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    Using Twitter as an Intelligence Tool: 85 Accounts Worth Following

    With the rise of president-elect Donald Trump, it’s become abundantly clear that Twitter matters. And it matters not just for politics. For regulatory affairs folks in in the pharmaceutical and medical device spaces, for investors, and even for the regulators themselves, Twitter is a great place to catch the day’s breaking news before the headlines are written. (Editor’s Note: This is by no means a complete list and if you’re looking for more than 85 accounts, you’re in...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Lead Brexiteer Dismisses Need for UK to Stay in EU Regulatory System (10 November 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Lead Brexiteer Dismisses Need for UK to Stay in EU Regulatory System A senior politician overseeing the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union has dismissed the need to retain certain aspects of the country’s current regulatory model post-Brexit. Asked in the House of Commons whether he agreed with industry leaders on the need for the UK to be part of a Europe-...
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    Drug Marketing on Twitter: FDA to Study Space-Limited Communications

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to study whether links can be sufficient means of presenting risk information about drugs in advertising on social media platforms, such as Twitter, where character space is limited. "The objective of this research is to test whether a link to prescription drug risk information can effectively convey the risks associated with a drug when benefit claims about the drug are made within character-space-limited communicati...
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    GDUFA Science Priorities for 2017: Postmarket Evaluation and Complex Generics

    In the final year of the first Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA I), FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) is planning to prioritize the post-market evaluation of generics, work on the equivalence of complex generics and locally acting products, as well as new standards and computational and analytical tools. The release of OGD’s regulatory science priorities on Thursday comes as 2016 saw a banner year for generic approvals, with 651 approvals (or 835 if tentative approv...
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    A Look Into the Future: FDA Wants to Know What’s Coming for Scientific Advances

    New advances in gene editing, precision medicine and synthetic biology are all likely to have a major impact on how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shapes its regulations in the near- and long-term. Now, FDA is formally asking interested parties to offer some fresh perspectives on these and other emerging technologies and cross-cutting scientific advances that could be of importance to FDA, with a focus on areas that may impact FDA in five to 10 years. “FDA's ...
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    RAPS' New Book Offers 36 Articles on Eclectic Science Topics for Curious Readers

    RAPS has just published a new book that offers curious readers a collection of 36 brief, interesting articles on a range of science and regulatory topics, some published for the first time. The new book, Eclectic Science and Regulatory Compliance: Stories for the Curious , by Max Sherman, is a follow-up to his popular 2012 book From Alzheimer’s to Zebrafish: Eclectic Science and Regulatory Stories . Topics Sherman covers in Eclectic Science include mindful...
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    Brexit Rejig: UK Taps Three Leaders to Helm Office for Life Sciences

    The UK’s Office for Life Sciences, which will continue to be a joint unit across the Department of Health (DH) and the newly formed Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), on Thursday selected three new ministers to lead. In the DH, two ministers will be jointly responsible for life sciences, including: Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health and former adviser to the health authority of Abu Dhabi, who will lea...
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    The Innovation Imperative for Biopharmaceutical Regulatory Science: Three Emerging Trends

    This article discusses how manufacturers' regulatory affairs functions could improve their conduct of regulatory science through adaptive pathways, joint scientific and health technology assessment advice and patient-centricity. The Innovation Imperative for Regulatory Science The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines regulatory science as "the science of developing new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance o...
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    GAO Offers Sharp Critique of FDA’s Lack of Measurable Regulatory Science Goals

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Wednesday released two reports criticizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one that says FDA lacks measurable goals to assess its progress in advancing regulatory science, and another that says FDA should better coordinate between its medical product centers. On the regulatory science front, GAO notes that FDA issued strategic planning documents in 2011 and 2013 to guide its regulatory science and identify priority...
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    What Is 'Regulatory Intelligence?'

    This article provides an overview of regulatory intelligence, including identifying sources, using tools for gathering information, and the importance of recognizing copyright restrictions . Regulatory intelligence is the regulatory information you have been asked to gather and provide regarding topics of importance to your audience. For example, you may be asked to inform your company of any medical device-related items in the Federal Register or of FDA warning or un...
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    In Focus: The Top News Stories from 2015

    For RAPS’ Regulatory Focus , 2015 might simply be called: The Year of the Explainer. With major legislation altering the inner workings of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as new priority review voucher programs coming to fruition, RAPS’ reader interest has been spiking for longer, more in-depth articles. Without further ado, here are the top most-read articles in 2015 based on traffic statistics: 9. After Three-Year Delay, FDA Finalizes Guidance Do...
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    Researchers Question Consistency of FDA’s Use of Surrogate Endpoints for Drug Approvals

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not consistent with its use of surrogate endpoints in assessing the risks and benefits of treatments for some diseases, making it difficult to assess the treatments' actual clinical effects on outcomes important to patients, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins. The researchers came to this conclusion after evaluating 58 FDA drugs approved between 2003 and 2012 for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Type 1 an...