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    FTC to focus enforcement action on illegal repair restrictions

    In a unanimous vote, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided to focus law enforcement efforts on repair restrictions that impede or prevent consumers and businesses from repairing products they own.   “While unlawful repair restrictions have generally not been an enforcement priority for the Commission for a number of years, the Commission has determined that it will devote more enforcement resources to combat these practices,” FTC said in a new policy statemen...
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    COVID-19 vaccine tracker

    The worldwide endeavor to create a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is bearing fruit. Almost two dozen vaccines now have been authorized around the globe; many more remain in development.   To clarify the landscape for our readers, our vaccine tracker has been split in two. The first chart details vaccine candidates that are still in development to address the lack of vaccines and access in many countries around the world; the second chart lists vaccines that are au...
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    AAM: Medicare Part D plans slow to adopt generics

    Medicare Part D plans are slow to adopt generic medications for their beneficiaries, according to a recent report released by the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM).   For the 2021 plan year, Medicare Part D formularies covered 21% of approved first generic medications from the previous year compared with the 66% covered by commercial formulary plans, the report stated. But this is part of a years-long trend, according to AAM. Not only do Medicare Part D plans ...
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    PIC/S adopts guidance on PQS risk-based change management, COVID-19 risk assessments

    Two new guidance documents released by the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) have come into force this week concerning the effectiveness of pharmaceutical quality systems (PQS) and COVID-19 risk assessment for on-site inspections. The guidance document, “How to Evaluate and Demonstrate the Effectiveness of the Pharmaceutical Quality System with regard to Risk-Based Change Management,” was originally drafted in 2019 and has now been updated in respons...
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    COVID-19 therapeutics tracker

    More than a year into the pandemic, only a handful of repurposed therapeutics have been approved to treat COVID-19: dexamethasone in the UK and Japan; Avigan (favilavir) in China, Italy and Russia; and Veklury (remdesivir) in the US, UK and Japan.   Regulators around the world have allowed a handful of treatments to be used on an emergency-use basis including Eli Lilly and Company’s monoclonal antibodies bamlanivimab with etesevimab; Regeneron’s casirivimab and imdevim...
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    FDA defends Aduhelm's accelerated approval, while others call for reform

    Three papers published as Viewpoints in JAMA Internal Medicine this week highlight the rationale provided by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the agency’s approval of aducanumab (Aduhelm; Biogen Inc), implications the approval could have for the Medicare program, and a contemplation on the future of FDA’s accelerated approval pathway.   Writing on behalf of FDA, Billy Dunn, MD, director of the Office of Neuroscience with FDA, and colleagues said the agenc...
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    EMA's PRAC weighs in on more vaccine side effects

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has weighed in on several rare adverse events for COVID-19 vaccines and one gene therapy for treating thalassemia in their latest Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) meeting.   At its July meeting, EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) found mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines, like Pfizer’s Comirnaty and the Moderna vaccine marketed in the EU as Spikevax, carry a small risk of myocarditis and pericarditis....
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    FDA releases first Cures Act report on patient experience data in regulatory decision-making

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published its first report on how it uses patient experience data in regulatory decision-making.   As part of the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 , FDA is required to publish patient data assessment reports in 2021, 2026, and 2031. The agency contracted Eastern Research Group, Inc. to conduct the assessment and publish the report for 2021.   When assessing how FDA uses the experience of patients in their decision-making...
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    FDA releases new draft guidance on sponsor role for safety reporting requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new draft guidance for sponsors on safety reporting requirements and assessments for investigational new drug application (IND) and bioavailability/bioequivalence (BA/BE) studies.   In a notice announcing the availability of the draft guidance, FDA said this latest version iterates on the “Safety Assessment for IND Safety Reporting” draft guidance released in 2015, and “provides recommendations related to the two...
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    Shuren: Time to rethink FDA's device regulatory framework

    Rethinking the medical device regulatory framework has been on the mind of Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD, director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), especially in light of lessons the agency learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.   When he became director at CDRH in 2009, Shuren said, the medical device industry was in a different place. “Innovators were bringing their technologies overseas, first due to incr...
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    MDUFA V: FDA proposes TPLC advisory panel, industry says ‘back to basics’

    Minutes from the latest round of negotiations between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and industry around the next iteration of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA V) have been released to the public and highlight how stakeholders are approaching the talks with different goals in mind.   Negotiations for MDUFA V began this year after months of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, a public kick-off meeting was pushed from April 2020 to Oct...
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    Brexit, COVID-19 headline EMA’s 2020 annual report

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) started 2020 by wrapping up challenges associated with the UK’s decision to leave the EU, only to run headlong into additional challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the annual report that also marked the agency’s 25 th anniversary, EMA outlined a year that looked different than most.   “As the scientific body in charge of the regulation of medicines, EMA had an essential part to play in ensuring treatments and vaccines ...