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    Drugmakers get return-to-normal guidance from FDA

    A new temporary guidance for drug and biologics manufacturers from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) details recommendations for returning to normal production operations during the public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic.   “This guidance provides recommendations to help manufacturers prioritize products as they resume normal operations and as they remediate current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) activities that were necessarily delayed, reduce...
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    An overview of upstream manufacturing process and process controls for biologics drug substance: A cytokine case

    This article provides an overview for writing up the biological drug substance manufacturing process and process controls. The authors provide an example for the manufacturing of biological drugs consisting of a cytokine. They cover several complex manufacturing steps and details expected to be included in Section 3.2.S.2.2 (Description of Manufacturing Process and Process Controls) of the Common Technical Document (CTD) for the Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Us...
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    COVID convalescent plasma guidance gets EUA updates

    Guidance for industry on the use of convalescent plasma for patients with COVID-19 has been updated to reflect the 23 August Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the investigational product. The guidance clarifies which pathways are available for use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma and announces a period of enforcement discretion for transition to collection requirements outlined in the EUA.   Updates to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance account for...
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    FDA updates deferral guidance for blood and plasma donation

    An update to guidance for industry on reducing the risk of transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (CJD) through blood and blood components clarifies terminology and recommendations for patients who have received cadaveric pituitary human growth hormone. Some previous travel-based deferrals have also been revised or eliminated.   The revised guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) addresses screening for variant CJD (vCJD) as well as other transmissib...
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    October, no surprise: COVID-19 vax AdComm booked for the 22nd

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee plans to meet on 22 October to discuss matters related to authorization and licensure of vaccines for COVID-19. No application will be on the docket at that meeting.   The announcement via the Federal Register and the FDA’s Twitter account comes a day after the head of the key US vaccine research accelerator Operation Warp Speed (OWS) signaled that a COVID-19 vaccine m...
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    FDA drafts recommendations for studying cancer drugs in patients with CNS metastases

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued draft guidance providing recommendations to drugmakers on evaluating cancer drugs in patients with central nervous system (CNS) metastases.   FDA says the guidance is meant to inform clinical trial designs to support product labeling that describes antitumor activity of drugs or biologics in patients with CNS metastases from solid tumors originating in other parts of the body.   "There are few effectiv...
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    Lawmakers, experts raise questions after convalescent plasma EUA

    After US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn announced the issuance of an emergency use authorization (EUA) for convalescent plasma to treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19) alongside President Donald Trump on Sunday, experts and democratic lawmakers are raising concerns about how the announcement was presented and the perception of political pressure on the agency.   Convalescent plasma appears to meet the statutory standards for an EUA, which o...
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    FDA issues pandemic inspections FAQ guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued an immediately effective frequently asked questions guidance  explaining its approach to inspections and manufacturing and supply chain changes during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.   Inspections   For the time being, FDA says it is still following the approach to resuming domestic inspections it laid out last month and will continue to postpone non-mission-critical foreign pre-approval an...
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    FDA: Most postmarketing requirements, commitments progressing on schedule

    In its latest annual report on drugmakers’ performance in conducting postmarket requirement (PRMs) and postmarketing commitments (PMCs), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that most studies are progressing on schedule.   Background   A PMR is a study or clinical trial that an applicant is required by statute or regulation to conduct following approval, while a PMC is a study or clinical trial that an applicant agrees in writing to conduct, but is not ...
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    FDA addresses endotoxin levels in investigational cancer treatments

    Oncology drug and biologics developers received new guidance on setting limits for endotoxins during the clinical trial process, in the form of a draft document from the US Food and Drug Administration.   The draft guidance addresses the reality of oncologic drug development, where investigational therapies are frequently used in combination with other approved treatments, or in conjunction with another investigational drug. Specifically addressed are parenterally admi...
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    Designing a biologics manufacturing facility: Early planning for success

    This article reviews important steps in the manufacture of biologics. The authors provide planning steps for compliance with current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) to readiness for chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC). They pose important questions manufacturers should address, from facility issues to working with a contract development manufacturing organization. They conclude that trends toward reducing the time to market put considerable stress on all aspect...
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    Six more months tacked onto regenerative medicine enforcement date

        The end of a discretionary enforcement period for regenerative medicine products was pushed back by another 6 months, according to a final guidance issued today by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   Today’s updated guidance shifts the enforcement date but otherwise leaves unchanged a 2017 guidance addressing regulatory considerations for “minimal manipulation” and “homologous use” of human cells, tissues and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/P...