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    FDA Offers Draft Guidance on New Pre-Request for Designation Process

    After announcing a new program for sponsors to request earlier, informal input on combination product designations last August, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new draft guidance detailing how to prepare such requests. Specifically, this program, referred to as pre-request for designation (pre-RFD) program, allows sponsors to ask FDA how their product will be classified (drug, device, biological product or combination product), and which of the age...
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    FDA Offers Final Guidance on CGMP Requirements for Combo Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released final guidance describing and explaining the current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements for combination products, first released in January 2013. The guidance addresses general considerations for CGMP requirements for these drug-drug, drug-device, drug-biologic or biologic-device combination products and the purpose and content of specific provisions from 21 CFR part 4 . The guidance also discus...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Clinical Pharmacology Data to Support Biosimilars

    Between Christmas and the beginning of 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized guidance from 2014 to help biosimilar sponsors understand what clinical pharmacology data is necessary to support a proposed biosimilar. The 18-page guidance is one in a series implementing the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) that established a pathway for the approval of such follow-on biologics. Four other final guidance documents and two o...
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    Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) Standards Part 1: Impact on the Regulatory World

    This is part one of a four-part series on the Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) standards and their respective implementation guidelines. 1-9 This segment reviews the steps needed to prepare for their global implementation and offers technical solution options for the industry. Why IDMP? Despite clear progress in the development of increasingly specific and complex drugs, health authorities worldwide say they have observed a steady and alarming increase in ...
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    FDA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule on Combo Product Postmarket Safety

    More than the seven years after it was first proposed, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday finalized new postmarket safety reporting requirements for combination products. The final rule, first proposed in 2009 , which is the first time the agency has issued specific recommendations for combo products, is part of FDA’s efforts to ensure more consistent postmarketing safety reporting for these drug/device, biologic/device, biologic/drug or drug/biologic/d...
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    Health Canada Looks to Raise the Bar for Regulating Natural Health Products

    A controversial new proposal from Health Canada would add new regulatory scrutiny for natural health products and bring them in line with higher scientific standards used to regulate over-the-counter drugs. The proposal, unveiled in late September, would cover the three buckets of health products and group them together as part of new regulations for “self-care products,” which is part of the regulator’s wider effort to refocus the approval of health claims based on sc...
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    FDA Establishes New Process for Preliminary Combination Product Classification

    Top officials at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say the agency is developing a new, less formal, way for industry to request input on how combination products will be regulated. Combination Products Combination products are products that combine two or more different types of FDA-regulated products, including drugs, biologics and medical devices. However, when it comes to reviewing such products, FDA makes a determination as to how the product will be classif...
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    FDA Begins Intercenter Pilot Project on Combination Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that it is beginning a new pilot project linked to its intercenter consult request (ICCR) process for combination products of drugs, medical devices and/or biologics. To improve combo product submission review at FDA, the agency is stressing the need for closer intercenter collaboration and communication and is planning to test certain aspects of those collaborations in the pilot, with the goal of achieving imple...
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    Biosimilars in the EU: Lower Costs, Increased Patient Access, IMS Report Finds

    For those tracking the contentious debate over drug and biologic price hikes in the US, an IMS Health report released on Monday offers the latest evidence yet that a robust biosimilars market can not only lower prices across drug classes but also increase patient uptake of such treatments. “The increased competition affects not just the price for the directly comparable product but also has an effect on the price of the whole product class,” the report says. “In countr...
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    Swedish Regulators Find Capsugel’s Oregon Site Not GMP Compliant

    Sweden’s Medical Products Agency (MPA) declared Monday that Capsugel subsidiary Bend Research’s Oregon manufacturing site does not comply with Europe’s good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements. The statement of non-compliance follows a 24 February inspection of the site, which uncovered non-compliant operations with regard to non-sterile products, packaging and quality control testing. The inspection also found two critical, seven major and 12 other deficiencies ...
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    ISO IDMP: Another Compliance Project or a new way of Conducting Business?

    This article discusses Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) as a new way of conducting business, the benefits gained by adopting the IDMP model and how IDMP can be implemented to help businesses run more efficiently. To support the continuous improvement of pharmacovigilance oversight within the EU, the European Commission (2012) has mandated pharmaceutical companies to submit product information according to ISO IDMP standards. 1 The standards are global and o...
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    Health Canada Updates Bioavailability Requirements for Highly Variable Drugs

    Health Canada on Monday unveiled new comparative bioavailability requirements for drugs exhibiting large pharmacokinetic within-subject variation in terms of absorption. Although highly variable drugs are generally safe, the Canadian regulator says, the bioequivalence of their formulations is a problem because high variability means that large numbers of subjects are required to give adequate statistical power. In addition, highly variable drugs are poor quality formul...