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    Patient Engagement in Device Trials: FDA Drafts Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released new draft guidance explaining how sponsors can improve the design and conduct of medical device clinical investigations by using patient experience, perspectives and other relevant information. The 10-page draft mainly addresses four questions: What approaches might sponsors use to engage patient advisors (defined by FDA as those who have dealt with or are dealing with a particular condition but are not inv...
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    Patient Engagement in Device Trials: FDA Meeting Discusses Challenges and Opportunities

    Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) met for the first time to look at ways to increase patient engagement in clinical trials for medical devices. Owen Faris, clinical trials director at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), said the opportunity to engage with patients goes beyond using patient reported outcomes (PROs) and patient preference information (PPI) in regulatory decision-making. A...
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    FDA Holds First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) met for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday to give the agency input from  patients on clinical trials for medical devices. The meeting focused on a number of key issues related to clinical trials, with the goal of increasing patient input on trial design; patient recruitment, enrollment and retention; and communicating results back to patients. Patient Engagement at FDA FDA ...
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    EMA Explains Early Industry Engagements Following EU Ombudsman's Questions on Bias

    Following an inquiry into the perception of bias in early interactions between the biopharma industry and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), EMA executive director Guido Rasi tried to assure the EU ombudsman that the risk of bias is manageable. "While we acknowledge the need to avoid and manage any risk of bias, experience over the years shows that such risk can be managed by having in place the necessary safeguards and I can assure you that the Agency guarantees...
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    Early Feasibility Studies for Devices: FDA Highlights Success From Pilot

    In a paper published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology last week, two officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say that the agency's early feasibility study (EFS) program helped optimize the development of a new type of catheter designed to prevent pulmonary embolisms. The program is part of an effort by FDA to promote more EFSs being done in the US, as device makers often conduct such studies elsewhere before conducting later stud...
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    New Research Compares Drug Regulators Around the Globe

    Pharmaceutical regulations vary widely in different countries, though new research published Friday in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery offers comparisons in terms of the regulators’ budgets, staff, new drug approvals and timelines for approvals. Of the regulators in the more established major pharmaceutical markets (the authors from the European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine and Novo Nordisk point to the US, Europe and Japan as being the regulators in such mark...
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    Industry Supports FDA Proposal to Create New Office of Patient Affairs

    Industry groups BIO and TransCelerate, as well as companies GlaxoSmithKline and Shire, have offered their support for the creation of a new office at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) focused on patient affairs. The idea for the new Office of Patient Affairs (OPA), proposed in March , is part of the agency’s efforts to offer "a single, central entry point to the Agency for the patient community," as well as "triage and navigation services for inbound inquir...
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    UK Patients to Get Early Access to AbbVie's HCV Combo

    Patients in the UK will get early access to AbbVie's experimental pan-genotypic hepatitis C (HCV) drug combination, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced Wednesday. The combination, known as glecaprevir/pibrentasvir, is currently undergoing an expedited review by both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its potential to treat patients across all six major genotypes of HCV, with or wi...
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    FDA Considers Creating New 'Office of Patient Affairs'

    As part of efforts to better capture patients' perspectives, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday said it is considering establishing an "Office of Patient Affairs," to be tasked with supporting and coordinating patient engagement across the agency. The move to create the office would be part of the agency’s efforts to offer “a single, central entry point to the Agency for the patient community,” as well as “triage and navigation services for inbound inqu...
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    BMS' Opdivo Wins UK EAMS Approval for Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Thursday accepted Bristol-Myers Squibb's Opdivo (nivolumab) to its early access to medicines scheme (EAMS) to treat relapsed or refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma. Previously, MHRA granted access to Opdivo under EAMS for patients with certain types of lung cancer, kidney cancer and melanoma. Background In March 2014, MHRA announced it was launching EAMS, saying it would allow earlier access to potentially...
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    EMA and FDA Begin Collaborations on Patient Engagement

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday began exchanging more information on the best practices of involving patients in the development, evaluation and post-authorization tracking of medicines. The EMA/FDA teleconference, also known by EMA as a "cluster," on patient engagement seeks to increase the exchange of information on engaging with and involving patients and their organizations within the regulators’ wor...
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    FDA Draft Guidance to Assist CMS With IDE Coverage Decisions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released new draft guidance to clarify difficulties in categorizing investigational medical devices for Medicare coverage, just two days before a memorandum of understanding is set to take effect between FDA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While an agreement has been in place between the two agencies for more than two decades, FDA says it has run into issues with some devices not easily fittin...