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    This Week at FDA: mRNA boosters for most; Blood lancets reclassified

    Welcome to our weekly digest of regulatory news from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), legislative updates, and other news updates we think you’ll find useful — and interesting. This week saw COVID-19 vaccine and therapy updates, the unveiling of Cures 2.0 , and lots of device updates. As usual, we welcome feedback at news@raps.org .    Friday morning, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an expansion of the emergency use authorizations (EUA...
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    FDA could do more to enforce ClinicalTrials.gov reporting requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t been notifying most clinical trial sponsors they are in violation of reporting requirements.   That’s according to results of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) investigation by Reshma Ramachandran, of the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, and colleagues in a recent Viewpoint published in JAMA .   In January 2017, a final rule issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) determining ClinicalTrials.go...
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    This Week at FDA: CDRH and Endologix leaks, OTC monograph reform, and more

    Welcome to Week 2 of This Week at FDA . We've again gathered the week’s news from (and about) FDA. Each Friday, we'll be covering agency activities and enforcement actions, filings in the  Federal Register , new guidances, legislative updates, and anything else we come across – all in one place. We hope you will find it to be your one-stop shop for FDA updates. What do you think? We’d be happy to hear your feedback at news@raps.org. The House Committee on Oversight ...
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    This Week at FDA: New proposed rules, Biocon's Form 483, and more

    We're trying something new at Regulatory Focus , with the goal of gathering the week’s news from (and about) FDA. We'll be covering agency activities and enforcement actions, filings in the Federal Register , new guidances, legislative updates, and anything else we come across – all in one place. We hope you will find it to be your one-stop-shop for FDA updates. What do you think? We’d be happy to hear your feedback at news@raps.org. News from this week One of t...
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    In US, unlicensed stem cell clinic numbers keep climbing

    Nearly 1,500 US businesses were engaged in direct-to-consumer marketing of unproven and unlicensed stem cell therapies in 2021, marking a significant uptick over the last five years.   The figure comes from an analysis published in the journal Cell Stem Cell that breaks down the number of clinics promoting various types of putative stem cell treatments in the United States between 2016 and 2021. As of March 31, 2021, there were 1,480 U.S. business operating 2,754 c...
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    FDA issued vaccine EUAs without facility inspections: GAO

    Manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use did not undergo facility inspections before their vaccines were authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said the General Accounting Office (GAO) in a new report. However, most facilities had been inspected at least once previously in past 10 years, and the agency relied on a variety of other information sources including record reviews and on-site reviews.   The examination of th...
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    FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID vaccine for younger kids

    The first US emergency use authorization (EUA) for younger children to receive a COVID-19 vaccine has been issued, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday afternoon.   The mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer in conjunction with the German firm BioNTech is now authorized for use in children aged 5-11 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will convene a meeting of its immunization advisory committee next week to review clinical param...
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    New public-private consortium will tackle gene therapies for rare diseases

    Two federal agencies are partnering with pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations to form a consortium aimed at boosting the development of gene therapies for rare diseases.   In a Wednesday announcement, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed the launch of the Bespoke Gene Therapy Consortium (BGTC). The consortium’s work will be managed by the Foundation for the NIH and sit within the NIH Acceleratin...
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    Near-unanimous adcomm nod on Pfizer COVID vaccine for younger kids

    Younger school-aged children in the US came a step closer on Tuesday to having a COVID-19 vaccine available, with a positive vote from the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) vaccines advisory committee for a reduced dose of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine.   The vote was near-unanimous, with just one abstention and no “nays” among the 18 voting members of FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products advisory committee (VRBPAC). Overall, the committee judged that the ben...
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    FDA drafts data standards guidance for RWD

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance for industry that outlines the agency’s thinking on how a sponsor should submit drug and biological product study data from real-world data (RWD) sources.   FDA acknowledged that standardizing data for use as RWD is fraught with such challenges as inconsistent formats and sources, different source data captured by region, differences in terminology and exchange, a wide range of methods to build datas...
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    FDA okays Moderna, J&J, 'mix and match' boosters

    The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized booster doses of both the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccine made by Janssen, the vaccines arm of Johnson & Johnson. The agency has also taken a “mix and match” approach, authorizing heterologous booster doses for all populations eligible for boosters under today's expansion of the emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines.   A booster is recommended for all recipients of the one-dose Janssen vaccine, an...
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    Cyltezo approved as interchangeable biosimilar with Humira

    An anti-inflammatory biosimilar from Boehringer-Ingelheim has received interchangeability designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).        Cyltezo (adalimumab-adbm) is now both biosimilar to and interchangeable with Abbvie’s Humira (adalimumab), announced FDA, which had granted biosimilar status to Cyltezo in 2017. Cyltezo is approved for all indications for which Humira can be used, including several inflammatory arthritides, Crohn’s disease and ulce...