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FDA Clarifies and Expands Eligibility for RMAT Designation for Gene Therapies

On November 16, in the context of announcing a comprehensive regenerative medicine policy framework (discussed here), FDA released a draft guidance document that describes the expedited programs available for the development and review of certain regenerative medicine therapies.  Importantly, the draft guidance clarifies certain aspects of the Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation established by

FDA Issues New Guidance Documents on Regenerative Medicine but Delays Enforcement

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a comprehensive framework for development and oversight of regenerative medicine products, including innovative cell-based therapies.  This initiative builds on the agency’s existing framework to set forth more clearly which products are subject to regulatory enforcement. In September, as we previously discussed here and here, FDA’s Commissioner,

UK Advice on Mental Health in Advertising

On the back of a number of high profile initiatives to raise awareness of mental health issues in the UK this year, the UK Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has published a timely reminder for advertisers of how mental health is addressed under the UK advertising rules (the CAP and BCAP Codes). There is no

UK MHRA Issues New Guidance on Human Factors and Usability Engineering for Medical Devices

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published new guidance on taking human factors into account when designing medical devices and ensuring that they meet the essential safety and performance requirements for devices. ‘Human factors’ refers to how a person uses or interacts with a device taking into account the context and

UK MHRA Publishes Guide to the New EU Medical Device and IVD Regulations

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) has published an interactive guide to assist companies with understanding the requirements of the new EU Medical Device Regulation (“MDR”) and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device Regulation (“IVDR”). The MDR and IVDR entered into force on 25 May 2017. Most of the requirements under the MDR

FDA, EU Regulators Agree to Share Unredacted Inspection Reports and Other Confidential Information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and the European Commission – DG Sante (DG Sante), signed a new confidentiality commitment which expands the scope of the current confidentiality arrangements that apply to the cooperative law enforcement activities conducted by the regulators.  The new confidentiality commitment allows the regulators to share

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,

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

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

UK to Seek Close Relationship with EMA Post-Brexit

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

What’s ahead with the new Trump administration?

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?

UK MHRA to develop quality standards for biological medicines

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

UK MHRA publishes “top tips” for manufacturing authorisation applicants

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

EMA on optimising the development of advanced therapies

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

EMA hosts workshop on adaptive pathways

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

Scottish government to reform approval process for new end-of-life and orphan medicines

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,

New Belgian Innovation Office to Accelerate Availability of Novel Medicines

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

Commission opens public consultation on the EU Paediatric Regulation

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

EMA on CVMP strategy on antimicrobials 2016-2020

On 7 October 2016, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) issued a press release to announce the adoption by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (“CVMP”) of the revised CVMP strategy on antimicrobials for the period 2016-2020. Background The present revision of the CVMP strategy on antimicrobials seeks to take into account the scientific

California Tries the “Right to Try” Act — FDA’s Expanded Access Regulations Remain in Force

On September 27, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the so-called “Right to Try Act” (AB-1668) (the “RTA”), which allows qualifying patients to request from manufacturers unapproved drugs, biologics, or medical devices that have successfully completed FDA-sanctioned Phase I clinical trial(s). In general terms, this law allows a manufacturer of an investigational drug,

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Co-Development of Antimicrobial Drugs and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Devices

On September 21, 2016, FDA issued a draft guidance titled “Coordinated Development of Antimicrobial Drugs and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Devices – Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.”  This draft guidance describes FDA’s suggested steps for seeking approval of an antimicrobial drug and any related antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) devices in order