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    Survey From CDRH Officials Finds Informed Consent Process Needs Improving

    Informed consent forms (ICFs) may meet the necessary regulatory requirements but are often not written in a way to promote comprehension among clinical trial participants, a new research article from six officials in the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) found. The officials surveyed 399 ICFs from investigational device exemption (IDE) applications for fiscal years 2015 and 2016, finding that overall, the ICFs were...
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    European Parliament Passes SPC Waiver in Landslide Vote

    The European Parliament on Wednesday voted through a proposal to allow manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) by an overwhelming majority, with more than 75% of members voting in favor of the measure.   In the EU, SPCs extend the 20-year patent protection period for medicines by adding up to five additional years of market exclusivity to approved drugs and biologics. The additional exclusivity period is meant to compensate for the lapse b...
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    EU Takes Another Step Towards Adopting SPC Waiver Proposal

    The European Union’s proposal to allow manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPC) is one step closer to adoption after EU ambassadors endorsed a compromise reached on 14 February with the European Parliament during a meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives (Coreper) on Wednesday.   Now that the draft regulation has been agreed to, it will undergo a legal and linguistic review before being sent to the European Parliament and C...
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    Industry, Advocacy Groups Seek Clarity on Proposed Changes to Informed Consent Rules

    Trade associations representing the medical device and clinical research industries, as well as the nonprofit public advocacy organization Public Citizen, are calling for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify provisions of its proposed rule for institutional review boards (IRBs) to waive or alter requirements for obtaining informed consent for certain clinical trials involving minimal risk to participants.   Background   Under current FDA regulations...
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    EU Advances SPC Waiver Proposal

    The European Union's proposal to allow manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPC) took a step forward on Wednesday after EU ambassadors backed the EU Council's position on the proposed regulation during a meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives (Coreper).   "The draft regulation is expected to remove the competitive disadvantages faced by EU-based manufacturers of generics and biosimilars vis-à-vis manufacturers established o...
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    Generic and Branded Industry Groups Spar Over EU SPC Waiver Proposal

    The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) on Monday voted to adopt a draft opinion supporting changes to an amendment that would allow for manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPCs).   In the EU, SPCs extend the 20-year patent protection period for medicines by adding up to five additional years of market exclusivity to approved drugs and biologics. The additional exclusivity period is meant to compensate for the lapse be...
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    FDA Inspection Finds Minnesota Hospital Violated Informed Consent, IRB Rules

    In an inspection report obtained by Public Citizen, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cites the Hennepin County Medical Center over its institutional review board’s (IRB) oversight of clinical trials that involved dosing emergency patients with ketamine and other sedatives without the patients’ consent.   The inspection, which ran from 7-24 August, came after the Star Tribune reported on clinical trials conducted by the hospital and just weeks after Public C...
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    FDA Issues Two Guidances on CLIA Waiver Applications, 510(k) Dual Submissions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued two draft guidances aimed at updating its recommendations for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) seeking a waiver from requirements under the Clinical Laboratories Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in line with provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act and the recently reauthorized Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV). Under CLIA, clinical laboratories must obtain a certificate to perform complex diagnostic t...
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    Court Bars Philips From Manufacturing, Selling Some Adulterated Defibrillators

    Following its manufacture and distribution of adulterated automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and Q-CPR meters, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said put people at risk, US District Judge Denise Casper on Tuesday entered a consent decree of permanent injunction between the US and Andover, MA-based Philips North America LLC and two company officers. Under a complaint filed on behalf of FDA and alongside the consent decree, Philips was said to be...
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    CLIA Waiver Decisions: FDA Begins Posting Summaries

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday began posting decision summaries for its Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waiver decisions for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) as part of a pilot to boost transparency. FDA also updated its guidance on its administrative procedures for CLIA categorization for IVDs to reflect new commitments under the recently reauthorized Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV). So far, the agency has posted de...
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    Patients Not Always Informed of Study's Purpose in Noninferiority Trials

    A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week finds that patients participating in noninferiority trials for antibiotics are not always accurately informed of the purpose of the study, based on an analysis of informed consent forms. Unlike superiority trials, which test whether a new drug has greater efficacy than an existing therapy, noninferiority studies test that the new treatment does not fall outside a predetermined range of "clinically acceptable" inferi...
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    FDA Issues Guidance on Informed Consent Waivers for Minimal Risk Studies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued a final guidance detailing the circumstances in which the agency will not object to waiving or altering informed consent requirements for clinical studies that pose a minimal risk to participants. While the guidance was released without a public consultation on a draft version, FDA says it will consider comments on the final version and revise the guidance as necessary. "Over the years, FDA has received numerous...