On 23 August 2018, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA), the network of the National Competent Authorities in the European Economic Area (EEA), published the work programme of their joint task force regarding the availability of authorised medicines for human and veterinary use. The HMA-EMA task force was created
Earlier today, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., made publicly available for the first time FDA’s internal policy (MAPP 5014.1) for how drug manufacturing facilities are prioritized and scheduled for surveillance inspections. According to the press release, in 2017, approximately 5,063 drug establishments were subject to routine surveillance inspection; out of these approximately 5,063 eligible drug
Update (9/18/2018): Last week, as the U.S. House of Representatives was reconciling its spending bill for the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) with the amendment package passed by the U.S. Senate that is discussed below, House Republicans declined to adopt S.Amdt. 3964, which would have provided HHS with $1 million to issue rules requiring pharmaceutical companies to list prices
The European Commission, together with the EMA and the expert group of the competent authorities of the EU Member States, has developed draft guidelines (the “Guidelines”) governing good clinical practice specific to advanced therapy medicinal products (“ATMPs”). The purpose of the Guidelines is to adapt existing good clinical practice rules (“GCPs”) to ATMPs. This step
On July 18, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced the release of FDA’s Biosimilars Action Plan (BAP), saying it would help enable a path to competition for biologics from biosimilars, while preserving incentives for innovators to invest in further research. On July 19, FDA also published the guidance “Labeling for Biosimilar Products,” finalizing an April
In the recently published White Paper governing the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, the UK proposes a “common rulebook” between the parties in relation to goods. The White Paper discusses what is foreseen as the future relationship between the parties in some detail.
The UK Government has published guidance for life sciences companies on the Brexit implementation period, which is intended to take effect from 30 March 2019 to the end of 2020. If the draft Withdrawal Agreement is finalised by the UK and EU, during the implementation period the UK will no longer be an EU Member
On 27 July 2018, the European trade association representing the medical technology industries, MedTech Europe, issued a position paper in which the association requests the European Commission, the European Parliament and all EU Member States to have an urgent discussion concerning the timelines for the application of the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro
On Tuesday, FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) announced a draft guidance titled “Innovative Approaches for Nonprescription Drug Products” that could aid drug manufacturers who want to sell, without a prescription, drugs that are currently available only by prescription. The draft guidance would facilitate these prescription (Rx) to Over-The-Counter (OTC) switches by allowing
The EMA has announced that, from 15 June 2018. The Agency will cease to accept requests for access to documents by non-EU applicants. The EMA announced that the Agency’s decision was a result of the high volume of access requests and the related excessive administrative workload.
This morning, FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) published six draft guidances relating to gene therapy, three of which cover products for specific disease categories (hemophilia, rare diseases, and retinal disorders), and three of which address manufacturing and clinical study design issues related to gene therapy: chemistry, manufacturing and control (CMC) information in
On 19 June 2018, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) published updates to its Brexit Q&A document for human and veterinary medicines authorised via the centralised procedure and to its practical procedural guidance on making Brexit related changes to the authorisations for those products. The updated version (“Rev 03”) of the EMA Q&A document includes new
On 28 May 2018, the European Commission has published a draft regulation amending Regulation 469/2009 concerning the supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products. This proposal is intended to modify the EU rules on Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) and allow EU generic and biosimilar companies to manufacture versions of medicinal products still protected by a SPC,
The European Medicine Agency (EMA) has updated its Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Guideline to clarify the level of validation/qualification that needs to be performed by a sponsor in a clinical trial setting when using an electronic system previously qualified by a vendor. The updated Guideline, issued in the form of a Q&A document, provides that
The European Commission is seeking consultation on proposed clarifications for handling duplicate marketing authorisations from stakeholders. These include entities involved in the development, manufacture and/ or commercialisation of medicinal products for human use, in particular biological medicinal products and biosimilars, patient groups, healthcare professionals as well as insurance and procurement agencies. The objective of this
On 23 May 2018, the European Medicine Agency (EMA) launched a public consultation for a draft guideline concerning the responsibilities of trial sponsors for handling and shipping of investigational medicinal products for human use in accordance with Good Clinical Practice and Good Manufacturing Practice. The draft guideline provides the principles for the two step release
On May 17, HHS’s Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and FDA issued a joint, final guidance on written procedures for institutional review boards (IRBs).
The UK Government has published a response to the recommendations set out in the Health and Social Care Committee’s Report dated 21 March 2018 on “Brexit: medicines, medical devices and substance of human origin”, which considered the regulatory arrangements needed for the safe and effective supply of medicines and medical devices post-Brexit (see our blog
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, a parliamentary select committee, has published a report on the consequences of Brexit on the UK pharmaceutical industry. The report examines the impact of different outcomes of the UK/EU negotiations, including a “no deal” scenario, on tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers (e.g. border delays), regulatory alignment, trade opportunities, skilled
The European Commission is looking into several parallel imports cases, including in the life sciences industry, with a view to opening formal antitrust investigations, which may eventually lead to fines being imposed. The pharmaceutical sector is understood to be under scrutiny in at least one of the current informal investigations, according to a leak in
On 4 May 2018, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) published another updated version of the guidance document on pre-authorisation for users of the centralised procedure. The document contains revisions regarding the EMA marketing authorisation application numbers. It also includes changes related to oral explanations during the assessment procedure of the marketing authorisation application. Background The
On Wednesday, FDA announced that it filed two complaints in federal court seeking injunctions to stop marketing efforts of unapproved stem cell treatments by US Stem Cell Clinic of Sunrise, Florida, and California Stem Cell Treatment Center, alleging the treatments seriously harmed patients. Both lawsuits follow up on prior actions that FDA initiated against these
During the past several decades, the advances made in the life sciences and health care industries have been astounding, not to mention revolutionary. A presently obscure and experimental treatment may, in a day or week or years’ time, become a miraculous cure. Imagine the ridicule faced by Peyton Rous when he suggested that cancers have
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 provides that life sciences companies must publically disclose information concerning all pecuniary advantages or benefits in kind granted, directly or indirectly from Belgium or elsewhere,