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    Industry groups want more time to comment on FDA's track and trace guidance

    Two groups representing pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors say they need more time to review draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for the establishment of electronic systems for tracking products through the supply chain.   Such systems are called for under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). One group said industry would have major challenges if the draft was finalized; the groups are calling for the dea...
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    FDA to Amazon: Stop shipping products that contain undisclosed drugs

    The mammoth online retailer Amazon received an untitled letter from The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (FDA’s CDER) identifying 26 sexual enhancement and weight loss products that contain “undeclared” and “potentially harmful” drug ingredients, according to FDA’s testing of the products.   In this letter — not the first correspondence the agency has had with Amazon on the matter —the firm was called out for marketing unapprove...
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    EMA updates reflection paper on GMP responsibilities of marketing authorization holders

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday issued an updated reflection paper specifying the good manufacturing practice (GMP) responsibilities of marketing authorization holders under the European Commission (EC) GMP guidelines and other EU legislation.   The paper replaces a draft version issued in January 2020 with only some minor revisions. (RELATED: EMA Consults on GMP Reflection Paper , Regulatory Focus, 22 January 2020).   The paper covers the re...
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    USP, NIST and NIIMBL collaborate to boost viral vector quality standards

    A new public-private collaborative among the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) pools the expertise or the organizations to develop better measurement tools to assess the quality of adeno-associated virus (AAV), an increasingly important vector for gene therapy delivery.   According to a 27 June ann...
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    ICH releases widely anticipated guidance on continuous manufacturing

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) on Tuesday issued its Q13 guideline on continuous manufacturing, making a draft available for public comment.   The long-awaited draft was soon expected, according to an FDA official who gave an update on the status of the guideline at a 14 July CMC Strategy Forum sponsored by the California Separation Science Society (CASSS). (RELATED: Long-awaited ICH continuous manufacturing guideline coming soon , Regulatory Foc...
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    FDA’s revised MAPP outlines procedures for generic drug labeling changes

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Office of Generic Drugs recently issued a revised Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP) describing the agency’s internal procedures for handling generic drug labeling changes, including listing the responsibilities of the internal FDA staff responsible for managing these labeling changes.   The 16-page MAPP implements Section 10609 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which was enacted in 2010 and add...
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    FDA declines to extend nitrosamine risk assessment deadline

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected pleas from the pharmaceutical industry to extend the deadline for conducting nitrosamine risk assessments to 1 September, standing firm on the 31 March deadline.   Industry representatives also told FDA to align its guidance with the International Council on Harmonization’s M7 guidance on impurity testing, saying  that divergent expectations have “created many challaneges for the pharmaceutical industry and increased ...
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    EMA adopts guideline on quality documentation for drug-device combination products

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a guideline on the quality information that manufacturers of combination products should submit in marketing authorization applications (MAA).   It also incorporates the recent revision of the EU’s Medical Devices Regulations (MDR) in requiring makers of these products to obtain the results of conformity testing of the device part from a notified body. The MDR regulation went into effect in May 2021. (RELATED: EMA Kicks...
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    FDA finalizes guidance on field alert reports

    The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday finalized guidance on its expectations for applicants of new drug applications (NDAs) and abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) in submitting field alert reports (FARs) for potentially defective drugs. It contains only minor changes from the draft.   The final document supersedes a draft guidance that was issued in July 2018. (RELATED: Field Alert Report Submissions: FDA Offers Draft Q&A , Regulatory Focus 19 Jul...
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    CDRH official offers advice for smoother Q-submission meetings

    A policy analyst with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) walked through mechanisms the medical device industry can use to request pre-submission meetings, as well as best practices for ensuring smooth reviews.   Susannah Gilbert, Q-submission program lead with the division of regulatory programs at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), gave the updates at a 21 July webinar sponsored by the FDA’s Small Business Regulatory Education for Industry...
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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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    Global regulators promote platform trials to assess new COVID vaccines

    Regulators from the United Kingdom and Japan are promoting the use of platform trials to evaluate second-generation COVID-19 vaccines as the pool of unvaccinated patients for testing new vaccines grows increasingly smaller. They also proposed the creation of a working group to build consensus on the design of master protocols, particularly in the context of health emergencies.   These pronouncements emerged from a 24 June virtual workshop on aligning approaches for dev...