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    October’s Regulatory Focus: Linguistic review, advanced therapies in Asia-Pacific, and more

    Feature articles during October included an in-depth look at the linguistic review process in Europe and  reviews of the regulatory pathways for herbal medicinal products, medical devices, and supplements in the EU and for advanced therapies in the Asian-Pacific region. Also included was an article on the challenges of data integrity remediation in cGMP facilities.   Linguistic review and herbal product regulation The linguistic review process for centrally authori...
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    EU regulation of medicinal products, medical devices, and food supplements: A comparative perspective

    This article compares and contrasts the regulatory requirements for herbal medicinal products, herbal-based medical devices, and botanical food supplements in the EU. It provides an overview of the current framework, highlights areas of controversy, and presents recent regulatory developments. The article is the first of two on this topic. The current article presents the definitions, main regulations, and documentation requirements for placing the products on the market; ...
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    For gene therapies, FDA drafts trial guidance, finalizes "sameness" for orphan exclusivity

      A new draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives cell and gene therapy developers a detailed framework for the conduct of umbrella trials, offering the potential for enhanced speed and efficiency in early-stage clinical trials.   In the umbrella trials envisioned under the draft guidance, two or more versions of a cellular or gene therapy product would be studied for one specific disease using just one trial design, shared infrastructure, a...
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    Convergence: Inadequate testing of cell and gene therapies draws FDA concern

    The lack of consistent testing in measuring product quality for cell and gene therapies is a major deficiency found by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewers in its information requests (IRs) to manufacturers in their submission of biologics license applications (BLAs).   This observation was made by Kedest Tadesse, senior research manager for Agency IQ, which recently compiled a survey of deficiencies identified in IR letters in FDA’s review of five approved ...
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    FDA proposes to refuse Intarcia’s exenatide combo product NDA —again

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has told Intarcia Therapeutics it is proposing to refuse a new drug application for their type 2 diabetes drug-device combination product ITCA 650.   In a notice posted in the Federal Register , the agency said Intarcia can request a hearing from FDA on the proposal, but if the hearing is waived or it is determined the reason for the hearing isn’t sufficient, FDA will move forwa...
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    PDUFA VII commitment letter: RWE, rare diseases see renewed attention

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released the commitment letter outlining performance goals and procedures for the upcoming reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments for FYs 2023-2027 (PDUFA VII).   The agency also announced a public meeting on the reauthorization, scheduled for the afternoon of 28 September. Registration for the meeting, which will be held virtually, is free.   Many of the concepts and programs the agency di...
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    Regulation of cell and gene therapy products in Japan

    In recent years, new cell and gene therapies have been developed and approved in a number of countries, including Japan. The Japanese government fully supports academia and the pharmaceutical industry in the research and development of these innovative therapies, and in 2019, revised the Act on Securing Quality, Efficacy, and Safety of Products Including Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices to enact the conditional early approval system for accelerating the development and ...
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    EMA adopts guideline on quality documentation for drug-device combination products

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a guideline on the quality information that manufacturers of combination products should submit in marketing authorization applications (MAA).   It also incorporates the recent revision of the EU’s Medical Devices Regulations (MDR) in requiring makers of these products to obtain the results of conformity testing of the device part from a notified body. The MDR regulation went into effect in May 2021. (RELATED: EMA Kicks...
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    FDA calls for new warning labels on hydroxyethyl starch products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday says it is requiring new safety warnings for hydroxyethyl starch (HES) products in light of reports of death, kidney injury and excessive bleeding associated with these products.   HES treatments are used to stabilize patients experiencing severe blood loss. The announcement follows up on an FDA safety review of these products from randomized clinical trials, meta-analyses, and observational studies. Through this re...
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    FDA issues draft guidance for transdermal adhesion systems

    The US Food and Drug Administration has issued new draft guidance for clinical trials examining the adhesion performance of transdermal and topical delivery systems (collectively, TDS) for new drug applications.   Surface area is an important variable in determining the amount of drug delivered through a TDS; adhesion performance can affect both safety and effectiveness of TDS products because adhesion failures can result in reduced effectiveness caused by suboptimal d...
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    Recent ruling gives FDA ammunition against unapproved cell therapies

    A recent appeals court decision strengthens the US Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to crack down on clinics making unapproved stem cell therapies, the agency’s Melissa J. Mendoza said at a recent meeting.   The 11 th US Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in USA vs US Stem Cell Clinic LLC , agreeing with the “FDA that these products did not fit the same surgical procedure exemption” and should be regulated as drugs, said Mendoza, deputy director of ...
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    Author offers advice for navigating combination products approval pathways

    With few comprehensive resources available covering combination products, RAPS’ recently released book, International Combination Products , by Jocelyn Jennings, MS, RAC (US, Drugs, Devices), fills a significant need for practical guidance on navigating the regulatory pathways for products combining multiple technologies. Prior to writing the book, “there was no place that I found that I could look to find all of the information I was interested in on different topics t...