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    Recon: Takeda in for $900M on gene therapy R&D; Vertex gets quick win in England for CF triple therapy

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Gottlieb says worst of outbreak will pass by January; Pence sees no need for a mask mandate ( CNBC ) Coronavirus Update: Spooked By America’s COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism, FDA Promises Not To Lower Standards ( Scrip ) AHA: Hospital losses could top $323B in 2020 ( HealthLeaders ) 2020 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals List ( HITConsultant ) EUSA P...
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    EMA recommends eight new medicines, refuses one

    A committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended that eight new medicines be approved at its June meeting, and issued a negative opinion on an anti-tumor drug.   The human medicines committee (CHMP) of EMA recommended a refusal of the marketing authorization for Daiichi Sankyo’s Turalio (pexidartinib), which was to be used to treat tenosynovial giant cell tumors. The agency cited concern for small improvement in clinical outcomes and uncertainty about dur...
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    International regulators iron out COVID vaccine trial harmonization

    As more candidate vaccines for the novel coronavirus are progressing to advanced clinical trials, international regulators are planning for international convergence on the nuts and bolts of what is needed to move to phase 3 trials of COVID-19 vaccines. On Monday, a group of regulators were convened under the umbrella of the International Council of Medicines Regulatory Authories (ICMRA) for a multinational discussion. In all, 100 regulators from more than 20 countries ...
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    EMA offers free orphan drug advising to academia

    Academic organizations working on drug development for rare diseases will now be eligible for waiver of fees for scientific advice from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), according to an updated Executive Decision issued by the agency. “The academic sector plays an important role in the development of innovative medicines. Their scientific research is often at the source of novel methodologies and innovative medicines with the potential to benefit patients with rare d...
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    New priorities set for trans-Atlantic collaboration on medicines

    As part of an annual bilateral regulatory dialog, officials from the European Commission (EC), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed on priorities for collaboration.   “In the context of the  COVID-19 pandemic , the EC, EMA and FDA have further intensified their collaboration through regular interactions, notably under the umbrella of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA),” said EMA in...
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    EMA affirms ACE inhibitors, ARBs safe during COVID-19

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a statement reiterating that people should continue to take certain blood pressure medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent observational studies, the agency said , have not shown that taking angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) increases the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus or worsening illness for people with COVID-19. The statement reaffirms EMA’s previous...
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    Risk management, drug shortages and the EU portal for clinical trials

    Feature articles during May focused on risk management and mitigation in dealing with contractors and vendors and included articles on best practices in good vendor management, use of risk management to support outsourcing activities, testing in-house versus outsourcing, and outsourcing in regulatory operations. Also included were in-depth examinations of challenges and opportunities in “bespoke” therapies, a critical appraisal of drug shortages in Germany and an update on...
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    EMA strengthens ENCePP mandate to address COVID-19 pandemic

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has strengthened the mandate for the European Network of Centres for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (ENCePP), creating a COVID-19 Response Group working within ENCePP to aid in pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology work amid the pandemic. EMA said the new mandate is necessary to address “unprecedented challenges for the epidemiological and regulatory communities” in addressing COVID-19. “This role would give ENCePP ...
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    A guide to good vendor management

    This article addresses best practices for regulatory affairs departments in their work with vendors. The author provides an overview of the vendor-contract giver relationship, then discusses finding an appropriate vendor, due diligence in selecting a vendor, vendor-related risk management, contract management, performance evaluation, maintaining the vendor-contract giver relationship, and the importance of follow-up meetings, audits, and reviews.   Introduction   A...
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    Multinational efforts build framework for real-world and observational COVID-19 data

    International regulators will increase cooperation for observational studies conducted in three key eras during the coronavirus pandemic.   Building a strong infrastructure to monitor vaccine safety and effectiveness, putting together international clinical cohorts of patients with COVID-19 infection and pregnancy research were identified as priority areas for cooperation during a workshop held 19 May 2020 under the umbrella International Coalition of Medicines Regulat...
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    Using risk management to support outsourcing activities

    This article outlines organizational risks and benefits with respect to third-party vendors and partnerships in regulatory affairs functions. It also discusses the different controls available to apply an effective risk management program in an organization.   Introduction   The use of contracted or third-party services can be an effective way for organizations to resource projects or programs. This way of working has been a growing trend in business operations, e...
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    Makena Withdrawal? A Look at the Timeline and Other Accelerated Approvals

    Earlier this week, an FDA advisory committee recommended that the agency withdraw Amag Pharmaceutical’s preterm birth drug Makena, a treatment that brought in more than $1 billion in sales before failing a confirmatory trial. The agency is now faced with the task of whether to take the committee’s vote and pull Makena from the market or allow it to remain until another confirmatory trial can be completed. Keeping Makena on the market would also present a rare situation,...