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    Drugmaker Petitions FDA to Revoke Sublocade Orphan Designation

    A citizen petition filed last week by law firm Goodwin Procter on behalf of Pennsylvania-based drugmaker Braeburn calls on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revoke the orphan designation granted to Indivior’s opioid use disorder treatment Sublocade (buprenorphine extended-release injection).   “Sublocade is not now, nor was it ever a bona fide orphan drug, particularly since more than two million Americans currently are afflicted by opioid addiction,” the pe...
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    European Commission Consults on Orphan Drug Applications

    The European Commission on Tuesday launched a targeted consultation to provide input on a revision of its guideline on the content and format of applications for orphan drug designation, as well as the transfer of designations between sponsors.   "The comments received will be taken into account by the European Commission in the finalization of the guideline on the format and content of application for designation as orphan medicinal products and on the transfer of des...
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    FDA Closes Loophole Companies Used to Skirt Pediatric Study Requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released draft guidance indicating that it no longer intends to grant orphan drug designation to drugs for pediatric subpopulations of common diseases except for under certain conditions. Those conditions are if the use of the drug in the pediatric subpopulation are for a valid orphan subset, meaning "that use of the drug in a subset of persons with a non-rare disease or condition may be appropriate but use of th...
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    EMA Backs Six Drugs, One Biosimilar for EU Approval

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday said that its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) is recommending six new drugs, a biosimilar and three generic medicines for EU approval. The six medicines the agency is recommending are: Dr. Falk Pharma's Jorveza (budesonide) to treat eosinophilic esophagitis, a rare inflammatory condition of the esophagus. Jorveza was granted an accelerated assessment and orphan designation; Merck Sharp & Dohme's Pr...
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    FDA Finalizes Combination Product Classification Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued its final guidance on classifying combination products as drugs, biologics or medical devices. The guidance finalizes and combines two 2011 draft guidances, Classification of Products as Drugs and Devices & Additional Product Classification Issues and Interpretation of the Term 'Chemical Action' in the Definition of Device Under Section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act , and details how F...
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    FDA Plots Elimination of the Orphan Drug Designation Request Backlog

    With a flood of new orphan drug designation requests, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its new plan to eliminate the backlog of requests in 90 days and to respond to 100% of all new orphan drug designation requests within 90 days. In 2016, the Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) received 568 new requests for designation – more than double the number of requests received in 2012. According to FDA’s database of 4,174 orphan d...
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    CBER Director Focuses on Flexibility to Advance Regenerative Medicines

    Peter Marks, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) on Thursday said his office is equipped to support the development of cutting edge treatments, such as cell and gene therapies. Speaking at the Food and Drug Law Institute's annual conference, Marks said the 21st Century Cures Act added tools to FDA's regulatory arsenal, including the regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation to provi...
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    Humacyte Receives First of FDA’s Regenerative Medicine Designations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday offered one of its first Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designations to Humacyte’s investigational human acellular vessel (HAV) Humacyl. “Being one of the first companies to receive the Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy Designation from the FDA is an honor and a testament to the significant potential for Humacyl to address a great unmet medical need for patients who are undergoing dialysis,” Ca...
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    Law Firm Challenges FDA on Combination Product Appeals

    Healthcare law firm Epstein Becker & Green (EBG) is calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve how it handles challenges to its designation decisions for combination products. In a citizen petition sent to FDA last week, the firm says that lengthy delays for such appeals negatively affects both product sponsors and patients by delaying the launch of new combination products. Background Combination products, or products that combine two or more diff...
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    FDA Begins Accepting Regenerative Therapy Applications for RAT Designation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday unveiled a new designation category created as part of the 21st Century Cures Act to allow drugs to be eligible for designation as a regenerative advanced therapy (RAT). The stipulations for such a RAT designation include: “The drug is a regenerative medicine therapy, which is defined as a cell therapy, therapeutic tissue engineering product, human cell and tissue product, or any combination product using such the...
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    FDA Offers Draft Guidance on New Pre-Request for Designation Process

    After announcing a new program for sponsors to request earlier, informal input on combination product designations last August, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new draft guidance detailing how to prepare such requests. Specifically, this program, referred to as pre-request for designation (pre-RFD) program, allows sponsors to ask FDA how their product will be classified (drug, device, biological product or combination product), and which of the age...
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    European Commission Clears up Questions on Orphan Drug Regulation

    Following a public consultation in November 2015, the European Commission (EC) has released a new communication intended to clarify some lingering questions about the EU's Orphan Regulation . The consultation sought to address five issues that have arisen since the Orphan Regulation came into effect in January 2000: Clarifying the meaning of "significant benefit" How to apply the Orphan Regulation to emerging diseases, such as Ebola, that are not present within...