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    FDA Issues Guidance on Zika in Human Cell and Tissue Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced new measures to prevent transmission of Zika virus via human cell and tissue products (HCT/Ps) by recommending a six-month deferral for at-risk donors. The virus, which has swept across Latin America and the Caribbean, is believed to be behind a spike in cases of microcephaly, a rare condition where an infant is born with an abnormally small head, and Guillain-Barré syndrome, a neurological disorder that can ...
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    FDA Clears First Zika Diagnostic for Emergency Use

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved the first diagnostic to detect the Zika virus under its emergency use authorization (EUA) pathway, which allows the agency to authorize unapproved products during a public health emergency. The authorization is significant as there are currently no other approved diagnostics available to detect Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has rapidly spread across much of Latin America and the Caribbean and is thought to ...
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    Zika: FDA Recommends Deferring At-Risk Blood Donors for Four Weeks

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending blood banks defer donations from recent travelers to Zika-affected countries. The recommendation comes in the form of a new guidance released today, intended to reduce the risk of Zika virus (ZIK V) entering the nation's blood supply by establishing screening procedures to prevent infected donors, especially those who are asymptomatic, from giving blood. The guidance, which enters into effect immediately, recomme...
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    Congress Considers Priority Review Vouchers for Medical Countermeasures

    Members of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee were briefed on recommendations at a hearing Friday for improving the nation's biodefence strategy against natural and man-made threats. The recommendations are particularly timely as legislators and public health officials scramble to mount a response to the Zika virus outbreak across Latin America and the Caribbean. Many of these recommendations come from the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on ...
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    CDC, NIH 'Working Closely' With FDA on Zika Response

    At a Congressional hearing in Washington, DC on Wednesday, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) say they are working closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in their response to the Zika virus. During the hearing, CDC Director Tom Frieden and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) briefed members of the House Foreign Affairs Committe...
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    Obama’s FY 2017 Budget Request: $5.1B for FDA, New Ways to Tackle High Drug Prices

    President Barack Obama unveiled his final budget request on Tuesday, and though Republicans have said it’s dead on arrival, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would receive an 8 percent increase in funds to help further address drug compounders, device submissions and supply chain security. New ways to combat high prescription drug prices were also included in the request. The overall request from Obama and FDA includes a net increase of $14.6 million in budget au...
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    US, EU & WHO Launch Efforts to Accelerate Zika R&D

    One week after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency in response to Zika-linked clusters of microcephaly, it and authorities in the US and EU are mobilizing to accelerate the development of treatments and diagnostics for the disease. Obama Calls for $1.8 Billion in Funding On Monday, the White House announced it will ask Congress for more than $1.8 billion to establish an emergency fund to combat the Zika virus in the US and abroad. N...
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    WHO Declares Public Health Emergency Over Microcephaly, Zika Suspected as Cause

    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday declared a public health emergency in response to clusters of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) in Brazil and French Polynesia suspected to be caused by the Zika virus. "I am now declaring that the recent clusters of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities reported in Latin America, following a similar cluster reported in French Polynesia in 2014 constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Co...
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    EMA Committee Finds No Link Between HPV Vaccines and Rare Conditions

    After reviewing the safety profile of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, a European Medicines Agency's (EMA) committee found no evidence the vaccines cause two rare conditions in young women, concluding that "there is no reason to change the way the vaccines are used." PRAC Review There are currently three centrally-authorized HPV vaccines in the EU – Gardasil/Silgard, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix – to protect against cervical cancer and other HPV related conditions. Upon...
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    Ebola—Expedited Pathways for Drugs and Vaccines in Europe: The EMA Perspective

    This article discusses the European Medicines Agency (EMA) facilitated expedited pathways for drug and vaccine approval to enable fast access to market to fight emerging diseases, such as Ebola. To date, neither the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved a vaccine or therapy for the treatment of the Ebola virus, which in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has had a case fatality rate as high as 71%. 1 Regulatory a...
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    India Fines GSK, Sanofi for Alleged Anti-Competitive Practices

    The Indian subsidiaries of two European drugmakers, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Sanofi, have been fined for allegedly plotting to charge higher prices in a government tender for a meningitis vaccine, The Economic Times reports. Investigation and Allegations The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is tasked with enforcing The Competition Act , which "prohibits anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position by enterprises," and oversees corporate mergers a...
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    US Government Immunizes Future Manufacturers of Ebola Vaccines from Legal Liability

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is providing a gift to manufacturers of prospective vaccines meant to protect patients against the Ebola virus: Protection from legal liability. In an announcement in the 9 December 2014 edition of the Federal Register , DHHS said it was issuing a new declaration that would "provide liability protection for activities related to Ebola virus disease vaccines consistent with the terms of the declaration." Protection f...