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    FDA officials update on orphan drugs, gene therapies at DIA

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discussed the agency’s recent efforts to support the development of products to treat rare diseases during a session at DIA’s Global Annual Meeting on Wednesday.   Orphan and rare pediatric disease designations   While the number of products approved to treat rare diseases has increased over the last decade, the vast majority of rare diseases lack approved treatment options.   Janet Maynard, director of F...
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    Experts address clinical challenges for ultra-rare diseases at BIO

    A panel of experts at BIO Digital on Wednesday discussed some of the challenges and regulatory considerations for sponsors developing treatments for ultra-rare diseases where clinical trials could involve a very small number of patients.   When asked where companies should begin their development for extremely rare diseases, Brad Glasscock, global vice president and head of global regulatory affairs at BioMarin said, “First and foremost I think is understanding whether...
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    FDA seeks input on rare disease clinical trials network

    To further the establishment of a rare disease clinical trials network, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for input from the public and a broad array of stakeholders.   In a press release, the agency noted that it is “looking to provide a more cooperative approach” in supporting the drug development pipeline for rare diseases.   The call for information comes as the FDA is launching a Rare Disease Cures Accelerator . This accelerator will establi...
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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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    N-of-1 Trials: FDA Plots Path to Regulation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking notice of a unique and recent phenomenon where physicians and specialists can create a tailored treatment to help or even cure an individual patient with a rare genetic mutation that could prove fatal. In an editorial published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine , Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and Peter Marks, director of the agency’s Center for Biologics Evalua...
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    Rare Disease Clinical Trials: FDA Awards $15M in Grants

    After receiving 89 clinical trial grant applications, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday selected 12 projects that will be funded with more than $15 million over the next four years.   The announcement of the new funding comes as approximately 30 million Americans are affected by 7,000 known rare diseases, but only a few hundred treatments exist for these rare diseases.  Two-thirds of the 2019 grants will go to studies affiliated with universities,...
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    FDA to Congress: Pediatric Information Lacking in 36% of Relevant Orphan Drug Labels

    In a report to Congress, the US Food and Drug Administration said that there is a public health need for additional pediatric information in labeling for over one-third of approved orphan indications that are relevant in the pediatric population. FDA research, conducted as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017  (FDARA), found that of all drugs that were approved for an orphan indication between 1 April 1999 and 31 August 2018, a total of 548 orphan indications we...
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    Rare Pediatric Disease PRVs: FDA Updates Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released revised draft guidance on rare pediatric disease priority review vouchers (PRVs), which are awarded to companies developing certain rare pediatric disease treatments and can then be sold. From 2014 to today, FDA has issued 20 rare pediatric disease PRVs, with one selling for $350 million to AbbVie in 2015 and more recently selling for between $80 million and $130 million. The revisions to FDA’s guidance i...
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    Patient Groups, Industry Seek Changes to Rare Disease Drug Guidance

    Patient groups, drugmakers and other organizations are calling for changes to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recently revised draft guidance on developing drugs to treat rare diseases.   The 24-page draft guidance was revised last February after first being published in 2015. The revision included updates to the agency’s approach to natural history studies, a discussion of issues for evaluating biomarkers for consideration as surrogate endpoints and a ne...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Pediatric Information in Drug Labels

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance on the content and placement of pediatric information within the labeling of drugs and biologics.   “The goal of this guidance is to provide recommendations to help ensure that information on the use of prescription drugs in pediatric populations (whether positive, negative, or inconclusive) is consistently placed in the proper sections and subsections within labeling so that the information is c...
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    Rare Pediatric PRV Program Not Linked to Uptick in New Drugs Starting Trials, Study Finds

    The rare pediatric priority review voucher (PRV) program was not found to be associated with an increase in the number or rate of new rare pediatric disease drugs that began clinical trials, a Health Affairs study found. But the researchers from Harvard Medical School, working on what they said is the first study on the impact of the rare disease PRV program on drug development, also found that their data do provide some encouraging news about rare pediatric disease d...
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    EMA Recommends When Drugmakers Should Consult With Pediatric Research Network

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday released recommendations from its European network of pediatric research (Enpr)-EMA working group on opportunities during various stages of development to consult with pediatric research groups.   “Enpr-EMA suggests that all companies consider using these opportunities in a spirit of shared learning about the best way to collaborate during [pediatric investigation plan] planning,” EMA writes, noting that companies can benef...