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    More Efficient Rare Pediatric Drug Development: FDA Drafts Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released draft guidance that could help speed the development of treatments for rare pediatric disease drugs. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said the draft guidance "could eliminate the need for certain clinical studies and, when pediatric clinical studies are needed, could reduce the total number of patients who would receive a placebo instead of a potentially helpful...
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    FDA Finalizes Chagas Disease Guidance for Blood Collection Establishments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized guidance on the use of serological tests to reduce the risk of transmission of T. cruzi , a parasite that causes Chagas disease, in blood and blood components. This guidance supersedes 2010 guidance and finalizes a draft from 2016 that amended the 2010 guidance by expanding its scope to include the collection of blood and blood components for use in manufacturing a product, including donations intende...
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    Shaking Palsy, aka Parkinson's Disease, is Still a Mystery

    This article discusses disease etiology, history and symptoms of Parkinson's disease as well as ongoing research and new treatment options. Introduction There are hundreds of diseases named after a person. These are called "eponymous diseases," and a small sample includes Crohn's disease, Salmonellosis, Huntington's disease, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Lou Gehrig's disease, Tourette's syndrome and the well-known Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's Disease (PD). PD is one of...
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    FDA Issues Disease-Specific Draft Guidance for Pediatric GERD

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued draft guidance detailing clinical considerations for drugmakers looking to develop products to treat pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). FDA says the draft is meant to be a starting point for discussions between the agency, drugmakers, academia and the public and sets out the agency's current thinking on potential study populations, endpoints and clinical pharmacology issues related to dosing. Sp...
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    Guest Editorial: Does Nutrition Have a Role in Disease Management?

    This editorial is meant to encourage discussion and thinking about the value of diet and nutrition in the management of disease and a regulatory framework that would be useful in the US to protect public health and provide benefit to individuals who live with chronic disease or an increased risk of such diseases. Introduction The current regulatory approach, with respect to food and nutrition, tends to categorize individuals as consumers or patients and yet these stat...
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    FDA Panel Votes Unanimously in Favor of Gene Therapy to Treat Rare Eye Disorder

    Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics took its gene therapy before the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee on Thursday and the panel voted 16 to 0 in favor of approving the subretinal injection, representing a major step forward for adeno-associated virus gene therapies. The therapy, known as Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec), has been granted priority review by FDA (the agency has until 12 January 2018 t...
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    EMA and FDA Look to Facilitate Development of Gaucher Disease Treatments

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released a new strategy document to aid in the development of new treatments for Gaucher disease, a rare lysosomal storage disorder. Given the limited number of patients worldwide with Gaucher disease, EMA and FDA put forth two possible approaches to better facilitate investigations of such products: Extrapolation across age groups within a single drug development program...
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    EMA Consults on Regulatory Requirements for Chronic Liver Disease Drugs

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday launched a public consultation to gather input on a future reflection paper discussing the regulatory requirements for developing drugs to treat chronic non-infectious liver diseases. According to the agency, there is an unmet medical need for drugs to treat chronic non-infectious liver diseases such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). And wh...
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    FDA Approves First Treatment for a Form of Batten Disease

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved the first-ever treatment for a form of the rare pediatric Batten disease, bringing Biomarin its second lucrative priority review voucher (PRV). FDA approved Brineura (cerliponase alfa) to slow the loss of walking ability in symptomatic pediatric patients three years old and older with late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 (CLN2), also known as tripeptidyl peptidase-1 (TPP1) deficiency. ...
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    GAO: Drugmakers Want More Clarity on Antibiotic Incentives

    Despite some improvements, drugmakers say the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not fully clarified its expectations for developing new antibiotic drugs or detailed how to access new incentives, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Specifically, GAO says that FDA has issued 14 updated or new guidances focused on antibiotics since the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) Act was passed as part of the Food and Drug Admi...
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    Sarepta Sells Priority Review Voucher for $125M to Gilead

    Sarpeta Therapeutics on Tuesday sold its priority review voucher (PRV) to Gilead for $125 million, speeding up the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process for any future drug or biologic of Gilead’s choosing from 10 months to six months. The voucher was awarded to Sarepta under the rare pediatric PRV program after winning FDA approval for its Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) drug Exondys 51 (eteplirsen) in September 2016. This is the third PRV Gilead ...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Tropical Disease PRVs, Offering a Number of Clarifications

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance on tropical disease priority review vouchers (PRVs), clarifying when a voucher can be used, whether drugmakers are “guaranteed” a six-month review when using a voucher and whether FDA can remove a tropical disease from the list of considered diseases (it can’t). This finalization of the 2008 draft guidance includes 25 questions and answers and includes the following substantive changes based on pu...