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    Four FDA guidances related to DSCSA awaiting OMB sign-off

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on 11 May began reviewing a set of guidances related to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) .  They address suspect products, product identifiers and interoperable electronic tracing of products.   Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, federal agencies must regularly submit to the OMB guidance document and regulations for review to ensure their cost-e...
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    FDA issues ICH Q12 guidance and others on clinical trials, safety testing and biowaivers

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 11 May made available an International Council for Harmonisation’s (ICH) guideline on postapproval changes for drug products and issued four other final ICH documents and one draft guidance.   The ICH Q12 guideline aims to facilitate the management of postapproval chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) changes for new and marketed pharmaceuticals and drug substances and is the same as the version endorsed by ICH as a ...
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    Euro Convergence: Experts advise on ways to manage the MDR grace period

    Medical device companies in Europe have much work to do to get their products compliant with the EU’s new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and should not be wasting any time, asserted a panel of experts who spoke at RAPS Euro Convergence 2021 on 10 May.   At the virtual meeting, the experts gave some concrete advice for device manufacturers to ready themselves for a seamless transition.   The EU Medical Device Regulations (MDR) is a new set of new regulatory require...
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    FDA awards two COA grants to study neurodevelopment disorders and nephrotic syndrome

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the awarding of two grants under its Clinical Outcome Assessments (COAs) program to inform the selection of clinical trial endpoints for drugs to treat neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and nephrotic syndrome.   The grants “provide avenues to advance the use of patient input as an important part of drug development that can foster innovation and the availability of safe and effective drugs,” said the agency’s 4 May ...
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    Pharma groups slam US decision to support COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers

    Pharmaceutical industry groups in the US and the EU lambasted a recent decision by the Biden Administration to support a proposal pending in the World Trade Organization (WTO) that would waive intellectual property patents for coronavirus vaccines, charging that the waiver is a bad idea that would compromise vaccine efficacy and safety. Their views clash with World Health Organization’s (WHO) arguments and other groups that the waiver is necessary to increase access to th...
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    FDA welcomes alternative approaches to generic drug development

    Issuance of a product specific guidance should not “diminish innovation or creativity” in generic drug development, Robert Lionberger, director for the office of research and standards in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of Generic Drugs, said at a 5 May webinar on the development of product specific guidance.   FDA officials said that the number of a product specific guidances (PSGs) issued by the Office of G...
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    Panelists: Sluggish pace of DSCSA testing is worrisome

    In a recent traceability forum, the pharmaceutical industry and other trading partners were told to start testing their data systems now to ensure that any glitches are ironed out before prescription drug products must be electronically tracked through the supply chain to ward off counterfeiting. The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) mandates that these systems go live in November 2023.   To ensure readiness, panelists participating in the 29 April Healthcare Dist...
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    ICH announces sign-off of residual solvent guideline

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) recently announced that its guideline establishing new permitted daily exposures (PDEs) for three residual solvents had reached Step 4, meaning the guideline can now be implemented by regulators.   The ICH Q3C(R8) guideline has been revised to include permitted daily exposure (PDE) levels for 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MTHF), cyclopentyl methyl ether (CPME) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA). The PDE for 2-methyletrahydro...
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    ICH announces new data exchange with SNOMED to promote drug safety

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) announced on 29 April the release of its first set of data maps with SNOMED International that facilitates the exchange of adverse event reports and other important epidemiologic information between regulators and researchers.   This release of the maps is the first deliverable of an agreement between SNOMED International and ICH that aims to promote drug safety. The ICH Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (...
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    FDA, industry make opening bids in BsUFA III negotiations

    The US Food and Drug Administration says that meeting goals related to industry meetings “continues to be a challenge” in its negotiations with industry on the third iteration of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA III) program for FY2023-27.   BsUFA, originally enacted in 2012, authorizes FDA to collect fees from biosimilar developers to help fund the agency’s review program. As with the agency’s other user fee programs, FDA and industry negotiate terms for the agree...
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    Regulators discuss expectations and challenges in conducting virtual inspections

    Regulators from the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency gave an update on desktop and virtual inspections and offered some advice on ensuring smoother audits at a 28 April webinar.   While there seemed to be acceptance among regulators that virtual and desktop inspections are a reality until the COVID-19 public health emergency is over, a larger group of health officials at the webinar said that onsite inspections are much better at uncove...
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    PIC/S updates GMPs for ATMPs, biological substances

    Revisions to the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) GMP Guide addressing the manufacturing of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) as well as biological medicinal substances and products are set to go into effect 1 May.   PIC/S published the final Annex 2A and Annex 2B on 23 April after a consultation that began in September 2019. (RELATED: PIC/S Opens Consultations on Manufacturing ATMPs, Biological Medicinal Substances , Regulatory Focus, ...