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    Doctors Without Borders Appeals Exclusive License Granted to Sanofi for Zika Vaccine

    Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Friday appealed the US Department of Defense’s decision to grant an exclusive, royalty-bearing license to Sanofi Pasteur for patents to a Zika vaccine developed with US government funds. "MSF objects to the granting of an exclusive patent license on a U.S. government-funded invention to a single pharmaceutical company as well as to the lack of conditions to ensure the vaccine will be appropriately developed and made available and ...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Issues Increasing Number of GMP Non-Compliance Statements in India (11 May 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EU GMP Inspectors Issued Non-Compliance Statements to 11% of Indian Sites Visited in 2016 Authorities in the European Economic Area (EEA) issued non-compliance statements to 11% of the Indian drug manufacturing plants they inspected in 2016. The rate of non-compliance is far higher than the 1% recorded globally in 2016 and the 4-6% level seen in India in the three prev...
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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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    Doctors Without Borders Objects to Sanofi Receiving an Exclusive License for a Zika Vaccine

    Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Monday objected to the US government’s granting of an exclusive patent license to Sanofi Pasteur for a developing Zika vaccine, though Sanofi fired back on Tuesday explaining the risks of developing such a vaccine. According to a Federal Register notice from 9 December, the Department of the Army of the US Department of Defense intends to grant an exclusive, royalty-bearing, revocable license on a patent entitled, ‘‘Zika Virus Vaccine an...
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    Destination Cuba: Regulator Prepares for Influx of Novel US Pharmaceuticals

    With the restoration of diplomatic relations betweeen the US and Cuba in late 2014, the island is prepping for a wave of new and generic US pharmaceuticals and biologics, the head of the Havana-based regulatory agency, known as the Center for State Control of Drugs, Medical Devices (CECMED), told  Focus  in an exclusive interview. Rafael Pérez Cristiá, director general of CECMED, who oversees 300 staffers, said that as relations between the two countries continue to no...
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    FDA Form 483: Theranos Initiated Trials Without IRB Approval

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released a Form 483 issued 18 August to blood testing startup Theranos, citing the company for allowing patients to consent to sample collection in two Zika-related trials without approval of an institutional review board (IRB). The one-page FDA report says that the three-day inspection of Theranos' Palo Alto, CA facility in mid-August uncovered evidence that Theranos initiated clinical investigations for two clinical ...
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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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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Caps Prices of Drug-Eluting and Bare-Metal Stents (26 July 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. India Caps Prices of Drug-Eluting and Bare-Metal Stents The Indian government has decided to cap the prices of drug-eluting and bare-metal stents. Officials reached the decision, which follows years of debate about the subject, after a subcommittee of cardiologists recommended that coronary stents be categorized as essential medical devices.  Members of the subcommittee ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Looks to Resolve Vaccine Shortages (12 July 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Calls on Regional Regulators to Work to Resolve Vaccine Shortages The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has called on its regional offices to take steps to resolve the country’s vaccine supply shortage. The request comes at a time when CFDA and the vaccine industry it regulates are adapting to the changes that were proposed in response to the scandal that rece...
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    Gavi Commits $27.5m to WHO Malaria Vaccine Candidate’s Pilot Program as More Funds Needed

    The public-private vaccine alliance known as Gavi on Thursday pledged $27.5 million to a pilot project that the World Health Organization is running to introduce a malaria vaccine candidate into sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the project, WHO, GlaxoSmithKline, the developer of the vaccine, and the nonprofit PATH will collaborate to donate doses of the vaccine candidate, known as RTS,S, for use in the WHO pilots. In addition to the Gavi funds, WHO will provide about $17 ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Offers Guidance on Revised Vaccine Distribution Regulations (21 June 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Posts Guide to Implementing Revised Vaccine Distribution Regulations China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released a guide to the implementation of its revised vaccine procurement and distribution regulations. The updated policy calls for vigilant record keeping by organizations in the supply chain and stronger regulatory oversight of each step in the pr...
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    FDA’s CBER to Forge Stronger Ties With WHO

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced it’s forging a cooperative agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) to support further regulatory systems strengthening, development of new norms and standards and research to advance global access to safe and effective biologics that meet international standards. FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) anticipates providing up to $2 million in FY 2016 to support the project, as w...