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    Accelerating drug development and approvals in India

    India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) implemented the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules in 2019 to expedite the drug development and approval processes. This article provides an overview of those processes; explains the rule-specific terminology, such as the definitions of “drug” and “new drug” under Indian law; and outlines strategies for speeding up the approval processes and optimizing registration of prescription medicines in India.   Keywo...
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    CHMP recommends 12 new medicines, including first RSV treatment for infants

    The European Medicine Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) last week endorsed 12 new medicines for authorization, including the first treatment to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in newborns, driving the total number of endorsed treatments to 70 since the beginning of the year. Five of the 12 approval recommendations are for orphan drugs.   The new RSV treatment, Beyfortus (nirsevimab) developed by AstraZeneca and Sanofi, was s...
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    ARTICLE OF THE YEAR: The linguistic review process in the centralized procedure in the EU

    In the EU and European Economic Area (EEA), certain products receive marketing authorization through the centralized procedure (CP). Following this, a number of documents, such as the product information (PI), require translation into all 24 EU and EEA official languages. The translations provided by the marketing authorisation holder (MAH) are approved by the corresponding EU member states. This review and approval process of the 24 languages is known as the linguistic re...
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    FINALIST Maximizing the potential of the FDA assessment aid: Genentech’s experience

    The assessment aid (AAid), an initiative of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), was introduced in 2018 as a pilot program to help streamline the agency’s review of oncology drug applications. In this article, Genentech shares its experience with the AAid to date and provides recommendations for preparing the AAid and improving the process to fully realize its benefits. Keywords – assessment aid, FDA OCE pilots, oncology dr...
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    EU issues long-awaited GMP Annex 1 revision

    The EU’s eagerly anticipated revision of its good manufacturing practice (GMP) Annex 1 for sterile drug products was released on Thursday after 14 years of development. The revised requirements, which are set to take effect 25 August 2023, govern the manufacturing of sterile drugs made in the EU, as well as imported products.   The revised Annex comes after hints earlier this year that it be out in mid-2022. (RELATED: EU GMP Annex 1 revision to be released mid-year ...
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    Expert: OGD on track to approve more generic drugs in FY2022

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) will most likely approve a higher number of generic drugs in FY2022 compared to the prior year, and the number of generic applications received may continue to exceed OGD’s review capacity, asserted Robert Pollock, a senior advisor with Lachman Consultants.   Pollock, who regularly writes about FDA’s generic approvals, spoke to Regulatory Focus and shared these observations in his recent blog ...
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    Neonatal drug development addressed in FDA final guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance this week to assist sponsors in developing clinical pharmacology studies for neonatal populations. The guidance is meant to address gaps in neonatal labeling and encourage the development of therapies that are “unique to neonates.”   The guidance is tailored to sponsors developing these studies for investigational new drug applications (INDs), new drug applications (NDAs), biologics license applications ...
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    FDA explains the ins and outs of real-time oncology review program in new guidance

    Cancer drugs under development that show substantial promise over existing therapies and have simple study designs, as well as easy to interpret endpoints, may qualify for a head-start review from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the drug will ultimately be reviewed under the same user fee time frame as other products, it may help speed up the review process for sponsors.   On 22 July, FDA published a draft guidance titled, Real-Time Oncology Review (...
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    A history of expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, Sakigake, and ILAP

    It can take at least a year to 18 months to get a new medicinal product approved in the US, European Union, or United Kingdom. Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to shorten the time to market for medicines that address seriously debilitating and life-threatening conditions. This article reviews the initiation and achievements of US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) ...
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    EMA releases final guideline on antibacterial drug development

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a final guideline on evaluating antibacterial medicines that is globally aligned with guidance from other regulators.   EMA said the document addresses a “pressing need for new antibacterial agents suitable for treating infections in patients with few remaining therapeutic options.”   The agency announced that antimicrobial resistance poses a “global threat” and is responsible for an estimated 33,000 deaths per yea...
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    In-house regulatory database development: Solution for a competitive oncology landscape

    The unprecedented number of new investigational agents in clinical development in the competitive oncology space presents a significant challenge for regulatory intelligence professionals. Strategic decisions are complicated by the overwhelming amount of regulatory information scattered across numerous repositories. The development of an in-house database may facilitate success for businesses in the prevailing information-centric world. Effective implementation of an in-ho...
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    Generic drug approvals continued to fall in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved or tentatively approved 776 Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) for generic drugs in 2021, continuing a steady decline in generic approvals in recent years.   In calendar year 2020 , FDA approved or tentatively approved 948 ANDAs for generic drugs, which was down from 1,014 in 2019 . The latest figures are part of the FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) 2021 Annual Report .   But the agency approved 93 “fi...