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    January’s Regulatory Focus: Leadership in RA, expanding diversity, and more

    Feature articles during January focused on regulatory leadership, a novel approach to hiring regulatory professionals, expedited programs for reducing time to approval for certain drugs, and the Cuban biotechnology industry and its response to COVID-19. Keywords – assessment aid, breakthrough therapy, Cuba, diversity, ILAP, leadership, PRIME   Leadership, hiring, and expanding diversity Effective leadership in regulatory affairs is rooted in an understanding a...
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    Expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, and innovative licensing & access

    Abstract Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to reduce time to approval for medicines that address an unmet medical need. This article compares the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicine’s Agency’s (EMA’s) PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme, and the innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP) from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and reviews th...
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    The leadership role in regulatory affairs

    Abstract  The global regulatory affairs (RA) profession is facing a shift in the definition of leadership success. This article aims to shed some light on important aspects of regulatory leadership. In the context of the article, leadership is defined by the power of making a difference. It explains why critical thinking, business acumen, emotional intelligence, team building, influence and mentorship plays a vital role in building leaders and why RA professionals today...
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    Cuba’s biotechnology industry and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Abstract T his article examines the origins of Cuba’s biotechnology industry and its roles in supporting the Cuban national healthcare strategy and providing a framework for the country’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The author also provides a brief overview of the Cuban regulatory landscape . Keywords – biotechnology, CECMED, COVID-19, Cuba, vaccine.   Background and introduction The Cuban pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry emerged in the...
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    How regulatory affairs can expand its capabilities and increase diversity

    Abstract The recruitment, hiring, and training of regulatory professionals should evolve to attract and retain valuable candidates with diverse perspectives, experiences, and/or skills. Regulatory professionals may consider doing this as part of their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives by hiring “hidden workers,” a term for multiple groups of people who are chronically unemployed or underemployed because of systemic problems with current workforce trainin...
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    December’s Regulatory Focus: Advertising, promotion, and labeling

    Feature articles during December focused on advertising, promotion, and labeling (APL), examining regulatory review of advertising on streaming media, the role of the regulatory A&P professional, the importance of metrics in APL, and the regulatory outlook for telehealth A&P. Also included is the second part of a two-part series on EU regulation of herbal products, examining quality, safety and efficacy, and postmarket surveillance.   Last year this time, the issue co-...
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    The regulatory outlook for telehealth advertising and promotion

    The global pandemic has increased the use of telehealth and accelerated its acceptance into mainstream healthcare. However, the regulatory landscape has yet to fully catch up with this expansion of telehealth. This article discusses some of the potential advertising and promotional regulatory implications as telehealth becomes a mainstay in the ever-evolving healthcare sector. The article explores the advertising and promotion of off-label drug prescriptions by telehealth ...
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    The role of metrics in regulatory advertising and promotion

    Metrics can provide valuable information about business operations and, if used appropriately, can provide insight into key process efficiencies and challenges. This article discusses the role of metrics in regulatory advertising and promotion and how they can be used to increase efficiencies for the promotional review process.   Introduction The review of promotional materials and their associated processes may vary through a content’s lifecycle, from conception t...
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    Regulatory advertising & promotion: Bringing value beyond the day-to-day

    While the primary goal of the clinical development team is to obtain product approval, companies must have a broader vision that supports the complete product lifecycle. Experts in regulatory advertising and promotion (A&P) have a detailed knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for product promotion. Beyond supporting the promotional review process, the unique skill set of regulatory A&P should be applied to other critical activities, including...
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    Regulatory review of advertising on streaming media

    This article discusses advertising on streaming media and what regulatory reviewers need to take into consideration when reviewing online videos.   Introduction Television. One word, many meanings – it could be the wide-screen home TV, the latest Hulu-exclusive series we binge-watch on an iPad, or the 5-minute Snapchat original series that releases a new episode every week. There is no shortage of places for consumers to view video content outside of a traditional ...
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    RF Quarterly, December 2021: Key takeaways from RAPS Convergence 2021

    Welcome to the December issue of RF Quarterly which focuses on key takeaways from RAPS Convergence 2021, including patient-focused approaches in regulatory decision making and drug development, the transition from convergence to harmonization for global pharmaceutical regulatory requirements, pediatric drug development, and regulatory and clinical strategies.   Patient perspective and global harmonization There is increasing recognition of the importance of patients...
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    ICH implementation: The transition from convergence to harmonization

    This article examines the transition from convergence to harmonization for global pharmaceutical regulatory requirements. It outlines the roles of International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) and World Health Organization (WHO) in the implementation of ICH guidances and provides definitions for convergence and harmonization to reflect their distinctive roles. The authors also address ongoing harmonization initiatives, the current degree to which implementation has or has ...