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    New MAPP details when FDA notifies drugmakers about ARIA studies

    In a new manual of policies and procedures (MAPP) released on Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) explains how and when it will notify applicants when the agency plans to study a product using its Sentinel active risk identification and analysis (ARIA) system.   Before FDA can require a postmarketing study or clinical trial for a drug, it must determine whether its ARIA system or adverse event reporting sys...
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    Canada extends non-COVID clinical trial review times

    Health Canada will have an additional 15 days to review clinical trial applications for drugs that are unrelated to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic through 16 November, after Canada’s Minister of Health Patricia Hajdu ordered the extension last week.   Normally, Health Canada has 30 days to review clinical trial applications and amendments for drugs submitted under Division 5 of the country’s Food and Drug Regulations . If the agency does not object to a...
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    FDA finalizes recommendations for enrolling males in breast cancer trials

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized guidance making recommendations to sponsors encouraging them to enroll male patients in breast cancer clinical trials.   The final guidance comes one year after the agency issued the draft version for comment and includes only minor changes from the previous iteration. (RELATED: FDA calls for men to be enrolled in breast cancer trials , 26 August 2019) .   As in the draft version, FDA explains that ...
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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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    FDA guides drug-drug interaction studies for therapeutic proteins

    A new draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives industry direction in how to assess drug-drug interactions for therapeutic proteins.   The guidance, issued jointly by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) recommends that sponsors use a “systematic, risk-based” approach to determine whether their therapeutic protein candidates for investigational new drug applications (IND...
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    Marketing status notifications: FDA fills in details in final guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday finalized its guidance on marketing status notifications for new and generic drugs, clarifying its expectations for application holders required to submit marketing status notifications when their products are withdrawn from sale or are not available for sale.   Under the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA), drugmakers are required to notify FDA regarding the marketing status of their approved new drug applicati...
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    Trump’s ‘Buy American’ order tasks FDA on essential drugs and devices

    President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at onshoring the production of essential drugs, medical devices and critical inputs for those products to reduce US reliance on foreign manufacturing and promoting federal procurement of domestic goods.   Speaking at a Whirlpool Corporation manufacturing plant in Clyde, Ohio, Trump said the US is too dependent on foreign medicines and supplies. “As we’ve seen in this pandemic, the United States must pro...
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    EMA addresses risk evaluation, mitigation for nitrosamines

    An updated question-and-answer document from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) provides guidance on handling nitrosamine impurity testing for marketing authorization holders.   Marketing authorization holders (MAHs) are to perform a risk evaluation to ascertain whether chemically synthesized active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are at risk for containing nitrosamines by 31 March 2021. Products containing biological APIs should undergo this first step in risk eval...
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    FDA: Most postmarketing requirements, commitments progressing on schedule

    In its latest annual report on drugmakers’ performance in conducting postmarket requirement (PRMs) and postmarketing commitments (PMCs), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that most studies are progressing on schedule.   Background   A PMR is a study or clinical trial that an applicant is required by statute or regulation to conduct following approval, while a PMC is a study or clinical trial that an applicant agrees in writing to conduct, but is not ...
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    FDA provides guidance on preparation and submission of pediatric study plans

    In a final guidance document, the US Food and Drug Administration provides sponsors with a detailed framework for how to prepare and submit pediatric study plans. The final guidance supplants a draft guidance published in 2016.   The new pediatric study plan guidance follows on from regulations and laws promulgated in the late 1990s and early 2000s that addressed the dearth of pediatric data in drug development. These rules aimed to increase pediatric studies for exclu...
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    Glycolic acid, TCA among proposed additions to 503B bulk drugs list

    Four new bulk substances are up for inclusion on the list of active pharmaceutical ingredients that outsourcing facilities can use in drug compounding under section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act , according to a proposal from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   The four substances FDA is proposing to include as bulk drug substances are diphenylcyclopropenone, glycolic acid, squaric acid dibutyl ester and trichloroacetic acid. An additiona...
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    FDA issues new unit-dose repackaging guidance

    Unit-dose repackaged oral solid medications will generally not be subject to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) action regarding nonconformance with expiration date provisions, so long as certain requirements are met.   The agency issued the guidance in the context of the increasingly common practice of repackaging solid oral medications into unit-dose containers for hospitals and long-term care facilities. “The increase in unit dose repackaging has led to questions...