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    Accelerating drug development and approvals in India

    India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) implemented the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules in 2019 to expedite the drug development and approval processes. This article provides an overview of those processes; explains the rule-specific terminology, such as the definitions of “drug” and “new drug” under Indian law; and outlines strategies for speeding up the approval processes and optimizing registration of prescription medicines in India.   Keywo...
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    ICH touts adoption of continuous manufacturing, safety reporting guidelines

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) announced that “excellent progress” has been made over the past year in advancing guidelines in the areas of pharmaceutical quality, safety and efficacy, including the adoption of the widely awaited guideline on continuous manufacturing (CM).   These achievements were announced on 22 November following its meeting held in Inchon, South Korea. The meeting was held in parallel with meetings of ICH’s ten working groups and...
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    FDA official offers insights on Emerging Technology Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepts a wide variety of applications into its Emerging Technologies Program (ETP), and is not just focused on continuous manufacturing, said Joel Welch, associate director for science and biosimilar strategy in the agency’s Office of Biotechnology Products.   “I think that sometimes there is a misperception that advanced manufacturing is just about continuous manufacturing,” said Welch who provided an update on the ETP at the...
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    CHMP recommends 12 new medicines, including first RSV treatment for infants

    The European Medicine Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) last week endorsed 12 new medicines for authorization, including the first treatment to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in newborns, driving the total number of endorsed treatments to 70 since the beginning of the year. Five of the 12 approval recommendations are for orphan drugs.   The new RSV treatment, Beyfortus (nirsevimab) developed by AstraZeneca and Sanofi, was s...
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    EU issues long-awaited GMP Annex 1 revision

    The EU’s eagerly anticipated revision of its good manufacturing practice (GMP) Annex 1 for sterile drug products was released on Thursday after 14 years of development. The revised requirements, which are set to take effect 25 August 2023, govern the manufacturing of sterile drugs made in the EU, as well as imported products.   The revised Annex comes after hints earlier this year that it be out in mid-2022. (RELATED: EU GMP Annex 1 revision to be released mid-year ...
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    Expert: OGD on track to approve more generic drugs in FY2022

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) will most likely approve a higher number of generic drugs in FY2022 compared to the prior year, and the number of generic applications received may continue to exceed OGD’s review capacity, asserted Robert Pollock, a senior advisor with Lachman Consultants.   Pollock, who regularly writes about FDA’s generic approvals, spoke to Regulatory Focus and shared these observations in his recent blog ...
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    Neonatal drug development addressed in FDA final guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance this week to assist sponsors in developing clinical pharmacology studies for neonatal populations. The guidance is meant to address gaps in neonatal labeling and encourage the development of therapies that are “unique to neonates.”   The guidance is tailored to sponsors developing these studies for investigational new drug applications (INDs), new drug applications (NDAs), biologics license applications ...
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    Continuous manufacturing applicants saw quicker approvals, higher revenue than batch applicants

    Applicants that used continuous manufacturing (CM) technology to bring their products to market waited less time before approval after submission compared to batch manufacturing products, according to results from a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audit published in the International Journal of Pharmaceuticals .   Authors from the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) said these manufacturers had a potential estimated increase in revenue due to the ...
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    Evolution of the Japanese regulatory system and agencies

    The Japanese regulatory system has been recognized as one of the most sophisticated and stringent regulatory systems in the world. The regulatory policies are developed and administered by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) executes the policies, and certain authorities are delegated to local governments. Over the last 6 decades, the Japanese regulator has faced many challenges but has kept enhancing the...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Evrysdi, Kymriah, Tibsovo

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New indications Evrysdi gets label extension for use in babies with spinal muscular atrophy Genentech’s Evrysdi ( risdiplam; powder for oral solution ) has been granted a new indication to include babies younger than 2 months with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).   The approval is based on interim findings from the RAINBOWFISH study in newborns demonstrat...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Vtama, Dupixent, Vidaza

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approval Vtama approved as topical, steroid-free treatment for plaque psoriasis in adults Dermavant’s VTAMA ( tapinarof; cream, 1% ) has been approved as a steroid-free, topical treatment for adults with mild-severe plaque psoriasis.   Approval of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor agonist was based on findings from the Phase 3, multicenter, double-blind, ...
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    EMA releases final guideline on antibacterial drug development

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a final guideline on evaluating antibacterial medicines that is globally aligned with guidance from other regulators.   EMA said the document addresses a “pressing need for new antibacterial agents suitable for treating infections in patients with few remaining therapeutic options.”   The agency announced that antimicrobial resistance poses a “global threat” and is responsible for an estimated 33,000 deaths per yea...