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    ICH survey shows strong level of guideline implementation

    Most of the 55 guidelines from the International Council on Harmonisation that relate to quality, safety and efficacy, as well as multidisciplinary guidelines, have been adopted among its 10 non-founding members and observers and 30 pharmaceutical companies, according to the results of a new survey.   The survey was designed to monitor the adequacy and level of implementation to ICH guidelines by regulators and industry and complements one released in 2019 on the adopt...
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    FDA continues data modernization with new Office of Digital Transformation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward in plans to modernize its data and information technology efforts with the launch of a new Office of Digital Transformation (ODT).   “Good data management, built into all of our work, ultimately helps us meet and advance the FDA’s mission to ensure safe and effective products for American families,” said acting FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock, in a Wednesday press release announcing the newest step in its te...
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    FDA revises MAPPs on data standards program, scientific interest groups

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) recently issued two revised documents for its Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP): one addresses updated procedures for its data standards program and the other covers operational procedures for scientific interest groups (SIG).   The 10-page MAPP on data standards governance discusses the operating model to support the implementation of CDER’s data standards program. It r...
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    EMA goes all in on big data

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the EU’s Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) have issued an ambitious workplan for a joint steering group to tackle issues related to big data in healthcare and medicines development.   The steering group’s 2021-2023 work plan, adopted in June and published Friday, “aims to increase the utility of big data in regulation, from data quality through study methods to assessment and decision-making,” according to EMA’s big data webpage...
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    FDA report: Drug quality tops OPQ's list of product defects

    A new report from the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) details the top drug quality issues seen in from 2016-2020, with questions of product quality topping the list.   In all, just over a quarter (27%) of all Product Quality Defect (PQD) reports were related to product quality issues, while device and packaging issues together made up another third of the PDQ reports over the 5-year period.   The PQD reports came fro...
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    RWD, RWE, and improved patient outcomes: From FDA's Mini-Sentinel to real-world examples

    Uses of real-world data and evidence (RWD and RWE) have proliferated in recent years, driven by advances in data-gathering tools and methods and enhanced understanding of the value of such data and evidence. Under the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, Congress codified RWD and RWE in the drug development and approval process. There are many opportunities for the use of RWD and RWE in the approval, labeling, clinical use, and marketing of medical products to enhance individu...
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    PIC/S finalizes GMP data integrity guidance

    This week, the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) announced that its new guidance on good practices for data management and integrity for pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors has come into effect.   When authorities inspect facilities of manufacturers and distributors of active pharmaceutical ingredients to ensure good manufacturing practice and good distribution practice (GMP/GDP) compliance, “The effectiveness of these inspection processes...
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    Synthetic data and the innovation, assessment, and regulation of AI medical devices

    Synthetic data are artificial data that mimic the properties of and relationships in real data. They show promise for facilitating data access, validation, and benchmarking, addressing missing data and under-sampling, sample boosting, and the creation of control arms in clinical trials. The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is using its current research into the development of high-fidelity synthetic data to develop its regulatory position on ar...
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    FDA unveils data modernization plan

    A three-pronged plan to modernize the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approach to data was unveiled Wednesday, building on the agency’s previous technology modernization effort.   In a blog post announcing the new Data Modernization Action Plan (DMAP), Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock and Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy write that data modernization is the “next step” for the agency after its 2019 Technology Modernization Action Plan (TMAP)...
  • FDA’s OPQ reports on drug quality efforts in 2020

    The office tasked with overseeing pharmaceutical quality within the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) released its annual report for 2020 on Thursday, highlighting its effort in a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.   In its previous annual report, the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) touted its participation in nearly one third of the preapproval inspections FDA carried out in 2019. For 2020, OPQ instead foc...
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    Stakeholders weigh in on big data at EMA forum

    Effective use of real-world data and other data gathered outside the clinical trial arena requires a unified, big-picture approach, according to a new report from the first-ever big data stakeholder forum held by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).   The regulator’s report on the 15 December 2020 forum highlighted the importance of collaboration in addressing some of the challenges of bringing real-world data (RWD) into the drug development process. Some of these incl...
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    Euro Convergence: Pragmatic approaches to data collection needed to meet MDR

    Manufacturers have a narrowing window of opportunity during which to find pragmatic ways for gathering post-market data to support continued use of products under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR), according to experts who spoke at the Euro Convergence 2020 virtual meeting.   The outgoing Medical Device Directive (MDD) contains scant information on post-market surveillance (PMS) and post-market clinical follow-up (PMCF). MDD contains two uses of the term PMS, creatin...