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    FDA seeks global shift to include pregnant women in medical research

    The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the paradox surrounding the inclusion of pregnant and breastfeeding women in medical research. Even when these women are at higher risk for severe illness and hospitalization, they are unlikely to be included in clinical trials for medical products and vaccines. In a recent article, officials at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signaled their commitment to work with industry and other regulators to support the inclus...
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    MHRA announces streamlined clinical trial review process

    In the wake of the systemic changes flowing from the UK’s exit from the EU, the country’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) plans to streamline review of clinical trials for medicinal products.   Beginning in January 2022, new Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs) will receive a combined review from MHRA and the UK Research Ethics Services, with collaboration from the UK’s Health Research Authority (HRA). The process is...
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    Brexit, COVID-19 headline EMA’s 2020 annual report

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) started 2020 by wrapping up challenges associated with the UK’s decision to leave the EU, only to run headlong into additional challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the annual report that also marked the agency’s 25 th anniversary, EMA outlined a year that looked different than most.   “As the scientific body in charge of the regulation of medicines, EMA had an essential part to play in ensuring treatments and vaccines ...
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    Euro Roundup: HRPA posts 5-year plan as it emerges from ‘twin challenges’ of Brexit and COVID

    Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has published its strategic plan for 2021 to 2025. HPRA set out five goals intended to help it emerge from the “twin challenges of Brexit and COVID-19” and deliver better outcomes for people and animals.   The five goals are titled health system partnerships, progressive regulation, communication and engagement, enabling innovation and great people, great processes. By engaging in activities that further those goals...
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    ATMPs: Global regulators eye harmonization for ultra-orphan products

    Top regulators from the US, EU, UK and Japan view harmonization as a critical factor in enabling the development of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) for ultra-rare diseases.   Particularly for cell and gene therapies targeting patient populations numbering in the hundreds worldwide, commercial viability and the feasibility of clinical trials can be complicated by jurisdictional differences in regulatory requirements. Such challenges were the topic of convers...
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    Recon: 2021's priciest drugs; A leaderless FDA?

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Novartis' canakinumab failed to improve survival in Phase III trial ( Reuters ) ( Endpoints ) Is a leaderless FDA clamping down on drug reviews? Not knowing is weighing heavy on biotech ( STAT ) Pandemic Forces FDA to Sharply Curtail Drug Company Inspections ( NYT ) A Survey of Survival Outcomes for Targeted Cancer Drugs Approved by the US Food and Drug Admini...
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    MHRA awards first ‘innovation passport’ under new pathway

    MSD's (Merck Sharp & Dohme (UK) Limited) investigational drug belzutifan on Friday became the first drug to be awarded an “innovation passport” under the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP).   Belzutifan is being developed to treat adults with von Hippel-Lindau disease, a rare cancer-causing genetic disorder, and has been granted orphan designation in the EU and both orphan designation and br...
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    England and Canada diverge from US on cancer drug decisions

    Regulatory and health technology assessment agencies in Canada and England are diverging from the US when it comes to oncology drugs. But they often rely on the same surrogate endpoints to make their decisions, according to two new analyses published in JAMA Internal Medicine .   The first study , led by Avi Cherla, MSc, of the London School of Economics and Political Science, revealed that among 68 cancer indications with accelerated approval in the US that also rec...
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    EMA, MHRA update on COVID vaccine pharmacovigilance

    Regulators in Europe are beginning to give safety readouts from global experiences with vaccines against COVID-19, while the United Kingdom has issued a report delineating its multi-pronged safety surveillance approach.   The European Medicines Agency’s safety committee met at the end of January to review data from clinical use of the COVID-19 messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine co-developed by Moderna and the US National Institutes of Health.   Following a 28 January mee...
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    MHRA okays third COVID-19 vaccine

    As the first week of the new year winds down, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved a third vaccine against COVID-19. On Friday, MHRA announced its regulatory approval of the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine jointly developed by Moderna and the US National Institutes of Health.   “Having a third COVID-19 vaccine approved for supply following a robust and thorough assessment of all the available data is an important goal to have ac...
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    What’s in the Brexit trade deal for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries?

    After years of painstaking negotiations, the UK parted ways with the EU on 1 January after an 11-month transition period with a 1,200-plus page trade deal in hand, narrowly avoiding a no-deal scenario.   The trade deal, which was reached on 24 December, avoids tariffs and quotas on goods traded between the EU and UK and sets forth some provisions for cooperation and alignment on a range of issues from transportation to environmental protection but avoids major topics...
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    UPDATED: UK authorizes Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

    Editor’s note: This article was updated 04 January 2020 to include new information about EMA's review of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.   The United Kingdom has followed the recommendation of its Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to issue temporary authorization for the vaccine against COVID-19 co-developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The UK’s authorization is the first for the vaccine.   The authorization for temporar...