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    EMA: Thumbs up for 11, down for 2 new medicines

    At its June 2020 meeting, the human medicines committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA’s CHMP) recommended that 11 new medicines be approved for use in the European Union (EU); one of these, Dapirivine Vaginal Ring, was recommended under EU Medicines for All, a mechanism for medicines that are also to be used outside the EU.   Dapirivine Vaginal Ring is meant to reduce the risk of infection with HIV, in situations where oral pre-exposure prophylaxis is not used, ...
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    PDUFA VII: FDA, industry preview their reauthorization wish lists

    At its first public meeting in the runup to the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), industry and other stakeholders on Thursday shed light on their goals for what will be the agency’s seventh PDUFA program.   The meeting, held fully virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is the starting point for the negotiations with industry and discussions with stakeholders that will shape FDA’s new ...
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    Opioid labeling to include naloxone counseling recommendation

    Labels for opioid pain medicines and opioid use disorder (OUD) treatments must now include a recommendation that naloxone availability be discussed as a routine part of prescribing these medicines, says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   “We are requiring the drug manufacturers for all opioid pain relievers and medicines to treat OUD to add new recommendations about naloxone to the prescribing information,” said FDA in a Drug Safety Communication released tod...
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    FDA kicks off GDUFA III reauthorization process

    In a public meeting held via webcast, officials of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) kicked off the process for reauthorizing the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA). The meeting, which included presentations by members of industry and the public, is the first of many that will shape the agency’s third GDUFA program.    GDUFA II, authorized in 2017, expires at the end of September 2022. The GDUFA II agreement had two major objectives in speeding access to ...
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    New EMA pharmaceutical water quality guideline takes effect February 2021

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday issued a new guideline on the quality of water for pharmaceutical use that will replace its nearly two-decades-old guidance and position statement on water quality when it takes effect in February 2021.   The adoption of the guideline follows a public consultation that kicked off in November 2018, with EMA making mostly minor changes to the guideline aside from revisions to the table listing minimum acceptable quality o...
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    Project Patient Voice a focus of ASCO-FDA workshop

    A day-long workshop co-sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) focused on clinical outcome assessments in cancer clinical trials. A key topic of the day’s work was the pilot version of Project Patient Voice , a new attempt to create a flexible, searchable, accurate, and understandable website for members of the public who wish to learn about patient experience data. The website is meant to give patients ...
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    Multi-stakeholder team addresses tumor mutational burden harmonization

    Harmonizing measurement and reporting of biomarkers in oncology represents a cross-disciplinary challenge that also cuts across industry, regulatory bodies, academic, and clinical practice. As cancer therapy becomes increasingly targeted, the need for validated biomarker measurement becomes more pressing.   In first addressing how biomarkers can be used in conjunction with tumor treatment, said Richard Pazdur, MD, the US Food and Drug Administration faced “a considerab...
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    House committee advances bills aimed at orphan exclusivity, generic labeling and continuous manufacturing

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday advanced 17 health-related bills for consideration by the House, several of which have implications for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) oversight of orphan drugs, imported medical devices and labeling.   (RELATED: House committee discusses bipartisan bills on orphan exclusivity, generic drug labels and more , Regulatory Focus 29 January 2020).   “These bills will expand coverage and access to car...
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    Euro Regulatory Roundup: EU health committee calls for EMA to get wider remit, more staff to stop shortages

    A key health committee has called for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to get a wider remit and an increased headcount to prevent shortages of essential medicines. The European Parliament committee made the request in a report that argues EMA should be made the regulatory authority in charge of preventing shortages.   In recent months, multiple Parliament committees have begun considering how to address the emerging problem of medicine shortages. As the group primar...
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    FDA adds three tropical diseases to PRV list, rejects two

    Three new conditions were added today to the list of tropical diseases for purposes of obtaining a tropical disease Priority Review Voucher (PRV) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency added brucellosis to the list, as well as two foodborne trematode infections, opisthorchiasis and paragonimiasis.   The agency determined that two other diseases, coccidioidomycosis and clonarchiasis, did not meet statutory criteria for tropical disease designation un...
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    FDA updates COVID-19 therapeutics website

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has to date reviewed over 230 trials of potential therapeutics to treat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a blog post by FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD and colleagues. Over 510 COVID-19-directed drug development programs have reached the planning stage.   In the blog, agency officials provide an update on FDA’s Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP), a set of resources designed to allow cross-agency...
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    Asia-Pacific Regulatory Roundup: TGA grants provisional approval to Gilead’s COVID-19 drug remdesivir

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional approval to Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir for use in adults and adolescents hospitalized with severe COVID-19 symptoms.   Like its international peers, TGA sought to fast track its review of remdesivir to get the antiviral to patients as quickly as possible. TGA said it made a decision within two weeks of receiving a filing for approval of the drug, which is sold under the brand name Veklury, by h...