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    FDA Purple Book Database now includes all CBER-, CDER-licensed biological products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in updating the Purple Book, its database of FDA-licensed biologic products, will also include exclusivity information for biological products as well as a glossary. Biosimilar and interchangeable biological products are included in the searchable online database.   The current list of products maintained by the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) will not be further updated by FDA.   The agency explained t...
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    MedWatch to Manufacturers program retired in favor of FAERS dashboard

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is retiring its MedWatch to Manufacturers program, saying the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) public dashboard has largely supplanted the functions served by the MedWatch (MMP) program.   Since 2017, said the agency, the FAERS dashboard has given sponsors the ability to search for voluntary adverse events reports and download the reports directly. “The dashboard allows applicants to obtain the information on voluntar...
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    FDA authorizes first two semi-quantitative COVID-19 serology tests

    The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first two serology tests that report semi-quantitative data about past infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection.   “Being able to measure a patient’s relative level of antibodies in response to a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection may be useful as we continue to learn more about the virus and what the existence of antibodies may mean,” said Tim Stenzel, MD, PhD, director of the Office of In Vi...
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    Recon: Pfizer-US COVID vax deal details emerge; EC OKs Sanofi's aspart biosimilar

    ​Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.  In Focus: US US Price for Pfizer COVID Vaccine Includes Company Distribution Efforts Directed By DOD, CDC ( Pink Sheet ) J&J gets a fresh OK for esketamine, but is it really the game-changer for depression Trump keeps tweeting about? ( Endpoints ) Three More Experimental Therapies Receive Rare Pediatric Disease Designation by FDA ( Global Genes ) Kymera Therapeutics, fresh ...
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    Regulatory Focus, July issue: Cell and gene therapy

    Feature articles during July focused on global regulatory strategy for cell and gene therapy, with articles on US and EU regulations and guidances and the development and manufacture of the therapies. Also included were articles on recasting the corrective and preventive action (CAPA) process as a continuous improvement process, a military-civilian perspective on real-world evidence (RWE) to support regulatory decision making, and regulatory reporting in multinational tria...
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    Advanced therapies: ‘Trip hazards’ on the development pathway

    This article concerns the development of advanced therapies and the challenges and complexities of getting them through the developmental pathway, which the authors call “the trip.” The authors examine at strategic levels the importance of some of the fundamental building blocks for the development program and highlight some commonly encountered challenges (trip hazards) for cell and gene therapies and offer “bench-to-bedside” and chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CM...
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    FDA clarifies pooled sample, multi-analyte coronavirus EUAs

    Developers of multi-analyte respiratory panels that include a test for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, can request emergency use authorizations (EUAs) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency clarified this week.   In updates to its frequently asked questions (FAQ) webpage on SARS-CoV-2 testing, the agency said that multi-analyte respiratory panels that include SARS-COV-2 are eligible for emergency use authorization, noting “the overlap in signs ...
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    Global regulators agree on endpoints for COVID-19 therapeutics

    Regulators participating in the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) last week reached a consensus on endpoints that would be acceptable as primary endpoints in randomized controlled trials for therapeutics to treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19).   In a teleconference on 20 July 2020 co-chaired by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), ICMRA members reviewed potential endpoint...
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    FDA FY2021 user fee table

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published the user fee amounts it will collect in FY2021 from manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, generic drugs, biosimilars, medical devices and outsourcing facilities. The table below lists the user fees for each program:   FDA User Fee Table FY2021 Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI) FY2021 FY2020 Change Applications:            Requiring clinical data $2,875,842 $2,942,965 -$67,123 ...
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    Recon: US to pay $2.1B for Sanofi, GSK COVID-19 vaccines; AbbVie, Gilead report Q2 results

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US US to pay $2.1B to Sanofi, GSK, in COVID-19 vaccine deal ( Reuters ) ( Politico ) ( NYTimes ) ( Press ) Trump planning for US rollout of coronavirus vaccine falling short, officials warn ( Reuters ) Large US COVID-19 vaccine trials will exclude pregnant women for now ( Reuters ) Merck plans large trials of antiviral COVID-19 drug in September ( Reuters ) Chin...
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    COVID-19 therapeutics tracker

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, researchers and manufacturers are moving potential therapeutics into clinical trials at a dizzying pace. The search is on to find treatment candidates that lower mortality rates and lessen the severity of COVID-19.   To date, three therapeutics are approved to treat COVID-19: dexamethasone in the  United Kingdom and Japan ; Avigan (favilavir) in  China , Italy and Russia; and Veklury (remdesivir) in  Japan  and Australia.   Pot...
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    Glycolic acid, TCA among proposed additions to 503B bulk drugs list

    Four new bulk substances are up for inclusion on the list of active pharmaceutical ingredients that outsourcing facilities can use in drug compounding under section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act , according to a proposal from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   The four substances FDA is proposing to include as bulk drug substances are diphenylcyclopropenone, glycolic acid, squaric acid dibutyl ester and trichloroacetic acid. An additiona...