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    EMA’s CHMP Recommends First Ebola Vaccine, 6 Other Medicines

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) on Friday announced recommendations for seven new medicines for approval, including a conditional marketing authorization for Merck’s Ebola vaccine Ervebo (rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP, live), which is the first vaccine for those 18 years and older at risk of infection with the Ebola virus. EMA said that preliminary data suggest the vaccine is effective in the current Ebola outbreak in the De...
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    FDA Clears First Rapid Diagnostic Test for Ebola

    The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday allowed the marketing of the first rapid diagnostic test for the Ebola virus that has not been authorized via the agency’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) pathway. OraSure Technologies’ OraQuick Ebola Rapid Antigen Test, which provides a rapid, presumptive diagnosis that must be confirmed, gained market entry via CDRH's De Novo review pathway less than five mont...
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    New California Law Requires Posted Notices of Non-FDA Approved Stem Cell Products

    California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed into law a bill that requires health providers to post notices in their offices when they are administering stem cell treatments that have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The law is part of efforts to crack down on the use and sale of unapproved stem cell treatments, some of which are being hawked as cures for a range of diseases with few or no treatment options, like ALS, autism and spina...
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    New Texas Law on Stem Cell Treatments: Showdown With FDA Coming?

    With a new Texas law now in the books to allow companies to sell unproven stem cell treatments without US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, some experts wonder when FDA will step in to shut down companies and clinics exposing people to unapproved medical products. Similar to the “Right to Try” laws spreading across the US and attempting to undercut FDA’s regulation of investigational products, the Texas law , which had been brewing in some form since...
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    FDA Warns 14 Companies for Selling Fake Cancer Treatments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released warning letters sent to 14 US-based companies for selling dozens of unapproved cancer treatments online and through social media. The companies, FDA says, have 15 days to respond with plans to address the violations or face possible criminal prosecution, including up to a year in federal prison and fine of $100,000 or twice the companies' gains on the fraudulent products. The agency is also advising patients ...
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    FDA Offers 2016 Report on Medical Countermeasure Activities

    As part of efforts to protect the US against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved seven new treatments and 21 new devices in FY 2016, according to a program update on medical countermeasure (MCM) activities. With a budget of a little more than $110 million, FDA’s MCM efforts play a  critical role  in protecting the US from dangerous threats and emerging infectious disease threats, such as pand...
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    Approval of Anthrax Vaccine Under FDA’s Animal Rule is a Step Forward, Researchers Argue

    Although the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2015 approval of the vaccine BioThrax for postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) for inhalational anthrax wasn’t the first approval under the rarely used Animal Rule, researchers in Nature explained on Thursday why it is a “significant step forward” in the approval of new vaccines and other medical countermeasures under the pathway. Background The Animal Rule pathway (codified here ) was designed to allow companies to bri...
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    EMA Adds Four New Drugs to PRIME Scheme

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted four new drugs eligibility to its PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme, bringing the total number of drugs accepted to the program to eight. Like the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) breakthrough therapy program, PRIME aims to streamline the development of promising new therapies through earlier scientific advice and increased engagement between EMA and sponsors in order to facilitate an accelerated product assessme...
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    Judge Overrules FDA, Allows Trial for Terminally Ill Patient at Questionable Clinic to Resume

    A US District Court Judge late Tuesday overturned a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hold on a clinical trial for at least one patient with an incurable brain tumor, though the institute running the trial has been cited by FDA with numerous warning letters and criticized for offering false hopes to desperate patients for more than 30 years. “The full clinical hold imposed by the Defendant [FDA] is lifted as to treatment for Eugene Neil Fachon for DIPG [Diffuse Intr...
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    Researchers Urge Caution on Expanding Priority Review Voucher Programs

    As Congress looks to further expand current priority review voucher (PRV) programs (and even create entirely new ones), researchers are now cautioning that the worth of the vouchers could decline significantly and diminish incentives to develop drugs for neglected diseases. Background Since 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a handful of special "priority review" vouchers to pharmaceutical and biotech companies developing drugs and biologics fo...
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    Congress Considers Priority Review Vouchers for Medical Countermeasures

    Members of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee were briefed on recommendations at a hearing Friday for improving the nation's biodefence strategy against natural and man-made threats. The recommendations are particularly timely as legislators and public health officials scramble to mount a response to the Zika virus outbreak across Latin America and the Caribbean. Many of these recommendations come from the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on ...
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    EMA Offers New Draft Guidance on Developing Treatments for Chronic Heart Failure

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released new draft guidance for public consultation on the clinical development of new drugs to treat chronic heart failure (CHF). The new draft is meant to update previous guidance, known as “Note for guidance on clinical investigation of medicinal products for the treatment of cardiac failure,” in order to differentiate the types of heart failure between reduced and preserved ejection fraction, call for companies to inclu...