• RF Quarterly

    Evolution of the Japanese regulatory system and agencies

    The Japanese regulatory system has been recognized as one of the most sophisticated and stringent regulatory systems in the world. The regulatory policies are developed and administered by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) executes the policies, and certain authorities are delegated to local governments. Over the last 6 decades, the Japanese regulator has faced many challenges but has kept enhancing the...
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    A history of expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, Sakigake, and ILAP

    It can take at least a year to 18 months to get a new medicinal product approved in the US, European Union, or United Kingdom. Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to shorten the time to market for medicines that address seriously debilitating and life-threatening conditions. This article reviews the initiation and achievements of US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) ...
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    Artificial intelligence in regulatory practice

    This article will examine ways in which the regulatory profession can draw artificial intelligence (AI) to navigate the complexities and fluidity of the global regulatory landscape. Keywords – artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, SaMD   Introduction Many of the processes within the regulatory landscape entail gathering data, tabulating spreadsheets, collating documents for regulatory submissions, and reviewing dossiers to ensure their quality is c...
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    Industry cites outdated standards as flaw in FDA’s real-world data draft guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should adopt updated data standards that accommodate the “evolving and emerging” nature of real-world data not currently reflected in the Data Standards Catalogue, according to industry comments on the agency’s draft guidance.   Overall, comments from industry generally supported the principles in FDA’s draft guidance on data standards for drug and biological products submissions containing RWD (RELATED: FDA drafts data sta...
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    Expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, and innovative licensing & access

    Abstract Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to reduce time to approval for medicines that address an unmet medical need. This article compares the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicine’s Agency’s (EMA’s) PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme, and the innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP) from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and reviews th...
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    Pharmaceutical groups want more clarity on continuous manufacturing guideline

    Several industry trade associations are asking for more clarity on the International Council for Harmonisation’s (ICH) Q13 guideline on continuous manufacturing, including what constitutes a state of control for a continuous manufacturing process, the scope of the guideline, and the definition of a batch size. One manufacturer said the guideline places too much emphasis on non-conforming material, which has not been a significant issue in continuous manufacturing.   Th...
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    FDA issues draft guidance on study designs using real-world data

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance to industry on how real-world data (RWD) could be used in clinical trials and how it could be incorporated into the design of non-interventional studies.   The draft guidance , released Thursday, outlines the applicability of FDA’s investigational new drug application (IND) regulations to clinical study designs that use RWD and clarifies the agency’s expectations on new drug applications (NDAs) or bio...
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    Study: RWD not ready for postapproval prime time

    For drugs and biologics that receive accelerated approval, could information drawn from real-world data sources supplant traditional postapproval clinical trials to confirm that the therapies have benefit? Real-world data (RWD) are not yet robust enough to confirm the benefit of drugs awarded accelerated approval based on surrogate endpoints, answered the authors of a recent study.   “The findings of this cross-sectional study suggest that none of the 50 [Food and Drug...
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    October’s Regulatory Focus: Linguistic review, advanced therapies in Asia-Pacific, and more

    Feature articles during October included an in-depth look at the linguistic review process in Europe and  reviews of the regulatory pathways for herbal medicinal products, medical devices, and supplements in the EU and for advanced therapies in the Asian-Pacific region. Also included was an article on the challenges of data integrity remediation in cGMP facilities.   Linguistic review and herbal product regulation The linguistic review process for centrally authori...
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    Data integrity remediation and cGMP facilities

    Data integrity remediation is a critical activity performed by analytical laboratories, quality control laboratories, and manufacturing plants to comply with good manufacturing practice (GMP) and data integrity requirements. There are various challenges during this activity, and current GMP (cGMP) facilities struggle to comply due to technical limitations and resource constraints. This article examines the data integrity remediation challenges faced by cGMP facilities and ...
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    Improving transparency of regulatory data at EMA, Health Canada, FDA

    Over the last decade, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada (HC) have gotten better at disclosing previously confidential clinical data, a study published in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics has found.     However, each agency discloses this data in a variety of different ways, according to Alexander C. Egilman, with the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale–New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT,...
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    FDA officials tout progress and achievements in advanced manufacturing

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’S) efforts to encourage the industry’s adoption of advanced manufacturing is bearing fruit, according to a new update from the agency, noting robust interest from industry in participating in the agency’s Emerging Technologies Program (ETP).   In addition, “significant funding” from Congress has helped fund more research in advanced manufacturing, wrote Michael Kopcha, director of the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality in the FD...