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    FDA issues draft guidance for device software in premarket submissions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance for sponsors outlining its thinking about the documentation needed to support the agency’s evaluation of device software functions for premarket submissions.   The agency said the guidance recognizes the “rapidly evolving nature of digital health and recent FDA recognized consensus standards related to software” and, when finalized, will serve as an update to the Guidance for the Content of Premark...
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    In US, unlicensed stem cell clinic numbers keep climbing

    Nearly 1,500 US businesses were engaged in direct-to-consumer marketing of unproven and unlicensed stem cell therapies in 2021, marking a significant uptick over the last five years.   The figure comes from an analysis published in the journal Cell Stem Cell that breaks down the number of clinics promoting various types of putative stem cell treatments in the United States between 2016 and 2021. As of March 31, 2021, there were 1,480 U.S. business operating 2,754 c...
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    Pandemic has challenged industry’s implementation of DSCSA

    The pharmaceutical industry and its trading partners are showing “uneven readiness” in implementing the serialization systems necessary to comply with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) by the November 2023 deadline when these exchanges go live.   The pandemic may have prompted this rocky situation as trading partners focus efforts on “core response activities” and not DSCSA compliance, according to a recent survey released 1 November by the Healthcare Distribu...
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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 Approvals Roundup: Scemblix, Vuity, Cortrophin Gel

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Scemblix okayed for chronic myeloid leukemia with Philadelphia mutation Novartis’s Scemblix (asciminib) has been granted accelerated approval as a therapy for adults with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase (Ph+ CML in CP) who have received previous treatment with two or more tyrosine kinase inhibitors (...
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    Wound dressing firm warned for design, environmental control issues

    An Ohio firm that is both an own-label distributor and specification developer of sterile wound dressings received a warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ongoing problems including a lack of medical device reporting procedures, design control issues, and lack of document and environmental control, among others.   CellEra LLC, which distributes wound dressings with drugs such as silver, petrolatum and collagen, received the 20 October warnin...
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    FDA official: Growing number of enforcement actions stem from inspection alternatives

    Many of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) drug good manufacturing practice (GMP) warning letters and import alerts issued in fiscal year 2021 were based on product sampling and reviewing firms’ written responses to record requests, not from traditional onsite inspections.   So asserted Francis Godwin, director of Office of Manufacturing Quality (OMQ) in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at a compliance and enforcement update at a 26 October...
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    FDA issued vaccine EUAs without facility inspections: GAO

    Manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use did not undergo facility inspections before their vaccines were authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said the General Accounting Office (GAO) in a new report. However, most facilities had been inspected at least once previously in past 10 years, and the agency relied on a variety of other information sources including record reviews and on-site reviews.   The examination of th...
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    Nitrosamine detection tests should be 'fit for purpose,' says FDA

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers should ensure that the analytical tests they are using are “fit for purpose” to ensure that the right test is measuring the right impurity in testing their drugs for nitrosamines, says Jason Rodriguez, director of the division of complex drug analysis at the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Office of Testing and Research in St. Louis. Manufacturers should also use orthogonal, or additional methods, to double-check results.   Rodrig...
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    FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID vaccine for younger kids

    The first US emergency use authorization (EUA) for younger children to receive a COVID-19 vaccine has been issued, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday afternoon.   The mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer in conjunction with the German firm BioNTech is now authorized for use in children aged 5-11 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will convene a meeting of its immunization advisory committee next week to review clinical param...
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    Improving transparency of regulatory data at EMA, Health Canada, FDA

    Over the last decade, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada (HC) have gotten better at disclosing previously confidential clinical data, a study published in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics has found.     However, each agency discloses this data in a variety of different ways, according to Alexander C. Egilman, with the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale–New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT,...
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    FDA announces stronger warnings on breast implant labels

    The US Food and Drug Administration on 27 October announced new labeling, including boxed warnings, to facilitate informed consumer decision-making regarding the risks of breast implants.   FDA is also restricting the sale and distribution of breast implants to providers who agree to provide patients with adequate information on their risks by reviewing a decision checklist with patients. The physician performing the breast implant must sign the checklist, and patien...