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    COVID-19 vaccine tracker

    The worldwide endeavor to create a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is bearing fruit. Almost 20 vaccines now have been authorized around the globe; many more remain in development.   To clarify the landscape for our readers, our vaccine tracker has been split in two. The first chart details vaccines that have achieved regulatory authorization or approval; the second continues to follow candidates in Phase 1-3 clinical trials and some promising candidates in early de...
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    COVID-19 therapeutics tracker

    More than a year into the pandemic, only a handful of repurposed therapeutics have been approved to treat COVID-19: dexamethasone in the UK and Japan; Avigan (favilavir) in China, Italy and Russia; and Veklury (remdesivir) in the US, UK and Japan.   The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for a handful of treatments including Eli Lilly and Company’s monoclonal antibodies bamlanivimab with etesevimab; Regeneron’s casirivi...
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    EMA recommends bluebird bio's Skysona, seven other medicines

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a favorable opinion for bluebird bio’s Skysona (elivaldogene autotemcel), a gene therapy that treats early cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CALD). Seven other medicines also received positive recommendations from the agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) during its May meeting.   Skysona’s status as an advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP) means it was first assessed by EMA’s Committee for Advanced T...
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    MDR/IVDR: Commission adopts new standardization request

    The European Commission this week adopted a new standardization request for harmonized European standards in support of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) after its initial standardization request was rejected last year.   In a commission implementing decision dated 14 April 2021, the Commission calls on the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENE...
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    FDA updates on ASCA pilot, lists accredited test labs

    In an important step in the rollout of its accreditation scheme for conformity assessment (ASCA) pilot, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week published its initial list of accredited testing laboratories participating in the program.   The pilot, which arose out of the negotiations for the current Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV) program, is meant to increase “consistency, predictability and efficiency” during the premarket review of medica...
  • FDA’s OPQ reports on drug quality efforts in 2020

    The office tasked with overseeing pharmaceutical quality within the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) released its annual report for 2020 on Thursday, highlighting its effort in a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.   In its previous annual report, the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) touted its participation in nearly one third of the preapproval inspections FDA carried out in 2019. For 2020, OPQ instead foc...
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    New toolbox available for EMA's PRIME designees

    The European Medicines Agency has released a draft guidance to assist drug developers using its Priority Medicines (PRIME) scheme to accelerate authorization of new therapies.   “Experience to date has shown that applicants face challenges to complete quality and manufacturing development and data requirements during development of products in early access approaches,” wrote EMA in the executive summary of the guidance.   Challenges for those developing breakthroug...
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    EMA's CHMP gives Gamifant a second thumbs down; approves five new medicines

    In its November meeting, a committee of the European Medicines Agency gave its second thumbs down to the monoclonal antibody Gamifant (emapalumab), confirming a July 2020 negative opinion on the Novimmune SA drug.   The US FDA approved Gamifant for pediatric use in primary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in November 2018; this was the same indication for which EMA has twice declined authorization.   EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) had positive recommendat...
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    MDR, IVDR, and compliance: A guide for distributors

    Distributors must prepare for new incoming requirements under EU medical device and in vitro diagnostic device regulations. The importance of establishing an effective quality management system, drafting comprehensive contractual agreements and, if required, engaging notified bodies, has created much uncertainty for distributors. To fulfil these new requirements and maintain device supply chains, it is essential for distributors to act early, ensure sufficient in-house com...
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    FDA, EC offer guidance on COVID-19 convalescent plasma

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Commission (EC) recently released guidance on convalescent plasma collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and which may potentially be used as a treatment for COVID-19. FDA’s 9-page guidance, which follows the agency’s granting of the use of single patient emergency Investigational New Drug Applications (eINDs) to the investigational plasma, is meant to provide recommendations to health care pr...
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    Hear from the experts who wrote the book

    RAPS has introduced a new, comprehensive resource that promises to find a secure place on every regulatory professional’s bookshelf. Global Pharmaceutical and Biologics Regulatory Strategy, Second Edition , spans 18 chapters with updates from more than 30 leading regulatory experts. Topics range from why it is no longer enough for today’s regulatory professional to just focus on regulatory guidance, to a primer on regulatory intelligence, to defining regulatory strategies...
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    FDA Floats Idea of a Rating System for Drug Manufacturers

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Task Force on Drug Shortages supports the idea of creating a new rating system to help drug purchasers, including consumers, better understand the quality management of drug manufacturing facilities. “This idea envisions that pharmaceutical companies could, at their discretion, disclose the rating of the facilities where their drugs are manufactured,” Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, w...