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    FDA issues final guidance on providing regulatory submissions in alternate electronic formats

    The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a final guidance to assist sponsors in using alternate electronic formats for submitting applications that are exempt from electronic common technical document (eCTD) filing requirements.   The guidance contains few changes from the draft issued in March 2020. (RELATED: FDA Drafts Guidance on Alternate Electronic Formats, Announces Support for New Data Standards , Regulatory Focus, 10 March 2020 ). In its fina...
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    FDA focuses on efforts made to avert drug shortages in 2020

    New drug shortages in the US decreased in 2020, in part because of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) use of enforcement discretion to ensure an uninterrupted supply of critical medical products during the COVID-19 public health crisis.   Yet, the agency’s new drug shortages report to Congress said that while these actions helped avert shortages in the short-term, more work is needed to improve supply chain resiliency.   This report summarizes the agency...
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    FDA gives generics updates at DIA town hall

    Officials at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) addressed plans to prioritize on-site inspections and gave updates regarding certain new drug applications during a generics-focused virtual town hall convened by the Drug Information Association (DIA) as part of its virtual annual meeting. During the session, regulators also shared post-pandemic learnings, including the importance of international collaborations for generic drug development.   The session inclu...
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    CHMP recommends eight new medicines, including first CAR-T for multiple myeloma

    At its June meeting, the European Medicine Agency’s (EMA) human medicines committee recommended eight new medicines for approval, including Europe’s first chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy for multiple myeloma, two orphan drugs, three non-orphan medicines and two generic drugs.   The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) also issued one negative opinion and recommended extending the therapeutic indications of six other medicines.   The commit...
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    EMA consults on ICH S12 guideline, shares comments on PFDD reflection paper

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday opened a public consultation on the International Council for Harmonisation’s (ICH) S12 guideline on nonclinical biodistribution (BD) considerations for gene therapies.   The S12 guideline recently reached Step 2b of the ICH process after being endorsed at the ICH Assembly virtual meeting earlier this month. (RELATED: ICH reports ‘significant milestones’ reached on guidelines ranging from impurity testing to eCTD standa...
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    FDA’s OGD hears ways to accelerate complex generic development

    Pharmaceutical industry officials speaking at a Wednesday workshop on complex generics suggested that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) create alternative pathways for assessing bioequivalence for some of these products and provide more guidance on assessing the bioequivalence of metered-dose inhalers.   A series of industry officials spoke at a 23 June public workshop on ways the agency could accelerate the development of complex generics. The agency is requir...
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    FDA issues final guidance on CMC postapproval changes for biologics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued a final guidance to assist manufacturers of biological products in determining which types of changes to their products should be submitted in an annual report and which will require a prior approval supplement, the highest reporting category.   The guidance contains minor changes from a draft issued in December 2017; no reporting changes were switched from the minor to major category. Licensed biological produ...
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    FDA 'may require' post-marketing studies to analyze long-term effects of breast cancer drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "may require” or seek agreement from sponsors to conduct post-marketing studies to analyze long term effects of breast cancer drugs in both pre- and post-menopausal women in a final guidance issued on 17 June. The guidance also provides other considerations for sponsors as they plan for the inclusion of premenopausal women in clinical trials of drugs for breast cancer treatment.   According to the agency’s announcement of the f...
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    EMA updates COVID-19 vaccine risk management plans to reflect variant safety

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) wants companies to provide safety information on additional strains or variants in an update to its guidance on risk management plans (RMPs) for COVID-19 vaccines. In the update, EMA also discourages sponsors from using passive surveillance to evaluate vaccine safety due to a lack of robustness in these methods.   The plan should be read in conjunction with EMA guidance on good pharmacovigilance practices, including GVP Module V, Mod...
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    PIC/S looks to adopt EU Annex on qualified persons, batch release

    The Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme (PIC/S) this week announced plans to incorporate the EU good manufacturing practice (GMP) Annex 16 on batch release by a qualified person (QP) into a PIC/S guideline. The aim is to have non-EU/European Economic Area (EEA) members incorporate Annex 16 into their regulatory systems.   The EU’s Annex 16 covers the certification of a QP that can release product batches for marketing authorization holders in the EU or labeled...
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    Recent ruling gives FDA ammunition against unapproved cell therapies

    A recent appeals court decision strengthens the US Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to crack down on clinics making unapproved stem cell therapies, the agency’s Melissa J. Mendoza said at a recent meeting.   The 11 th US Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in USA vs US Stem Cell Clinic LLC , agreeing with the “FDA that these products did not fit the same surgical procedure exemption” and should be regulated as drugs, said Mendoza, deputy director of ...
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    ICH reports “significant milestones” reached on guidelines ranging from impurity testing to eCTD standards

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) has reported that “significant milestones” were reached over the past year in the adoption of guidelines on residual solvent testing, carcinogenicity testing, and specifications for submitting applications in the electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD).   ICH made this 10 June announcement following a virtual meeting of the ICH Assembly. During the meeting, the ICH Assembly adopted several guidelines for Step 4 of t...