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    ICH releases revised Q9 guideline to improve risk assessments

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) issued a revision of the Q9 guideline that aims to address the shortcomings of the current guideline. The goal of the revision is to provide “more scientific and robust applications of quality risk management principles (QRM)” leading to “fewer quality defects and recalls” and reduced costs for the pharmaceutical industry, according to an ICH business plan .   The ICH Q9(R1) guideline was published on the European Me...
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    Recon: FDA clears Pfizer booster for 12- to 15-year-olds; Teva found liable in New York opioid trial

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US The FDA clears booster shots for 12- to 15-year olds ( NYTimes ) ( STAT ) ( Reuters ) ( WashingtonPost ) FDA authorizes new Merck Covid-19 pill despite scientists' concerns on its mechanism of action ( Endpoints ) FDA authorizes the first at-home pills from Pfizer to treat Covid-19 ( Endpoints ) Interval between Moderna COVID-19 vaccine second shot and booster...
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    Euro Roundup: Commission acts to stop Brexit from disrupting supply of medicines

    The European Commission has set out how it plans to stop Brexit from disrupting the supply of drugs in certain markets, most notably Northern Ireland. The plan builds on the proposal the Commission made in October as part of the multiple rounds of negotiations with the United Kingdom.   Under parts of the Brexit agreement designed to avoid a hard border on Ireland, Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, is subject to European Union regulations. The situation has ...
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    Pharmaceutical groups want more clarity on continuous manufacturing guideline

    Several industry trade associations are asking for more clarity on the International Council for Harmonisation’s (ICH) Q13 guideline on continuous manufacturing, including what constitutes a state of control for a continuous manufacturing process, the scope of the guideline, and the definition of a batch size. One manufacturer said the guideline places too much emphasis on non-conforming material, which has not been a significant issue in continuous manufacturing.   Th...
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    FDA addresses establishment of inspection programs for injectables

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a draft guidance to help manufacturers set up inspection testing programs to ensure that their injectable drugs are free of visible particles.   The 18-page draft guidance "addresses the development and implementation of a holistic, risk-based approach to visible particulate control that incorporates product development, manufacturing controls, visual inpsection techniques, particulate identification, inves...
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    Unannounced FDA inspections in India, China to begin soon

    An official with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the agency will soon resume unannounced onsite inspections in India and China. Also, prioritized foreign inspections will resume in February.   Elizabeth Miller, assistant commissioner for medical products and tobacco operations in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), provided this update on the agency’s inspection activities at a 9 December virtual conference on enforcement sponsored by the Fo...
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    ICMRA: Remote inspections can complement, but not replace, onsite inspections

    While there are benefits to conducting remote good clinical practice (GCP) and good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections and these assessments can continue being used  post pandemic, these methods have their limitations, concludes the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) in a new reflection paper .   Among the topics ICMRA touches on in the reflection paper are the decision-making process to use remote approaches, tools for remote in...
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    FDA issues final guidance on pediatric anti-infective development

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a final guidance to assist sponsors in developing anti-infective drugs for the pediatric population. The guidance revises the draft version by providing more information on safety data collection and juvenile toxicity studies.   The guidance provides recommendations for developing anti-infective drugs, including antibacterials, antifungals, and antiparasitic products, for pediatric populations. A dra...
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    Pharma, device groups oppose FDA's planned drug to device transition

    Pharmaceutical industry trade groups and medical device groups objected to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plans to reclassify some products, including imaging agents, currently regulated as drugs to devices, in implementing a recent court decision. The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) says that the agency’s implementation of the order is hasty and has no legal merit, while the Advanced Medical Technology Association (ADVAMED) pointed out that compani...
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    Gene therapy developers can expect less hand-holding from OTAT

    A growing workload and insufficient staffing have prompted the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies (OTAT) to institute new processes to expedite its reviews of new cell and gene therapies, said OTAT Director Wilson Bryan at a 6 December webinar sponsored by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA.   At the webinar, Bryan was asked to discuss the impact of the projected workload for OTAT, projections for approving new cell and gene t...
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    FDA issues final guidance on CMC postapproval changes for annual reports

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a final guidance to help manufacturers of certain biological products determine which types of changes to their products should be submitted in annual reports for changes expected to have a minimal impact on product quality. The final guidance differs from the draft in providing more examples of changes that can be submitted in annual reports; however, FDA rejected calls from industry to provide a timeframe for...
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    Legislators have mixed views on whether to classify fentanyl as a schedule I substance

    Members of the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health heard testimony 2 December from a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official urging congressional support of an administration plan to permanently place fentanyl in the most restrictive category allowed under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).    The plan addresses the “pressing need” of the public health crisis posed by fentanyl and its related compounds by placing them by default into schedule ...