accelerate Vaccination Strategy ( NPR ) Seven coronavirus variants potentially similar to UK type have been detected in US: study ( The Hill ) ( NYT ) Fauci Awarded $1 Million Israeli Prize For 'Speaking Truth To Power' Amid Pandemic ( NPR ) Pentago...
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    New toolbox available for EMA's PRIME designees

    The European Medicines Agency has released a draft guidance to assist drug developers using its Priority Medicines (PRIME) scheme to accelerate authorization of new therapies.   “Experience to date has shown that applicants face challenges to complete quality and manufacturing development and data requirements during development of products in early access approaches,” wrote EMA in the executive summary of the guidance.   Challenges for those developing breakthroug...
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    Perspective: Drug price transparency in the Biden era

    The Trump administration’s efforts to increase drug price transparency are likely to survive the transition to the Biden administration, according to a perspective piece published 13 January in the New England Journal of Medicine . Included in the Transparency in Coverage final rule, issued in late October 2020, the drug price transparency provisions aim to require that health insurers publish list prices and historical net prices for prescription drugs. The inform...
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    EC’s new pharmaceutical strategy highlights support for innovation, R&D

    The European Commission (EC) has adopted its pharmaceutical strategy for Europe. The announcement follows a period of consultation earlier this year and meets the EC’s goal of finalizing the strategy by year’s end.   The strategy is not focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, but strategies and considerations included in the document were informed by the impact of the novel coronavirus in Europe and globally.  The primary objectives of the strategy fall into four categories. ...
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    Experts propose changes to FDA’s Accelerated Approval Program

    A new white paper from the Friends of Cancer Research offers a blueprint for reimagining the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Accelerated Approval Program for drugs and biologics that treat serious and life-threatening illnesses. The white paper , released during the group’s annual meeting, recommends explicitly adding a more comprehensive risk-benefit assessment to the surrogate endpoints currently used as the basis for approval, a framework that would move the U...
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    EMA's CHMP gives Gamifant a second thumbs down; approves five new medicines

    In its November meeting, a committee of the European Medicines Agency gave its second thumbs down to the monoclonal antibody Gamifant (emapalumab), confirming a July 2020 negative opinion on the Novimmune SA drug.   The US FDA approved Gamifant for pediatric use in primary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in November 2018; this was the same indication for which EMA has twice declined authorization.   EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) had positive recommendat...
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    Makena indication may fall based on post-approval data

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to withdraw the approval of the only drug indicated to prevent recurrent preterm birth, based on a post-approval study showing a lack of efficacy.   Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection) was originally granted accelerated approval in 2001 and remains on the market. Makena’s manufacturer, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, has requested a public hearing to explore the issue. It is up to the FDA commissioner whether to gr...
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    Report: FDA REMS program ineffective at curbing opioid misuse

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been using the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) program as a way to mitigate adverse events stemming from opioid misuse and abuse, but that program is a poor tool for fighting the opioid epidemic, the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General concluded in a new report .   The REMS program is a long-standing drug safety program that has allowed the FDA to require manufacturers to implement ...