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    Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes to Aid Zika Response? FDA Plans to Release More Info

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) acting chief scientist told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday that FDA is investigating all avenues to combat Zika, including a proposal to release genetically engineered mosquitoes in Florida. Scientists expect that the virus, which has swept across Latin America and the Caribbean, will eventually reach US shores, especially in states like Texas and Florida that have experienced outbreaks of dengu...
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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...
  • FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance on Hepatitis C Drug Development

    The US federal government may have been shut down, but that didn't stop the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from releasing a new guidance document on 16 October 2013 detailing its preferred methods of developing applications in support of drugs to treat chronic infections caused by the hepatitis C virus. Background FDA has been rather active in the hepatitis C drug development space in recent years. In 2009, it issued a final guidance document, Guidance on Anti...
  • FDA Again Leverages Emergency Use Authority, Seeking to Stay Ahead of Deadly Mystery Virus

    For the second time in as many months, US regulators have leveraged new authority granted to them under recently-passed anti-bioterrorism legislation that allows them to approve products based on an understanding that an emerging virus could become a threat to public health. This time, however, the emerging virus is far different than the typical strains of influenza public health officials usually grapple with. Background In March 2013, the US Food and Drug Administrat...
  • EMA Releases Draft Guideline on Hepatitis B Vaccines

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a new guideline to instruct sponsors of clinical trials on best practices for assessing antibody-based products used to prevent the hepatitis B virus. The 2 December 2012 draft guideline, On the Clinical Investigation of Hepatitis B Immunoglobulins , is specifically aimed at vaccines, which EMA explains are an effective method for protecting uninfected, healthy individuals against infection by the hepatitis B virus. T...