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in the context of announcing a comprehensive regenerative medicine policy framework (discussed here), FDA released a draft guidance document that describes the expedited programs available for the development and review of certain regenerative medicine therapies.  Importantly, the draft guidance clarifies certain aspects of the Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation established by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

FDA to Rely on Drug Inspections Performed by Certain European Regulatory Authorities Beginning November 1, 2017

Earlier today, FDA announced that it has determined that the regulatory authorities of Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are “capable of conducting inspections of [pharmaceutical] manufacturing facilities that meet FDA requirements,” and that the Agency will begin relying “on the inspectional data obtained by these eight regulatory agencies” immediately. 

FDA Simplifies and Clarifies Expanded Access Program

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

FDA Launches New Tool For Accessing Drug Adverse Event Information

FDA recently launched a public dashboard within the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) to improve access to data on adverse events related to drug and biological products.  FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. stated, “Tools like [FAERS] are critical to the FDA’s ability to help ensure the greatest level of transparency and help patients and

Continuing Coverage of FDA’s Crackdown on Stem Cell Clinics: Florida Clinic Cited for Unapproved Marketing and Inadequate Sterility Assurance

On the same day that FDA’s Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, announced new policy initiatives regarding stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine, FDA announced stepped up enforcement in this area and posted a warning letter issued to U.S. Stem Cell Clinic located in Sunrise, FL.  FDA issued the warning letter following an inspection beginning in April

Unburden Yourself: FDA Requests Comments on Ways to Implement President Trump’s Regulatory Reform Executive Orders

Earlier this year, in an effort to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens, President Trump issued two executive orders, Executive Order 13771, Reducing Regulatory and Controlling Regulatory Costs and Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. On September 8, 2017, FDA published several notices in the Federal Register, to implement these orders, soliciting comments from the

FDA Seizes Stem Cell Therapy—A First of Many?

On August 25, 2017, U.S. Marshals Service, at the request of FDA, seized five vials of ACAM20000—a smallpox vaccine containing live vaccinia virus (cow pox), which is reserved for people at high risk of contracting the disease—that were discovered during an FDA inspection at StemImmune Inc., a San Diego, California company that purports to specialize

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

Too Much or Too Little: FDA Requests Comments on New Strategy Regarding Risk Information in DTC Ads

Yesterday, on August 21, 2017, FDA solicited comments in the Federal Register on a new potential approach regarding communicating risk information in direct-to-consumer (DTC) broadcast ads for prescription drugs and biologics that contain product claims. These types of ads must include, among other things, what is often called a “major statement,” i.e., information relating to the advertised drug’s “major side effects and contraindications” in either the audio or the audio and visual parts of the ad. 21 CFR 202.1(e)(1).

In the FR notice, the agency explained that it is considering a new approach to satisfy this requirement called a “limited risks plus disclosure strategy.” Under this approach, the major statement would be limited to 1) “severe (life-threatening), serious, or actionable” risks and 2) a disclosure to alert consumers that there are other risks not included in the ad. The Federal Register notice elaborated on the definitions of “serious” and “actionable” risks.

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

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.  

FDA Pushes UDI System Compliance Date Back for Class I and Unclassified Devices

On June 2, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a letter to device labelers that it will issue a guidance document stating that FDA will exercise its enforcement discretion for the unique device identifier (UDI) compliance date for certain class I devices which are subject to current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) requirements and unclassified devices.

U.S. FDA and EU Regulators Announce Enhanced Mutual Recognition for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Inspections; Allows FDA to Continue Shifting Inspections and Enforcement Focus to Asia

In an effort to avoid the duplication of drug inspections, lower inspection costs, and enable regulators to devote more resources to other parts of the world where there may be greater risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Union (EU) today announced that they have enhanced their agreement on mutual recognition

FDA: Implementation of Amended Intended Use Regulations Delayed Until March 21, 2017

On February 7, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) delayed implementation of its January 9, 2017, final rule addressing the regulation of tobacco products as drugs, devices, or combination products.  That rule, which also amended the intended use regulations for drugs and devices, was to go into effect today, February 8, 2017; however, implementation

HHS Overhauls the Common Rule to Enhance Protection for Human Subjects in Research

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