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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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    Lawmakers ask FDA to outline COVID-19 vaccine approval process

    Key Democratic members in the US House of Representatives have called on Stephen Hahn, MD, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to brief their staff on how the agency plans to make decisions regarding the development, review and deployment of vaccines against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.   In a letter dated 18 June, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), chairma...
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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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    FDA explains COVID-19 impact on MDUFA goals, meetings

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued an immediately effective questions and answers guidance explaining the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency on formal meetings and applications for medical devices.   FDA released a similar guidance pertaining to formal meetings and applications for drugs and biologics amid the pandemic in late May. (RELATED: FDA explains impact of COVID-19 on applications, formal meetings , ...
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    FDA: Follow CDC guidance for COVID-infected employees

    A new guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration clarifies how manufacturers of drugs and biological products should address COVID-19 infection in their employees.   Generally speaking, employees who are ill or infected with SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, must be excluded from drug manufacturing areas and not permitted to return until they have met home isolation criteria established by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This guidance h...
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    FDA sends first warning letters for fraudulent marketing of antibody tests

    The US Food and Drug Administration this week issued its first set of warning letters for marketing adulterated or misbranded COVID-19 antibody tests.   The letters, sent to Medakit Ltd. of Hong Kong,  Antibodiescheck.com of United Arab Emirates, and Sonrisa Family Dental dba www.mycovidtest19.com of Chicago, cited a range of violations. These included offering test kits for sale in the US directly to consumers for at-home use without marketing approval, cleara...
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    Biopharma industry urges MRA to mitigate risk of no-deal Brexit

    The biopharma industry is urging the European Union to separate talks about post-Brexit regulatory cooperation from broader political negotiations. Groups including the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) made the plea amid fears the collapse of free trade talks will force a hard split between the United Kingdom and EU regulatory regimes.   In a letter to senior EU officials, the six trade groups call for Brexit negotiators to pr...
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    FDA officials update on orphan drugs, gene therapies at DIA

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discussed the agency’s recent efforts to support the development of products to treat rare diseases during a session at DIA’s Global Annual Meeting on Wednesday.   Orphan and rare pediatric disease designations   While the number of products approved to treat rare diseases has increased over the last decade, the vast majority of rare diseases lack approved treatment options.   Janet Maynard, director of F...
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    European Commission proposes relaxing GMO regs for COVID-19 vaccines

    A proposal to adjust European Union regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) would relax requirements for vaccines under development for SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the novel coronavirus pandemic. The proposed derogation would allow GMO-containing candidate vaccines and coronavirus therapeutics to proceed with clinical trials.   “The policy objective of this proposed regulation is to ensure that clinical trials with medicinal products for human use...
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    New accelerator to boost real-world COVID-19 diagnostics

    A collaboration to use real-world diagnostics evidence will seek to answer key questions about the novel coronavirus, including epidemiologic patterns, individual risk factors, and characteristics of immunity that might develop after infection with COVID-19.    The Diagnostics Evidence Accelerator is a joint project between the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration and the nonprofit Friends of Cancer Research ; more than 50 collaborators were ...
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    Fourth notified body designated under IVDR

    Germany’s TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH Zertifizierstellen on Wednesday became the fourth notified body designated under the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR).   TÜV SÜD, Germany’s second notified body under the IVDR, joins Germany’s DEKRA Certification GmbH and BSI’s UK and Netherlands arms, BSI Assurance UK Ltd and BSI Group The Netherlands B.V.   The newly designated notified body will be a welcome addition for industry, as the number of notified bodies des...
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    FDA offers statistical guidance for trials impacted by COVID-19

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued immediately effective guidance offering statistical advice to clinical trial sponsors with the aim of maintaining trial integrity and mitigating the effects of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency on clinical trials.   The new document follows the agency’s guidance on the conduct of clinical trials amid the pandemic, which has been updated several times to include additional questions and...