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    WHO Offers New Plan to Limit Drug Shortages

    The World Health Organization (WHO) released a new report this week on ways to address global drug shortages, which are increasing in frequency, particularly for old, off-patent or difficult to formulate treatments. Difficulties in acquiring raw materials, manufacturing problems, barriers to competition, business decisions, the impact of new technologies, expensive medicines and fragmented markets were all listed as reasons for new drug shortages based on studies in seve...
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    Orphan Medicines in the EU: A 15-Year Review

    With the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Orphan Regulation in the EU, the European Commission notes in a new report that this landmark regulation has incentivized the development, approval and marketing of more than 100 rare disease treatments, or orphan drugs. According to the European Commission’s fourth inventory of orphan medicines, released Friday, somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 different rare diseases exist in the EU, impacting between 27 million and 36 ...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Updates HRT Warning on Ovarian Cancer Risk (14 January 2015)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA Updates HRT Product Information to Clarify Ovarian Cancer Risk EMA has updated the product information for hormone-replacement therapy (HRT). The changes follow a review by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) late last year, which concluded EMA should strengthen the warning about the link between HRT and ovarian cancer. In the previous product informa...
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    Five Years of Cancer Drug Approvals: Most Cost Too Much and Give Us Too Little

    This is the guest post rebuttal (to this post from Mark Shapiro, VP of Clinipace) by Dr. Vinay Prasad, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology Oncology in the Knight Cancer Institute. Prasad also  holds appointments in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and as Senior Scholar in the Center for Health Care Ethics at Oregon Health & Science University. Mr. Shapiro comments on some of the arguments made in our investigation o...
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    Five Years of Cancer Drug Approvals: Pricing, Novelty and Improvement

    Mark Shapiro, vice president of clinical development at contract research organization Clinipace, considers a recent JAMA study on cancer drug pricing in a guest post for  Focus . A rebuttal to the post by one of the authors of the JAMA study, Dr. Vinay Prasad, can be found here . The last five years have been exceptionally busy in terms of oncology drug development. Two interesting articles that reflect back on this period of time were recently published. The firs...
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    UK Patients With NSCLC to get Early Access to Tagrisso

    Patients in the UK with a specific form of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) will get early access to AstraZeneca's Tagrisso (osimertinib), following a positive opinion by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Specifically, patients with locally advanced or metastatic epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) T790M mutation-positive NSCLC will be able to access Tagrisso under the Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS). EAMS was created to provi...
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    Cancer Gene Therapies: FDA Officials Highlight Regulatory Approaches

    As gene therapies begin to get a foothold among other cancer treatments, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking a more flexible, data-driven approach for the preclinical testing programs of these biologically complex products, according to a new review from five FDA officials in Cancer Gene Therapy . Although FDA has yet to approve a gene therapy to treat cancer, the authors note that about two-thirds of gene therapy clinical trials are for cancer treatment...
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    UK Agencies Look to Overhaul Cancer Drugs Fund

    The National Health Service (NHS) of England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on Thursday introduced a new proposal to transform the £340 million ($520 million) Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) to allow patients to have earlier access to new treatments while real-world evidence is still being collected. As many in the UK, like the US, are distraught over the rise of cancer drug prices, NICE and NHS are proposing to turn the CDF, beginning in April ...
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    Evaluating Next-Generation Sequencing: From Design Concept to Performance Standards

    Discussions are underway on how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to develop new ways of regulating next-generation sequencing (NGS) diagnostics. Kicking off a two-day public workshop today, FDA Commissioner nominee Robert Califf said that NGS tests hold great promise for patients, but still present "tremendous uncertainty." The issue, he said, is determining "how accurate [and] how useful can we make the predictions that come from these tests." Califf als...
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    FDA Warns Cancer Center Over Unsanitary Conditions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the Connecticut-based Johnson Memorial Cancer Center over unsanitary conditions in areas where the center prepares sterile drugs. The warning comes more than a year after FDA inspectors visited Johnson Memorial's Enfield, Connecticut site from 16 July 2014 and 5 August 2014. During their inspection, FDA found "serious deficiencies" in the center's practices for producing compounded sterile drugs. The letter lists six ...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: CHMP Updates Breast Cancer Guidelines (15 October 2015)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA Updates Data Quality Control, IT Papers as Introduction of New Process Nears The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has updated documents on data quality control and electronic filings ahead of the introduction of a new process in November. EMA will start using the new process on 4 November, at which time the regulator will start sending out alerts every time it vali...
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    FDA Calls Out Pathway Genomics for Marketing Unapproved Cancer Test

    Pathway Genomics is currently marketing an unapproved screening tool, which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes to be a medical device, for the early detection of up to 10 different cancer types, the agency said in a letter to the company this week. FDA says that the non-invasive blood test, known as CancerIntercept Detect, "appears to meet the definition of a device" as the company ships blood collection tubes, a medical device, for use with the tool. "W...