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    FDA draft guidance addresses use of external controls to assess effectiveness of new drugs and biologics

    The FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) have issued draft guidance describing sponsors can leverage external controls, such as use data from registries and electronic health records, in lieu of data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and biologics.   The draft guidance also describes how sponsors can communicate with FDA on using dat...
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    Budget law calls for BARDA and FDA to establish “warm base” manufacturing to better prepare for future pandemics

    The federal budget law passed by Congress and signed by the president in late December calls on federal authorities to establish “warm base” domestic manufacturing to respond quickly to demand surges for medical products during a public health emergency.   Section 2401 of the law calls on the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to work with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to coordinate these efforts.   The law amends Section 319...
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    Omnibus brings new advanced manufacturing programs to FDA

    The recently enacted ominous spending bill approved by Congress in late December directs the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish advanced manufacturing centers for excellence and an advanced manufacturing technologies designation program.   The omnibus spending bill was signed by President Biden on 27 December and authorizes $3.5 billion in budget authority for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in FY 2023, a 6.5% increase compared to its 2022 bud...
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    RF Quarterly, December 2022: Artificial intelligence

    Welcome to the December issue of RF Quarterly in which global regulatory experts write about the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in regulatory practice, with a focus on global change management of AI-based medical devices, AI in regulatory intelligence knowledge management, synthetic data and the innovation, assessment, and regulation of AI medical devices, and digital transformation.   We thank the authors for their generosity in sharing their knowledge and exper...
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    Synthetic data and the innovation, assessment, and regulation of AI medical devices

    Synthetic data are artificial data that mimic the properties of, and relationships in, real data. They show promise for facilitating data access, validation, and benchmarking, addressing missing data and under-sampling, sample boosting, and the creation of control arms in clinical trials. The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is using its current research into the development of high-fidelity synthetic data to develop its regulatory position on ...
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    Transforming industry and society through beneficial AI

    This article outlines the standardization work on artificial intelligence (AI) being carried out in the joint International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) committee, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42. 1 The SC 42 committee develops international standards that cover both technology capability and nontechnical requirements, such as business, regulatory and policy requirements, and application domain needs, as well as ethical an...
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    ICH touts adoption of continuous manufacturing, safety reporting guidelines

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) announced that “excellent progress” has been made over the past year in advancing guidelines in the areas of pharmaceutical quality, safety and efficacy, including the adoption of the widely awaited guideline on continuous manufacturing (CM).   These achievements were announced on 22 November following its meeting held in Inchon, South Korea. The meeting was held in parallel with meetings of ICH’s ten working groups and...
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    FDA official offers insights on Emerging Technology Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepts a wide variety of applications into its Emerging Technologies Program (ETP), and is not just focused on continuous manufacturing, said Joel Welch, associate director for science and biosimilar strategy in the agency’s Office of Biotechnology Products.   “I think that sometimes there is a misperception that advanced manufacturing is just about continuous manufacturing,” said Welch who provided an update on the ETP at the...
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    EU issues long-awaited GMP Annex 1 revision

    The EU’s eagerly anticipated revision of its good manufacturing practice (GMP) Annex 1 for sterile drug products was released on Thursday after 14 years of development. The revised requirements, which are set to take effect 25 August 2023, govern the manufacturing of sterile drugs made in the EU, as well as imported products.   The revised Annex comes after hints earlier this year that it be out in mid-2022. (RELATED: EU GMP Annex 1 revision to be released mid-year ...
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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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    EMA to explore reviewing raw data from clinical trials in applications

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is looking for industry participants for a pilot assessing whether reviewing raw clinical trial data improves its evaluation of marketing authorization applications (MAAs) for new medicines and post-authorization applications.   The pilot , announced on 12 July, stems from a joint workplan announced by EMA and the EU’s Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) to address issues related to big data in healthcare and medicines development. On...
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    Continuous manufacturing applicants saw quicker approvals, higher revenue than batch applicants

    Applicants that used continuous manufacturing (CM) technology to bring their products to market waited less time before approval after submission compared to batch manufacturing products, according to results from a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audit published in the International Journal of Pharmaceuticals .   Authors from the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) said these manufacturers had a potential estimated increase in revenue due to the ...