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    FDA panel split on approach to COVID-19 vaccines for younger children

    Members of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) disagreed as to whether the agency should grant emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for COVID-19 vaccines for children at a 10 June meeting.   Some said that EUAs were necessary to get the pediatric population vaccinated quickly to achieve herd immunity as the country emerges from the pandemic and that these vaccines should be available soon as th...
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    Strategic lifecycle approach to medical device regulation

    The purpose of this article is to highlight new facets of EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) in the medical device industry. The article contains references to both MDR legal articles and recommendations that will challenge organizations to take a more holistic viewpoint of their products, resources, and regulatory toolkit to be compliant in the EU.   Introduction The application date of 2017/745 MDR 1 is 26 May 2021, when it will officially supersede the 93/42/EC...
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    FDA clarifies deferral policy on pediatric studies for new cancer drugs

    Final guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifies when sponsors must conduct pediatric studies for new cancer drugs as well as when those requirements can be waived or deferred.   Sponsors are required to evaluate these oncology drugs in pediatric populations for applications submitted on or after 18 August 2020, under changes made by the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA).   The guidance addresses molecularly targeted oncology drugs for ...
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    EU clinical trial portal and database declared functional

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced that its long-delayed EU clinical trial portal and database are fully functional, paving the way for the launch of the EU Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS) and the application of the EU Clinical Trial Regulation early next year.   The CTIS was originally expected in September 2018; however, a series of delays have pushed back the launch date for the system, and the EU Clinical Trial Regulation it is intended to suppo...
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    European Commission reviews impact of orphan, pediatric regulations

    The European Commission on Tuesday published the results of a yearslong evaluation of the EU’s orphan and pediatric medicines regulations it says will be used to guide future legislative changes and shape the EU pharmaceutical strategy.   The more than 100-page evaluation reviews the positive impacts and shortcomings of the orphan regulation, Regulation (EC) No 141/2000 , and the pediatric regulation, Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 , based on external studies and var...
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    Regulatory Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About FDA’s Priority Review Vouchers

    Since 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a handful of special "priority review" vouchers (PRVs) which allow its recipient to expedite the review of any one of its new drug products. What are these vouchers, why is FDA issuing them and what benefit might they have for society? Find out in our latest Regulatory Explainer on the Priority Review Voucher system. Last updated on 25 February 2020 to include: Vifor Pharma said on 17 February that it p...
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    EC Offers New Site Suitability Template Under Incoming Clinical Trial Regulation

    The European Commission (EC) on Tuesday published a new site suitability template that sponsors of clinical trials can use as part of the application dossier under the EU’s new clinical trial regulation, which has yet to take effect. The template was developed and endorsed by the EU Clinical Trials Expert Group on 9 October to comply with the new regulation, known as Regulation (EU) No. 536/2014 Clinical Trials on Medicinal Products for Human Use. “However, this templat...
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    FDA to Congress: Pediatric Information Lacking in 36% of Relevant Orphan Drug Labels

    In a report to Congress, the US Food and Drug Administration said that there is a public health need for additional pediatric information in labeling for over one-third of approved orphan indications that are relevant in the pediatric population. FDA research, conducted as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017  (FDARA), found that of all drugs that were approved for an orphan indication between 1 April 1999 and 31 August 2018, a total of 548 orphan indications we...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Pediatric Information in Drug Labels

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance on the content and placement of pediatric information within the labeling of drugs and biologics.   “The goal of this guidance is to provide recommendations to help ensure that information on the use of prescription drugs in pediatric populations (whether positive, negative, or inconclusive) is consistently placed in the proper sections and subsections within labeling so that the information is c...
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    Rare Pediatric PRV Program Not Linked to Uptick in New Drugs Starting Trials, Study Finds

    The rare pediatric priority review voucher (PRV) program was not found to be associated with an increase in the number or rate of new rare pediatric disease drugs that began clinical trials, a Health Affairs study found. But the researchers from Harvard Medical School, working on what they said is the first study on the impact of the rare disease PRV program on drug development, also found that their data do provide some encouraging news about rare pediatric disease d...
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    EMA Recommends When Drugmakers Should Consult With Pediatric Research Network

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday released recommendations from its European network of pediatric research (Enpr)-EMA working group on opportunities during various stages of development to consult with pediatric research groups.   “Enpr-EMA suggests that all companies consider using these opportunities in a spirit of shared learning about the best way to collaborate during [pediatric investigation plan] planning,” EMA writes, noting that companies can benef...
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    FDA Lists 205 Molecular Targets for Pediatric Cancer Research

     To help with anti-cancer drug development, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed two new lists of molecular targets to guide submissions for pediatric study plans.   The two lists, posted Tuesday by FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence, are aimed at fostering the development of new oncology drugs or biologics for pediatric populations. They also fulfill a commitment the agency made under the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA).   One list po...