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    Trump’s ‘Buy American’ order tasks FDA on essential drugs and devices

    President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at onshoring the production of essential drugs, medical devices and critical inputs for those products to reduce US reliance on foreign manufacturing and promoting federal procurement of domestic goods.   Speaking at a Whirlpool Corporation manufacturing plant in Clyde, Ohio, Trump said the US is too dependent on foreign medicines and supplies. “As we’ve seen in this pandemic, the United States must pro...
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    EMA addresses risk evaluation, mitigation for nitrosamines

    An updated question-and-answer document from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) provides guidance on handling nitrosamine impurity testing for marketing authorization holders.   Marketing authorization holders (MAHs) are to perform a risk evaluation to ascertain whether chemically synthesized active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are at risk for containing nitrosamines by 31 March 2021. Products containing biological APIs should undergo this first step in risk eval...
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    FDA: Most postmarketing requirements, commitments progressing on schedule

    In its latest annual report on drugmakers’ performance in conducting postmarket requirement (PRMs) and postmarketing commitments (PMCs), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that most studies are progressing on schedule.   Background   A PMR is a study or clinical trial that an applicant is required by statute or regulation to conduct following approval, while a PMC is a study or clinical trial that an applicant agrees in writing to conduct, but is not ...
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    FDA provides guidance on preparation and submission of pediatric study plans

    In a final guidance document, the US Food and Drug Administration provides sponsors with a detailed framework for how to prepare and submit pediatric study plans. The final guidance supplants a draft guidance published in 2016.   The new pediatric study plan guidance follows on from regulations and laws promulgated in the late 1990s and early 2000s that addressed the dearth of pediatric data in drug development. These rules aimed to increase pediatric studies for exclu...
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    Glycolic acid, TCA among proposed additions to 503B bulk drugs list

    Four new bulk substances are up for inclusion on the list of active pharmaceutical ingredients that outsourcing facilities can use in drug compounding under section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act , according to a proposal from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   The four substances FDA is proposing to include as bulk drug substances are diphenylcyclopropenone, glycolic acid, squaric acid dibutyl ester and trichloroacetic acid. An additiona...
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    FDA issues new unit-dose repackaging guidance

    Unit-dose repackaged oral solid medications will generally not be subject to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) action regarding nonconformance with expiration date provisions, so long as certain requirements are met.   The agency issued the guidance in the context of the increasingly common practice of repackaging solid oral medications into unit-dose containers for hospitals and long-term care facilities. “The increase in unit dose repackaging has led to questions...
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    FDA revises draft PLLR guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday revised its draft guidance providing recommendations on the content and format of labeling required under the pregnancy and lactation labeling rule (PLLR).   The draft guidance was first issued alongside the final PLLR in 2014, with the rule itself taking effect in June 2015. The PLLR revised labeling requirements under the 2006 physician labeling rule, to “provide a framework for clearly communicating information ...
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    FDA addresses endotoxin levels in investigational cancer treatments

    Oncology drug and biologics developers received new guidance on setting limits for endotoxins during the clinical trial process, in the form of a draft document from the US Food and Drug Administration.   The draft guidance addresses the reality of oncologic drug development, where investigational therapies are frequently used in combination with other approved treatments, or in conjunction with another investigational drug. Specifically addressed are parenterally admi...
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    Gene therapies: Industry asks for clarification on FDA’s sameness guidance

    Biotech companies and industry groups are raising questions about the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent draft guidance on interpreting sameness of gene therapy products under its orphan drug regulations.   The draft guidance, issued for comment in January, explains how FDA intends to determine the sameness of two gene therapies intended for the same use or indication for the purposes of awarding orphan drug designation and exclusivity. (RELATED: FDA fina...
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    Excipients group seeks GDUFA III participation

    Increasing the timely, safe, and cost-effective availability of generic drugs requires that excipient issues be addressed as an integral part of the process, said Priscilla Zawislak, Immediate Past-Chair of International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council (IPEC)-Americas.   Zawislak, speaking at the 21 June 2020 public hearing kicking off the reauthorization process for the third Generic Drug Fees User Amendments (GDUFA III), said that excipient manufacturers are also a...
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    EMA: Thumbs up for 11, down for 2 new medicines

    At its June 2020 meeting, the human medicines committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA’s CHMP) recommended that 11 new medicines be approved for use in the European Union (EU); one of these, Dapirivine Vaginal Ring, was recommended under EU Medicines for All, a mechanism for medicines that are also to be used outside the EU.   Dapirivine Vaginal Ring is meant to reduce the risk of infection with HIV, in situations where oral pre-exposure prophylaxis is not used, ...
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    PDUFA VII: FDA, industry preview their reauthorization wish lists

    At its first public meeting in the runup to the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), industry and other stakeholders on Thursday shed light on their goals for what will be the agency’s seventh PDUFA program.   The meeting, held fully virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is the starting point for the negotiations with industry and discussions with stakeholders that will shape FDA’s new ...