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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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    FDA announces website for complex generics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just launched a new webpage to share recent actions and activities related to complex generic drugs to spur their development.   “Since these products are generally harder to develop, fewer exist, resulting in less market competition. This means that complex generics may be more expensive and less accessible to the patients who need them,” said the FDA announcement. “Complex generics are a key component of FDA’s Drug Competit...
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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   On 22 July, FDA published a draft guidance titled, Real-Time Oncology Review (...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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    FDA seeks to streamline inactive ingredient database with industry input

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know how it should prioritize maximum daily exposure (MDE) information and whether it should remove dosage form information from its inactive ingredient database (IID). The move is part of the agency’s commitment to industry to streamline the drug database.   On 21 March the FDA published a notice asking drug makers and other stakeholders what it should do to streamline the IID. As part of the generic drug user fee a...
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    Expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, and innovative licensing & access

    Abstract Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to reduce time to approval for medicines that address an unmet medical need. This article compares the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicine’s Agency’s (EMA’s) PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme, and the innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP) from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and reviews th...
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    Regulatory review of advertising on streaming media

    This article discusses advertising on streaming media and what regulatory reviewers need to take into consideration when reviewing online videos.   Introduction Television. One word, many meanings – it could be the wide-screen home TV, the latest Hulu-exclusive series we binge-watch on an iPad, or the 5-minute Snapchat original series that releases a new episode every week. There is no shortage of places for consumers to view video content outside of a traditional ...
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    FDA announces FY 2022 GDUFA science and research priorities

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) has announced its science and research priorities for fiscal year (FY) 2022 to spur the development of complex generic drugs. The priorities were prompted by public feedback the agency received at a public workshop earlier this year.   The agency also announced the availability of fellowships and funding for research activities that are aligned with these priorities.   The workshop was held i...
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    New reports address generics pricing, innovation in the EU

    A European generics trade association is calling for relaxation of “extreme cost containment policies” against generic medicines, asserting that such measures are counterproductive and may endanger the supply chain through consolidation of production and withdrawal or products from the market.   “The European Commission has collected a growing body of evidence showing that extreme cost containment policies applied to generic medicines are counterproductive, driving ind...
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    GDUFA III fiscal details emerge

    The generics industry can expect the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a more flexible approach to resource capacity planning and continue a commitment to financial transparency, according to fiscal experts from the agency who spoke at an FDA meeting earlier this week.   Although much of the framework for the third reauthorization of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA III) program could be gleaned from the commitment letter released by the US Foo...
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    Effectiveness of the rare pediatric disease priority review voucher program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awards priority review vouchers (PRVs) as an incentive to encourage development of therapeutics for underserved medical needs. The program, introduced in 2007 for neglected tropical diseases, was expanded to include rare pediatric diseases in 2012 and medical countermeasures in 2016. Of these three programs, the most successful has been for rare pediatric diseases, with studies indicating the pediatric PRV program stimulates clinic...