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Updated FDA Manual Offers Inside Look at Inspection Protocols By Zachary Brennan - Published 18 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this week published its 2017 version of a chapter of its investigations operations manual on establishment inspections, offering an inside look at how inspections are conducted and what companies should expect.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: FDA inspections, contamination, sterile environments

Intractable Epilepsy and the Value of Formulated Ketogenic Diet Products By Eric Kossoff, MD - Published 18 October 2017

This article discusses the benefits of the Ketogenic Diet (KD) and the Modified Atkins Diet (MAD) for adults and children as treatments for intractable epilepsy. It offers a patient-oriented interpretation of regulatory requirements for medical foods as well as study data demonstrating KD efficacy. The article was based on a presentation given at the 2017 RAPS Convergence, during the medical food session on Modification of Diet Alone (MODA) vs. access and convenience matters.

Categories: Features, FDA

Tags: Ketogenic Diet, Medical Food

FDA Analyst Counters Critiques of Orphan Drug Act By Michael Mezher - Published 18 October 2017

While recent reports have claimed that drugmakers are manipulating the incentives provided by the Orphan Drug Act, Mike Lanthier, an operations research analyst at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), says that in most cases, the act is working as intended.

Categories: News, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Orphan products

Tags: Orphan Drugs, Orphan Drug Act

Regulatory Recon: J&J Halts Two Drugs in Development; Novartis to Close Colorado Manufacturing Site (17 October 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 October 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Asia, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices

Tags: Regulatory Reconnaissance, Regulatory, Links, News, Regulatory News, Regulatory Intelligence, FDA News, EMA News

FDA Officials Offer Advice on Efficient Orphan Drug Development By Michael Mezher - Published 17 October 2017

A group of top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials shared insights on how drugmakers can be more efficient when developing treatments for rare diseases, according to comments on Tuesday at the National Organization for Rare Disorders' (NORD) Summit in Washington, DC.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Orphan products

Patient Engagement in Device Trials: FDA Meeting Discusses Challenges and Opportunities By Michael Mezher - Published 16 October 2017

Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) met for the first time to look at ways to increase patient engagement in clinical trials for medical devices.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Clinical, Medical Devices

Tags: Patient Engagement, PEAC

Biopharma Firms Seek Clarity on FDA Draft Guidance on CMC Annual Reports By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 October 2017

Industry groups and biopharma companies are seeking additional clarity from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding draft guidance released in August on chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) postapproval changes to be documented in annual reports.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Manufacturing, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: CMC changes, BIO, Sanofi, Pfizer, GSK, AAM

Guest Editorial: Does Nutrition Have a Role in Disease Management? By Barbara O. Schneeman, PhD - Published 13 October 2017

This editorial is meant to encourage discussion and thinking about the value of diet and nutrition in the management of disease and a regulatory framework that would be useful in the US to protect public health and provide benefit to individuals who live with chronic disease or an increased risk of such diseases.

Categories: Features, FDA

Tags: Nutrition, Disease Management, Dietary Reference Intakes, Medical Foods

EMA Responds to BMJ Article Questioning Benefits of Recent Cancer Drug Approvals By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 October 2017

As more cancer drugs are approved and prices continue to rise, questions have circulated on whether these drugs are extending patient survival or improving quality of life (QoL).

Categories: News, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Postmarket surveillance, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: cancer drug approvals, QoL, survival benefit

Meeting With FDA After a CRL: Draft Guidance on What to Expect By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released new draft guidance for industry on the 30-minute post-complete response letter (CRL) meetings between FDA and abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) applicants to help clarify deficiencies.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Generic drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: CRL, complete response letter, draft guidance

FDA Panel Votes Unanimously in Favor of Gene Therapy to Treat Rare Eye Disorder By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 October 2017

Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics took its gene therapy before the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee on Thursday and the panel voted 16 to 0 in favor of approving the subretinal injection, representing a major step forward for adeno-associated virus gene therapies.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Spark Therapeutics, gene therapy, retinal disease, Luxturna

PDUFA VI: FDA Explains User Fee Changes in Draft Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun implementing the Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017 (PDUFA VI) and on Thursday released draft guidance explaining the new fee structure and types of fees for which industry is responsible.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Drugs, Government affairs, Submission and registration

Tags: PDUFA VI, prescription drug user fees, draft guidance

When to Submit an ANDA vs. a 505(b)(2) Application: FDA Discusses in Draft Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers multiple abbreviated approval pathways for potential drug developers, and in new draft guidance released on Thursday the agency explains both the pathways where abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and 505(b)(2) applications can be submitted.

Categories: News, US, CDER, Generic drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: 505(b)(2) application, ANDA, FDA draft guidance

FDA Holds First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting By Michael Mezher - Published 12 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) met for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday to give the agency input from  patients on clinical trials for medical devices.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Clinical, Medical Devices

Tags: Patient Engagement, PEAC, Patient Engagement Advisory Committee, Patient Reported Outcomes, Patient Preference Information

DTC Drug Ads: New Study Finds Perception of Risks Diluted by Lengthy Side Effects List By Michael Mezher - Published 11 October 2017

A study on direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising published Monday in Nature Human Behavior finds that consumers perceive drugs to be less risky when ads for the drug list all of its side effects compared to when only serious side effects are listed.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Advertising and Promotion, Drugs

Tags: Direct-to-Consumer, Drug Advertising, Side Effects, Risk

FDA Allows Temporary Saline Imports to Deal With Shortages Caused by Hurricane Maria By Zachary Brennan - Published 11 October 2017

Baxter Healthcare said in letters to health care professionals dated Monday that it is working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to import sodium chloride and glucose intravenous infusion products from Ireland and Australia to address shortages because of Hurricane Maria.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Baxter, drug shortages, Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria

REMS Format and Content: FDA Offers Draft Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 11 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released updated recommendations in the form of a draft guidance for the format and content of a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) document for prescription drugs and biologics.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Drugs, Labeling, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: REMS, REMS document, FDA draft guidance, GDUFA II

FDA Warns Swedish IVD Manufacturer By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent 20 September to Malmo, Sweden-based Euro Diagnostica AB, which manufactures multiple class II in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices.

Categories: News, Europe, US, CDRH, Compliance, Due Diligence, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices, Quality

Tags: FDA warning letters, IVD manufacturer warning letter, Euro Diagnostica

Boehringer Questions FDA's Draft Guidance on Optional Child-Resistant Packaging Statements By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 October 2017

Boehringer Ingelheim has questions on how new US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on optional child-resistant packaging (CRP) statements will benefit health care professionals and consumers.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Drugs, Labeling, Packaging

Tags: child-resistant packaging, Boehringer Ingelheim, FDA draft guidance

Overcoming Distinctive Regulatory Barriers for the Development of Medical Foods By Josy Giordano-Schaefer, PhD, Manfred Ruthsatz, PhD, Heinrich Schneider, MD - Published 09 October 2017

This article compares the legal definitions of drugs and medical food and outlines the distinctive regulatory hurdles for medical food, in particular, the need for substantiating distinctive nutritional requirements. The authors also make recommendations on how those regulatory hurdles could be overcome with definitive regulatory guidance for both distinctive nutritional requirements (DNR) and modification of normal diet alone (MODA).

Categories: Features, US, FDA

Tags: Medical Food

House Bill Calls for New FDA-Led Device Cybersecurity Panel By Michael Mezher - Published 09 October 2017

Republican representatives David Trott (R-MI) and Susan Brooks (R-IN) last week introduced a bill calling for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lead a new public-private working group on medical device cybersecurity.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Medical Devices

Tags: Cybersecurity

Status Updates for ANDAs: FDA Spells Out GDUFA II Provision By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 October 2017

Under the second iteration of the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA II), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to provide timely abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) review status updates for all pending ANDAs.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Generic drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: GDUFA II, ANDA status updates

FDA Halts Monkey Study on Nicotine Dosing By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 October 2017

FDA last month halted monkey research on nicotine dosing following concerns, including those raised in a letter from primatologist Jane Goodall.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Ethics

Tags: nicotine research, NCTR, FDA research

Rare Diseases: FDA Awards Grants for 21 Clinical, Natural History Studies By Michael Mezher - Published 06 October 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday awarded $32 million in research grants to fund 15 clinical studies and six natural history studies for rare diseases.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs

Tags: Natural History Studies, Rare Diseases, Orphan Drugs, Grants

FDA Launches New Online Portal for Requesting Pre-ANDA Meetings By Zachary Brennan - Published 05 October 2017

Thanks to the new Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA II), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week launched a new online platform to allow industry to request pre-ANDA (abbreviated new drug application) meetings for complex generic drugs. 

Categories: News, US, CDER, Generic drugs

Tags: pre-ANDA meetings, FDA Direct NextGen Collaboration Portal