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    Comirnaty booster gets adcomm thumbs up, for limited population

      An advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 16-2 on Friday against approval of a third booster dose added on to the 2-dose regimen for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty. However, the committee voted unanimously in favor of an emergency use authorization (EUA) for booster doses for those aged 65 years and up, as well as health care workers and other individuals at high risk for COVID-19 because of occupational exposure.   The ball is n...
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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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    Convergence: Manufacturers failing to grasp ‘step change’ in requirements under MDR

    Some manufacturers are failing to grasp the step change in clinical and risk management requirements imposed by the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR), Kevin Butcher told attendees at RAPS Convergence 2021.   Butcher, principal regulatory consultant at medical device contract research organization NAMSA, used his presentation at the event to discuss his practical experience of the challenges the European Union legislation is creating for the industry. The session focused...
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    In advance of adcomm, Pfizer makes its case for Comirnaty booster

    In briefing documents made available on Wednesday in advance of a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meeting, Pfizer made the case that a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine would address an unmet public health need in the face of high and persistent levels of Delta variant breakthrough infections among the vaccinated.   Pfizer’s application for a supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) for Comirnaty, the messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine it co-develope...
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    Convergence: Inadequate testing of cell and gene therapies draws FDA concern

    The lack of consistent testing in measuring product quality for cell and gene therapies is a major deficiency found by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewers in its information requests (IRs) to manufacturers in their submission of biologics license applications (BLAs).   This observation was made by Kedest Tadesse, senior research manager for Agency IQ, which recently compiled a survey of deficiencies identified in IR letters in FDA’s review of five approved ...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Brukinsa

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New indications Brukinsa nabs accelerated approval for previously treated marginal zone lymphoma BeiGene’s Brukinsa (zanubrutinib) has received accelerated approval for expanded use in treating relapsed or refractory  marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) in previously treated adults.   Approval of Brukinsa was based on efficacy findings from two single-arm clin...
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    Tips for avoiding regulatory pitfalls in pediatric drug development

    Developers can improve their chances of success in getting pediatric drugs to market by consulting early with regulators in the US and the EU, understanding regulatory precedence and current context, and having a clearly defined clinical study design, experts advised at RAPS Convergence 2021.   One of the common hurdles in developing a pediatric drug product is navigating the different regulatory requirements in the US and Europe, said Linda McBride, a regulatory consu...
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    Convergence: How to navigate the US-Japan 'Harmonization by Doing' program

    Regulators from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) discussed how medical device sponsors can get approval for global studies accepted into the regulators’ joint “harmonization by doing” (HBD) program.   The program is designed to save development time and costs in developing life-saving cardiovascular devices through the simultaneous review of global studies, explained Shin Iwamoto, a PMDA principal r...
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    Convergence: EMA study reveals need for RWE framework, submission structure

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has identified a need for more consistency in how real-world evidence (RWE) is submitted, Xavier Kurz told attendees at RAPS Convergence 2021.   Kurz, the head of surveillance and epidemiology at EMA, said the agency reached the conclusion after analyzing the use of RWE in applications for marketing authorization and extension of indication in 2018 and 2019. The study, preliminary findings from which were shared at RAPS Convergence 2...
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    Marks defends push toward COVID vaccine boosters

    Peter Marks, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), defended the agency's moves toward authorizing third doses of COVID-19 vaccines amid their limited global supply.   Speaking at RAPS Convergence 2021 on Monday, Marks said he is "fully confident" that those who tune into the agency's upcoming advisory committee meeting to discuss Pfizer and BioNTech's supplemental biologics license application (sBLA...
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    Convergence: Regulatory considerations in advancing gene and cellular therapies

    When developing a regulatory submission for a gene or cellular therapy, it’s essential to keep the basics in mind, such as how to demonstrate the product’s identity, purity, and potency, Haroon Hashmi, PhD, told attendees at RAPS Convergence 2021.   “Even when we think about these complex technologies -- new emerging technologies -- certain regulatory principles always stay in place,” said Hashmi, senior vice president at Ziopharm Oncology, which has developed the Slee...
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    Convergence: First-year experience with Japan’s amended medical device rules

    Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) is providing priority review for certain innovative medical devices and has implemented a post approval change management process to allow for continuous improvement of medical devices.   The changes are part of the Amendment of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Act (PMD Act), which was implemented in September 2020. Officials from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) and the PMDA provided a...