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    Euro Convergence: Pragmatic approaches to data collection needed to meet MDR

    Manufacturers have a narrowing window of opportunity during which to find pragmatic ways for gathering post-market data to support continued use of products under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR), according to experts who spoke at the Euro Convergence 2020 virtual meeting.   The outgoing Medical Device Directive (MDD) contains scant information on post-market surveillance (PMS) and post-market clinical follow-up (PMCF). MDD contains two uses of the term PMS, creatin...
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    EMA offers new Q&A on data monitoring committees

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released a new guideline offering nine questions and answers on issues related to the role of data monitoring committees (DMCs) in the conduct and management of clinical trials.   EMA explains that the recommendations of DMCs are not binding for trial sponsors, but that sponsors should justify and document and instances where such recommendations are not followed.   “The ultimate responsibility for a clinical trial re...
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    FDA Lays Out Tech Modernization Action Plan

    As part of efforts to prepare for the continued rise in data-rich applications and to help fill the gap separating scientific advances and new therapies, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday unveiled its Technology Modernization Action Plan (TMAP). Near-term modernization in computer hardware and software technologies are the focus of FDA’s TMAP, which offers a broad overview of how the agency needs to adapt. For instance, the TMAP report notes that FD...
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    FDA Developing Guidance on Real-World Data Quality Issues, Officials Say

    As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grapples with how to use real-world data for regulatory decisions, two FDA officials wrote in a perspective published last Friday in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that the agency is developing guidance on data quality issues unique to the real-world data setting and related study design considerations. Aliza Thompson and Mary Ross Southworth of the Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products w...
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    Novartis Makes New Data Integrity Commitment

    Looking to slow the fallout from Novartis’ data manipulation fiasco with its billion-dollar gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi), CEO Vasant Narasimhan told an investor conference on Monday that the company will be more proactive in reporting data integrity issues to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “We are voluntarily and proactively taking a pledge with the FDA to ensure that we will inform them within five business days of any credible all...
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    European Parliament Passes SPC Waiver in Landslide Vote

    The European Parliament on Wednesday voted through a proposal to allow manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) by an overwhelming majority, with more than 75% of members voting in favor of the measure.   In the EU, SPCs extend the 20-year patent protection period for medicines by adding up to five additional years of market exclusivity to approved drugs and biologics. The additional exclusivity period is meant to compensate for the lapse b...
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    FDA Draft Guidance on Patient Experience Data Incomplete, Critics Argue

    Industry group BIO, the National Association for Rare Disorders (NORD) and the National Center for Health Research (NCHR) called for clarification on how regulators will use draft guidances proposed by external stakeholders on patient experience data. The comments on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance from December 2018 on developing and submitting proposed draft guidances related to patient experience data showed some consensus around including ...
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    FDA Warns Jubilant, Pfizer Subsidiary in India

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week sent warning letters to Pfizer’s subsidiary Hospira and Jubilant Life Sciences over good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations at the companies’ facilities in India.   Pfizer   In its warning letter to Pfizer, FDA says that products made at its Hospira facility in Tamil Nadu, India are adulterated as a result of data integrity breaches and laboratory testing shortcomings observed during a week-long inspection la...
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    EU Taskforce of Pharma Regulators Issues its First Report on Big Data

    A European drug regulators’ taskforce on big data published its first report on Friday. The Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) formed the HMA-EMA Joint Big Data Taskforce to harness the potential of data in development and oversight, starting with the new report. They examined clinical trial data, spontaneous adverse drug reports (ADRs), social media data and real-world data (RWD) to inform the work and reach “an important mileston...
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    FDA Warns Spanish Firm Over GMP, Data Integrity Issues

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this month warned Spanish over-the-counter (OTC) drugmaker Proandre SL over good manufacturing practice (GMP) and data integrity issues that landed the firm on import alert in November.   FDA inspected Proandre’s Barcelona facility over the course of four days last June, finding that its OTC Proandre antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer liquid are adulterated and misbranded. Two other products are cited in the warning letter a...
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    EU Takes Another Step Towards Adopting SPC Waiver Proposal

    The European Union’s proposal to allow manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPC) is one step closer to adoption after EU ambassadors endorsed a compromise reached on 14 February with the European Parliament during a meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives (Coreper) on Wednesday.   Now that the draft regulation has been agreed to, it will undergo a legal and linguistic review before being sent to the European Parliament and C...
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    EU Advances SPC Waiver Proposal

    The European Union's proposal to allow manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPC) took a step forward on Wednesday after EU ambassadors backed the EU Council's position on the proposed regulation during a meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives (Coreper).   "The draft regulation is expected to remove the competitive disadvantages faced by EU-based manufacturers of generics and biosimilars vis-à-vis manufacturers established o...