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    FDA Explains Levels of Impurity Found in Recalled Heartburn Drugs

    Following a series of recalls for the heartburn drug Zantac and other ranitidine drugs due to a genotoxic impurity, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday that the levels of the impurity in ranitidine drugs for heartburn and also in the chemically similar ulcer drug nizatidine “are similar to the levels you would expect to be exposed to if you ate common foods like grilled or smoked meats.” The agency also published a table of the ranitidine and nizatidin...
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    Researchers Estimate Costs of Exclusivity Extensions to Encourage Antibiotic Development

    A bill introduced last year in the US House of Representatives that would reward manufacturers of certain novel antibiotics with transferrable market exclusivity vouchers could end up costing public and private payers $4.5 billion over 10 years, Harvard Medical School researchers said in an article published Sunday. The economic impact of the bill, which was introduced by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), who is not seeking re-election, and co-sponsored by two Democrats, was ...
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    RWE to Supplement RCTs: FDA Projects Continue

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working with several different data and research companies to further its understanding of how real-world data (RWD) and real-world evidence (RWE) can help to inform its regulatory decision making. One such company that has signed an RWE research collaboration with FDA is COTA, Inc., which is working on a project related to replicating a breast cancer study. Andrew Norden, chief medical officer of COTA, told Focus ...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Streamlined IVD Reviews for Cancer Clinical Trials

    As part of a push to reduce administrative burdens, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance on an optional streamlined submission process for determining the risk of an investigational in vitro diagnostic (IVD) in a clinical trial where an investigational IVD is being co-developed with an oncology investigational drug. The submission process, first proposed in draft guidance in April 2018 , is meant to help sponsors determine if an IVD...
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    Three Breast Cancer Drugs: FDA Warns of Rare but Serious Lung Inflammation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday warned that breast cancer drugs, Ibrance (palbociclib) from Pfizer, Novartis' Kisqali (ribociclib) and Lilly's Verzenio (abemaciclib) may cause rare but severe inflammation of the lungs that could lead to death. “We have approved new warnings about this risk to the prescribing information and Patient Package Insert for the entire class of these cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 (CDK 4/6) inhibitor medicines. The overall bene...
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    Do People Understand Cancer Drug Ads on TV? Drugmakers Weigh in on FDA Research

    As television ads for cancer drugs pose the question, “Who wouldn’t want a chance to live longer?” or present statements like: “Living longer is possible,” the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) is trying to figure out if consumers can understand these drugs’ specific and often complicated indications supported by different types of endpoints. And now drugmakers Novartis, Merck and Eli Lilly are seeking modifications to ...
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    Survey From CDRH Officials Finds Informed Consent Process Needs Improving

    Informed consent forms (ICFs) may meet the necessary regulatory requirements but are often not written in a way to promote comprehension among clinical trial participants, a new research article from six officials in the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) found. The officials surveyed 399 ICFs from investigational device exemption (IDE) applications for fiscal years 2015 and 2016, finding that overall, the ICFs were...
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    New Research Questions FDA’s Reliance on and Inability to Enforce Postmarketing Requirements

    As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increasingly relied on postmarketing requirements (PMRs) to support its approval decisions, a new study published in the Milbank Quarterly discusses how FDA’s lack of ability to enforce PMRs reveals an agency “on guard against a set of larger political threats to its mandate.” The study’s publication follows a recent report from FDA showing that most of the required PMRs and voluntary postmarketing commitments (PMCs) ...
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    FDA’s Woodcock Weighs in on Role of NIH in Drug Development

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Director Janet Woodcock said Wednesday that while the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been instrumental to drug discovery and development, she does not think NIH or academics should be in the business of developing new pharmaceuticals. The comments came as part of the first day of a two-day meeting at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC...
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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Developing GnRH Analogues to Treat Advanced Prostate Cancer

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released draft guidance to help sponsors establish the effectiveness and safety of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogues for treating advanced prostate cancer.   GnRH agonists and antagonists are a mainstay for treating patients with prostate cancer, FDA says, noting that it is one of the most common forms of cancer in American men.   “New drug applications for GnRH analogues typically rely, in part, ...
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    Pfizer Uses EHR Data to Support Expanded Indication for Breast Cancer Drug

    In a move that may become more common as the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) comfort with real-world data (RWD) increases, FDA on Thursday approved a new indication for Pfizer’s Ibrance (palbociclib) in combination with an aromatase inhibitor or fulvestrant to include men with certain types of metastatic breast cancer. The approval is based on RWD from electronic health records and postmarketing reports of Ibrance in male patients sourced from three databases: I...
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    Swissmedic Updates on Breast Implant Associated-anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

    Swissmedic said Monday that based on the currently available information, the association Swiss Plastic Surgery recommends using smooth implants rather than textured implants where permitted by the clinical situation. France’s National Agency of Medicine and Health Products (ANSM) echoed that recommendation after observing most known breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) cases in patients with textured breast implants. But the committee doe...