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    EMA outlines regulatory transparency measures amid COVID pandemic

    Reflecting the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced that the agency is speeding announcements regarding the progress of clinical trials of vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19. The agency is also making public certain information about the progress of clinical trials that would not ordinarily be published.   To clarify how it is addressing transparency for COVID-19-related medicines, EMA published a table listin...
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    Lack of product-specific guidance slows ANDAs: FDA study

    Researchers at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that, for drugs that are new chemical entities, generic submissions were more likely when the reference brand-name drug generated more revenue.   Looking into other factors that predict that an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) will be filed for a reference drug, the investigators also found that sponsors were less likely to file ANDAs for complex drugs.   In a retrospective study examining 400 br...
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    EMA rolls out implementation plan to address nitrosamine impurities

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has rolled out its full plan to implement recommendations to reduce the risk that medicines will be contaminated with nitrosamine impurities, identifying short-, medium- and long-range priorities. The agency has also made templates available for marketing authorization holders to perform risk assessment and confirmatory testing.   The implementation plan builds out a framework for putting in place the specific recommendations of a ...
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    FDA clarifies reference-listed drugs, other ANDA terms in final guidance

    Generic drugmakers have received finalized guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration. In finalizing a 2017 draft, the agency gives sponsors of abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) information about how to identify reference listed drugs (RLDs), further details on reference standards, and what forms the basis for an ANDA submission.   “The guidance is intended to clarify what these terms mean and how to accurately use these terms in an ANDA,” said FDA in an...
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    Recon: Exact Sciences nabs rival Thrive for $2B+; Lilly's COVID antibody flops

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Third wave of coronavirus infections in the U.S.? More like 'wildfire,' epidemiologist says ( NBC ) U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass Summer Peak And Are Climbing Higher Fast ( NPR ) Covid hospitalizations rising in 36 states as U.S. hits another record for average new cases ( CNBC ) Fauci on latest surge: 'No matter how you look at it, it's not good news' ( The ...
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    Euro Convergence: Looming deadlines, regulatory bottlenecks keep EU officials up at night

    The opening plenary session of the Euro Convergence 2020 virtual meeting brought together regulatory professionals from industry, notified bodies and competent authorities. The virtual format, said co-chair  Gert Bos, FRAPS of the Netherlands’ Qserve Group, meant that it was possible to draw together a record 14 individuals for the session.   Co-chair Sabina Hoekstra-van den Bosch, PharmD, FRAPS, asked session participants what is keeping them up at night in 2020, espe...
  • FDA-state compounding MOU now available for signing

    A standard memorandum of understanding between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the states regarding interstate distribution of compounded drugs is available for signing.   State boards of pharmacy or other state agencies have 365 days to sign the document. After that time, FDA intends to begin enforcing a provision of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) that prohibits states that have not signed the MOU from distributing more than 5% of a c...
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    Breast implant-lymphoma link probed by EC committee

    The European Commission (EC) is seeking public consultation on a new preliminary opinion on the potential association between breast implants and a type of lymphoma, with comments due by 7 December 2020.   The EC’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) issued on report on the relationship between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The committee’s charge encompassed use of implants both for breast reconstru...
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    Recon: AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine packs a wallop; Merck KGaA, partners link for COVID mAbs

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Facing vaccine doubts, US grapples with building confidence in coronavirus shots ( BioPharma Dive ) FDA shows signs of cold feet over emergency authorization of Covid-19 vaccines ( STAT ) How pandemic fatigue and polarization led to Wisconsin’s massive Covid-19 outbreak ( Vox ) ( NPR ) Report finds coronavirus pandemic leading to 'unacceptable' shortage of US ...
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    FDA plans master protocols to monitor COVID vaccine safety, efficacy

    After a vaccine against COVID-19 is authorized or approved, how will its safety and efficacy be assessed? In addition to ongoing postmarket surveillance requirements, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will strive for near real-time safety and efficacy surveillance of COVID-19 vaccines.   FDA is currently developing master protocols to guide its safety and effectiveness oversight, said an FDA official duri...
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    Remdesivir receives FDA approval for COVID-19

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given full approval to the first drug to treat COVID-19. The antiviral Veklury (remdesivir, Gilead Sciences) received approval on 22 October to treat older children and adults who are hospitalized with COVID-19.   Veklury had previously received an emergency use authorization EUA on 1 May 2020 for a broader population that also included hospitalized pediatric patients weighing 3.5 kg or more.   "The FDA is committed to ...
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    FDA’s COVID-focused vaccines adcomm: A preview

    On 22 October, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will convene the first COVID-19-focused meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC).   The meeting is not reviewing information about a specific vaccine; rather, the committee is convening “to discuss, in general, the development, authorization and/or licensure of vaccines to prevent COVID-19,” according to the agenda . The committee is tasked with sorting through much tec...