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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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    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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    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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    As Stem Cell Clinics Proliferate, E&C Leaders Seek to Hear FDA’s Plan

    A bipartisan group of representatives on the Energy & Commerce (E&C) committee sent a letter to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless on Thursday seeking more details on the agency’s plan to slow the proliferation of stem cell clinics. While noting that FDA has agreed to exercise enforcement discretion for 36 months in a recent guidance, the letter also explains how CBER Director Peter Marks said in April that industry has shown “mo...
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    FDA Questions Arizona Stem Cell Company

    As part of efforts to crack down on companies selling unapproved stem cell products to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday sent an untitled letter to Arizona-based R3 Stem Cell and its more than 50 affiliate centers or clinics. FDA raises concerns with R3 because its website makes unsubstantiated claims about the stem cell products, which FDA says appear to be human cell, tissue, or cellular or tissue-based p...
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    FDA to Step Up Stem Cell Enforcement, Look Into Pathway for Low-Risk Treatments

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Center for Biologics Evaluation Research (CBER) Director Peter Marks on Wednesday warned that the agency will step up its enforcement efforts against companies illegally marketing stem cell therapies.   Gottlieb and Marks also said the agency will look into new ways to “delineate an efficient development path” for low-risk stem cell therapies being developed by firms that have filed investigational n...
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    FDA Warns Cord Blood Marketer, Reiterates Enforcement Discretion

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released a warning letter sent late last month to San Diego-based umbilical cord blood product producer Genetech for selling unapproved products. The warning letter comes as FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have received numerous reports of safety issues including those involving microbial contamination and are aware of 12 patients who received Genetech products and subsequently became ill due t...
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    FDA Warns Stem Cell Supplier Over Unapproved Treatment

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned stem cell product supplier American CryoStem Corporation for marketing an unapproved product after the agency inspected the company's Eatontown, New Jersey site in July. The warning letter comes just months after FDA announced a new framework for regulating regenerative medicines that included a 36-month period of enforcement discretion by the agency, though at the time, an FDA spokesperson told Focus the ...