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    European Commission Revises Q&A on Safety Features for Medicinal Products

    The European Commission on Monday released a revised question and answer document regarding the implementation of the rules on the safety features for medicinal products for human use. Revisions in the document are related to two questions and answers, including one on if a pack bearing safety features is lawfully opened by, for instance, parallel traders or manufacturers replacing the leaflet, can the pack be resealed? The answer notes that in certain circumstances it ...
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    FDA Plots Policy Priorities for 2018

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced its priorities for policy activity in 2018, which will include reducing the misuse and abuse of opioids, promoting generic drug and biosimilar competition, creating a total product lifecycle office for medical devices, advancing digital health technologies and strengthening the agency’s workforce. “Our work is taking place during an inflection point in both science and policy,” FDA Commissioner Scott Go...
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    FDA Issues Delayed DSCSA Grandfathering Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued draft guidance detailing its policy for when packages and homogenous cases of drugs without a product identifier are grandfathered from certain provisions of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). While the guidance comes two years after the deadline set by the DSCSA and on the same day that requirements for manufacturers to begin affixing or imprinting product identifiers on packages and homogenous cases ...
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    Medical Product Communications Consistent With FDA-Required Labeling Draft Guidance: Navigating the Gray Zone

    This article discusses the changing landscape for promotional review regarding the shift in evidentiary standards introduced in the 2017 Draft Guidance. It also highlights industry perspectives for consideration to companies looking to apply the principles outlined in the Draft Guidance or in preview to what could be addressed in a future revision. Introduction Regulatory advertising and promotion professionals are accustomed to working amidst ambiguity or in the gray...
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    Updated: FDA Releases Flurry of New, Revised Drug-Specific Guidance Documents

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released new draft guidances for 32 drugs, including for those companies looking to develop generic versions of Mylan’s EpiPen (epinephrine) alternative Adrenaclick, Novartis’ cancer treatment Afinitor (everolimus) and AstraZeneca’s cancer treatment Lynparza (olaparib). On top of the new drafts, FDA released 19 revised guidance documents, including one for companies looking to develop generics of Eli Lilly’s er...
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    CDRH Plots Creation of New 'Super Office,' Alternative 510(k) Pathway

    Jeff Shuren, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) told attendees at the final session at AdvaMed’s MedTech conference in San Jose, California, that his center is plotting the creation of a new "super office." The so-called "Total Product Life Cycle 'Super' Office" will integrate premarket, postmarket surveillance and quality-compliance functions, Shuren said, noting it will be "a big deal." The o...
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    Conducting a Successful Advertising and Promotion Review of Restricted Medical Devices

    This article provides insight for regulatory professionals regarding developing a successful advertising and promotional review of restricted medical devices. It demonstrates how medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies can improve communication and collaboration between regulatory and marketing to streamline and improve the compliance review process for promotional materials and achieve an effective marketing strategy. The Dance "How small can I make...
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    Regulatory Explainer: FDA User Fee Reauthorizations From 2018 to 2022

    President Donald Trump late Friday signed a bill that reauthorizes the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee programs for prescription drugs, generic drugs, biosimilars and medical devices through 2022. Taking effect 1 October, the 86-page law (the text of which can be found here ) passed the House via voice vote in July and by a vote of 94-1 in the Senate earlier this month without the addition of any controversial amendments. The law ensures the ag...
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    FDA Plots Elimination of the Orphan Drug Designation Request Backlog

    With a flood of new orphan drug designation requests, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its new plan to eliminate the backlog of requests in 90 days and to respond to 100% of all new orphan drug designation requests within 90 days. In 2016, the Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) received 568 new requests for designation – more than double the number of requests received in 2012. According to FDA’s database of 4,174 orphan d...
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    FDA Issues New and Revised Guidance for Generic Drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a batch of 21 new and 16 revised draft guidances intended to help drugmakers conduct the studies needed to support the approval of certain generic drugs. Since formalizing its process for making such guidance available in 2010, FDA has published hundreds of product-specific bioequivalence guidances for various products. This is FDA's fourth recent release of new and revised bioequivalence guidance for generi...
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    FDA Officials Discuss Modernizing the Regulation of Combo Products

    As one-third of all medical products under development are combination products (meaning a combination of a drug, device or biologic), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is undertaking the tricky task of modernizing the agency’s regulations around these products, which often present unique questions on risks and benefits, two FDA officials wrote in a recent commentary in Nature . Nina Hunter, FDA’s associate director for science policy, and Rachel Sherman, F...
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    Medical Product Communications: Industry Seeks to Reform FDA Draft Guidances

    With a flood of new comments, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies are seeking changes to two draft guidances explaining the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) evolving policies on industry communications with payers and claims that adhere to a drug's label. Introduced in January, the draft Q&A documents detail how drug and device firms can discuss unapproved medical products with payers in ways that are "truthful and non-misleading," as well...