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EMA prepares plan to face Brexit

European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a business continuity plan dealing with the potential implications of Brexit. EMA, which is currently established in London, will be required to transfer the Agency’s headquarters to another EU Member State. With the aim to conserve Agency’s capacities to protect public and animal health, EMA has issued a press

EMA envisage to link development of companion diagnostics and personalised medicines

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a concept paper on the development of personalised medicines and companion diagnostics. EMA proposes to develop a guideline that will provide guidance relating to the interface between personalised medicines and companion diagnostics. Companion diagnostics are defined by the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation as a medical device which allows

Italy opens the door to corporate ownership of pharmacies – a revolution for the Italian Pharma distribution

By Law passed today, August 2nd, 2017 (Law for the improvement of the competition on the market), further to a recommendation of the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA“), the Italian legislature enacted provisions for the improvement of the competition in several fields, including the distribution of medicinal products by territorial pharmacies. How the sector was previously

Scientific progress enables EMA to improve guidance on medicinal products containing genetically modified cells

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a concept paper concerning a proposed revision of the current guideline on quality, non-clinical and clinical aspects of medicinal products containing genetically modified cells. The proposed revision will update the previous Guideline of 2012. EMA’s concept paper is intended to address the issue that the current guideline does

EMA’s revised Guideline on first-in-human trials increases the level of protection of trial participants

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a new Guideline on strategies to identify and mitigate risks for first-in-human and early clinical trials with investigational medicinal products. The Guideline was adopted by the CHMP on 20 July 2017. It will come into effect on 1 February 2018. The revised Guideline is the outcome of EMA’s

House Subcommittee on Health Opens Floor for Discussion of FDA Regulation of Off-Label Speech

The House Subcommittee on Health has announced a hearing entitled “Examining Medical Product Manufacturer Communications” for Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 10:15am EDT, in which it intends to examine two discussion-draft bills seeking to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) to clarify how drug and device manufacturers can legally discuss uses of

New UK Brexit Health Alliance Formed

A “Brexit Health Alliance” (BHA) has been formed to bring together a diverse range of UK stakeholders in the healthcare industry and provide a single voice for the sector on Brexit-related issues. Members of the BHA include NHS organisations, industry associations, universities, research organisations and charities, the Royal Colleges, such as NHS Confederation, NHS Providers,

Follow the Money: FDA Issues New Procedures for Evaluating Financial Ties Between Application Sponsors and Clinical Investigators

In a potential sign of renewed interest in financial ties between industry and clinical investigators, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of New Drugs (OND) recently issued a new Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP) outlining the Office’s policy goals, roles, and responsibilities with respect to financial disclosures in NDAs, BLAs and NDA/BLA supplements.

Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals: FDA Wants to Hear from Industry

Continuous manufacturing has often been highlighted by FDA as an exciting technology in the area of pharmaceutical manufacturing, but one that the Agency is still wrapping its head around. Accordingly, on June 22, 2017, FDA announced the availability of a public docket (FDA-2017-N-2697) to collect comments and recommendations on the issue of continuous manufacturing. FDA

To certify or not to certify? FDA has answered the question

On June 7, 2017, FDA issued a revised guidance document, Form FDA 3674 – Certifications To Accompany Drug, Biological Product, and Device Applications/Submissions, to clarify when sponsors  should submit Form FDA 3674 certifications stating that they have complied with their obligations to submit required clinical trial information to clinicaltrials.gov.  

EMA publishes a Draft Guideline on Trial Master Files to facilitate the conduct and management of clinical trials

In April 2017, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a draft guideline (“Draft Guideline“) concerning the Trial Master Files (“TMF”) for public consultation. The Draft Guideline updates the previous guideline on TMF that was issued in 2013 in the form of a reflection paper. The Draft Guideline incorporates further guidance concerning international guideline for good

Personalised Medicines at the top of the European Agenda

In March 2017, the European Medicines Agency organised a workshop concerning personalised medicine. The results of the workshop have just been published. The workshop discussed the views of patients, healthcare professionals and payers regarding personalised medicine. During the workshop future challenges and related actions, that should be taken regarding personalised medicine, were identified. The challenges

UK Government Given Additional Powers to Control NHS Medicine Prices

The new Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017 came into force on 27 April 2017, giving the Department of Health greater powers to control the cost of medicines supplied to the National Health Service (NHS). The cost of branded medicines supplied to the NHS is regulated through two mechanisms – the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation

EMA seeks to support the use of patient registries and to improve dialogue between various stakeholders

  In September 2015, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched the initiative for patient registries. The purpose of the initiative is to improve the benefit-risk evaluation of medicinal products for human use. The EMA’s initiative for patient registries focuses mainly on the ways in which existing patient registries could be improved. This could be systematically considered

European Commission publishes recommendations concerning the summary of product characteristics and patient information leaflet for medicinal products

  The European Commission (EC) has published a report (Report) recommending improvements in the summary of product characteristics (SmPC) and the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) of medicinal products for human use. The report identifies shortcomings concerning the SmPC and the PIL, and provides recommendations on the way in which SmPC and PIL could be improved.

French Sunshine Regulations: The Puzzle Now Completed and in Force

The French sunshine regulations require industry to report certain agreements along with the fees and other benefits provided to various stakeholders in the healthcare sector. Sunshine regulations were amended in January 2016 to increase transparency. Some specifics of these changes were partly established by an implementing decree dated 28 December 2016. Through the publication of

The MHRA issues new guidance concerning common issues in clinical trial applications

On 22nd March 2017, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) published a guidance (“Guidance“) identifying the most common issues that the Agency has encountered during the validation and review of Clinical Trial Authorisation (CTA) applications. The Guidance is intended to assist clinical trial sponsors in identifying avoidable delays, to the benefit of