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    Orphan drug experts discuss new book on developing rare disease treatments

    Developing therapies for rare diseases involves complex incentives, unique requirements, and often extensive patient engagement. The authors of RAPS’ Orphan Drug Development for Rare Diseases , Sundar Ramanan, PhD, MBA, and Sunny Kamlesh Dave, MPharm, recently took time to discuss with RAPS Senior Editor Gloria Hall the importance of orphan drugs, the peculiarities and challenges of obtaining an orphan drug designation (ODD), and what is covered in the book. During a “m...
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    Maximizing the potential of the FDA assessment aid: Genentech’s experience

    The assessment aid (AAid), an initiative of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), was introduced in 2018 as a pilot program to help streamline the agency’s review of oncology drug applications. In this article, Genentech shares its experience with the AAid to date and provides recommendations for preparing the AAid and improving the process to fully realize its benefits. Keywords – assessment aid, FDA OCE pilots, oncology dr...
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    RF Quarterly, December 2021: Key takeaways from RAPS Convergence 2021

    Welcome to the December issue of RF Quarterly which focuses on key takeaways from RAPS Convergence 2021, including patient-focused approaches in regulatory decision making and drug development, the transition from convergence to harmonization for global pharmaceutical regulatory requirements, pediatric drug development, and regulatory and clinical strategies.   Patient perspective and global harmonization There is increasing recognition of the importance of patients...
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    Pediatric drug development: Increasing success and overcoming obstacles

    This article discusses pediatric drug development in the EU and US, with an emphasis on overcoming regulatory obstacles. The authors present the commonalities and differences between US and EU regulations and guidelines and examine the legislative acts and subsequent regulatory requirements, while outlining the necessary steps for successful implementation of pediatric drug clinical trials. They conclude with a discussion of three case studies that highlight strategic init...
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    The RACE is on: Opportunities in pediatric oncology product development

    Pediatric oncology patients continue to have significant unmet medical need. Although the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA) mandated evaluation of new drugs for pediatric patients, the rarity and uniquity of pediatric cancers allowed for waivers or exemptions from PREA requirements. The passing of FDA Reauthorization Act amendments in 2017 included the Research Acceleration for Cure and Equity Act, which expands the scope of oncology products subject to PREA. Sponsors d...
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    Global pediatric development: Challenges, potential solutions, and opportunities

    The US and EU require sponsors to evaluate their drugs for use in children. The low prevalence of many conditions in children means sponsors commonly want to conduct one pediatric development program that satisfies the requirements of both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA). However, multiregional pediatric development is challenging. This article will describe some of the challenges associated with pediatric development, offer po...
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    FDA reiterates support for semi-distributed tracing model under DSCSA

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that trading partners use the semi-distributed model to trace drug products though the drug distribution chain because of this model’s flexibility and advantages over other data architecture models. The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requires that trading partners have these systems in place by November 2023.   Connie Jung, acting associate director for policy and compliance in FDA’s Office of Drug Security, ...
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    FDA guidance covers frequently asked CMC questions for generic drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (FDA’s CDER) on Monday issued a draft guidance that provides generic drug applicants with answers to commonly asked questions in the drug quality area. The new guidance is designed to provide an immediate response to such questions to reduce the number of controlled correspondence on identical topics.   The guidance, which is in a question-and-answer format, covers FDA’s policies on quality...
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    CBO: Proposed Medicare pricing plan could curb drug development

    A new drug development model released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates a Medicare drug pricing bill like the one proposed by Democrats in the US House of Representatives could result in between 21 and 59 fewer drugs brought to market over the next three decades.   The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act ( H.R. 3 ), introduced in the 116th Congress during the 2019-2020 legislative session, would require the Secretary of Health and Human Servi...
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    FDA’s revised MAPP outlines procedures for generic drug labeling changes

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Office of Generic Drugs recently issued a revised Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP) describing the agency’s internal procedures for handling generic drug labeling changes, including listing the responsibilities of the internal FDA staff responsible for managing these labeling changes.   The 16-page MAPP implements Section 10609 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which was enacted in 2010 and add...
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    FDA focuses on efforts made to avert drug shortages in 2020

    New drug shortages in the US decreased in 2020, in part because of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) use of enforcement discretion to ensure an uninterrupted supply of critical medical products during the COVID-19 public health crisis.   Yet, the agency’s new drug shortages report to Congress said that while these actions helped avert shortages in the short-term, more work is needed to improve supply chain resiliency.   This report summarizes the agency...
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    EMA consults on ICH S12 guideline, shares comments on PFDD reflection paper

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday opened a public consultation on the International Council for Harmonisation’s (ICH) S12 guideline on nonclinical biodistribution (BD) considerations for gene therapies.   The S12 guideline recently reached Step 2b of the ICH process after being endorsed at the ICH Assembly virtual meeting earlier this month. (RELATED: ICH reports ‘significant milestones’ reached on guidelines ranging from impurity testing to eCTD standa...