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    CDRH Plots Creation of New 'Super Office,' Alternative 510(k) Pathway

    Jeff Shuren, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) told attendees at the final session at AdvaMed’s MedTech conference in San Jose, California, that his center is plotting the creation of a new "super office." The so-called "Total Product Life Cycle 'Super' Office" will integrate premarket, postmarket surveillance and quality-compliance functions, Shuren said, noting it will be "a big deal." The o...
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    Generic Drugs in 2017: FDA on Track for Most Approvals Ever

    A little more than 10 months into Fiscal Year 2017 and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on pace to break its record for abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) approvals from last year. According to the latest version of the activities report of the generic drug program , FDA has approved 633 generic drugs in FY 2017, which compares with a total of 651 approvals in FY 2016 . Also a positive: complete responses for generic drugs are down significantl...
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    FDA Speeding Generic Drug Approvals: Not Just Lip Service

    May and June 2017 have seen the most generic drug approvals since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began tallying its monthly approvals, lending credence to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's pledge to speed approvals and lower drug costs. According to the activities report of the generic drug program , FDA approved and tentatively approved 96 generic drugs in May and 100 in June (a level FDA has not seen since December 2015 when 99 generics were approved and...
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    A First for FDA: Cancer Treatment Approved for Any Solid Tumor with a Specific Biomarker

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday granted accelerated approval to Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for patients whose cancers have a specific biomarker. FDA noted in a statement : "This is the first time the agency has approved a cancer treatment based on a common biomarker rather than the location in the body where the tumor originated." Keytruda, an anti-PD-1 therapy that has been approved to treat a variety of cancers dating back to 2014 ...
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    FDA Signs Off on New Device to Treat Esophageal Birth Defect in Babies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday authorized the use of a first-of-its-kind medical device to treat infants up to one year old for a rare birth defect that causes a gap in the esophagus. The device, Cook Medical’s Flourish Pediatric Esophageal Atresia Anastomosis, was authorized via the humanitarian device exemption (HDE) process as an estimated 1 in every 2,500 babies in the US is born with the condition, known as esophageal atresia. "This new...
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    CDRH Plots Path to New 'Progressive' Approvals for Some Devices

    With a focus on how the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) can further use real-world evidence to inform its decision making, the center is considering "progressive" approvals whereby if a device comes to market in the EU before the US, it could also come to market in the US as long as additional postmarket data is submitted. Jeff Shuren, director of CDRH, speaking by teleconference at the MedCon conference in ...
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    Fast Start for FDA Drug Approvals in 2017

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to make a comeback from the relatively low number of new drugs approved in 2016, though it's unlikely to match the approval highs from 2014 and 2015. Already in 2017, FDA has approved 14 new drugs , though that quick pace is not likely to continue and the rest of the year is shaping up to be an average or slightly above average year for approvals. Based on data from BioPharmCatalyst , FDA has just over 20 remaining a...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Offers Fast-Track Approvals to HIV, Hepatitis Combo Products (28 March 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. India Offers Fast-Track Approvals to HIV, Hepatitis Combination Products The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is offering fast-track approvals to combination products to treat HIV and hepatitis B and C. DCGI Dr GN Singh is prepared to waive the need to run clinical trials and truncate the regulatory submission process to cut the time it takes for sponsors to br...
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    505(b)(2) Approval Pathway: Not Necessarily Shorter Approval Times

    With a goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of studies performed on a previously approved drug, the 505(b)(2) pathway allows for a more streamlined development and approval process, but for new drug applications (NDAs), the pathway has not led to shorter approval times, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. Background Established under the Hatch-Waxman Amendments of 1984 to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosme...
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    FDA Continues to Reduce Generic Drug Backlog

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday revealed that it approved more than 700 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for generic drugs in 2016, though the number of ANDAs pending an industry response also rose by more than 700. According to the most recent generic drug review dashboard , the number of ANDAs filed with no communications yet from FDA also fell from 581 ANDAs as of 1 January 2016 to 351 ANDAs as of 1 January 2017. The dashboard s...
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    FDA’s Pazdur and Blumenthal: The March of Checkpoint Inhibitors Will Continue

    More approvals of new immune-checkpoint inhibitors, targeted and personalized therapies, as well as the use of real-world evidence are coming in the near future, Richard Pazdur, director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and associate director Gideon Blumenthal wrote in a comment published this week in Nature . Those expectations follow 2016 oncology approvals for FDA that included five new molecular entities and 17 ef...
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    China Works to Reduce Massive Backlog of Clinical Trial and Marketing Applications

    China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) is facing increasing pressure as a backlog of pharmaceutical marketing and clinical trial applications grow, though trial standards there are approaching those of international standards, according to a perspective published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology on Tuesday. At least part of the problem stems from the fact that CFDA uses “an overly strict approach” for approving clinical trial applications, which contrasts with a...