The treatment of patients with unapproved therapies is often referred to as “compassionate use” or “expanded access”. Under right-to-try laws, state-level legislation has paved the way for a new law at the federal level to expand access to these investigational medicines.
Last week, FDA announced via a blog post simplifications and clarifications to its expanded access program. Under FDA’s expanded access program, physicians may request that patients with a serious condition receive treatment with an investigational product when there is no therapeutic alternative. In particular, FDA made three announcements: FDA has decided that physicians requesting individual patient
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.
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.
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,
On June 2, 2016, FDA issued three final Guidances for Industry—two of the three are aimed at clarifying the expanded access applications and procedures, while the third discusses charging for investigational drugs under an Investigational New Drug (IND) application.
On February 4, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new Draft Guidance titled Individual Patient Expanded Access Applications: Form FDA 3926. The Draft Guidance introduces draft Form FDA 3926, which – when finalized – may be submitted by licensed physicians to FDA for expanded access (or “compassionate use”) requests for individual patient Investigational New Drug Applications (INDs).