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    European Regulatory Roundup: Critical Moment for EMA (15 December 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Commission Creates Roadmap for Evaluation of Pediatric Rare Disease Legislation The European Commission has created a roadmap for evaluating legislation covering pediatric rare diseases. Officials are embarking on the nearly two-year evaluation to understand why regulations on pediatric and orphan medicines have failed to translate into the hoped-for medical advances. ...
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    Have PRVs Incentivized New Rare or Neglected Disease Research? Experts Discuss

    The priority review voucher (PRV) programs, created by Congress with an eye to incentivizing the development of new rare pediatric and neglected tropical disease drugs, have so far rewarded a wide range of small and large biopharma companies and products, though whether PRVs have actually spurred new research remains a question. Andrew Robertson, head of regulatory science and policy at Sanofi, and Rachel Cohen, regional executive director for the Drugs for Neglect...
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    More Efficient Rare Pediatric Drug Development: FDA Drafts Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released draft guidance that could help speed the development of treatments for rare pediatric disease drugs. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said the draft guidance "could eliminate the need for certain clinical studies and, when pediatric clinical studies are needed, could reduce the total number of patients who would receive a placebo instead of a potentially helpful...
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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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    Amgen Challenge of FDA Decision on Pediatric Exclusivity Could Have Wider Implications

    Back in May, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied a six-month extension of market exclusivity for Amgen's blockbuster Sensipar (cinacalcet), resulting in lawsuit filed by the drugmaker. A JAMA viewpoint published Wednesday argues that a decision in Amgen's favor could end up diminishing FDA's ability to encourage clinically meaningful pediatric studies. The case centers on the interpretation of how companies "fairly respond" to FDA's written requests ...
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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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    FDA Issues Disease-Specific Draft Guidance for Pediatric GERD

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued draft guidance detailing clinical considerations for drugmakers looking to develop products to treat pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). FDA says the draft is meant to be a starting point for discussions between the agency, drugmakers, academia and the public and sets out the agency's current thinking on potential study populations, endpoints and clinical pharmacology issues related to dosing. Sp...
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    EU Pediatric Regulation’s 10-Year Anniversary Report Highlights Shortcomings

    Ten years ago, the European Commission created a new regulation as part of an effort to try to encourage more pediatric research. But in the years since, companies have been slow to increase their development of treatments for pediatric populations, particularly in oncology, where many of the medicines used were developed in the 1990s, “if they exist at all,” an EC report released Thursday said. The report highlighted that the number of completed pediatric investig...
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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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    EMA Revises Reflection Paper on Pediatric Extrapolation

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday released an updated draft reflection paper for public consultation detailing the agency's framework for pediatric extrapolation in drug development. EMA defines extrapolation as extending information and conclusions from studies of a particular subgroup (source population), condition or drug to make inferences for another subgroup (target population), condition or drug. By extrapolating data from adult or other pediatric popu...