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    Bespoke therapies – opportunities, challenges, and hope

    This article discusses the advent of bespoke therapies, defined as the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics or symptoms and responses of a patient during all stages of care and as a new frontier beyond personalized medicine. The author covers the revolutionary genetic tools implementing such therapies and the clinical and nonclinical safety perspectives for bespoke therapies. The author concludes that with bespoke therapies we are entering a new...
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    TGA Unveils Guidance on the Regulation of SaMD, Personalized Medical Devices

    Australia’s Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA) released further guidance Wednesday on the regulation of software, including software as a medical device (SaMD), and a separate new guidance to propose a regulatory framework for personalized devices, including 3D-printed devices. The 19-page SaMD document expands on guidance TGA posted last December. The 23-page proposed regulatory scheme for personalized medical devices comes after the agency launched a consultati...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Commission Begins Investigation Into Cancer Drug Prices (18 May 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. European Commission Starts Formal Investigation into Aspen’s Cancer Drug Pricing The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into the way Aspen Pharma priced five cancer drugs. Officials began the probe after receiving reports indicating Aspen had imposed “very significant and unjustified price increases” on five off-patent cancer medicines it acquired ...
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    Illumina, Genentech and BIO Weigh in on FDA Draft Guidance on Companion Diagnostics

    The six public comments on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft guidance on companion diagnostics were mostly positive, with Genentech calling the draft “crucial for the advancement of personalized medicine,” while Illumina said it was “worth the wait,” though all commenters expressed interest in more clarity from FDA. Background The long-awaited draft guidance, released in July , was in the works for more than a decade and is meant to be a practical guid...
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    FDA Regulation and Personalized Medicine

    This article discusses examples of personalized medicine in industry as well as examples of FDA regulatory activities with respect to personalized medicine. "Personalized medicine" or what also has been referred to as "precision medicine"has a variety of definitions, ranging from broad to narrow. The European Union and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology provide broad definitions for personalized medicine, while the National Academy of Science...
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    New Regulatory Approaches Key to Future of Personalized Medicine

    Personalized medicine has been heralded as the future of medicine, a new way forward that will simultaneously trim healthcare costs and improve care by doing away with ineffective treatments. While these large-scale benefits are still to come, personalized medicine—also called or precision medicine—holds great potential, particularly if governments, researchers, regulators and industry can figure out how best to nurture it. Efforts are underway to promote develop...
  • House Committee Unveils Intent to Overhaul FDA Regulatory Framework

    A bipartisan group of legislators on the House Energy and Commerce Committee has launched a new initiative its members are calling the "21 st Century Cures Initiative," aimed at accelerating "the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs in the US." In a statement released on 30 April 2014, E&C committee members Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) said they're looking to "broadly collaborate" with federal agencies, patients, scientists, academics and members of...
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    Trends in Personalized Medicine

    As decades of experience have shown, drugs can work very differently in different individuals. Advances in genetic sequencing and genomics made early in the last decade sparked the hope that identifying certain genetic characteristics or biomarkers would yield significant advances in healthcare and give rise to a new era of personalized medicine or, as it is often defined, the practice of administering "the right drug, at the right time, at the right dose, for the right p...
  • FDA Says Focus on Regulatory Science Key to Advancing Personalized Medicine and Helping Patients

    A new report published by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeks to further advance its frequent narrative that good regulation is good for both business and the American public, this time focusing on how its efforts in the area have advanced personalized medicine. Background The term "regulatory science," which FDA defines as the "science of developing new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of all FDA-regula...