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    April’s Regulatory Focus: Specialist vs. generalist, RI, and more

    Feature articles during April examined the roles of the regulatory specialist and generalist and the application of regulatory intelligence (RI) in managing the new EU In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR), developing an in-house regulatory database in the oncology setting, and strategic planning. Also included are articles on expedited regulatory pathway options, selecting control groups in pediatric clinical trials, and the role of artificial intelligence...
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    Medtech Industry: FDA emergency product shortage reporting guidance is too broad, burdensome

    Draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration on reporting medical device and diagnostic shortages for public health emergencies is too broad and potentially could be too resource intensive for manufacturers as well as regulators, representatives from medtech industry groups believe.   In January, the FDA published a draft guidance that outlines when and how the agency wants medtech manufacturers to alert the agency of potential product shortages that happen ...
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    ICH drafts guideline on pediatric extrapolation in drug development

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) on Tuesday released a draft ICH E11A guideline that establishes a framework for extrapolating drug development data from adult trials to the pediatric population.   “This new ICH guideline aims to promote international harmonization of methodologies and strategies to incorporate paediatric extrapolation into overall drug development plans and to improve the speed of access to new drugs for paediatric patients, while l...
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    FDA officials aim to stop misuse of the term ‘digital biomarker’

    While a lot of researchers claim they are capturing digital biomarker data, they may in fact be collecting clinical outcomes assessment (COA) data according to some US regulators. To clarify the differences, top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials have defined digital biomarkers versus other kinds of data in a new article.   According to FDA officials in an article published on 25 March in npj Digital Medicine , a digital biomarker is “a characteristic o...
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    Considerations for selecting control groups in pediatric clinical trials

    ICH E10 provides specific guidance on the choice of control groups for clinical trials, but there are additional considerations for choosing a control group for a pediatric trial. In this article, the author looks at different types of control groups and the specific challenges that present when considering the design for a pediatric trial, such as the medical condition being treated, the potential patient population, suitability of comparators, and availability of real-wo...
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    Stakeholders want more clarity about devices used for remote clinical studies

    A number of stakeholders have written to the US Food and Drug Administration about the agency’s recent draft guidance on how digital health technologies (DHT) could be used to conduct clinical trials remotely. Some have concerns about the agency too narrowly defining what products can be used for remote monitoring, while others argue it’s not broad enough. Some are also asking the agency to include smart packaging in the guidance.   In December, the agency published i...
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    MDUFA V: Commitment letter includes TPLC pilot, claw back provisions and more

    The new medical device user fee deal includes the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) total product lifecycle (TPLC) advisory program, or TAP, as well as new guidance development requirements and claw back provisions that let industry renegotiate fees. If signed into law as is, it would bring in $1.78-$1.9 billion over the next five years.   FDA finally published a commitment letter on 22 March summarizing the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA V) deal i...
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    Shuren: Let’s take regulatory flexibility beyond COVID-19

    Congressionally authorized regulatory flexibility could provide medical device manufacturers with more options and help the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) better monitor product safety and efficacy, according to Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).   “There really is a need for more flexibility to have agile regulation,” said Shuren during a fireside chat on 22 March at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy’s d...
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    Report: Using RWD to evaluate AI-enabled clinical decision support tools

    A new analysis from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy outlines the data elements that real-world data (RWD) sources would need to capture in order to evaluate the performance of artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled clinical decision support tools, as well as the ongoing challenges related to data quality, privacy and security.   AI-enabled clinical decision support tools can be difficult to evaluate after deployment because of the non-standardized nature of el...
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    EU foresees reenergized clinical trial sector as new regulations take effect

    The delayed Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) is set to take effect on Monday, 31 January, marking a milestone in the European Union’s attempt to improve transparency and boost the amount of human research that takes place in the region.   Currently, sponsors must file clinical trial applications to national regulators and ethics committees in each country that they want to include in their studies, then cope with multiple processes for registering their studies and pos...
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    Califf, experts eye legislative fix for accelerated approval program

    Regulatory and industry experts agree that completing confirmatory studies quickly is essential to the success of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) accelerated approval program, with some suggesting that new legislation might be necessary to reliably get results from these trials in a timelier manner.   Robert Califf, head of clinical policy and strategy for Verily and Google Health and the Biden Administration’s nominee to be FDA commissioner, said a legisla...
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    Stakeholders seek clarity on FDA cell and gene therapy draft guidance

    Industry, medical societies and other stakeholders have weighed in on draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detailing how sponsors that want to study multiple versions of cell and gene therapies could combine them in a single “umbrella” trial.   The draft guidance, released in September 2021, outlined FDA’s proposed thinking for how this process would work. For cell and gene therapies intended to treat a single disease, sponsors would typically ...