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    European Commission Consults on Revised GMPs for Sterile Drugs

    The European Commission on Wednesday launched a three-month public consultation ahead of its planned revision to good manufacturing practice (GMP) rules for sterile medicinal products contained in Annex 1 of Eudralex Volume 4 . The Commission says the revision was developed in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-Operation Scheme (PIC/S), and is meant to add clarity to Annex 1, which has been updated numerous times si...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EU Stands Firm on Demand for UK to Pay for EMA’s Exit (7 December 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EU Stands Firm on Demand for UK to Pay for EMA’s London Exit The European Commission has reiterated its demand for the UK to cover the cost of the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) withdrawal from London. That would mean the UK paying the €400 million ($470 million)-plus bill EMA will face as result of breaching its rental agreement. European officials first stated th...
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    FDA's Frey Reflects on Final Year of PDUFA V

    As the year comes to a close, Patrick Frey, senior advisor to the director of the Office of New Drugs (OND) at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), looked back at FDA's performance over the final year of the fifth iteration of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V) and what's to come in PDUFA VI. Speaking at the FDA/CMS Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Frey said that before PDUFA, and during the first four PDUFA programs, FDA was approving ab...
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    Merck and PhRMA to FDA: Wait for ICH Before Finalizing Guidance on Toxicity Testing for Cancer Drugs

    Drugmakers and industry groups are calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to hold off on finalizing a draft guidance until the International Council on Harmonisation (ICH) finalizes its own guidance on the topic of reproductive toxicity testing for oncology drugs. Comments were released last week on the FDA draft guidance from late September. Industry group PhRMA and Merck both called on FDA to ensure consistency between the draft guidance and relevant I...
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    FDA Updates Orange Book With Patent Submission Dates

    As part of efforts to increase transparency and generic drug competition, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is publishing patent submission dates to help generic drug manufacturers determine the earliest date when they may be able to market new generics. FDA began collecting the patent submission date data in 2013, and the agency says there are about 4,000 patent records for which submission dates are available. The update is the result of a final rule fr...
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    Devices Referencing Drugs: Questions Raised Over Potential Regulatory Pathways

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday held a public hearing to look into the scientific, regulatory and legal challenges posed by devices referencing drugs (DRDs) and the agency's proposed approach to regulating such products. Specifically, DRDs are medical devices that reference an already-marketed drug when the drugmaker does not want to work with the device sponsor to pursue the new use. FDA says it sees three situations where DRDs could be proposed: ...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Developing DAA Drugs to Treat Hepatitis C

    • 06 November 2017
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday finalized draft guidance on developing direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs to treat Hepatitis C after revising the guidance twice. The guidance addresses nonclinical development, early clinical development and Phase 3 protocol designs, including trial design options, choice of noninferiority margins for active-controlled Phase 3 trials in the evaluation of interferon (IFN)- free regimens, and trial design options ...
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    FDA Analyst Counters Critiques of Orphan Drug Act

    While recent reports have claimed that drugmakers are manipulating the incentives provided by the Orphan Drug Act , Mike Lanthier, an operations research analyst at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), says that in most cases, the act is working as intended. "My sense is that the Orphan Drug Act has been a successful catalyst for spurring rare disease development," Lanthier said at the National Organization for Rare Disorders' (NORD) Summit in Washington, DC on ...
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    Rare Diseases: FDA Awards Grants for 21 Clinical, Natural History Studies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday awarded $32 million in research grants to fund 15 clinical studies and six natural history studies for rare diseases. The grants are being funded through FDA's orphan products grants program , with $22 million going to the clinical studies and $9.8 million in combined funding from FDA and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences' (NCATS) Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases program going to fund...
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    FDA Targets Complex Generic Drugs With New Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday kicked off a two-day meeting on modernizing generic drug development and released two new draft guidance documents on complex generic drugs – an area where increasing competition can be difficult. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb spoke at the meeting on Monday morning, highlighting recent moves to establish a list of off-patent drugs that will receive expedited approval if an abbreviated new drug application (AND...
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    Study Finds FDA Action on Unapproved Drugs Led to Higher Prices, Longer Shortages

    A new study finds that the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 2006 initiative to get manufacturers selling unapproved drugs to submit the drugs for approval or remove them from the market led to higher prices and longer shortages for those drugs. Background Today, drugs must be reviewed by FDA for safety and efficacy or in some cases conform to an over-the-counter (OTC) monograph before they can be marketed in the US. However, in the years between the 1938 Food, D...
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    FDA Warns Compounding Pharmacy, Finds Wood in Drug Sample

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month sent a warning letter to a Folcroft, PA-based compounding drug facility run by ImprimisRx after uncovering adulterated products and insanitary conditions. During an inspection last summer, FDA inspectors took samples of two lots of a product compounded at the pharmacy and found that "fibrous material consistent with wood was present in the sample taken from one of those lots of your product." FDA also fo...