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    House spending bill would give FDA drug recall authority

    The US House Committee on Appropriations approved a $3.212 billion budget for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a voice vote Thursday. The budgeted amount is part of the fiscal year 2021 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill, which moved out of the Appropriations Committee on a voice vote.   The bill will now be placed on the calendar for consideration by the full House of Representatives. (RELATED: House prop...
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    FDA finalizes guidance on broader cancer trial eligibility

    In four final guidances published today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlines cancer trial eligibility criteria considerations for individuals with several specific clinical conditions. Another guidance addresses minimum age considerations for inclusion of pediatric patients in cancer clinical trials.   The guidances, issued jointly by FDA’s Centers for Drug Evaluation and Research and Biologics Evaluation and Research (CDER and CBER), provide considerati...
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    ICMRA outlines shape of Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trials

    A new report provides a roadmap for Phase 3 clinical trials for developers of candidate vaccines for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The report indicates which clinical and preclinical data will indicate a vaccine is ready for Phase 3 trials; it also lays out key considerations in designing Phase 3 clinical trials of vaccines for COVID-19.   The report reflects consensus reached at a 22 June 2020 teleconference convened by the US Foo...
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    NIH kicks off COVID-19 vaccine, monoclonal antibody research network

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced the kickoff of a national clinical trials network to test vaccines and other treatments that could prevent infection with SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes infection with the novel coronavirus COVID-19.   The network has been established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) through the merger of four previously existing clinical trials networks that focused on HIV/AIDS.   “Star...
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    More metformin recalled for NDMA; 6 firms now affected

    Two manufacturers have announced voluntary recalls of metformin formulations containing elevated levels of a potential carcinogen.   Granules Pharmaceuticals, based in Virginia, has issued a recall for its extended-release metformin, although just one of 12 batches tested exceeded acceptable levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the firm’s testing. The recall includes 100- and 500-count bottles of 750 mg metformin tablets.   Separately, India-based Lupin Pha...
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    Device manufacturers warned by FDA for consumer complaint handling

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released warning letters to two medical device manufacturers who, according to the agency, failed to address serious consumer complaints adequately. The agency also warned an India-based manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).     Luminex Corporation   Texas-based Luminex Corporation manufactures microsphere-based and PCR-based multiplexing systems; the firm was warned after a February 2020 inspec...
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    House proposes $3.2 billion for FDA in FY 2021

    On Monday, the US House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held a markup session for fiscal year 2021 appropriations.   Of the total budget of $23.98 billion – a 2.3% increase from the prior fiscal year -- the bill allocates $3.212 billion for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This amount is an increase of $40.8 million over the prior fiscal year’s approximate $3.2 bill...
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    EC details device assessment capacity amid COVID-19

    European notified bodies reported on their ability to conduct conformity assessment quickly for COVID-19-related medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices, in response to a survey conducted by the European Commission (EC).   The survey sought to quantify lead times for conformity assessment for the various routes by which COVID-19-related medical devices may be placed on the market in the European Union (EU) and for which notified bodies need to be involv...
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    Radiologists to FDA: Autonomous AI not ready for prime time

    Artificial intelligence is not ready for autonomy in radiology, according to two radiological professional associations who asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to wait for more rigorous testing and surveillance of the modality before authorizing its autonomous implementation in medical imaging.   In follow-up to a February 2020 workshop focused on artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging, the chairs of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and th...
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    Recon: Takeda in for $900M on gene therapy R&D; Vertex gets quick win in England for CF triple therapy

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Gottlieb says worst of outbreak will pass by January; Pence sees no need for a mask mandate ( CNBC ) Coronavirus Update: Spooked By America’s COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism, FDA Promises Not To Lower Standards ( Scrip ) AHA: Hospital losses could top $323B in 2020 ( HealthLeaders ) 2020 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals List ( HITConsultant ) EUSA P...
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    FDA: Digital safety data submission to supplant PDFs

    After a successful pilot program, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is fine-tuning a transition to all-digital submission of safety data from clinical trials of investigational drugs.   The goal is to modernize the submission of regulatory data by shifting from use of multiple PDF documents into a digital submission format with structured data elements “that will allow us both to improve the data quality and also allow us to use new analytic tools,” to make oth...
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    Guidance: FDA holds off on enforcing certain UDI requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final guidance for unique device identification compliance dates for Class I and unclassified medical devices. The immediately effective guidance also clarifies agency policy regarding compliance dates for certain devices requiring direct marking.   In the guidance, FDA clarifies that it does not currently intend to enforce standard date formatting, unique device identification (UDI) labeling, or Global Unique Devi...