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    FDA Holds First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) met for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday to give the agency input from  patients on clinical trials for medical devices. The meeting focused on a number of key issues related to clinical trials, with the goal of increasing patient input on trial design; patient recruitment, enrollment and retention; and communicating results back to patients. Patient Engagement at FDA FDA ...
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    IMDRF Consults on Use of Registries to Support Device Approval Decisions

    The International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) has opened for consultation until 1 December a third document on examining the use of registries to support medical device regulatory decision making. Background Registries, which can capture outcomes associated with medical device use, were identified by IMDRF in 2014 as having "a significant gap" in optimal use for regulatory decision making. This gap led to the creation of IMDRF Registry Working Group ...
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    Building NEST: New Executive Director, CDRH's Shuren Discuss Plans

    The group of stakeholders building the National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST) outlined what’s in store for the new future as well as the direction that they want the system to go. "NEST is about how we improve the value, use, and time and cost of using real-world data," Jeff Shuren, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Device and Radiological Health (CDRH), explained to attendees of AdvaMed’s MedTech conference in San J...
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    FDA's Woodcock: The Clinical Trials System is 'Broken'

    The clinical trials system is "broken" and there needs to be new ways to collect and utilize patient data, Janet Woodcock, director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, told a workshop on real world evidence (RWE) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Wednesday. The comment came at the end of Woodcock's talk in which she also noted that use of master protocols (ie. protocols for trials that look at multiple therapies in ...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Using Real World Evidence for Medical Device Regulatory Decisions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a slightly tweaked guidance on medical device companies’ use of real-world data (RWD) and real-world evidence (RWE) in winning approvals for their products. FDA says the guidance is meant to explain the "characteristics and sources of RWD and characteristics of RWE that may be sufficient for use in making various regulatory decisions." In addition to the draft guidance, the final guidance includes further clar...
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    Wearable Technologies and Mobile Health Devices: Changing Medical Research and Delivering Better Patient Outcomes

    This article discusses how wearable technologies and mobile health devices are changing medical practice and improving patient outcomes with the potential to lower research and development costs and impact reimbursement. Introduction Wearable technologies and mobile Health (mHealth) devices are increasingly helping patients report meaningful outcomes and manage their conditions while enhancing their quality of life. Wearable technologies are "smart" electronic devices...
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    FDA Warns Chinese OTC Drugmaker for GMP, Data Integrity Issues

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Chinese over-the-counter (OTC) drug and cosmetics maker Bicooya Cosmetics Limited over poor sanitary conditions and data integrity issues at its Zhejiang, China facility. The warning letter comes after a four-day inspection of the facility last May that resulted in FDA placing the firm on import alert in late June. During the inspection, FDA says its investigator "observed rodent feces throughout [the] facility," incl...
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    ICH Releases Concept Paper for Planned Guideline on Collecting Safety Data

    The International Conference for Harmonization (ICH) on Wednesday released the concept paper and business plan for its upcoming guideline on targeted approaches to safety data collection. ICH says the goal of the guideline, referred to as ICH E19, will be to provide "harmonized guidance on when it would be appropriate to use a targeted approach to safety data collection in some late-stage pre-marketing or post-marketing studies, and how such an approach would be implemen...
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    FDA Looks to Standardize PQ/CMC Data and Terminologies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday said it is drafting and seeking comment on the use of standardized Pharmaceutical Quality/Chemistry Manufacturing and Control (PQ/CMC) data elements for electronic submission. FDA, which is considering implementing PQ/CMC requirements as a Health Level 7 (HL7) Structured Product Labeling (SPL) document, said the move to standardize PQ/CMC data elements and terminologies will improve the efficiency and quality of th...
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    FDA Warns Chinese API Maker for Data Integrity Issues

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released a warning letter sent to active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) maker Qinhuangdao Zizhu Pharmaceutical for data integrity issues uncovered during an inspection of its Hebei province facility late last year. Background In March, FDA placed Qinhuangdao on import alert as a result of the inspection findings, an action that raised alarms at the World Health Organization (WHO), as the company is the only prequa...
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    Industry Supports FDA Proposal to Create New Office of Patient Affairs

    Industry groups BIO and TransCelerate, as well as companies GlaxoSmithKline and Shire, have offered their support for the creation of a new office at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) focused on patient affairs. The idea for the new Office of Patient Affairs (OPA), proposed in March , is part of the agency’s efforts to offer "a single, central entry point to the Agency for the patient community," as well as "triage and navigation services for inbound inquir...
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    EMA to Continue to Allow Patient Involvement in CHMP Meetings

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Monday that it will continue to allow patients to offer viewpoints during the assessments of the benefits and risks of medicines before its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). In addition to continuing to invite patients to oral explanations on a case-by-case basis, EMA will also look to use additional methods and consult patients on a more regular basis. "This could include participating in CHMP discuss...