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    OIG Report on FDA’s Postmarket Surveillance of Devices Coming in 2020

    The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) will issue a report next year on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) postmarket surveillance of medical devices, which has come under fire in recent months. OIG says it will assess and describe how FDA's “established passive postmarket surveillance system” identifies and tracks safety concerns and responds to them. “We will also describe how elements of FDA's newer surveillance ...
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    Belgium Inspects Companies Delaying or Preventing Biosimilar Competition

    The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) said recently that it’s inspecting the premises of companies suspected of using restrictive practices to limit, delay or prevent the entry of biosimilar competition. While the authority did not offer any details into what companies are being inspected, the authority did say that this is a preliminary step into its investigation of such restrictive practices. “Conducting inspections does not prejudge the outcome of the investiga...
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    EC Unveils Designating Authority’s Final Assessment Form Under MDR, IVDR

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Thursday released a final assessment form for authorities designating conformity assessment bodies (CABs) and notified bodies (NBs) under the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR), which takes effect next May, and the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), which takes effect in May 2022. The form includes space to describe the assessment carried out by the designating authority and whether all correctiv...
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    UK Alerts to Teva Recall of Heartburn Medicines Over Impurity Fears

    The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Thursday alerted to a recall of its heartburn medicine ranitidine following similar recalls due to possible contamination with an impurity called NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine), which may increase the risk of cancer. For health professionals, the MHRA says to stop supplying the products immediately and quarantine all remaining stock and return it to suppliers. Andrew Gray, MHRA deputy director of...
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    EU Regulatory Roundup: UK Plans to Loosen Rules on Low-Risk Clinical Trials in Post-Brexit Shakeup

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU   regulatory news.   UK Plans to Loosen Rules on Low-Risk Clinical Trials in Post-Brexit Shakeup   The United Kingdom government has proposed relaxing the regulatory requirements on the lowest risk clinical trials after it leaves the European Union. Officials made the proposal in a suite of changes intended to make the UK a leading location for life sciences companies after Brexit.   ...
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    Another Record Year for Generic Drug Approvals but Questions on Competition Remain

    For each of the last five years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set generic drug approval records, but questions have lingered on whether these high approval numbers are translating into competition. FY 2019 figures show a total of 1,171 generic drug approvals (935 full approvals and 236 tentative approvals), which breaks FDA’s previous all-time record of 971 full and tentative approvals for FY 2018 . And although the abbreviated new drug application (...
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    EC Publishes New Guidelines on Good Clinical Practices for ATMPs

    Thanks to a 2007 regulation on advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), the European Commission (EC) on Wednesday released new guidelines on the good clinical practice (GCP) requirements for these complex and innovative products that can include gene and cell therapies. The 15-page guidelines discuss clinical trial design, non-clinical studies, quality of the investigational ATMPs, the safe conduct of the clinical trial, upstream interventions on subjects and admini...
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    VA Works With UL to Ensure Cyber Safety of Connected Devices

    The US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) recently completed a two-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for medical device cybersecurity with UL, a science safety organization that has cybersecurity standards and conformity assessment programs.   Between 2016 and 2018, the VA used the UL 2900 Series of Standards as a benchmark to identify critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities in connected medical device deployment and lifecycle management, as we...
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    RWE to Supplement RCTs: FDA Projects Continue

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working with several different data and research companies to further its understanding of how real-world data (RWD) and real-world evidence (RWE) can help to inform its regulatory decision making. One such company that has signed an RWE research collaboration with FDA is COTA, Inc., which is working on a project related to replicating a breast cancer study. Andrew Norden, chief medical officer of COTA, told Focus ...
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    FDA Addresses Questions on 510(k) Third-Party Review Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently responded to several comments related to a 2018 draft guidance on its 510(k) third-party review program, which was crafted because of the latest reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Act . The third-party review program is intended to allow for the review of devices by certain outside organizations to provide manufacturers of lower risk devices with an alternative review process that allows FDA to best utilize...
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    EC Offers New Site Suitability Template Under Incoming Clinical Trial Regulation

    The European Commission (EC) on Tuesday published a new site suitability template that sponsors of clinical trials can use as part of the application dossier under the EU’s new clinical trial regulation, which has yet to take effect. The template was developed and endorsed by the EU Clinical Trials Expert Group on 9 October to comply with the new regulation, known as Regulation (EU) No. 536/2014 Clinical Trials on Medicinal Products for Human Use. “However, this templat...
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    PIC/S Opens Consultations on Manufacturing ATMPs, Biological Medicinal Substances

    The Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) is seeking comments on revisions to two parts of its GMP Guide (Annex 2A and Annex 2B) that deal with the manufacture of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) and biological medicinal substances and products for human use. PIC/S explains that draft Annex 2A accounts for international developments in the regulation of ATMPs, with particular attention to the European Commission guideline on GMP for ATMPs, whi...