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    Human microbiomes in health and disease: Strategic options for regulatory science and healthcare policy

    This article describes the human microbiota and microbiomes’ strategic role in personalizing health and disease management, which is rapidly demanding diligent regulatory science and policy action to ascertain confidence and trust among consumers, patients, and healthcare providers. The authors discuss why establishing harmonized processes and standards to better understand the baseline healthy microbiota is essential to development of strategies for nutrition and clinical...
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    Regulatory considerations for FDA enforcement policies during the COVID-19 public health emergency for medical device manufacturers

    This article summarizes FDA enforcement policy during the early months of the COVID-19 public health emergency and outlines the regulatory considerations for temporary enforcement discretions. The authors emphasize the importance of routine and scientific communication between the FDA, industry, and providers to facilitate the long-term directions of these technologies.   Introduction Historically, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has played an important rol...
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    Update on trade issues affecting the dietary supplement industry

    This article discusses recent updates on US trade policy issues in the dietary supplement industry. It focuses on the trading relationship between the US and its largest trading partners, including China, and analyzes the ongoing effects of current trade policies on companies that produce, buy, and sell dietary supplements. The authors discuss tools available to US companies to reduce financial liability when trade policies are evolving at a rapid pace.   Introduction ...
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    When Can FDA 'Refuse to File' NDAs and BLAs? New Draft Guidance Explains

    When a new drug application (NDA) or biologics license application (BLA) is deemed incomplete by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency can decide not to review the application. So when can this occur? On Tuesday, the agency released draft guidance on what incompleteness means and when it can lead to a "refusal to file" decision. Explained simply: Refuse-to-file actions allow FDA to inform a sponsor as quickly as possible of deficiencies in an NDA or ...
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    FDA Begins Adding Suffixes to Newly Approved Biologics' Names

    • 17 November 2017
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week began adding four-letter meaningless suffixes at the end of newly approved biologics' nonproprietary names, signaling a shift in policy from only adding the suffixes to biosimilars' nonproprietary names since 2015. The first additions of the meaningless suffixes came for Thursday's approval of Roche's Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh), one of the first new medicines in nearly two decades to treat people with hemophilia A, ...
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    Gottlieb Establishes FDA Committee to Confront Opioid Crisis

    Newly-confirmed US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday began to address what he deems to be his "highest initial priority," which is to "reduce the scope of the epidemic of opioid addiction." As a first step, Gottlieb announced the establishment of an Opioid Policy Steering Committee to bring together some of the agency’s senior career leaders to explore and develop tools or strategies to confront the crisis. The initial quest...
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    Generic Drug Industry Group Seeks FDA Regulation Changes

    The Association of Accessible Medicines (AAM), formerly known as the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, has recommended five major US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation tweaks in a letter to the Department of Commerce. In addition to citing a lack of clarity in the regulations governing the permitting processes of large life sciences projects, David Gaugh, SVP for sciences and regulatory affairs at AAM, called for five actions to reduce the regulatory bu...
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    EMA Board Adopts New Policy on Whistleblowing

    With an aim to encourage whistleblowers and others to feel safe coming forward with possible details of improprieties, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Management Board on Monday adopted a new policy detailing how the agency handles such allegations, including those that could have an impact on the evaluation and supervision of medicines. Since 2013, EMA says it has received a total of 43 of such reports detailing a variety of issues and allegations, from the manuf...
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    House Bill Seeks to Expand Off-Label ‘Scientific Exchange’ Between Industry, Doctors

    While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) attempts to re-work its policy on off-label use communications, Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has introduced a new bill that would further allow pharmaceutical companies to discuss such uses with physicians. GOP representatives have criticized FDA recently for failing to update its policies on off-label use communications as the agency has lost several recent court cases on the issue , and has questioned the need for loos...
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    Trump’s ‘Two Out, One In’ Regulatory Policy May Apply to Some FDA Guidance

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) late last week offered guidance to federal agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), trying to figure out how the new “two out, one in” executive order (EO) will impact their issuance of guidance and rulemakings moving forward. The Q&A offers some clarity and boundaries for the EO signed last Monday, noting: “The EO’s requirements for Fiscal Year 2017 apply only to those significant regulatory actions, as d...
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    Drug Compounding With Bulk Substances: FDA Offers Interim Policies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late Friday issued revised versions of two final guidance documents explaining the use of bulk drug substances in compounding and clarifying that the agency does not intend to take action against certain outsourcing facilities and compounded drugs. The policies also clarify that the two guidance documents do not apply to inactive ingredients, which can be used in compounding without appearing on the bulk drug substances lists dev...
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    FDA Revises Refuse-to-Receive Guidance for ANDAs

    The second revision of the guidance, unveiled Wednesday, is part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) attempt to assist abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) sponsors in understanding what deficiencies may cause FDA to refuse to receive (RTR) an ANDA. The guidance features certain recurrent deficiencies that in FDA’s experience have led to an RTR decision, which FDA says means that an ANDA is “not substantially complete.” The guidance also describes how FDA w...