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    Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) Standards Part 4: Technical Approaches to IDMP

    This article discusses IT approaches to support a gap analysis and implementation of the upcoming Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) standards with regard to generating, collecting and mapping accurate and correct data prior to submission in an effort to prevent delays in a product reaching the market. This is the final installment in a four-part series on the IDMP standards and their respective implementation guidelines. 1-10 The first three articles explained...
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    European Commission and EMA Offer Guidance on Brexit for Pharma Companies

    As marketing authorisation holders (MAHs) based in the UK begin to form plans to transfer their marketing authorizations (MAs) to holders established in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Commission on Wednesday released guidance to prepare industry for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The question and answer document is the first in a series of guidances and follows a notice sent earlier this month to ...
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    New Indication for Roche’s Actemra Means First FDA-Approved Drug to Treat Giant Cell Arteritis

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday expanded the approved use of Roche’s Actemra (tocilizumab) to treat adults with giant cell arteritis, making it the first FDA-approved therapy for this condition. The efficacy and safety of subcutaneous (injected under the skin) Actemra for giant cell arteritis were established in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study with 251 patients with giant cell arteritis. A greater proportion of patients receiving subcuta...
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    FDA Officials Discuss Modernizing the Regulation of Combo Products

    As one-third of all medical products under development are combination products (meaning a combination of a drug, device or biologic), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is undertaking the tricky task of modernizing the agency’s regulations around these products, which often present unique questions on risks and benefits, two FDA officials wrote in a recent commentary in Nature . Nina Hunter, FDA’s associate director for science policy, and Rachel Sherman, F...
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    CBER Director Focuses on Flexibility to Advance Regenerative Medicines

    Peter Marks, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) on Thursday said his office is equipped to support the development of cutting edge treatments, such as cell and gene therapies. Speaking at the Food and Drug Law Institute's annual conference, Marks said the 21st Century Cures Act added tools to FDA's regulatory arsenal, including the regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation to provi...
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    Drug and Device Companies Offer Recommendations for FDA’s Combo Product Policy Council

    Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Allergan, Pfizer and industry group BIO’s suggestions to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new Combination Product Policy Council released Monday build on efforts included in the 21st Century Cures Act and the new user fee agreements. J&J calls on FDA’s new council to address the process and principles for determining the primary mode of action with cross-center collaboration to ensure technical considerations are included in the dec...
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    Is the Current Regulation of Autologous Stem Cells Appropriate?

    This article discusses the regulation of autologous stem cells and tissue therapies in Australia by addressing issues such as the safety and efficacy of cell therapies, which therapies are regulated, what regulators are doing in other countries and "next steps" in cell and tissue regulation. Introduction The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the regulating body in Australia, is the division of the Australian government Department of Health responsible for regul...
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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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    Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) Standards Part 2: The Implementation Roadmap

    This is part two of a series on the Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) standards and their respective implementation guidelines. 1-9 Part two reports on current IDMP activities and provides the plans and timelines in the IDMP implementation process. Part one 10 presented the reasons for the new standard, the driving forces behind IDMP and the concepts behind the standard. Current Status of ISO Activities A new version of the International Organization for...
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    EMA Weighs New Guideline on Quality Requirements for Combination Products

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released for public consultation a new concept paper on developing a guideline on quality requirements of medicinal products containing a device component for delivery or use of the medicinal product. EMA says the guideline will consider the data requirements with respect to quality aspects in relation to the safety and performance of the medical device, whether it is an integral component of the medicinal product or a stan...
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    FDA Details Combination Product Postmarket Safety Reporting Requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to clarify its expectations for combination product manufacturers adjusting to the agency's recently released final rule for postmarket safety reporting. In a webcast last week, John Weiner, associate director for policy at the Office of Combination Products (OCP), explained which parts of the rule manufacturers should be following now, and which will they will be required to comply with beginning July 2017. Weiner ...
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    FDA Begins Accepting Regenerative Therapy Applications for RAT Designation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday unveiled a new designation category created as part of the 21st Century Cures Act to allow drugs to be eligible for designation as a regenerative advanced therapy (RAT). The stipulations for such a RAT designation include: “The drug is a regenerative medicine therapy, which is defined as a cell therapy, therapeutic tissue engineering product, human cell and tissue product, or any combination product using such the...