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    FDA Warns Cord Blood Marketer, Reiterates Enforcement Discretion

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released a warning letter sent late last month to San Diego-based umbilical cord blood product producer Genetech for selling unapproved products. The warning letter comes as FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have received numerous reports of safety issues including those involving microbial contamination and are aware of 12 patients who received Genetech products and subsequently became ill due t...
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    BIO Seeks Clarity on FDA’s Gene Therapy Draft Guidances

    Industry group BIO recently submitted comments on a series of new draft guidance documents on gene therapy released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July. The six guidance documents focus on developing hemophilia, rare disease and retinal disorder gene therapies, and also include one on chemistry, manufacturing and control (CMC) information, one on long term follow-up observational studies collecting data on adverse events and one on the testing of retr...
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    FDA Warns Stem Cell Supplier Over Unapproved Treatment

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned stem cell product supplier American CryoStem Corporation for marketing an unapproved product after the agency inspected the company's Eatontown, New Jersey site in July. The warning letter comes just months after FDA announced a new framework for regulating regenerative medicines that included a 36-month period of enforcement discretion by the agency, though at the time, an FDA spokesperson told Focus the ...
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    FDA Approves New Gene Therapy Targeting Specific Mutation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved a new gene therapy from Spark Therapeutics for the treatment of children and adult patients with an inherited form of vision loss that may result in blindness. The approval comes two months and a week after an advisory committee of outside experts unanimously voted in favor of approving the treatment for the condition which affects about 6,000 worldwide. The price of the new gene therapy, which Leerink...
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    Resolving Gene Editing Technology's Ethical and Regulatory Challenges

    This article provides an overview of biomedical applications of gene editing technology, addresses ethical and regulatory challenges associated with its implementation for therapeutic development, and proposes approaches for overcoming these challenges. Introduction Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) technology is a genetic "editing" tool aimed at altering DNA sequences and modifying gene function. It offers promising opportunities for ...
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    Experts Tell Senate Committee Current Gene Editing Regulations are Appropriate

    At a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, experts explained that the current regulatory framework for gene editing in the US is appropriate and cautioned that an overly strict approach could drive research to other countries. Specifically, the hearing focused on CRISPR/Cas9, which is a gene editing tool that scientists can use to quickly and accurately edit DNA in a variety of applications. While there are curr...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Rise of Cell Therapies Prompts EC to Float Orphan Drug Changes (2 November 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Rise of Cell Therapies Prompts Commission to Float Changes to Orphan Drug Rules The European Commission has proposed changes to its orphan drug regulation. Officials want to make changes to the 17-year-old text to account for the rise of cell therapies and other advanced medicinal products, the nature of which are a poor fit for aspects of the existing regulation. If t...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia’s TGA to Tighten Regulation of Autologous Cell Products, Ban Ads (31 October 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. TGA to Tighten Regulation of Autologous Cell Products, Ban Advertisements The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is planning to tighten oversight of autologous cell and tissue products. TGA’s proposed changes will bring some therapies under the biologicals regulatory framework, ban direct-to-consumer advertising and generally move Australia more in line with the ...
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    EMA, European Commission Look to Foster Development of Advanced Therapies

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Commission on Friday published a joint action plan to further the development of new cell and gene therapies, as well as other advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). The plan, which features the release of several new and revised guidelines comes as on the international level, a regular forum for dialogue has been established to share experiences on advanced therapies between EMA, the US Food and Drug Administr...
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    FDA Panel Votes Unanimously in Favor of Gene Therapy to Treat Rare Eye Disorder

    Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics took its gene therapy before the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee on Thursday and the panel voted 16 to 0 in favor of approving the subretinal injection, representing a major step forward for adeno-associated virus gene therapies. The therapy, known as Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec), has been granted priority review by FDA (the agency has until 12 January 2018 t...
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    New California Law Requires Posted Notices of Non-FDA Approved Stem Cell Products

    California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed into law a bill that requires health providers to post notices in their offices when they are administering stem cell treatments that have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The law is part of efforts to crack down on the use and sale of unapproved stem cell treatments, some of which are being hawked as cures for a range of diseases with few or no treatment options, like ALS, autism and spina...
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    'Historic Action': FDA Approves First CAR-T Therapy

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday approved the first gene therapy, Novartis' Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) for certain pediatric and young adult patients with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Dubbed an "historic action" by the agency, the approval comes a little more than a month after FDA's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted unanimously , 10 to 0, in favor of the benefit-risk profile for the first of this new kind of cancer th...