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FDA Considers WHO Scheduling Change for 17 Drug Substances By Zachary Brennan - Published 11 August 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday sought public comments to help prepare a response to the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the abuse liability and diversion of 17 drug substances, many of which are opioids and similar to fentanyl. WHO will consider whether to recommend certain international restrictions be placed on the drugs.

Categories: News, US, FDA, WHO, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: drug substances, fentanyl, opioids, cannabis

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s Keynote Among Highly Anticipated Sessions at RAPS Regulatory Convergence By Zachary Brousseau - Published 10 August 2017

RAPS will host its annual Regulatory Convergence conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor on the DC waterfront 9–12 September. This year’s event features more than 75 educational sessions and over 200 speakers, including an opening keynote from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

Categories: HTML, Articles, Under RAPS, Anvisa, EMA, FDA, MHRA, PMDA, WHO, RAPS

WHO Drafts New Prequalification Timeline, KPIs By Zachary Brennan - Published 07 August 2017

As part of efforts to better monitor and improve the performance of its prequalification program, the World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a new algorithm to calculate the prequalification timeline and drafted new key performance indicators (KPIs) to track. 

Categories: News, Asia, Europe, US, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, In vitro diagnostics, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: WHO prequalification

Pharmaceutical Cleaning Processes By John Godshalk, MSE, MBA - Published 26 July 2017

This article presents a lighthearted look at pharmaceutical industry cleaning processes, cleaning validation and cleaning verification.

Categories: Features, FDA, WHO, Drugs

Tags: Cleaning, Washing, Rinsing, Cleaning Validation

Regulatory Recon: FDA Panel to Focus on Safety of CAR-T Therapy (10 July 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 July 2017

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

Categories: News, Europe, US, FDA, MHRA, NICE, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices

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

Pediatric Legislation, Quality Certificates, Global Regulatory Oversight, Biosimilars and a Preview of July By Gloria Hall - Published 05 July 2017

Feature articles over the past several weeks have highlighted global pediatric activities, certificates for small molecule drug products, the New Drug Application (NDA) process in Egypt and the global debate over naming biological products and biosimilars.

Categories: Features, Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Oceania, US, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, MHLW, TGA, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Submission and registration

Tags: Regulatory Focus, Feature Articles

Biological Products and Biosimilars: Global Naming Debate By Pallavi Trivedi - Published 27 June 2017

This article presents the contrasting views and continuing debate among health authorities in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the US as well as industry experts regarding conventions for naming biological products and biosimilars. It discusses the World Health Organization's (WHO's) proposal for naming and the importance of a clear distinction between the drugs to avoid confusion and ensure patient safety.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, Oceania, US, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, PMDA, TGA, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Submission and registration

Tags: Biosimilars, Biosimilar Naming, Biological Qualifier, INN

WHO to Craft Essential Diagnostics List By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 June 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has received a recommendation from an expert committee to develop an Essential Diagnostics List (EDL).

Categories: News, Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East, Oceania, WHO, Due Diligence, Government affairs, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: WHO essential diagnostics, EDL, Essential medicines list

Caribbean Regulatory System Begins Recommending Generic Drugs By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 June 2017

The Caribbean Public Health Agency/Caribbean Regulatory System (CARPHA/CRS) last month kicked off its work advising Caribbean countries’ governments by assessing and recommending four generic HIV treatments.

Categories: News, Latin America and Caribbean, FDA, WHO, Drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: Caribbean medicines, Caribbean drug regulators, WHO, PAHO, Caribbean Regulatory System

WHO Essential Medicines Update Adds Antibiotic use Framework and new HCV & HIV Drugs By Michael Mezher - Published 06 June 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday announced updates to its essential medicines list (EML), including new recommendations for antibiotic use and the addition of new drugs to treat hepatitis C, HIV and leukemia.

Categories: News, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs

Tags: Essential Medicines List

WHO: Prequalified Drugs Made at Mylan's Nashik Site do not Raise Quality Concerns By Michael Mezher - Published 02 June 2017

The World Health Organization Prequalification Team (WHO-PQT) said this week that it is no longer concerned about the quality of prequalified products made at Mylan Pharmaceuticals' Nashik, India site after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the site over quality system issues in April.

Categories: News, India, FDA, WHO, Drugs

Tags: WHO Prequalification, Mylan, Nashik

Challenges Providing Pharmaceutical Products to Syrian Refugees By Zeina Sahloul - Published 24 May 2017

This article discusses the difficulties encountered by medical personnel working with refugees in Syria and delivering pharmaceutical products. It describes relevant regulatory policy and guidance for drug procurement and quality.

Categories: Features, Middle East, WHO, Crisis management, Drugs, Submission and registration

Tags: Syrian Refugee Crisis, Prequalification, UNHCR, Essential Medicines, MSF

WHO Elects First African Director-General By Zachary Brennan - Published 23 May 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday announced that Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia has been elected by member states as the new Director-General of WHO.

Categories: News, Africa, WHO, Government affairs

Tags: Director-General WHO

Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment; Alexion C-Suite Overhaul (23 May 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 23 May 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Recon, a daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Asia, Europe, US, EC, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, TGA, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices

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

Regulatory Recon: WHO Hosts 70th World Health Assembly; AstraZeneca Sells Rights to Heart Drug for $300M (22 May 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 May 2017

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Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, US, FDA, MHLW, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices

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

Regulatory Recon: French Regulators Halt ALS Trial; FDA Revisits Opioid Prescriber Training (12 May 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 May 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Recon, a daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Canada, Europe, US, CFDA, EMA, FDA, MHRA, NICE, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices

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

WHO Officials Offer Opposition to Value-Based Drug Pricing By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 May 2017

World Health Organization (WHO) officials told press in a briefing on Thursday that the agency has serious reservations with value-based pharmaceutical pricing systems.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, NICE, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: WHO on drug pricing, fair pricing forum, pharmaceutical pricing

Regulatory Harmonization Initiatives By Mukesh Kumar, RAC, Eliane Barras, MSc, Lewis Lau, RAC - Published 09 May 2017

This article provides an overview of global regulatory harmonization initiatives and addresses how various regulatory and other organizations are working toward improving access to medicinal products, such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and increasing quality through internationally harmonized inspection standards.

Categories: Features, Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East, Oceania, US, APEC, GHTF, ICH, IMDRF, ISO, OECD, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Drugs, Medical Devices

Tags: Harmonization

WHO to Begin Cancer Biosimilar Prequalification Pilot This Fall By Michael Mezher - Published 04 May 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday announced it will invite biosimilar makers to participate in a pilot program to prequalify biosimilars of two top selling biologics this September in an effort bring lower cost versions of the products to low- and middle-income countries.

Categories: News, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Submission and registration

Tags: Biosimilars, Prequalification, Rituxan, Herceptin, Rituximab, Trastuzumab

Regulatory Recon: Drug Shortages Can Spur Price Increases for Similar Drugs (13 April 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 April 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Recon, a daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Asia, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, MHRA, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Medical Devices

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

WHO Seeks Additional Birth Control API Manufacturers as US FDA Bans China Site By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 April 2017

A Chinese manufacturer of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for the birth control drug levonorgestrel has been placed on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) import alert list, causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to scramble to find a replacement.

Categories: News, China, US, FDA, WHO, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Manufacturing

Tags: birth control, Plan B, pre-qualified manufacturers, API manufacturer

FDA Concurs With WHO on Rare Lymphoma Linked to Breast Implants By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday said it now concurs with the World Health Organization’s designation of an association between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Categories: News, US, FDA, TGA, WHO, Compliance, Medical Devices, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: breast implants, lymphoma, BIA-ALCL

Pharma Inspection Co-operation Scheme Criticizes Plan to Lower GMP Requirements for ATMPs By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 March 2017

The regulatory group known as the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) said in a letter released this week that it is “unanimously concerned” about the public health and safety impact of a new European Commission guideline that would lower good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements for advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs).

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, EC, FDA, Health Canada, MHRA, TGA, WHO, Crisis management, Government affairs, Manufacturing

Tags: PIC/S, good manufacturing practice for ATMP, European Commission consultation

IMDRF Offers a Preview of Next Week’s Vancouver Meeting By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 March 2017

Members of the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) will meet next week in Vancouver for the group’s 11th meeting. Presentations on updates from members located in the US, EU, Brazil, Australia, as well as updates on IMDRF working groups were unveiled recently.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, Anvisa, EC, FDA, IMDRF, TGA, WHO, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: IMDRF, MDR, IVDR, MDUFA, Cures

International Generic Drug Regulators Unveil New Biowaiver Assessment Template By Zachary Brennan - Published 01 March 2017

Regulatory authorities participating in the International Generic Drug Regulators Programme (IGDRP) have crafted and released a Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS) Biowaiver Assessment Report template for use by its members.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, CFDA, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, WHO, Generic drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: IGDRP, biowaivers, Biopharmaceutics Classification System