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    Regulatory considerations for real-world research studies in Europe

    Real-world research studies are a valuable source of real-world evidence (RWE). In Europe, successful deployment of these studies is dependent on identifying, understanding, and demonstrating which regulations are not applicable, as well as identifying (and complying with) the regional (Europe Union) and national requirements that are applicable.   Introduction The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recently called for high-quality observational research of real-world...
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    MHRA Consults on Analytical Quality by Design Principles

    The UK’s Medicines and Health care products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Tuesday opened a three-month public consultation on its plans to apply analytical quality by design (AQbD) principles to its pharmacopoeial standards.   “Quality by Design (QbD) is a systematic approach to development that begins with predefined objectives and emphasises product and process understanding and process control, based on sound science and quality risk management,” MHRA writes.   Th...
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    Experts Tell Device Companies Not to Fret Over QMS Transition

    Ahead of the proposed shift away from the current US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quality management system (QMS) CFR 21 Part 820 regulation toward ISO 13485:2016, a new white paper sheds light on how the action will impact medical device development. The white paper identified three interrelated principles that will define the direction of the agency’s process, which has yet to be clearly defined, after the transition . These principles relate to the concept of ...
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    Generic Drug Prices ‘Strongly Predictive’ of Shortages, Study Finds

    How a generic drug is priced may be the difference between whether it experiences a shortage or not, a new study published in Value in Health found. The study of commonly used outpatient generic drugs from 2008 to 2014 found that the prevalence of shortages decreased from a peak in 2011-2012 to less than 4% of the overall sample by the end of 2014. Generic drug prices “were strongly predictive of drug shortages,” the researchers found. But competition and market si...
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    FDA Finalizes Testicular Toxicity Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance for drugmakers on identifying and evaluating early signals that could indicate whether a drug might have adverse effects on the testes and when clinical trials are necessary to assess those risks.   Specifically, the 14-page guidance lays out recommendations for identifying nonclinical signals that suggest risk of testicular toxicity; conducting nonclinical assessments to further evaluate the ris...
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    Clinical Trials: FDA Releases Two Draft Guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday unveiled two draft guidances focused on adaptive clinical trial designs and master protocols for cancer treatment trials. Adaptive Trials The 32-page adaptive design draft guidance describes the principles for designing, conducting and reporting the results from an adaptive clinical trial. The draft also advises sponsors on the types of information FDA needs to evaluate the results from trials with adaptive designs,...
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    Nearly Half of Recent EU Approvals Based on a Single Pivotal Study

    A recent study found that 45% of marketing authorizations granted in the EU from 2012 to 2016 were based on evidence from a single pivotal trial. The authors of the study, Anne Vinther Morant and Henrik Tang Vestergaard, both employees of Danish drugmaker Lundbeck, say they found the figure to be "surprisingly high," but in line with findings from a recent study of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals from 2005-2012. Despite the high overall figure, the aut...
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    FDA Disputes Article Highlighting Lackluster Oversight of Postmarketing Studies

    A paper appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday argues that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not doing enough to ensure drugmakers complete postmarketing studies required by the agency at the time their drugs are approved. In 2007, FDA gained the authority to establish postmarketing requirements for new drugs and biologics under the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA). The act also gave FDA the authority to warn or fin...
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    Early Feasibility Studies for Devices: FDA Highlights Success From Pilot

    In a paper published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology last week, two officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say that the agency's early feasibility study (EFS) program helped optimize the development of a new type of catheter designed to prevent pulmonary embolisms. The program is part of an effort by FDA to promote more EFSs being done in the US, as device makers often conduct such studies elsewhere before conducting later stud...
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    ICH Q12 Post Approval Change Management Protocol: Advantages for Consumers, Regulators and Industry

    This article discusses the latest draft of ICH Q12 and significance of harmonizing regulatory requirements across regional borders. It emphasizes how Post-Approval Change Management Protocol (PACMP) can be used as a tool to improve strategic change management and ensure supply chain reliability. 1, 2 Introduction While the pharmaceutical industry is globalized, regulations are regionalized. This means a Marketing Authorization Holder (MAH) can manufacture a product a...
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    EMA-FDA QbD Pilot Program Led to Further Harmonization

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have wrapped up a joint pilot program assessing applications containing Quality by Design (QbD) elements that led to further hamornization of concepts introduced through the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH). Background The joint pilot program, initially launched in March 2011 for three years, was extended for two more years in 2014 to facilitate further harmonization of per...
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    EMA Seeks Experts on Clinical Data Anonymization

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday issued a call for experts to join a new technical advisory group for anonymizing clinical data. "Anonymisation of clinical reports poses a major challenge to those directly involved (pharmaceutical industry, clinical research organizations and EMA) and to those accessing the data (patients, healthcare professionals and academia)," EMA says. Specifically, EMA says it plans to form a new committee, referred to as the Techni...