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    FDA Offers Two New Draft Guidances on Developing Targeted Therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday published two new draft guidance documents that seek to support the development of treatments that address underlying genetic mutations that often cause or contribute to diseases, and another discussing how to determine if an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) device used in a study must undergo its own FDA review, distinct from a drug study. "New drugs are being developed based solely on their ability to target these und...
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    FDA Announces Streamlined Review Pathway for DTC Genetic Tests

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday detailed its plans to make it easier for companies developing direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic health risk (GHR) tests to get those tests on the market. To do so, FDA is proposing a model similar to a pilot for digital health products, by which companies can be pre-certified to market low-risk software-based devices following an assessment of their systems for software design, validation and maintenance. Similarly, F...
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    FDA Approves First DTC Tests Evaluating Genetic Risk Information

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday authorized the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic health risk tests for 10 diseases and conditions. The authorization for the genetic testing company 23andMe means individuals for the first time will be able to use these tests to understand their genetic predispositions for certain diseases and conditions without first seeing a doctor. “Consumers can now have direct access to certain genetic risk information,”...
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    Small Biopharma Face Distinct Challenges: FDA Official and Sanofi Genzyme SVP Argue

    Small biopharmaceutical companies, often known as the drivers of innovation, face a number of unique challenges in bringing new treatments, particularly for rare diseases, to market, Richard Moscicki, deputy director for science operations at the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and P.K. Tandon, senior vice president of Sanofi Genzyme, wrote. In an article published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine , the a...
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    FDA Offers New Draft Guidance on How to Co-Develop IVDs, Therapeutics

    The age of precision medicine, with treatments targeted to specific patients based on a companion test identifying the need for such a treatment, is pushing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to release new and more detailed draft guidance on how companies can co-develop a therapeutic alongside what the agency is calling an in vitro companion diagnostic device, or IVD companion diagnostic. The draft released Thursday, entitled "Principles for Codevelopment of an...
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    Congressional Hearings Focus on Compassionate Use, FDA Issues

    Aside from Thursday’s summit on President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (which can be viewed in its entirety  here ), the Senate and House held two other hearings focused on the inner workings of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing, senators discussed FDA’s compassionate use program with the Goldwater Institute’s Dary Olsen, who’s been behind all of the Right-to-Try state legi...
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    UK Patients With NSCLC to get Early Access to Tagrisso

    Patients in the UK with a specific form of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) will get early access to AstraZeneca's Tagrisso (osimertinib), following a positive opinion by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Specifically, patients with locally advanced or metastatic epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) T790M mutation-positive NSCLC will be able to access Tagrisso under the Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS). EAMS was created to provi...
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    FDA Raises Questions Over DTC Genetic Tests Offered at Rite Aid

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called out another direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing company on Monday over an unapproved test, this time going after one recently made available at the drugstore chain Rite Aid. According to the letter from FDA, the swab tests from Tennessee-based Harmonyx, a College of American Pathologists-accredited and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act-certified genetic testing laboratory, are meant to help patients determine if the...
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    FDA Warns Three Companies Over DTC Genetic Tests

    Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent letters to three genetic testing companies for marketing unapproved direct-to-consumer (DTC) tests. The letters are addressed to three companies: DNA4Life, DNA-CardioCheck, Inc. and Interleukin Genetics, Inc., which FDA says are marketing genetic tests to consumers without being cleared. In each of the letters, James Woods, FDA Deputy Director for the Patient Safety and Product Quality Office of In Vitro Diagnost...
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    FDA Proposes to Exempt Some Genetic Screening Systems from Premarket Requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to look into exempting from premarket requirements some genetic screening systems that can test parents for specific conditions they could possibly pass down to their children. The possible exemption of the autosomal recessive carrier screening gene mutation detection systems, which are Class II devices, would help companies bring to market systems that can test parents for specific genetic conditions, such as cy...
  • Report: India Moving to Regulate Biotechnology Research

    The Indian government is preparing to establish a new regulatory agency in charge of regulating biotechnology product research, transport, import, manufacture and use, reports The Economic Times . The new authority, tentatively known as the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI), would be established under a new draft bill before the Indian parliament. The agency, in addition to its other duties, would also be in charge of formulating a risk assessment a...