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    FDA Developing Guidance on Real-World Data Quality Issues, Officials Say

    As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grapples with how to use real-world data for regulatory decisions, two FDA officials wrote in a perspective published last Friday in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that the agency is developing guidance on data quality issues unique to the real-world data setting and related study design considerations. Aliza Thompson and Mary Ross Southworth of the Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products w...
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    Final ALS Drug Development Guidance Coming Soon

    Acting US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Ned Sharpless on Thursday announced that the agency would finalize guidance on developing treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by the end of September. The 9-page draft guidance, first released in February 2018 , incorporated parts of a draft guidance put together by the ALS Association, known for its viral "ice bucket challenge," which FDA said provided the agency "with scientific advice and insig...
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    EMA Offers Q&A on Exemptions From Batch Re-Testing for Imported ATMPs

    The question and answer (Q&A) document released by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday describes when an exemption from EU batch re-testing can be granted for imported advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). The three-page Q&A begins by noting that a Qualified Person (QP) has to ensure each batch of imported ATMP is re-tested upon importation. But the QP can certify that the imported batch relies on controls conducted in a third country if the product ...
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    FDA Adds New Q&As to Lab Controls Section of CGMP Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday added three new questions and answers to its Laboratory Controls questions and answers (Q&A) on Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) guidance. The new Q&As discuss instrument calibration standards for chromatographic systems, system suitability and trial injections.   On the issue of trial injections, where a sample of a lot is injected into the chromatographic system with the intention of obtaining an unoff...
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    Gastroparesis: FDA Revises Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday updated draft guidance from July 2015 to address public comments and reflect the agency’s current thinking on the development of clinical outcome assessment measures and statistical considerations to assess primary and secondary efficacy endpoints of clinical trials for gastroparesis. The nine-page draft explains: “Until a well-defined and reliable PRO [patient-reported outcome] instrument that measures all the clinic...
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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Developing GnRH Analogues to Treat Advanced Prostate Cancer

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released draft guidance to help sponsors establish the effectiveness and safety of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogues for treating advanced prostate cancer.   GnRH agonists and antagonists are a mainstay for treating patients with prostate cancer, FDA says, noting that it is one of the most common forms of cancer in American men.   “New drug applications for GnRH analogues typically rely, in part, ...
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    Hormonal Contraception: FDA Drafts Guidance on Clinical Trial Recommendations

    As hormonal drugs to prevent pregnancy have evolved over the years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday drafted new guidance for drug developers on the recommendations for clinical trials designed to establish clinical effectiveness and safety for such products. In terms of key considerations for clinical trial design features, the six-page draft begins by explaining the recommended enrollment criteria for nonpregnant, premenopausal woman in trials, wh...
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    FDA Revises 1999 Draft Guidance on Population Pharmacokinetics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released revised draft guidance to help keep sponsors informed on the data and model requirements for population pharmacokinetics (PK) analyses submitted as part of new drug applications and biologic license applications. Since the original population PK guidance was published in 1999, FDA says the number of applications relevant for population PK analysis has increased and, “The sophistication and reliability of pop...
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    EC Issues Additional Guidance on Device Vigilance System

    While highlighting an updated version of the manufacturer incident report (MIR) form that will become mandatory in January 2020, the European Commission (EC) issued guidance Tuesday on the medical device vigilance system under the EU’s medical device directive.   The January version of the MIR introduces the use of the adverse event terminology/coding harmonized via the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) and the use of unique device identification (U...
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    New FDA Draft Guidance Helps Sponsors Revise or Develop New USP Monographs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday published draft guidance on the US Pharmacopoeial Convention Pending Monograph Process (USP-PMP), outlining how sponsors can revise or create new monographs so they are harmonized with a new product’s FDA-approved quality and labeling requirements.   Background   New and generic drug applicants and drug master file holders must ensure that a drug product or substance complies with applicable standards in the US...
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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Heart Failure Treatment Endpoints

    As heart failure afflicts 6.5 million in the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released draft guidance on the agency’s current thinking on developing drugs to treat heart failure. While noting that there are no effective treatments for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), which represents about 50% of heart failure cases, FDA says up front that the 7-page draft has two purposes: to make clear that an effect on symptoms or physical...
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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Enhancing Diversity in Clinical Trial Populations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a draft guidance aimed at increasing diversity in clinical trial populations as part of its efforts to encourage drugmakers to enroll populations that more closely reflect the populations that will take the drugs in the real world.   “This guidance recommends approaches that sponsors of clinical trials to support a new drug application [NDA] or a biologics license application [BLA] can take to broaden eligibi...