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    For gene therapies, FDA drafts trial guidance, finalizes "sameness" for orphan exclusivity

      A new draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives cell and gene therapy developers a detailed framework for the conduct of umbrella trials, offering the potential for enhanced speed and efficiency in early-stage clinical trials.   In the umbrella trials envisioned under the draft guidance, two or more versions of a cellular or gene therapy product would be studied for one specific disease using just one trial design, shared infrastructure, a...
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    FDA addresses microbial contamination in non-sterile drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued a draft guidance to help manufacturers control microbiological contamination of their non-sterile drugs (NSDs). The guidance stems from FDA’s concerns over a high number of adverse events and recalls associated with contaminated products.   The agency reports receiving 197 adverse event reports from microbiological or fungal contamination of non-sterile products between 2014 and 2017. Of these, 32 were deeme...
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    Three foreign OTC firms slapped with warning letters for GMP testing violations

    Slipshod testing of two over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics along with improper marketing of one led the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue three warning letters to manufacturers located outside the US. Additionally, the agency continued its crackdown on imported hand sanitizers.   The recipients of the warning letters, which were all issued in mid-September, include Laboratorio Pharma International in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, a manufacturer of antibiotics and ...
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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    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (FDA’s CDER) on Monday issued a draft guidance that provides generic drug applicants with answers to commonly asked questions in the drug quality area.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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    FDA says Turkish OTC maker’s testing program earns failing grades

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) criticized a Turkish manufacturer of over-the-counter drugs for failing to test incoming ingredients and to test products before releasing them to the market in a recent warning letter . The company was also warned for its lax approach to stability testing.   The 13 May letter to Istanbul-based Gulsah Uretim Kozmetik Sanayi Anonim Sirketi follows up on FDA’s review of a 23 April response to request for records. The firm is the...
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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 modifies immunogenicity language in final bispecific antibody guidance

    A newly finalized guidance on bispecific antibodies from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notes that although bispecific antibodies can generally be characterized in the same ways as standard monoclonal antibodies and manufacturing processes may be similar, some scientific and regulatory considerations are unique to bispecifics.   According to a 24 May agency announcement , while the regulatory pathway for evaluating monoclonal antibodies is “well established...
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    FDA clarifies deferral policy on pediatric studies for new cancer drugs

    Final guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifies when sponsors must conduct pediatric studies for new cancer drugs as well as when those requirements can be waived or deferred.   Sponsors are required to evaluate these oncology drugs in pediatric populations for applications submitted on or after 18 August 2020, under changes made by the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA).   The guidance addresses molecularly targeted oncology drugs for ...
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    FDA guidance spells out acceptance criteria for synthetic peptide ANDAs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final guidance on its criteria for accepting abbreviated new drug applications for synthetic peptide drugs of recombinant DNA (rDNA) origin.   The guidance is meant to spur the development of these complex drugs.  The agency also rejected industry calls to eliminate the impurity limit thresholds for accepting these submissions as abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs).   The guidance, which finalizes 2017 draft ...
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    FDA releases batch of 21 product-specific guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued 13 new and eight revised draft product-specific guidances intended to facilitate the development of generic drugs.   The guidances are intended to foster generic competition by clarifying the agency’s expectations for the studies required to demonstrate that a generic drug is equivalent to a reference listed drug (RLD). FDA’s current count of product-specific guidances sits at 1,896 with this latest release....
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    Euro Convergence: How orphan drug suppliers can win labelling exemptions

    A strong local presence in EU markets is needed when seeking labelling exemptions that help reduce the cost of providing orphan products, according to experts who spoke at RAPS Euro Convergence 2021.   Manufacturers of orphan drugs can gain exemptions from some labelling requirements at an EU level and from individual member states, a potentially valuable flexibility for companies that make orphan drugs targeting very small numbers of patients. Such products face speci...
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    EC strategy aims for 3-5 new COVID therapeutics by year end

    To support the development of therapeutics for COVID-19, the European Commission on Thursday announced a new strategy intended to bring at least three to five new COVID-19 therapeutics to market this year.   The strategy, which includes more than €140 million in funding, aims to streamline the development of promising new medicines and ensure their speedy rollout across the EU, complementing the strategy the Commission deployed for COVID-19 vaccines last year. (RELATED...