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    Fostering diversity and talent: A Pfizer case study

    The Pfizer Global Regulatory Affairs (GRA) – Howard University College of Pharmacy (HUCOP) Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) program fulfills a requirement of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum and helps students explore biopharmaceutical industry career options and prepare for their career after graduation, such as pursuing postgraduate training and seeking employment. The HUCOP Preceptorship Program at Pfizer was designed to broadly increase awareness ...
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    August’s Regulatory Focus: Alternative regulatory pathways

    Feature articles during August focused on alternative global regulatory pathways and their use in providing faster, easier access to new treatments for unmet medical needs. Articles examined emergency use authorizations for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) in the US, as well as regulatory pathways for laboratory developed tests (LDTs), innovative medicinal products in Switzerland, software as a medical device (SaMD) in the US and Europe, and cell and gene therapy products in Ja...
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    Emergency use authorizations for IVDs: Building on lessons learned

    Emergency use authorization (EUA) is a tool used by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for providing quick access to unapproved medical products in response to a public health emergency. In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) have been critical EUA products in past emergencies and have proven equally important during the COVID-19 pandemic. For regulatory professionals, the valuable lessons learned from EUA policy and ensuing changes over time have provided a crucial foundation...
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    Regulatory pathways for innovative medicinal products for Switzerland

    Switzerland is not part of the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), therefore, a national marketing authorization application (MAA) for Switzerland must be filed and approved before a medicinal product can be placed on the Swiss market. Besides the standard MAA procedure, there are expedited, simplified, and work-sharing procedures that can be selected, depending on the product characteristics. This article provides an overview of relevant Swiss marketing authorization ...
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    The changing regulatory landscape for laboratory developed tests

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of reliable and accurate diagnostic tests. Laboratory developed tests (LDTs) do not typically require premarket review. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has repeatedly proposed more rigorous regulatory frameworks for LDTs but has been unsuccessful owing to concerns about the impact on test availability and innovation. In this article, the authors describe the existing regulations and consider both sides of the d...
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    ‘Immune’ claims and COVID-19

    Correction and Editor’s note: The article, ‘Immune’ claims and COVID-19 (published 30 June 2021) incorrectly stated that Vi-Jon Inc. had received a warning letter from the FDA, when in fact it had not received such a letter. The article was corrected on 15 July 2021, but the correction was not appropriately noted on our website. The article was further updated on 27 August 2021 to remove an extraneous reference. Regulatory Focus regrets these errors and apologizes. ...
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    Regulation of cell and gene therapy products in Japan

    In recent years, new cell and gene therapies have been developed and approved in a number of countries, including Japan. The Japanese government fully supports academia and the pharmaceutical industry in the research and development of these innovative therapies, and in 2019, revised the Act on Securing Quality, Efficacy, and Safety of Products Including Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices to enact the conditional early approval system for accelerating the development and ...
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    An overview of recent FDA activity on materials in medical devices

    In this article, the authors provide an overview of recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) interest and activity relating to the materials in implants regulated as medical devices. Since 2019, the increase in public and regulatory scrutiny of medical implants has resulted in an FDA advisory committee meeting, revised corrosion testing guidance, and proposed new labeling disclosures.   Introduction Medical devices offer innovative ways of treating various cond...
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    The SaMD regulatory landscape in the US and Europe

    The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) in the healthcare industry has resulted in a proliferation of novel health technologies with intuitive features. However, the regulatory landscape for such innovative products has yet to be fully understood. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a discussion paper on AI- and machine learning (ML)‒based software as a medical device (SaMD) in April 2019, which led to the release of an action plan that incorporated stak...
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    July’s Regulatory Focus: Real-world data, real-world evidence

    Feature articles during July focused on real-world data and evidence (RWD and RWE) and their application to approval processes, labeling, clinical use, and marketing of medical products. Articles examined RWD and RWE in the context of patient outcomes and regulatory challenges, especially when conducting noninterventional studies (NIS); regulatory application of RWD-generated external comparators; and from an interregional perspective in the EU, US, and Japan. Also include...
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    New method to an old approach: A semiquantitative approach for determining probability of regulatory success for ASEAN markets

    An objective assessment guide for estimating the likelihood of obtaining regulatory approval for marketing authorization applications submitted to local regulatory agencies is critical to facilitate commercial launch planning. In this paper, we describe a harmonized guide designed to estimate the probability of regulatory success (PRS) in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This guide focuses on a standardized set of criteria for semiquantitative assessment...
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    From real-world data to real-world evidence: An interregional perspective

    In recent years, data generation in clinical practice outside clinical trials has grown exponentially, largely because of an increase in the number of advanced signal detection technologies, including sensors, imaging, measurements, and mobile devices. At the same time, database capabilities have also expanded because of advances in storage technology. As a result of the innovative digitalization of the collection of real-world data (RWD) together with artificial intellige...