• FDA shows jump in competitive generic approvals

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a steadily increasing number of competitive generic therapy (CGT) abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) in FY 2021 while the number of priority generic approvals leveled off, according to agency’s quarterly data on reviews and approvals of priority and competitive generics.   FDA approved 29 priority ANDAs in FY 2021, one more than the 28 approved in  FY 2020 . There was an increase of about 8% in the number of ...
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    EMA begins rolling review of Sanofi Pasteur COVID vaccine

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has taken a fifth COVID-19 vaccine candidate into its rolling review scheme, evaluating data as they become available to speed a regulatory decision amid the ongoing public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic.   EMA’s decision to evaluate Sanofi Pasteur’s Vicprevtyn vaccine by rolling review is based on non-clinical data and early clinical studies “which suggest that the vaccine triggers the production of antibodies that target...
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    March's Regulatory Focus: Regulatory intelligence

    Feature articles during March focused on regulatory intelligence (RI), including first-hand accounts of setting up a dedicated process for RI monitoring and developing an in-house RI database, as well as an examination of the implications of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new integrated review template for RI. Also included were articles on the importance a global unique device identification (UDI) system, the FDA’s Bad Ad program, and the importance of writ...
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    FDA’s new integrated review template and implications for regulatory intelligence

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review summaries, previously referred to as summary basis of approval documents, can serve as invaluable sources of regulatory strategy information, the details of which are not publicly available from any other source. When the FDA announced its plans to use a more streamlined approach to communicating regulatory decisions through an integrated assessment process and review document, it raised concern among those who contribute to and...
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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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    Q&A: Why Seven Regulators Use One Company’s Software for Drug and Biologics Reviews

    To streamline decision-making in approval processes, three regulatory authorities joined four others Thursday in increasing their adoption of drug development consultancy Certara’s Phoenix platform. The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Agency (MHRA), Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Agency (PMDA) are now licensing Certara’s Phoenix IVIVC toolkit for in vitro-in vivo correlation. The agencies wer...
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    Industry, Advocacy Groups Seek Clarity on Proposed Changes to Informed Consent Rules

    Trade associations representing the medical device and clinical research industries, as well as the nonprofit public advocacy organization Public Citizen, are calling for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify provisions of its proposed rule for institutional review boards (IRBs) to waive or alter requirements for obtaining informed consent for certain clinical trials involving minimal risk to participants.   Background   Under current FDA regulations...
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    Industry Calls for Metrics on CDRH’s Breakthrough Device Program

    A consensus of industry participants at a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) webinar on Thursday pressed for metrics on the medical device priority review program run by FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The webinar led by Maureen Dreher, policy analyst at CDRH’s Office of Device Evaluation, underscored the need for additional transparency around the Breakthrough Device Program. This request was supported across several participants during the ...
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    Health Canada Proposes Changes to Priority Review Requests for Medical Devices

    Health Canada intends to modify its policy for medical device manufacturers to request priority reviews by nixing its requirement on a separate submission and adding a new required criterion for eligibility. The existing process for medical device manufacturers to request priority reviews for expedited entries to the Canada market is “still relevant” but “unnecessarily complex,” Health Canada argued in a recent notice of intent. The conclusion was reached based on a ...
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    FDA Drafts PRV Guidance for Medical Countermeasures

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released new draft guidance to help companies understand how the agency will award priority review vouchers (PRVs) for qualifying medical products to diagnose, prevent or treat diseases or conditions associated with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats and emerging infectious diseases. The draft, featuring 29 questions and answers on the new PRV program, is part of FDA’s implementation ...
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    FDA Proposes Rule for Appealing CDRH Decisions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday proposed a new rule for appealing certain decisions about medical devices made by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The proposed rule is in line with legislative requirements established by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act(FDASIA) and 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) for clarifying procedures and timeframes for appeals of "significant decisions" to CDRH. Section 517A of...
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    Barriers to FDA and CMS Parallel Reviews: Fear and Bandwidth, Shuren Says

    Medical device companies should want to streamline the process of getting their products reviewed simultaneously by the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - so why aren’t they? Jeff Shuren, director of CDRH late Monday told attendees of JP Morgan’s annual conference that he thinks fear and a limited amount of CMS staff are two reasons that the parallel review ...