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    Global Regulatory Strategy

    This article discusses the development of a regulatory strategy allowing companies to identify opportunities and problems prospectively, improve utilization of company resources and focus the development team on the key objectives and assist in developing products with a positive benefit-risk profile demonstrating differential advantages and value for prescribers and payers. The term "strategy," per Merriam Webster (Edition 11), means "a careful plan or method for achi...
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    WHO Seeks API Manufacturers for Prequalification Program

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released an invitation to active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturers as part of an effort to increase access to and the affordability of care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, influenza, diarrhea and support reproductive health. WHO invites manufacturers of selected APIs to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for API evaluation and says the ultimate aim of...
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    Congress Signs Off on Short-Term Extension to Rare Pediatric PRV Program

    The House late Tuesday followed its Senate counterparts and sent to President Barack Obama a re-authorization of the rare pediatric disease priority review voucher (PRV) program that will last through the end of December. A spokeswoman for Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), a sponsor of the bill, told Focus that between now and 30 December, Congress will discuss ways to amend the program and extend it again. “Our policy changes are in S. 1878, which is headed to the president, so...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA to Discuss Future of Adaptive Pathways Program (15 September 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA Schedules Workshop to Discuss Adaptive Pathway Program The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has scheduled a meeting to hear what drug developers and other groups have to say about its adaptive pathways program. EMA is presenting the workshop as an opportunity to discuss the lessons of the two-year pilot program and figure out the future of the staged approach to drug app...
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    EMA to Continue Adaptive Pathways Program as Pilot Ends

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday published a final report on its experience from its adaptive pathways pilot project, noting that a few aspects of the program need to be further improved and refined moving forward.  Though the vast majority of applications for the pilot were rejected, EMA said that moving forward, the agency needs to further integrate the patient voice into the program and refine the definition of methodologically sound strategies for col...
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    FDA Begins Intercenter Pilot Project on Combination Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that it is beginning a new pilot project linked to its intercenter consult request (ICCR) process for combination products of drugs, medical devices and/or biologics. To improve combo product submission review at FDA, the agency is stressing the need for closer intercenter collaboration and communication and is planning to test certain aspects of those collaborations in the pilot, with the goal of achieving imple...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Adaptive Designs for Device Studies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized guidance that lays out how to design medical device clinical trials that allow for changes based on data, while maintaining study validity and integrity. FDA says it received 151 comments from seven entities , including the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and AstraZeneca, on the draft guidance and “incorporated most of them in this final guidance.” Guidance Adaptive trial designs , first...
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    EMA Tries to Assuage Professors on Assumptions Linked to Adaptive Pathways Pilot

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Executive Director Guido Rasi and senior medical officer Hans-Georg Eichler sent a letter on Thursday to clarify some assumptions called into question by a group of nine professors who are criticizing aspects of the agency’s adaptive pathways pilot program. Background First announced in March 2014, EMA’s pilot program seeks to accelerate patient access to drugs for patients with pressing medical needs and after approval for a narrow...
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    EMA to Continue Parallel Scientific, HTA Advice Following Successful Pilot

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says its pilot project for delivering scientific advice to sponsors in parallel with health technology assessment (HTA) bodies has been successful in helping to design efficient clinical development plans and speeding access to new drugs. Due to the success of the pilot, which concluded on Wednesday, EMA says it will continue to offer parallel scientific advice as part of its routine activities. "Our parallel scientific advice fosters...
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    RAPS Seeks Applications for 2016 Fellows

    RAPS is now seeking applications for the 2016 class of RAPS Fellows. Being named a RAPS Fellow is a unique and exceptional achievement within the regulatory profession. Since 2008, the RAPS Fellows program has recognized senior-level regulatory professionals for continued significant contributions to, and leadership in advancing, the global regulatory profession. “Selection as a RAPS Fellow is an honor and an important recognition of those individuals who have ...
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    Congressional Support for Priority Review Vouchers Presses On Despite FDA Qualms

    Almost a decade into the experiment of offering lucrative priority review vouchers (PRVs) to help speed the development of treatments for neglected tropical and pediatric diseases and it seems Congress’s love of the vouchers has only just begun. And although that love is sure to be a good sign for companies looking to make hefty profits off of the vouchers on the open market (selling for upwards of $350 million), it’s a bad sign for the US Food and Drug Administration (...
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    FDA Offers New Guidance on Interpretation of BPCIA

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released draft guidance on its interpretation of the "deemed to be a license" provision of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) of 2010. Put simply: FDA will not approve any pending or tentatively approved application for a biological product under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act after 23 March 2020.  The provision in the BPCIA states that: "An approved application for a biologi...