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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

Global Harmonization Initiatives, FDA's User Fee Programs, Pediatric Legislation, Conditional Approvals, Quality Certificates and a Preview of June By Gloria Hall - Published 06 June 2017

The following is a summary of feature articles posted over the past weeks with links and a preview of what's to come in June.

Categories: Features, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, ICH, PMDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Submission and registration

Tags: Regulatory Focus, Feature Articles

Quality Certificates for Small Molecule Drug Product Applications for International Regulatory Submissions By Monika Jain, PhD - Published 02 June 2017

This article provides a global overview of the general requirements and issues regulatory professionals may encounter while arranging for a variety of certificates for applications for small molecule drug products to be marketed internationally in the EU, US, Canada, Australia and Japan.

Categories: Features, Japan, Canada, Europe, Oceania, US, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, PMDA, TGA, Drugs, Submission and registration

Tags: Quality Certificates, eCTD, GMP

Conditional Approvals for Early Access to New Medications By Sharry Arora - Published 31 May 2017

This article provides insight into Conditional Approvals (CAs) and Conditional Marketing Approvals (CMAs) as developed across several jurisdictions to potentially provide earlier access to new medicines. The author explains the specifics regarding regulatory requirements for obtaining CAs in the European Union (EU), Japan and the US.

Categories: Features, Japan, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, ICH, PMDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: Conditional approval, Regenerative medicine

FDA, EMA and PMDA Seek Antimicrobial Clinical Study Regulation Harmonization By Zachary Brennan - Published 26 May 2017

For the second time in seven months, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) met in late April to discuss their approaches for evaluating antimicrobial agents, with the aim of identifying areas for convergence.

Categories: News, Asia, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, PMDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic resistance, new antibiotics

Is the Current Regulation of Autologous Stem Cells Appropriate? By Dr. Ian Prosser - Published 29 March 2017

This article discusses the regulation of autologous stem cells and tissue therapies in Australia by addressing issues such as the safety and efficacy of cell therapies, which therapies are regulated, what regulators are doing in other countries and "next steps" in cell and tissue regulation.

Categories: Features, Japan, Europe, Oceania, US, EMA, FDA, MHLW, PMDA, TGA, Human cell and tissue

Tags: Autologous Stem Cells

Establishing a Joint Venture Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Entity in Japan By Satoshi Koike, PhD, DSc - Published 23 March 2017

This article focuses on key regulatory activities to establish a Joint Venture (JV) for pharmaceutical manufacturing and sales in Japan. The author describes foundation building, marketing authorization holder responsibilities, new drug applications, clinical trial sponsorship, adverse events reporting and brand name registrations as well as requirements for data archiving and post-marketing regulatory activities.

Categories: Features, Japan, MHLW, PMDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Postmarket surveillance, Submission and registration

Tags: Common Technical Document, CTD

PMDA Head Talks Priorities for 'Rational Medicine' By Michael Mezher - Published 10 February 2017

The head of Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), Tatsuya Kondo, on Thursday released a paper discussing his vision for a patient-centric, regulatory science-driven and evidence-based system for medicine in Japan.

Categories: News, Japan, MHLW, PMDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Postmarket surveillance

Tags: Tatsuya Kondo, Rational Medicine, Regulatory Science

Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Offers Guidance on Security of Connected Devices (31 January 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 31 January 2017

Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.

Categories: News, Asia, CDSCO, CFDA, MHLW, PMDA, TGA, Drugs, Government affairs, Medical Devices

Tags: CFDA guidance, DCGI, DRAP, Pakistan stents

Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Offers Guidance on Device Quality Control (10 January 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 10 January 2017

Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.

Categories: News, Asia, CDSCO, CFDA, PMDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices

Tags: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, CDSCO, codeine

International Generic Drug Regulators Outline Plans for Collaboration Through 2020 By Zachary Brennan - Published 09 January 2017

As further cross-border harmonization among pharmaceutical regulators takes shape, the International Generic Drug Regulators Programme (IGDRP) has laid out its priorities that will take the group through the next four years.

Categories: News, Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, Anvisa, CFDA, EC, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, ICH, Medsafe, MHLW, PMDA, TGA, WHO, Generic drugs, Due Diligence, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: generic drug regulation, COFEPRIS, DMFs, ASMFs

International Medical Device Regulatory Update: News and Views From San Jose By Randolph Fillmore - Published 20 December 2016

Several sessions at the 2016 RAPS Regulatory Convergence, held in San Jose, California in September, focused on medical device regulations and regulatory changes worldwide. These included: FDA's establishment of a national evaluation system for medical devices, China's agreement to give imported medical devices the same treatment as those manufactured or developed domestically, Japan's reduced review time for medical devices over six years, Asia/Pacific's expected medical device market expansion and Mexico's increase in device submissions.

Categories: Features, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, US, FDA, PMDA, Medical Devices, Submission and registration

Tags: National Evaluation System for Medical Devices, NEST, Precision Medicine, COFEPRIS

Global Developments of Biosimilars By Randolph Fillmore - Published 15 December 2016

This article was developed from presentations at the 2016 RAPS Regulatory Convergence meeting held in San Jose. The session titled "Biosimilars," was led by Arpita Shah, PharmD, senior manager, regulatory intelligence and policy, Celgene Corporation. Speakers included  Leah Christl, associate director, therapeutic biologics, FDA, CDER, Sabine Haubenreisser, MSc, PhD, EMA liaison official at the FDA and Tara Sanderson, associate director, project manager, CMC regulatory affairs, ERA Consulting.

Categories: Features, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, PMDA, Biologics and biotechnology

Tags: Biosimilars

Japan Joins International API Manufacturing Inspection Program By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 December 2016

Japan’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) announced Thursday that it will join with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and other regulators to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections for sites producing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Categories: News, Asia, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, PMDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Manufacturing

Tags: ICH Q7, API manufacturing inspections

Regulatory Recon: CRISPR Gene Editing Tested in First Person; Republicans Tell US Federal Agencies to Stop Work on Regulations Until Trump Takes Office (16 November 2016) By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 November 2016

Welcome to Regulatory Recon, a daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing. Want to read Recon as soon as it's posted? Follow @RAPSorg on Twitter.

Categories: News, Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East, Oceania, US, DOJ, EMA, FDA, FTC, MHRA, NICE, PMDA, TGA, Biologics and biotechnology, Business and Leadership, Clinical, Drugs, Government affairs, Medical Devices, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

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

RAPS Regulatory Convergence - 2016 Hot Topic Review By Sara Bobbit - Published 09 November 2016

This article provides a round-up of hot topics presented at this year's RAPS Regulatory Convergence and includes a high level recap of several sessions covering innovation and technology, Zika, real world evidence, patient access to innovative medicines and recent developments in off-label promotion.

Categories: News, Japan, Europe, US, FDA, MHLW, PMDA, Advertising and Promotion, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Communication, Drugs, Labeling, Medical Devices, Research and development, Submission and registration

Tags: Regulatory Convergence, 2016 RAPS

IMDRF Advances Three Device Guidelines for Public Consultation By Michael Mezher - Published 18 October 2016

The International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) recently advanced three guidance documents intended to provide a harmonized approach to the terminology and codes used in adverse event reporting, methodologies for analyzing registry data and the clinical evaluation of software as a medical device (SaMD).

Categories: News, FDA, IMDRF, PMDA, Medical Devices

Global Regulatory Strategy By Prerna Menon - Published 11 October 2016

This article discusses the development of a regulatory strategy allowing companies to identify opportunities and problems prospectively, improve utilization of company resources and focus the development team on the key objectives and assist in developing products with a positive benefit-risk profile demonstrating differential advantages and value for prescribers and payers.

Categories: Features, Japan, Canada, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, MHLW, PMDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: Priority Review, Accelerated Approval, Breakthrough Designation, Fast Track Designation, Conditional Approval, PRIME, Adaptive Licensing, Accelerated Assessment, Sakigake

FDA Warns Japanese Company for Impeding Inspection By Michael Mezher - Published 06 October 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Japanese active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) maker Nippon Fine Chemical Co., Ltd for impeding an FDA investigator from conducting an inspection of the company's facility in Takasago City, Japan, last December.

Categories: News, Asia, US, FDA, MHLW, PMDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Compliance, Crisis management, Drugs

Tags: warning letters, Nippon Fine Chemical, FDA inspections

EU, Japan to Share More Information on GMP Inspections By Zachary Brennan - Published 05 October 2016

The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) this week announced a new agreement with Japanese authorities to share more information on the outcome of good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections of manufacturing sites of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) of interest to both Europe and Japan.

Categories: News, Japan, Europe, EMA, MHLW, PMDA, Government affairs, Manufacturing

Tags: mutual recognition of GMP inspections, EMA and PMDA, Pharmacopoeia

FDA Adds Boxed Warning to Hepatitis C Drugs, Warns of Hepatitis B Reactivation Risk By Zachary Brennan - Published 04 October 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday warned of serious risks for some patients who have been infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and are being treated with certain direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medicines for hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Categories: News, Asia, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, PMDA, Drugs

Tags: Sovaldi, Gilead, Harvoni, Merck, antivirals

Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia Looks to Establish Expedited Approval Pathway (20 September 2016) By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 September 2016

Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.

Categories: News, Asia, CFDA, PMDA, TGA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Manufacturing

Tags: Thai FDA, Skynet, Australia expedited pathways, CFDA on generics

FDA, EMA, PMDA Begin Push for New Antibacterials By Michael Mezher - Published 08 September 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) met at EMA headquarters in London last week to discuss their role in promoting the development of new antibacterial products.

Categories: News, Japan, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, PMDA, Clinical, Drugs, Preclinical, Regulatory strategy, Research and development

Tags: Antimicrobial resistance, AMR

Pharmaceutical Regulators Propose Principles for Indication Extrapolation for Biosimilars By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 September 2016

The International Pharmaceutical Regulators Forum’s (IPRF) Biosimilars Working Group (BWG) on Tuesday released a reflection paper outlining principles that regulators around the world can use for extrapolating indication(s) during the authorization process for new biosimilars.

Categories: News, Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Oceania, US, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, MHLW, MHRA, PMDA, TGA, WHO, Biologics and biotechnology, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: IPRF, biosimilar regulatory harmonization, biosimilar applicants, follow-on biologics

Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Allows Parallel Submission of Trial Filings for Insulins, mAbs (9 August 2016) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 09 August 2016

Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.

Categories: News, Asia, CDSCO, CFDA, PMDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Business Skills, Drugs, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: DCGI, insulin, RCGM, mAb, Asia Regulatory Roundup