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    Best practices and education for probiotics amid regulatory uncertainty

    Nearly 3 years have passed since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its draft guidance for industry on the labeling of probiotic quantity. During that time, consumer interest in probiotics has increased, product innovation has expanded, and the body of scientific research has grown – all with no final guidance or updates from the agency. With the growth of this category and continued regulatory uncertainty, responsible industry has stepped up with best practi...
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    EMA preps for EU common standard on electronic product information

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) this week launched a stakeholder consultation on a draft EU common standard for electronic product information (ePI) for human medicines.   The common standard would provide a semi-structured template for ePI incorporating the authorized, statutory product information for medicines, including the summary of product characteristics (SmPC), labeling and package leaflet. EMA says that ePI will be better suited “for electronic handling a...
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    Strategic lifecycle approach to medical device regulation

    The purpose of this article is to highlight new facets of EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) in the medical device industry. The article contains references to both MDR legal articles and recommendations that will challenge organizations to take a more holistic viewpoint of their products, resources, and regulatory toolkit to be compliant in the EU.   Introduction The application date of 2017/745 MDR 1 is 26 May 2021, when it will officially supersede the 93/42/EC...
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    Drug labeling authority, UDI program reviewed by Harvard-based researchers

    Two papers in JAMA Internal Medicine highlighted separate, but important issues concerning the US Food and Drug Administration’s authority to modify package inserts and the effect of a recently shuttered agency initiative.   In a Viewpoint, Bishal Gyawali, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics and Law (PORTAL) research group at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital suggested improving FDA’s authority to modify drug package...
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    Federal officials design new mask guidelines to better protect more workers

    Federal officials announced new measures to help get fresh, new N95 masks to health care workers and expand their use in other industries after scientists argued that the highly protective masks are essential to keep workers safe from covid-19. The changes come as US mask-makers say the demand from hospitals is so sluggish that they’ve laid off 2,000 workers and fear some new protective gear companies could collapse. Yet in a letter to lawmakers, hospitals cite ongoing c...
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    Communication of regulatory intelligence: A survey of the medical device industry

    Regulatory intelligence activities are complicated by the push for stronger product sales in emerging markets, where medical device regulations can change rapidly or be confusing and even contradictory. Understanding how, when, and with whom to communicate the new or changing regulatory information within a medical device company affects global market strategy and product success. The research reported here examined how medical device companies structure their regulatory i...
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    Health Canada drafts guidance on electronic media in labeling

    Health Canada last week launched a public consultation on its draft guidance for drugmakers on incorporating electronic media, such as websites or mobile applications, in prescription drug labeling.   The public consultation runs until 7 May 2021 and seeks feedback from industry, health professionals and the public on the agency’s proposed guidance. The draft guidance is built around Health Canada’s existing legal framework for labeling and explains the agency’s expect...
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    EMA offers labeling flexibilities for COVID therapeutics

    After providing flexibility on labeling requirements for COVID-19 vaccines last year, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday offered guidance on when those flexibilities could be applied to COVID-19 therapeutics.   The temporary labeling and packaging flexibilities for COVID-19 vaccines are outlined in a memorandum of understanding between the European Commission and EU member states and a questions and answers guidance from EMA . The flexibilities include al...
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    MCIT: Not a better way to pay for breakthrough devices

    The Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) pathway should be rescinded because it does not require thorough evidence of the safety and efficacy of the medical device for which it aims to provide coverage, Vinay K. Rathi, MD, of Harvard Medical School and colleagues wrote in a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine .   MCIT would provide up to four years of Medicare coverage for medical devices authorized under the US Food and Drug Admi...
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    Transforming regulatory strategy to meet the evolving compliance landscape

    Changes in industry regulations are now viewed as one of the top three disruptive business trends facing pharmaceutical and life sciences organizations today. These same pressures are extending to the medical device market. In this article, the authors explore how perception of regulatory compliance is evolving due to a variety of driving forces. They outline the role digital transformation can play in helping pharmaceutical companies meet new regulatory compliance demands...
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    December's Regulatory Focus: APL and the role of social media

    December 2020. It’s been just one year since we finished the last Regulatory Focus issue on advertising and labeling, yet it feels like a lifetime. In March, as the true impact of COVID-19 kicked in and we retreated from the office space to our home offices, it was hard to envision how we would prevail, both personally and professionally. But our industry, and particularly regulatory advertising and labeling, did not skip a beat and instead, stayed the course and perseve...
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    FDA posts final guidance on device-specific performance criteria

    FDA has released three device-specific guidance documents detailing performance criteria in support of its Safety and Performance Based Pathway. The texts cover magnetic resonance (MR) receive-only coils, spinal plating systems and non-spinal metallic bone screws.   Last year, FDA published guidance on the optional Safety and Performance Based Pathway. The text set out the agency’s thinking on a pathway intended to enable companies to show a new product is as safe ...