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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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    Fostering diversity and talent: A Pfizer case study

    The Pfizer Global Regulatory Affairs (GRA) – Howard University College of Pharmacy (HUCOP) Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) program fulfills a requirement of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum and helps students explore biopharmaceutical industry career options and prepare for their career after graduation, such as pursuing postgraduate training and seeking employment. The HUCOP Preceptorship Program at Pfizer was designed to broadly increase awareness ...
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    Regulation of cell and gene therapy products in Japan

    In recent years, new cell and gene therapies have been developed and approved in a number of countries, including Japan. The Japanese government fully supports academia and the pharmaceutical industry in the research and development of these innovative therapies, and in 2019, revised the Act on Securing Quality, Efficacy, and Safety of Products Including Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices to enact the conditional early approval system for accelerating the development and ...
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    Two more stem cell firms slapped with untitled letters

    Untitled letters issued to two firms for marketing unapproved stem cell products signal that some in the industry are undeterred by the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) efforts to get these products approved or off the market.       The letters join four others from the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) in recent months to clinics marketing unapproved stem cell products after an enforcement grace period ended on 1 June. (RELATED: CBER targets...
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    CBER targets four stem cell firms with untitled letters

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (FDA’s CBER) recently issued untitled letters to four companies for marketing unapproved stem cell products, indicating that despite the end of an enforcement grace period, companies are still resisting the agency’s efforts to get these products approved.   Effective June 1, companies are required to file biologics license applications for stem cell therapies that claim to treat a diseas...
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    CBER Q&A addresses stem cell enforcement questions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a question-and-answer document on Monday to address issues that may arise now that the agency's enforcement discretion policy against unauthorized marketing of these products has come to an end.   The agency’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) ended a period of enforcement discretion against purveyors of unauthorized human cells, tissues, or cellular or tissue- based products (HCT/Ps) on 31 May 2021. Ac...
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    Recent ruling gives FDA ammunition against unapproved cell therapies

    A recent appeals court decision strengthens the US Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to crack down on clinics making unapproved stem cell therapies, the agency’s Melissa J. Mendoza said at a recent meeting.   The 11 th US Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in USA vs US Stem Cell Clinic LLC , agreeing with the “FDA that these products did not fit the same surgical procedure exemption” and should be regulated as drugs, said Mendoza, deputy director of ...
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    FDA disappointed with slow uptake of approvals for stem cell therapies

    At a recent meeting, a US Food and Drug Administration official said the agency is “concerned” about the slow uptake from companies seeking regulatory approval to market and distribute stem cell therapies and is therefore stepping up their enforcement efforts against companies making unapproved therapies.   Wilson Bryan, director of FDA’s Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies (OTAT) in FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, told attendees of an 8 June m...
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    Euro Convergence: Academic clinics should establish risk management programs for ATMP development

    Academic centers should establish risk management programs to successfully commercialize cell and gene therapy products and to be a viable partner with contract research organizations (CROs) and manufacturers in developing these therapies.   So asserted Lutz Uharek, a professor of internal medicine and founder and CEO of Xencura, at RAPS Euro Convergence 2021 on 12 May in discussing some of the challenges and opportunities for academic centers in developing cell and ge...
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    Time's up for questionable cell and tissue products, says Marks

    Purveyors of unapproved cellular-derived treatments are about to find out what happens when the US Food and Drug Administration ends its period of enforcement discretion for these regenerative medicine products.   A three-year clock for enforcement discretion began when FDA announced its regenerative medicine policy framework in November 2017; the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a 6-month extension, announced the agency last summer. Time is now up, and no more extensions ...
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    Marks fields questions on cell and gene therapy development

    Expect new guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the manufacture of CAR-T cells, said Peter Marks, director of the agency’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).   Marks answered questions on a range of issues related to cell and gene therapy development during a webinar hosted by Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News .   Saying that CBER is working on new guidelines for CAR T-cell therapy manufacturing, Marks said, “The agen...
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    September’s Regulatory Focus: Countdown to EU MDR and IVDR

    Feature articles during September focused on aspects of the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), with articles on compliance and manufacturer obligations, and perspectives examining the current status of the regulations. The issue also included the second part of the cell and gene therapy series, and an article on regulatory tools for generic drug companies.   MDR and IVDR, close up Full implementation of MDR is slated for ne...