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    FDA issues draft guidance on electronic 510(k) submissions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued a draft guidance to assist sponsors in using an electronic template for submitting a premarket notification 510(k).   In the draft guidance , FDA said it will accept the electronic Submission Template and Resource (eSTAR) template for applications to the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).    The guidance implements section 745(A)(...
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    Drugs for non-TB pulmonary disease see new FDA guidance

    A new draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lays out considerations for sponsors who are developing drugs to treat certain lung infections caused by a mycobacterium related to the organism that causes tuberculosis.   The draft, posted to the FDA website on Tuesday, guides developers of drugs to treat nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease caused by Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC). It follows an April 2019 public workshop held by FD...
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    ISPE: Global regulators discuss GMP deficiencies, data integrity, real-world evidence

    The COVID-19 public health emergency has prompted regulators to take a different approach to uncovering data integrity violations in virtual inspections compared to onsite inspections, said an official with Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The official also provided an update on the status of the EU’s good manufacturing practice (GMP) guide Annex 1, which addresses the manufacture of sterile medicinal products, at a 24 September panel discussion sponsore...
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    Pharmaceutical trading partners lagging in exchanging electronic product information

    Pharmaceutical trading partners are behind the curve in exchanging electronic product information with each other under a mandate established by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) that requires these exchanges go live by 27 November 2023.   Roughly half of manufacturers and distributors say they are currently exchanging EPICIS Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPICIS) data with each other, while these data are not being exchanged at all between dist...
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    Three foreign OTC firms slapped with warning letters for GMP testing violations

    Slipshod testing of two over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics along with improper marketing of one led the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue three warning letters to manufacturers located outside the US. Additionally, the agency continued its crackdown on imported hand sanitizers.   The recipients of the warning letters, which were all issued in mid-September, include Laboratorio Pharma International in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, a manufacturer of antibiotics and ...
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    FDA OKs new pathology AI software, launches AI-enabled device database

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized software designed to help pathologists detect prostate cancer in digitally scanned slides from prostate biopsies. Separately, the agency announced Wednesday that it has made available a list of devices that use artificial intelligence and machine learning.   The newly authorized software, called Paige Prostate, is the first artificial intelligence (AI) tool okayed by FDA for in vitro diagnostic use for prostate...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Exkivity, Tivdak, Opzelura

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Exkivity okayed as oral therapy for advanced NSCLC with certain mutations Takeda’s Exkivity (mobocertinib capsules) has been granted accelerated approval as an oral treatment for treating locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in adults with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 20 insertion mutations as d...
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    FDA guidance covers frequently asked CMC questions for generic drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (FDA’s CDER) on Monday issued a draft guidance that provides generic drug applicants with answers to commonly asked questions in the drug quality area. The new guidance is designed to provide an immediate response to such questions to reduce the number of controlled correspondence on identical topics.   The guidance, which is in a question-and-answer format, covers FDA’s policies on quality...
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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...