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    Generic and Branded Industry Groups Spar Over EU SPC Waiver Proposal

    The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) on Monday voted to adopt a draft opinion supporting changes to an amendment that would allow for manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPCs).   In the EU, SPCs extend the 20-year patent protection period for medicines by adding up to five additional years of market exclusivity to approved drugs and biologics. The additional exclusivity period is meant to compensate for the lapse be...
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    EMA Sartan Investigation Flags Aurobindo Pharma, Raises Zhejiang Huahai Oversight

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced Monday low levels of a probable human carcinogen have been detected in a third sartan made the second India-based company—Aurobindo Pharma—to have been linked to the international valsartan scandal.   The notice follows on the heels of the EMA’s decision to extend its review to include medicines containing an additional four sartans, with the one impacted by the suspension of Aurobindo Pharma’s European certificate of s...
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    EMA to Raise MAH and Applicant Fees by 1.7% in April

    As part of the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) alignment with the inflation rate, the agency announced on Tuesday that general, non-pharmacovigilance for applicants and marketing authorization holders are increasing by 1.7% on 1 April 2018. “All applications received by 31 March will be charged the current fee and reduction rates. Applications received after that date will be charged the adjusted fees,” EMA said. “For scientific advice and protocol assistance, the cut...
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    WHO: 1 in 10 Medicines in Developing Countries is Substandard or Fake

    The findings come from two new reports, one looking at data collected from WHO's Global Surveillance and Monitoring System over the last four years and another that pooled data from 100 literature reviews to examine the public health and socioeconomic impact of substandard and falsified medicines. Based on the reports, WHO says that as many as one in 10 medicines sold in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, at a cost to the global health s...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Introduces Tougher Regulations on Homeopathic Medicines (20 November 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. Australian Generic Medicine Work-Sharing Trial Misses Completion Target A work-sharing group involving Australian regulators has reported the results of its first collaborative assessment of a generic medicine. The review of the filing took about nine months, four months longer than the collaborators had targeted at the start of the project. Officials from Australia’...
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    FDA Begins Adding Suffixes to Newly Approved Biologics' Names

    • 17 November 2017
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week began adding four-letter meaningless suffixes at the end of newly approved biologics' nonproprietary names, signaling a shift in policy from only adding the suffixes to biosimilars' nonproprietary names since 2015. The first additions of the meaningless suffixes came for Thursday's approval of Roche's Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh), one of the first new medicines in nearly two decades to treat people with hemophilia A, ...
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    EMA Drafts Guideline on RSV Treatments and Vaccines

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday released for consultation a new guideline to help companies develop new medicines, direct-acting antiviral agents, monoclonal antibodies and vaccines to treat and prevent infections caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). According to EMA, RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms that most recover from, though RSV can be serious, especially in infants and older adults. Curr...
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    UK Strategy for Pharmacopeial Quality Standards for Biologics: MHRA Discusses Comments

    Trade associations, manufacturers, academia and researchers have offered their opinions on the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) draft strategy for crafting pharmacopeial standards for biologics, according to a report issued Monday. In general, MHRA says the responses supported the value of standardization, and found that areas where standards could add value included providing guidance and ensuring consistency for product characterizat...
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    European Commission Adopts Two Acts on GMPs for Medicines

    Last month, the European Commission adopted two legal acts seeking to improve patient safety through good manufacturing practices (GMP) that ensure the highest quality of medicines for investigational and human use. One of the acts is an  implementing directive  that sets out principles and guidelines of GMP in medicines where the manufacture or import is subject to a manufacturing authorization ( see Article 40 of the Community code Directive (2001/83/EC) ). The ...
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    WHO to Craft Essential Diagnostics List

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has received a recommendation from an expert committee to develop an Essential Diagnostics List (EDL). The committee said the decision to begin developing such a list, agreed to earlier this month, may initially focus on in vitro diagnostics, with initial proposed priority areas including tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and hepatitis B and C. According to WHO , the list "should expand to other areas including other antimicrobial...
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    Caribbean Regulatory System Begins Recommending Generic Drugs

    The Caribbean Public Health Agency/Caribbean Regulatory System (CARPHA/CRS) last month kicked off its work advising Caribbean countries’ governments by assessing and recommending four generic HIV treatments. The recommendations, which follow approval from WHO, included emtricitabine/tenofovir and tenofovir tablets, also known as generic versions of Viread and Truvada (a generic of which also recently won US FDA approval ). The regional initiative is meant to help ...
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    Australia Proposes New Risk-Based Approach to Medicine Variations

    Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Thursday released guidance on a plan to allow companies to make "very low risk" changes to registered medicines after submitting them to TGA and receiving an automated acknowledgement. "These requests are known as 'notifications' but still require an application to the TGA," the regulator explained. "These lowest risk variations do not require evaluation but legally must still be approved by the TGA before imple...