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    November's Regulatory Focus: US, China, and EU: Regulatory and strategic considerations

    Feature articles during November focused on a range of topics, including a comparison of US drug regulatory pathways with those in China, as well as the application of EU and US guidelines during product development for advanced therapies. The line-up also included articles on the challenges in getting contemporaneous approval for medicines and companion diagnostics, and the importance of early planning in preparation for the transition to the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Devi...
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    Comparison of pharmaceutical development drug regulatory pathways in the US and China

    The US has the largest pharmaceutical market in the world, as well as the highest expenditure in research and development (R&D). Right behind the US is China, in second place, as it steadily closes the gap, with increasing government investment in R&D and programs promoting the development of innovative medicines targeting the global market. To close that gap, there should be a strong R&D infrastructure, effective intellectual property protection, integration in global sta...
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    Current Chinese NMPA clinical pathways for medical device registration

    This article presents the key highlights of the current clinical pathways for registering medical devices in China and discusses when the various clinical pathways should be used, based on the country's National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) regulations and guidances. Introduction The NMPA, 1 formerly known as the China Food and Drug Administration, is the Chinese agency responsible for regulating drugs and medical devices. In addition to the national NMPA, ...
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    Clinical Trials: FDA Releases Two Draft Guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday unveiled two draft guidances focused on adaptive clinical trial designs and master protocols for cancer treatment trials. Adaptive Trials The 32-page adaptive design draft guidance describes the principles for designing, conducting and reporting the results from an adaptive clinical trial. The draft also advises sponsors on the types of information FDA needs to evaluate the results from trials with adaptive designs,...
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    Video: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's Keynote Speech at the 2017 Regulatory Convergence

    • 28 September 2017
    US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb addressed attendees of RAPS’ 2017 Regulatory Convergence on 11 September. He focused his remarks on making the clinical end of drug development more efficient and effective . If you missed it or would like to see his presentation again, the video is embedded below.
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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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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia Looks to Establish Expedited Approval Pathway (20 September 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. Australia Moves Closer to Establishing Expedited Reviews Australia has pushed its expedited review program closer to fruition by accepting the recommendations of an expert panel, which called for the creation of an expedited review pathway and an option to leverage overseas approvals when trying to bring a drug to market in Australia. Lloyd Sansom, Will Delaat and John H...
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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 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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    Physicians Lack Understanding of What ‘Breakthrough’ Designation Means, Study Finds

    A US survey of board-certified internists and specialists revealed “substantial deficits in knowledge” of what it means for a drug to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and approved via the “breakthrough” pathway, according to a research letter published in JAMA on Tuesday. Since 2012, FDA has designated certain drugs as "breakthrough” therapies (76 drugs have received the designation through April 2015) if preliminary clinical evidence – such as ...