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Drug Supply Chain Security: New APEC Toolkit to Aid Collaboration By Zachary Brennan - Published 28 March 2017

With the pharmaceutical supply chain becoming more global and complex, regulators, industry groups and academics from around the world have developed a new toolkit of resources to increase harmonization across borders to ensure the quality of drugs from manufacture through ingestion.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, APEC, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Drugs, Government affairs, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: pharmaceutical supply chain, good manufacturing practices, good distribution practices, fake drugs

European Commission Recommends Changes to SmPC, Package Leaflets By Michael Mezher - Published 27 March 2017

The European Commission last week released a report detailing recommendations to improve the information provided to patients and healthcare professionals for approved drugs.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Drugs, Labeling

Tags: Summary of Product Characteristics, SmPC, Package Leaflet

Updated: Duplicate MAAs: Amgen Wins EU-wide Approval for Two Humira Biosimilars By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 March 2017

The European Commission (EC) on Thursday granted two marketing authorizations for Amgen’s biosimilars to AbbVie's blockbuster biologic Humira (adalimumab), known as Amgevita (adalimumab) and Solymbic (adalimumab).

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Government affairs, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: Humira biosimilar, duplicate MAA, Amgen, Pfizer, Enbrel

EMA Calls to Suspend More Than 300 Drugs due to Unreliable Studies From Indian CRO By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 March 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday announced it is recommending the suspension of more than 300 approvals and applications for generic drugs for which bioequivalence studies were conducted by Chennai, India-based contract research organization (CRO) Micro Therapeutic Research Labs.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Compliance, Generic drugs, Product withdrawl and retirement, Research and development

Tags: Indian CRO, CRO suspension, EMA suspension, generic drugs

MHRA Details Common Issues in Clinical Trial Applications By Michael Mezher - Published 23 March 2017

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Wednesday issued guidance detailing the most common issues it sees in clinical trial applications in an effort to help sponsors avoid unnecessary delays.

Categories: News, Europe, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs

Tags: Clinical Trial Applications, Validation

European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Reports Year-Long Shortage of BMS Kidney Transplant Drug; UK Rejects Indication-Specific Drug Pricing (23 March 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 23 March 2017

Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Reimbursement, Veterinary products

Tags: EU Regulatory Roundup, European Regulatory Roundup, Regulatory Roundup

EMA Seeks Experts on Clinical Data Anonymization By Michael Mezher - Published 22 March 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday issued a call for experts to join a new technical advisory group for anonymizing clinical data.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Submission and registration

Tags: Clinical Study Reports, Publication, Transparency, Anonymization

European Regulatory Roundup: EMA’s PRAC Seeks to Suspend Four Imaging Agents (16 March 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 16 March 2017

Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: PRAC, imaging agents, data protection, neutropenic enterocolitis

MHRA Releases Recommendations for Leadless Pacemakers By Michael Mezher - Published 16 March 2017

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's expert advisory group on leadless cardiac devices has released its initial recommendations for pre- and postmarket clinical studies for leadless pacemakers.

Categories: News, Europe, MHRA, Clinical, Medical Devices, Postmarket surveillance

Tags: Leadless Pacemakers

EU Court of Justice Denies EMA Appeal to Release Documents on Two Medicines By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 March 2017

The Court of Justice of the EU earlier this month delivered a blow to transparency efforts at the European Medicines Agency (EMA), dismissing two appeals by the regulator.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Clinical, Prescription drugs, Government affairs

Tags: PTC Therapeutics, Translarna, Court of Justice of the European Union

Celgene, Takeda and Others Found in Breach of UK’s Pharma Code of Practice By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 March 2017

When is it OK for a pharmaceutical company to fail to quality check bags stored in a basement for three years before supplying them to pharmacies to use when dispensing the chemotherapy Navelbine (vinorelbine) to patients? Apparently never, according to Tuesday’s rundown of companies breaching the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry’s (APBI) Code of Practice.

Categories: News, Europe, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Crisis management, Drugs, Ethics

Tags: Celgene, Takeda, Pierre Fabre, PMCPA, ABPI

Regulatory Recon: Alexion to Lay Off More Than 200; FDA Approves Novartis Breast Cancer Treatment (14 March 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 March 2017

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

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, DOJ, EC, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, MHRA, NICE, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices

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

UK on Brexit Implications: ‘Significant Benefits’ to Remain Part of EMA By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 March 2017

The UK government’s EU External Affairs Subcommittee on Tuesday published a report on the implications of Brexit on trade, noting that there may be “significant benefits” in continuing UK participation in the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, MHRA, NICE, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs

Tags: Brexit, UK in EMA, House of Lords

Regulatory Recon: Roche and Mylan Settle Dispute Over Herceptin Biosimilar; EMA Suspends Marketing of Four Contrast Agents for MRI Images (13 March 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 March 2017

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

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

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

Regulatory Recon: Results From CRISPR Gene Editing of Embryos (10 March 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 March 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Recon, a 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

EU Industry Groups Urge Caution on Biosimilar Switching By Zachary Brennan - Published 09 March 2017

Three EU biopharmaceutical industry groups are offering key considerations to physicians when switching from a biologic reference product to its biosimilar or from one biosimilar of a reference product to another, according to a new position paper released on Thursday.

Categories: Europe, EC, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: biosimilars, biosimilar switching, regulatory requirements biosimilars

European Regulatory Roundup: UK Starts Risk-Based Inspections of Online Pharmacies (9 March 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 09 March 2017

Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: counterfeit drugs, online pharmacies, pharmaceutical water

Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme Offers New Strategic Plan Through 2019 By Zachary Brennan - Published 08 March 2017

The Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) this week unveiled a new road map for the next two years during its February meeting in Switzerland, which was attended by representatives of 37 of its regulatory authorities.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, MHRA, Drugs, Government affairs, Manufacturing

Tags: PIC/S, GMP guidelines, regulatory affairs

EU Council Unanimously Adopts MDR, IVDR: Next Stop EU Parliament By Michael Mezher - Published 07 March 2017

The EU's new rules governing medical device and in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) are one step away from being fully adopted.

Categories: News, Europe, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices

Tags: Medical Device Regulations, MDR, In Vitro Diagnostics Regulations, IVDR, EU Council

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

MDR and IVDR: the Potential for a 28-Agency, 22-Language Regulatory Process for Medical Devices in the EU By Rod Ruston - Published 03 March 2017

This article provides detail in the MDR and IVDR which seems to have escaped observation. Yet, the detail could have far-reaching implications. What follows is in both the MDR and IVDR, and so in the pursuit of clarity, all references are restricted to the MDR.

Categories: Features, Europe, EC, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices, Submission and registration

Tags: Medical Device Regulation, In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation, MDR, IVDR

New Report Investigates Drivers of Off-Label Prescribing in the EU By Zachary Brennan - Published 03 March 2017

A lack of incentives to go through the marketing authorization process to extend certain drug labels, as well as pricing and reimbursement issues, were cited as some of the varied drivers of off-label prescription drug use in the EU, according to a new report from the European Commission.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: EU, off-label drugs, off-label prescribing

European Regulatory Roundup: EU Trade Groups Propose Criteria for Deciding EMA’s New Home (2 March 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 02 March 2017

Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs

Tags: EFPIA, veterinary drugs, Eudravigilance

US and EU Forge Landmark Agreement to Mutually Recognize Drug Manufacturing Inspections By Zachary Brennan - Published 02 March 2017

After wrangling over the details of trade secrets and inspection differences, the US and EU on Thursday finally announced they have agreed to mutually recognize one another’s pharmaceutical manufacturing inspections – a deal likely to lead to less duplicative inspections and lower costs on both sides of the Atlantic.

Categories: News, Europe, US, EC, EMA, FDA, Drugs, Government affairs, Manufacturing, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: GMP inspections, EMA and FDA initiatives, mutual recognition agreements, US-EU international agreement