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    Include cancer patients in COVID-19 vaccine trials, say ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research

    People with cancer should be included in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, according to a new joint position statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Friends of Cancer Research (FCR).   “We’ve learned that patients with cancer are especially vulnerable to severe illness, hospitalization, or death due to COVID-19,” said ASCO President Everett E. Vokes in a joint press release announcing the position statement. “It is critically important...
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    CDRH qualifies new LASIK patient-reported outcomes tool

    A new tool to measure patient-reported outcomes (PROs) for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) corrective eye surgery has been qualified by the US FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (FDA’s CDRH).   “Patient-reported outcomes, such as visual symptoms and satisfaction with vision, are vital to understanding the potential outcomes that that can result from LASIK,” said William Maisel, director of the Office of Product Evaluation and Quality at CD...
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    FDA issues final guidance on CMC postapproval changes for biologics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued a final guidance to assist manufacturers of biological products in determining which types of changes to their products should be submitted in an annual report and which will require a prior approval supplement, the highest reporting category.   The guidance contains minor changes from a draft issued in December 2017; no reporting changes were switched from the minor to major category. Licensed biological produ...
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    FDA 'may require' post-marketing studies to analyze long-term effects of breast cancer drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "may require” or seek agreement from sponsors to conduct post-marketing studies to analyze long term effects of breast cancer drugs in both pre- and post-menopausal women in a final guidance issued on 17 June. The guidance also provides other considerations for sponsors as they plan for the inclusion of premenopausal women in clinical trials of drugs for breast cancer treatment.   According to the agency’s announcement of the f...
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    MDUFA V: FDA proposes TPLC advisory panel, industry says ‘back to basics’

    Minutes from the latest round of negotiations between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and industry around the next iteration of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA V) have been released to the public and highlight how stakeholders are approaching the talks with different goals in mind.   Negotiations for MDUFA V began this year after months of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, a public kick-off meeting was pushed from April 2020 to Oct...
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    FDA explains when device 'servicing' becomes 'remanufacturing'

    At what point does manipulation or repair of a medical device cross the line from “servicing” to “remanufacturing?” A new draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides a set of considerations to aid in determining into which category actions performed on devices should fall.   The new draft guidance “helps clarify whether activities performed on devices are likely remanufacturing,” wrote FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) i...
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    Unified Agenda: A look at FDA’s upcoming rulemaking

    Under the Biden administration’s first regulatory agenda, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to promulgate three dozen proposed and final rules related to human drugs, biologics, medical devices and clinical trials.   The proposed and final rules are detailed in the belated Spring 2021 unified agenda released by the Office of Management and Budget last week. Many of the rules are holdovers from previous biannual agendas, such as a final rule on the ...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: StrataGraft, Rezipres, Trikafta

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals StrataGraft greenlighted for treating thermal burns in adults Mallinckrodt’s StrataGraft has been approved as a topical application treatment for adults with thermal burns containing intact deep skin layers for which surgical intervention is clinically indicated.   Deep thermal burns often require the removal of damaged skin and replacement ...
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    Recent ruling gives FDA ammunition against unapproved cell therapies

    A recent appeals court decision strengthens the US Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to crack down on clinics making unapproved stem cell therapies, the agency’s Melissa J. Mendoza said at a recent meeting.   The 11 th US Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in USA vs US Stem Cell Clinic LLC , agreeing with the “FDA that these products did not fit the same surgical procedure exemption” and should be regulated as drugs, said Mendoza, deputy director of ...
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    Regulatory science pilot floated in BsUFA III negotiations

    In the latest rounds of negotiations for the reauthorization of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA III), industry and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fine-tuned labeling and supplements language, sought to find new ways for developers to receive targeted feedback, and set the scope for future guidance documents.   In a series of three May 2021 meetings, the BsUFA III negotiation steering committee convened to work on these topics, and to hammer out an agreeme...
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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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    FDA launches global Generic Drug Cluster

    In a new effort to boost alignment of scientific and regulatory approaches to generic drug development among global regulators, the US Food and Drug Administration is standing up a Generic Drug Cluster.   Described as “the first forum established for the world’s leading regulatory agencies to address generic drug development globally,” the new cluster, wrote FDA, is meant to help harmonize approaches global regulators take to generic drug development through a variety ...