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    Accelerating drug development and approvals in India

    India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) implemented the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules in 2019 to expedite the drug development and approval processes. This article provides an overview of those processes; explains the rule-specific terminology, such as the definitions of “drug” and “new drug” under Indian law; and outlines strategies for speeding up the approval processes and optimizing registration of prescription medicines in India.   Keywo...
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    CHMP recommends 12 new medicines, including first RSV treatment for infants

    The European Medicine Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) last week endorsed 12 new medicines for authorization, including the first treatment to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in newborns, driving the total number of endorsed treatments to 70 since the beginning of the year. Five of the 12 approval recommendations are for orphan drugs.   The new RSV treatment, Beyfortus (nirsevimab) developed by AstraZeneca and Sanofi, was s...
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    EU issues long-awaited GMP Annex 1 revision

    The EU’s eagerly anticipated revision of its good manufacturing practice (GMP) Annex 1 for sterile drug products was released on Thursday after 14 years of development. The revised requirements, which are set to take effect 25 August 2023, govern the manufacturing of sterile drugs made in the EU, as well as imported products.   The revised Annex comes after hints earlier this year that it be out in mid-2022. (RELATED: EU GMP Annex 1 revision to be released mid-year ...
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    Expert: OGD on track to approve more generic drugs in FY2022

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) will most likely approve a higher number of generic drugs in FY2022 compared to the prior year, and the number of generic applications received may continue to exceed OGD’s review capacity, asserted Robert Pollock, a senior advisor with Lachman Consultants.   Pollock, who regularly writes about FDA’s generic approvals, spoke to Regulatory Focus and shared these observations in his recent blog ...
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    Neonatal drug development addressed in FDA final guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance this week to assist sponsors in developing clinical pharmacology studies for neonatal populations. The guidance is meant to address gaps in neonatal labeling and encourage the development of therapies that are “unique to neonates.”   The guidance is tailored to sponsors developing these studies for investigational new drug applications (INDs), new drug applications (NDAs), biologics license applications ...
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    EMA releases final guideline on antibacterial drug development

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a final guideline on evaluating antibacterial medicines that is globally aligned with guidance from other regulators.   EMA said the document addresses a “pressing need for new antibacterial agents suitable for treating infections in patients with few remaining therapeutic options.”   The agency announced that antimicrobial resistance poses a “global threat” and is responsible for an estimated 33,000 deaths per yea...
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    In-house regulatory database development: Solution for a competitive oncology landscape

    The unprecedented number of new investigational agents in clinical development in the competitive oncology space presents a significant challenge for regulatory intelligence professionals. Strategic decisions are complicated by the overwhelming amount of regulatory information scattered across numerous repositories. The development of an in-house database may facilitate success for businesses in the prevailing information-centric world. Effective implementation of an in-ho...
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    Generic drug approvals continued to fall in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved or tentatively approved 776 Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) for generic drugs in 2021, continuing a steady decline in generic approvals in recent years.   In calendar year 2020 , FDA approved or tentatively approved 948 ANDAs for generic drugs, which was down from 1,014 in 2019 . The latest figures are part of the FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) 2021 Annual Report .   But the agency approved 93 “fi...
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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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    FDA approved more first-in-class drugs, gave more accelerated approvals in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) approved 50 new drug therapies in 2021. While the figure is a slight decrease from 2020 , more drugs were designated as first-in-class and used the accelerated approval pathway than in previous years.   The approvals reported by CDER do not include biologics license applications (BLAs) approved by FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). In 2021, CBER approved...
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    Regulatory review of advertising on streaming media

    This article discusses advertising on streaming media and what regulatory reviewers need to take into consideration when reviewing online videos.   Introduction Television. One word, many meanings – it could be the wide-screen home TV, the latest Hulu-exclusive series we binge-watch on an iPad, or the 5-minute Snapchat original series that releases a new episode every week. There is no shortage of places for consumers to view video content outside of a traditional ...
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    FDA addresses establishment of inspection programs for injectables

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a draft guidance to help manufacturers set up inspection testing programs to ensure that their injectable drugs are free of visible particles.   The 18-page draft guidance "addresses the development and implementation of a holistic, risk-based approach to visible particulate control that incorporates product development, manufacturing controls, visual inpsection techniques, particulate identification, inves...