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    GAO tasks FDA with developing agency-wide workforce plan for medical product staff

    Centers within the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are using the flexibility in hiring and pay requirements afforded by the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) to recruit and retain medical staff, but the agency does not have a workforce plan to track this progress, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).   GAO conducted a study on FDA’s hiring and retention practices for its medical product staff and found the Center for Biologi...
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    COVID-19 vaccine tracker

    The worldwide endeavor to create a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is bearing fruit. Dozens of vaccines now have been authorized or approved 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 a...
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    Stakeholders seek clarity on FDA cell and gene therapy draft guidance

    Industry, medical societies and other stakeholders have weighed in on draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detailing how sponsors that want to study multiple versions of cell and gene therapies could combine them in a single “umbrella” trial.   The draft guidance, released in September 2021, outlined FDA’s proposed thinking for how this process would work. For cell and gene therapies intended to treat a single disease, sponsors would typically ...
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    FDA approved more first-in-class drugs, gave more accelerated approvals in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) approved 50 new drug therapies in 2021. While the figure is a slight decrease from 2020 , more drugs were designated as first-in-class and used the accelerated approval pathway than in previous years.   The approvals reported by CDER do not include biologics license applications (BLAs) approved by FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). In 2021, CBER approved...
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    COVID-19 therapeutics tracker

    As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, a handful of therapeutics have been approved specifically to treat COVID-19, reduce its severity, or prevent it entirely. Among those treatments are dexamethasone, Avigan (favilavir), Veklury (remdesivir) alone and in combination with Olumiant (baricitinib), Lagevrio (molnupiravir), Xevudy (sotrovimab), Regkirona (regdanvimab), Ronapreve (casirivimab and imdevimab), amubarvimab and romlusevimab (formerly BRII-196 and BRII-198), Actemra/Ro...
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    FDA releases draft guidances on developing rhinosinusitis drugs, colonoscopy bowel preps

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently released two draft guidances: one with advice for sponsors on the development of drugs for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP), and another offering efficacy and safety considerations for the development of bowel cleansing products for colonoscopy.     Guidance on CRSwNP drugs   The agency provided recommendations for sponsors involved in a CRSwNP drug’s development, including d...
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    EC report details EU medicine shortages, offers potential solutions

    A commission ordered by the EC Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) to conduct a study on medicine shortages in the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) has released a final report outlining the problem and its recommendations for stakeholders.   Documenting the scope of human medicine shortages in EU/EEA countries between 2004 and 2020, the study conducted by Technopolis Group, Milieu Law & Policy Consulting and Ecorys analyzed data from 22 differe...
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    PhRMA, AdvaMed weigh in on safety reporting draft guidance

    Two industry trade associations and a pharmaceutical company are asking for some adjustments and clarification on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) draft guidance on safety reporting or investigational drugs and devices. The comment period on the guidance closed at the end of November.   FDA’s draft guidance includes details of how the agency believes investigators should report serious and non-serious adverse events in investigational new drug applicatio...
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    Exclusive accelerated approval drugs comprise ‘relatively small share’ of Medicare spending

    Policymakers looking to rein in Medicare spending should look beyond the lens of the accelerated approval pathway, as drugs that exclusively fall under this indication make up a small percentage of overall Medicare spending, according to a recent research letter written by Benjamin N. Rome, of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) research group at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and colleagues.   “Medicare is spending more an...
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    FDA could do more to enforce ClinicalTrials.gov reporting requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t been notifying most clinical trial sponsors they are in violation of reporting requirements.   That’s according to results of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) investigation by Reshma Ramachandran, of the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, and colleagues in a recent Viewpoint published in JAMA .   In January 2017, a final rule issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) determining ClinicalTrials.go...
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    FDA issues draft guidance for device software in premarket submissions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance for sponsors outlining its thinking about the documentation needed to support the agency’s evaluation of device software functions for premarket submissions.   The agency said the guidance recognizes the “rapidly evolving nature of digital health and recent FDA recognized consensus standards related to software” and, when finalized, will serve as an update to the Guidance for the Content of Premark...
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    Improving transparency of regulatory data at EMA, Health Canada, FDA

    Over the last decade, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada (HC) have gotten better at disclosing previously confidential clinical data, a study published in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics has found.     However, each agency discloses this data in a variety of different ways, according to Alexander C. Egilman, with the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale–New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT,...