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    This Week at FDA: Bardoxalone strikes out at adcomm; Updated device consensus standards

    Happy Friday – this week we’re juggling lots of end-of-year activity from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Today and in the next week, look for our contributors to highlight several draft and final guidance documents and to provide analysis and background on industry’s reactions to other guidances whose comment periods have recently closed.   The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) released its fall/winter 2021 regulatory science news update today....
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    ICMRA, WHO take stock of regulatory flexibilities

    A global regulatory group is mapping out a strategy for regulatory alignment as countries around the world plan their responses in the face of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.   The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) met on the first two days of December to discuss a host of regulatory challenges. Thirteen World Health Organization (WHO) and EC officials joined representatives from ICMRA’s 24 health aut...
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    Public-private initiative expands support for NGS tests

    A key microbial genome database is being updated and expanded through a public-private partnership, as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) works with a health data company and an academic institution to build out the FDA-ARGOS database.   In partnership with George Washington University and Embleema, which maintains a bioinformatics platform, FDA  is conducting a year-long, $2 million project to “further improve the utility of the FDA-ARGOS database as a key tool...
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    Recon: Blueprint's $250M preclinical buy; WHO, CDC, Biden react to Omicron variant

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Biden says omicron variant is cause for concern but not panic ( NPR ) CDC Statement on B.1.1.529 (Omicron variant) ( CDC ) Pfizer boosts Paxlovid manufacturing capacity as Merck’s rival COVID pill hits surprise efficacy setback ( Fierce ) Opinion: Becerra needs to open up to the press ( AHCJ ) Opinion: Will Moderna Ever Learn to Share? ( MedPage Today ) Who ...
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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 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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    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 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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    FDA adcomm unanimous on J&J boosters for all

    The vaccines advisory committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted unanimously Friday to recommend a full-strength booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Janssen, the vaccines arm of Johnson & Johnson, for all recipients of the single-dose primary vaccination.   The Vaccines and Related Biologic Products advisory committee (VRBPAC) recommended that FDA issue an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a booster to be given at least 2 months after the...
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    Unanimous thumbs up from FDA committee for Moderna booster

    An advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted unanimously to recommend a half-strength booster dose of the mRNA COVID-19 developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health for those 65 years and older, and for certain younger populations at high risk of severe COVID-19.   Moderna has requested an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the 50 mcg booster dose for individuals who have already completed the two-dose series of the Moderna ...
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    IT and staffing issues impeded CDRH pandemic test response: Report

    Lagging information technology infrastructure, inefficient staffing, and validation methods that were not set up for a pandemic were among the weaknesses identified by an outside assessment of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA's) handling of COVID-19 diagnostic test emergency use authorizations (EUAs) during the pandemic.   The independent report, conducted by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton at the request of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological...