A cautious optimism pervaded the March 11 Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee update on COVID-19, with witnesses and lawmakers alike welcoming the continuing decline of infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S.
Building on existing guidance and nearly eight years’ experience with biosimilar monoclonal antibodies and fusion proteins, the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a final guidance detailing a streamlined approach to licensing biosimilars.
As expected, the FDA has expanded emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer Inc. and Biontech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine, Comirnaty (tozinameran), to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age, marking what Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock called "a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic."
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Biontech, Bold, Cerecor, Foghorn, Organicell Regenerative Medicine, Pfizer, Rocket, Samus.
PERTH, Australia – The FDA granted Oncores Medical Pty. Ltd. breakthrough device designation for its quantitative micro-elastography (QME) imaging system. The hand-held imaging tool helps surgeons differentiate between cancerous and healthy tissue in real time at the point of surgery, and it could substantially improve outcomes in breast-conserving surgery (BCS) and reduce repeat operations for women with breast cancer.
The FDA’s presenters at this year’s joint FDA/Xavier med-tech conference presented on a range of issues, such as the breakthrough devices premarket program and the agency’s postmarket surveillance efforts. However, the two FDA presenters both remarked that these functional areas are hampered by lack of resources, suggesting the agency has a unified message about resources that permeates negotiations for the next device user fee agreement.
HONG KONG – The Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MoH) has published a draft decree intended to refine the legal framework for regulating medical devices in the country. Released under the title Official Dispatch No. 2271/BYT-TB-CT, the draft document consolidates the amendments made to the current decree and introduces new sections addressing clinical trials, the Essential Principles for Safety and Efficiency of Medical Devices, and advertising.
Regulatory snapshots, including global submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Bigfoot Biomedical, Conformis, Edge Surgical, Inova Diagnostics, Ortho Development, Orthofix, Think Surgical.
Biopharma companies need to provide unredacted access to both positive and negative clinical data for all new drugs and vaccines, whether the drugs have been rejected, authorized for emergency use, or granted full or conditional approval, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and international regulators. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for improved transparency of medical research,” said EMA Executive Director Emer Cooke, who also chairs the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA).
Despite the demonstrated benefits of using patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in clinical trials assessing new cancer drugs in adults, PROs are rarely used in pediatric cancer trials. Hoping to change that, the FDA is convening the pediatric subcommittee of its Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) May 11 to discuss how to effectively use a pediatric form of the PRO version of the common terminology criteria for adverse events.