As we have mentioned in a previous article, the 21st Century Cures Act (enacted December 13, 2016) gave companies 60 calendar days to make their expanded access policies for certain investigational drugs publicly available. That deadline—Saturday, February 11, 2017—arrives in a matter of days.
On 27 December 2016, the Belgian Law of 18 December 2016 concerning various health-related matters (“the Sunshine Act “) was adopted by the Belgian Ministry for Public Health. The Sunshine Act introduces several substantial changes to the current Belgian legal and regulatory framework for medicinal products and medical devices. Background The Sunshine Act imposes a
On January 18, 2017, as one of the last actions of the outgoing Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and fifteen other federal agencies (the “Agencies”) issued a final rule overhauling the regulations (82 Fed. Reg. 7149, Jan. 19, 2017) intended to safeguard individuals participating in research, often referred to
In February 2017, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) will launch a pilot project to provide tailored scientific advice for the development of new biosimilars, i.e. biological medicinal products that are similar to a reference biological medicinal product authorised in the EU.
UK Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has stated in a Health Select Committee meeting that he does not expect the UK to remain part of the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) or the EU medicines regulatory framework post-Brexit, but that the UK should seek a very close working relationship with the EMA and the
On January 17, 2017, just in time to evade the President’s Regulatory Freeze Memorandum, FDA announced the availability of a final guidance entitled “Assessment of Abuse Potential of Drugs.” The guidance is intended to assist sponsors of investigational new drugs and applicants for approval of a new drug in evaluating whether their drug product has
It’s no secret that the life sciences industry has had some challenging moments with lawmakers in recent years. And despite efforts by the White House, Congress, FDA, and other regulatory agencies, in most cases the law continues to lag behind the industry’s pace of innovation. So, how will the Trump Administration address the industry’s challenges?
On 19 December 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) published an updated version of the EMA guidance document concerning post-authorisation procedural advice for users of the centralised procedure (“the guidance document”). Background The aim of this guidance document is to enable marketing authorisation holders (“MAHs”) to submit post-authorisation applications which are in conformity with applicable
Regulation (EU) No 536/2014 of 16 April 2014 on clinical trials on medicinal products for human use, and repealing Directive 2001/20/EC (“the Clinical Trials Regulation”) was adopted and entered into force in 2014. The European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) has recently confirmed that the Agency is currently on schedule to introduce the new related EU portal
The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) has published a draft strategy for developing pharmacopoeial public quality standards for biological medicines. Public quality standards form part of the regulatory framework governing the quality of all medicines. Both documentary and physical standards exist to ensure that medicines are of acceptable quality for use by
On December 29, 2016, FDA issued a new draft guidance regarding drugs and biologics entitled “Providing Regulatory Submissions in Electronic Format—Submission of Manufacturing Establishment Information.” 81 FR 96013 (Dec. 29, 2016). The guidance provides an overview of the requirements for a valid electronic submission of manufacturing establishment information (MEI) under section 745(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) as amended by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA).
The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) has published guidance for companies submitting a Manufacturing Authorisation application or variation on common mistakes made by applicants, to help reduce delays in processing applications. The MHRA is required to grant or refuse applications for manufacturing authorisations within 90 days of receiving a completed application. The
On 16 December 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”), along with the European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises (“EBE”) organised the fifth annual regulatory conference concerning the optimisation of the development of advanced therapy medicinal products (“ATMPs”) to meet patient needs (“the ATMP conference”). Background The aim of the ATMP conference was to discuss initiatives to improve advanced
On 8 December 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) organised a workshop in collaboration with the European Commission to gather the views and proposals from stakeholders on the adaptive pathways approach. The aim of the workshop was to gather stakeholder feedback in light of the practical experience gained during the adaptive pathways pilot project EMA
The Scottish government has announced plans to implement the 28 recommendations proposed in an independent review of access to new end-of-life, orphan and ultra-orphan medicines by patients in Scotland, published in a report on 14 December 2016. The recommendations aim to further improve the process by which these types of medicines, in particular ultra-orphan products,
At the instruction of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy has begun to draw up a basic policy on drug pricing, based on which the Japanese government will start to reform the country’s prescription drug pricing system.
On 9 December 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) organised a webinar for industry associations. At the webinar, the EMA presented an update concerning the implementation of the EMA policy on publication of clinical data for medicinal products for human use (“Policy 0070”) and revisions to the guidance to industry. Among the new elements introduced
Under Section 3032 of the 21st Century Cures Act, manufacturers and distributors of investigational drugs for serious diseases or conditions have 60 calendar days after the date of enactment to publicly post their expanded access (EA) policies for individual patient access. This deadline falls on February 11, 2017. For new investigational drugs, this provision applies upon initiation of a Phase II or Phase III study for that drug.
In July 2016, the Belgian Agency for Medicines and Healthcare Products (“FAMHP”) took steps to establish a National Innovation Office as part of the European Union (“EU”) Innovation Network. The National Innovation Office is currently being established by the FAMHP. It is expected to become functional in the first quarter of 2017. The National Innovation
On 15 November 2016, the European Commission (“the Commission”) opened its second report on Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on medicinal products for paediatric use, as last amended (“the Paediatric Regulation” or “the Regulation”) for public consultation. The consultation deadline for the draft report
Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act , the culmination of an extensive, multi-year effort by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to develop this sweeping legislation. The 21st Century Cures Act now faces a vote in the Senate, likely within days. The White House has already expressed support for
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule implementing section 505(q) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). Amendments to Regulations on Citizen Petitions, Petitions for Stay of Action, and Submission of Documents to Dockets, 81 FR 78500 (Nov. 8, 2016). Congress enacted 505(q) with the purpose of ensuring that
On 15 November 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) opened for public consultation its updated Guideline on strategies to identify and mitigate risks related to first-in-human and early clinical trials with investigational medicinal products. The EMA has revised the Guideline, in cooperation with the European Commission and the EU Member States, to further improve the
The current eighth European Union Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (“RTD”) Framework Programme, entitled Horizon 2020, will expire on 31 December 2020. On 12 October 2016, the Director General for Research and Innovation announced that the European Commission is currently starting to work on and plan for the ninth RTD Framework Programme (“FP9”) which will