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    Novartis Admits to ‘Mistake’ After Partial Clinical Hold Placed on Zolgensma Trial

    Novartis on Wednesday said that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a partial hold on intrathecal clinical trials of its gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi) for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients based on findings in a small preclinical animal study.   On Thursday, a Novartis spokesperson told Focus that a draft report of the preclinical safety findings was presented to the AveXis safety management team last March and the company “...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Hong Kong Proposes Regulatory Framework for Cell and Gene Therapies

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   Hong Kong Proposes Regulatory Framework for Cell and Gene Therapies   Hong Kong has proposed legislation to create a regulatory framework for advanced therapy products (ATPs), such as interventions based on cells, genes and tissues. The plan is to amend existing laws to create licensing, labeling and record-keeping requirements for ATPs.   Work to update the law ...
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    Drug Regulators Look to Harmonize How They Tackle Innovation

    The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) recently released a report on how various regulators worldwide are working together to better identify and address future regulatory challenges posed by new categories of therapeutics, like cell and gene therapies, and new tools for drug development, such as artificial intelligence (AI). The report, which is part of a wider effort to reduce duplicative work and increase harmonization among drug regu...
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    FDA to Step Up Stem Cell Enforcement, Look Into Pathway for Low-Risk Treatments

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Center for Biologics Evaluation Research (CBER) Director Peter Marks on Wednesday warned that the agency will step up its enforcement efforts against companies illegally marketing stem cell therapies.   Gottlieb and Marks also said the agency will look into new ways to “delineate an efficient development path” for low-risk stem cell therapies being developed by firms that have filed investigational n...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: China Floats Tighter Clinical Trial Oversight Following Gene Editing Scandal

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   China Floats Tighter Clinical Trial Oversight Following Gene Editing Scandal   China is planning to introduce a risk-based regulatory system for cell and gene therapies in the wake of the germline modification scandal. The system would require developers of high-risk therapies to get state-level clearance for clinical trials, while leaving local authorities to sign o...
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    FDA Offers Guidance on Nicotine Replacement Therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued draft guidance providing recommendations to drugmakers looking to develop nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products to help patients quit smoking.   The 19-page draft guidance comes after FDA held a public consultation on its approach to evaluating NRT products in November 2017 and a public hearing on the matter in January 2018.   FDA says the draft guidance “takes into consideration the feedback re...
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    CBER Guidance on Gene Therapies: What to Expect in 2019

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) on Wednesday released plans for what guidance is to be expected in 2019, including six final guidance documents related to gene therapies. The gene therapy guidance documents ( draft versions were published in July ) the agency expects to finalize include: Long Term Follow-Up After Administration of Human Gene Therapy Products; Guidance for Industry Chemistry, Manufacturing, an...
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    Gottlieb, Marks Detail Plans to Advance Development of Cell and Gene Therapies

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) Director Peter Marks on Tuesday detailed plans for the agency to keep pace with an expected influx of applications for cell and gene therapies over the coming years.   "The FDA is witnessing a surge of cell and gene therapy products entering early development, evidenced by a large upswing in the number of investigational new drug (IND) applications,...
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    BIO Seeks Clarity on FDA’s Gene Therapy Draft Guidances

    Industry group BIO recently submitted comments on a series of new draft guidance documents on gene therapy released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July. The six guidance documents focus on developing hemophilia, rare disease and retinal disorder gene therapies, and also include one on chemistry, manufacturing and control (CMC) information, one on long term follow-up observational studies collecting data on adverse events and one on the testing of retr...
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    FDA Approves New Gene Therapy Targeting Specific Mutation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved a new gene therapy from Spark Therapeutics for the treatment of children and adult patients with an inherited form of vision loss that may result in blindness. The approval comes two months and a week after an advisory committee of outside experts unanimously voted in favor of approving the treatment for the condition which affects about 6,000 worldwide. The price of the new gene therapy, which Leerink...
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    Resolving Gene Editing Technology's Ethical and Regulatory Challenges

    This article provides an overview of biomedical applications of gene editing technology, addresses ethical and regulatory challenges associated with its implementation for therapeutic development, and proposes approaches for overcoming these challenges. Introduction Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) technology is a genetic "editing" tool aimed at altering DNA sequences and modifying gene function. It offers promising opportunities for ...
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    Experts Tell Senate Committee Current Gene Editing Regulations are Appropriate

    At a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, experts explained that the current regulatory framework for gene editing in the US is appropriate and cautioned that an overly strict approach could drive research to other countries. Specifically, the hearing focused on CRISPR/Cas9, which is a gene editing tool that scientists can use to quickly and accurately edit DNA in a variety of applications. While there are curr...