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    MDCG urges manufacturers to use MDR transition period wisely

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Monday said that manufacturers should start preparing now to ensure “timely compliance” with the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) by the time the regulation is fully applicable on 27 May 2024. Devices not certified by this date will no longer have access to the EU market, except in rare circumstances discussed in the notice.   MDCG reiterated that “to ensure that devices can continue to be placed o...
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    FDA officials aim to stop misuse of the term ‘digital biomarker’

    While a lot of researchers claim they are capturing digital biomarker data, they may in fact be collecting clinical outcomes assessment (COA) data according to some US regulators. To clarify the differences, top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials have defined digital biomarkers versus other kinds of data in a new article.   According to FDA officials in an article published on 25 March in npj Digital Medicine , a digital biomarker is “a characteristic o...
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    January’s Regulatory Focus: Leadership in RA, expanding diversity, and more

    Feature articles during January focused on regulatory leadership, a novel approach to hiring regulatory professionals, expedited programs for reducing time to approval for certain drugs, and the Cuban biotechnology industry and its response to COVID-19. Keywords – assessment aid, breakthrough therapy, Cuba, diversity, ILAP, leadership, PRIME   Leadership, hiring, and expanding diversity Effective leadership in regulatory affairs is rooted in an understanding a...
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    Maximizing the potential of the FDA assessment aid: Genentech’s experience

    The assessment aid (AAid), an initiative of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), was introduced in 2018 as a pilot program to help streamline the agency’s review of oncology drug applications. In this article, Genentech shares its experience with the AAid to date and provides recommendations for preparing the AAid and improving the process to fully realize its benefits. Keywords – assessment aid, FDA OCE pilots, oncology dr...
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    TGA explains how it will handle lapsed conformity assessments due to MDR delays, COVID

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday released guidance explaining its approach to medical device conformity assessment recertification in light of delays in the implementation of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   “[TGA] is issuing this guidance to inform sponsors … about the general approach the TGA will take to the lapsing of conformity assessment documents due to delays in audits due ...
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    Novartis’ Zolgensma Joins Growing List of Medicines to Lose Accelerated Assessment Status in EU

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recently announced its decision to remove Novartis’ spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy onasemnogene abeparvovec from its accelerated assessment program. CHMP did not announce its reasoning behind the decision, which effectively means that the treatment, approved in the US as Zolgensma and launched at a price of more than $2 million, will be reviewed in the EU in 210 days rather...
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    EMA Begins Publishing Reports on Whether Approved Medicines Still Qualify as Orphans

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday announced it has begun publishing reports detailing its decision-making on whether newly approved drugs to treat rare diseases still qualify for orphan designation when they receive marketing authorization. In the EU, drugs intended to treat diseases affecting fewer than five in 10,000 people in the EU qualify for orphan designation, which provides authorized medicines with ten years marketing exclusivity and reduced fees....
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    EMA, EUnetHTA Sign Off on Three-Year Work Plan

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) on Monday detailed their priorities for the next three years in a joint work plan. Much of the 2017-2020 work plan builds on previous and ongoing efforts to streamline processes between regulators and health technology assessment (HTA) bodies. "By working together, EMA and EUnetHTA help medicine developers to improve clinical research and become more efficient in...
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    EMA Backs Six Drugs, One Biosimilar for EU Approval

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday said that its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) is recommending six new drugs, a biosimilar and three generic medicines for EU approval. The six medicines the agency is recommending are: Dr. Falk Pharma's Jorveza (budesonide) to treat eosinophilic esophagitis, a rare inflammatory condition of the esophagus. Jorveza was granted an accelerated assessment and orphan designation; Merck Sharp & Dohme's Pr...
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    Quantitative Benefit-Risk Assessment: FDA Officials Detail Key Considerations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to advance the use of structured benefit-risk assessments in its decision making under its commitments in the recently reauthorized Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI), and agency officials on Monday laid out key considerations for sponsors. Background In 2009, FDA began work to develop a structured approach to conducting benefit-risk assessments as part of an effort to bring more clarity and consistency t...
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    Drug Reimbursement in Canada

    This article provides a high-level overview of the elements of prescription drug reimbursement in Canada and discusses the costs, processes and reimbursement plans associated with a number of federal health agencies and payers and describes some of the variety of drug plans in place. The Regulatory–Reimbursement Interface Community (out-patient) drug reimbursement is usually considered after a drug has received regulatory approval from Health Canada. Regulatory proces...
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    The Value of Health Technology Assessment Scientific Advice

    In recent years, particularly in Europe, a paradigm shift in the regulatory and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) environment has led to an increase in multi-stakeholder acceptance of integrated scientific advice. This article discusses how using integrated scientific advice can support companies in optimizing their product development programs and generate evidence relevant to regulators, HTA bodies and payers. Introduction In recent years, there has been an increas...