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    Industry Proposes Changes to FDA’s FIH Expansion Cohort Guidance

    Industry and oncology groups are calling for changes to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recently released draft guidance on first-in-human clinical trials for oncology drugs that feature multiple expansion cohorts.   The 17-page draft guidance, released in August 2018, provides recommendations to sponsors on the design and conduct of such trials, which the agency says can “expedite development by seamlessly proceeding from initial determination of a poten...
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    FDA Delays Implementing Parts of 'Intended Use' Rule

    Confusion and concerns over portions of a tobacco-related final rule have pushed the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to delay indefinitely the implementation of the sections dealing with the types of evidence FDA may consider to determine how a manufacturer intends for its medical product to be used. "This is a determination that can have significant implications for, among other things, how manufacturers communicate about and promote their products. How we determi...
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    French Regulators Set Up Dedicated Unit for Overseeing Early Stage Clinical Trials

    France's Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament et des Produits de Santé (ANSM) last week announced that it is setting up a new unit dedicated to overseeing first-in-human and other early stage clinical trials. The new unit is part of ANSM's action plan created in response to an incident during a first-in-human trial in France that left one patient dead and five others hospitalized in early 2016. The incident sparked an investigation by ANSM and a led to the Europe...
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    PhRMA Seeks More Transparency on FDA Inspections to Speed First-Cycle Approvals

    The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) last week said it supports the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) review of its inspection information flow, particularly as applications that receive on-time inspections typically receive first cycle approvals earlier. The comments were made in response to FDA's assessment of its program for enhanced review transparency and communication for new molecular entity new drug applications (NME NDAs) and or...
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    Truthful and Non-Misleading: FDA Looks to Clarify Policies on Medical Product Communications

    When is off-label marketing considered free speech? And when should such communications, whether they are directed at doctors, insurers or the public be considered in violation of the law or US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations? FDA on Wednesday attempted to answer these questions and more with the release of two new draft guidance documents and a 63-page memorandum on public health interests and First Amendment considerations related to off-label communica...
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    EMA Revises Guideline on First-in-Human Trials

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA), in cooperation with the European Commission and the EU member states, on Tuesday proposed revisions to its 2007 guideline on first-in-human clinical trials as part of an effort to further improve the safety of participants as trial protocols become increasingly complex. The  revised guideline , which is open for public consultation until 28 February 2017, is intended to further assist sponsors in the transition from non-clinical to ea...
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    Do Recent First Amendment Court Developments Deal a Blow to the Government?

    This article discusses the Amarin/FDA court settlement, the verdict in favor of Vascular Solutions and other developments relating to off-label promotional communications. Introduction The US Food and Drug Administration has suffered two widely-publicized setbacks relating to off-label promotion oversight. In both cases—one involving a pharmaceutical company (Amarin) and the other a medical device firm (Vascular Solutions) and its chief executive officer—the governmen...
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    EMA to Revise Phase I Trial Guidance, Draft Expected in Late 2016

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday announced plans to update its guidelines on first-in-human (FIH) clinical trials following a trial incident in France last January that left one patient dead and five others hospitalized. The proposed revisions come after EMA launched a review of FIH trials in late May . At the time, EMA said its review would be based largely on the findings of two investigations into the fatal trial, which was conducted by French contra...
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    Harvard Professors Call for Science-Based Pharma Marketing

    Two Harvard professors are taking issue with the recent landmark court decision allowing some "truthful and non-misleading" off-label pharmaceutical marketing in a new paper, saying “informativeness in asserting scientific facts, rather than truthfulness, ought to be the gold standard for evaluating commercial speech about pharmaceuticals.” Background The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) generally does not allow pharmaceutical companies to promote drugs for unappro...
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    New FDA Guidance for First Responders as Track-and-Trace Requirements Take Effect

    Beginning Tuesday, the delayed implementation of product tracing requirements for pharmacies will take effect, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued final guidance saying it will not take action against first responders who fail to obtain tracing information. Background On 27 November 2013, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was signed into law, putting forth new definitions and requirements related to pharmaceutical product tracking and...
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    First-in-Class, Rare Disease Drug Approvals Dominated in 2015: A Breakdown from FDA

    Last year was a banner year for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in terms of new drug approvals, with many of the new drugs coming to market to help rare disease patients and offer new first-in-class options. The total of 45 approvals was well ahead of FDA’s average of about 28 novel approvals between 2006 and 2014, and 36% of those new approvals were for first-in-class drugs while almost half (47%) were to treat rare diseases, or ailments that impact 200,000 or...
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    Report: Competition Quickly Follows First-In-Class Approvals

    By the time "first-in-class" drugs receive marketing approval in the US, nearly all later iterations of those products have begun clinical testing or filed a new drug application with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a new study by Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. The study, which compared 40 drug classes with a first-in-class approval between 1998 and 2011, found that the race for marketing approval for new classes of drugs and biol...