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    March's Regulatory Focus: Regulatory intelligence

    Feature articles during March focused on regulatory intelligence (RI), including first-hand accounts of setting up a dedicated process for RI monitoring and developing an in-house RI database, as well as an examination of the implications of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new integrated review template for RI. Also included were articles on the importance a global unique device identification (UDI) system, the FDA’s Bad Ad program, and the importance of writ...
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    FDA’s new integrated review template and implications for regulatory intelligence

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review summaries, previously referred to as summary basis of approval documents, can serve as invaluable sources of regulatory strategy information, the details of which are not publicly available from any other source. When the FDA announced its plans to use a more streamlined approach to communicating regulatory decisions through an integrated assessment process and review document, it raised concern among those who contribute to and...
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    EU regulators set network strategy to 2025

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) have adopted their next five-year network strategy following its adoption by the EMA’s management board and HMA.   The 53-page strategy, which was released for consultation in July, focuses on six priority areas for the network of regulators:   availability and accessibility of medicines; data analytics, digital tools and digital transformation; innovation; antimicrobial resistance an...
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    RAPS’ updated book on regulatory strategy for devices serves as ‘how to’ guide

    Constant innovation in medical technology, globalization, pressure on medical device makers to control costs and demonstrate clear benefits to patients, and increased scrutiny from regulators make having a sound regulatory strategy more critical than ever. The recently released second edition of RAPS’ Global Medical Device Regulatory Strategy book provides a “how to" guide to developing a comprehensive regulatory strategy for bringing all types of devices to the global...
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    Using risk management to support outsourcing activities

    This article outlines organizational risks and benefits with respect to third-party vendors and partnerships in regulatory affairs functions. It also discusses the different controls available to apply an effective risk management program in an organization.   Introduction   The use of contracted or third-party services can be an effective way for organizations to resource projects or programs. This way of working has been a growing trend in business operations, e...
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    FDA Modifies REMS Program for Clozapine

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced changes to its risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for the antipsychotic drug clozapine, set to take effect on 28 February 2019.   Background   Clozapine, which is marketed as Clozaril, Fazaclo ODT and Versacloz, is an antipsychotic drug first developed in the late 1950s and was first approved by FDA in 1989. Clozapine is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia in patients whose symptoms are not ad...
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    Are You a Rising Regulatory Leader? Learn Business Skills at RAPS Executive Development Program

    As William C. Putnam, PhD, RAC, argues in a  Regulatory Focus  thought piece  on the need for business skills within the regulatory profession, "regulatory professionals need to have a comprehensive understanding of business, such as the business acumen provided by extensive on-the-job training, professional development programs or formal business training."  Regulatory Strategy Critical for Business Success The reasons for this are pretty clear. Regulatory issues can ...
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    Why Regulatory Professionals Need Business Training

    You are the senior regulatory professional in the board room overseeing a major development program. The program looks promising and all you need to be concerned about is the most expeditious and risk-free regulatory path to approval, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. The regulatory development path is typically much more complex and there are many business factors that drive the ultimate development strategy design. The most successful development programs tak...
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    Gottlieb: Immediate Release Opioids to be Subject to REMS

    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Thursday said that immediate-release (IR) opioids will be subject to the same risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) as extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioids. The agency first required a REMS for ER/LA opioids in 2012. "This week, we issued letters notifying 74 manufacturers of IR opioid analgesics intended for use in the outpatient setting that their drugs will now be subject to a more stringent set of requirements,...
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    House Committee Probes Restricted Distribution Systems Delaying Generics

    • 24 March 2017
    The House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform on Wednesday heard testimony on how pharmaceutical companies use restricted distribution systems to delay generic drug competition. In his opening statement, Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said that some drugmakers are manipulating the regulatory framework to block competitors from accessing the reference drugs they need to conduct bioequivalence testing t...
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    Small Organizations, Big Regulatory Strategy

    This article discusses how small and young organizations, including start-ups, build powerful regulatory strategy programs that complement their research and business development efforts. Established businesses also can learn from their innovative approaches. These include navigating incentives, understanding and utilizing technology tools for regulatory intelligence like social media and crowdsourcing, and embracing a team mentality to build agile and efficient regulato...
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    Evolving Partnership: EMA Looks to Expand Work With Academia

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is intent on establishing a firmer framework for its work with academia as the agency needs to keep abreast of advances in science and continue to hone its regulations. Currently, like in the US, academia provides the European drug regulatory system with thousands of experts to ensure new treatments are evaluated and monitored to the highest scientific standards. And as advances lead to new medicines developed, manufactured, assessed...