China’s Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) will take effect on Nov. 1, 2021, making it harder for tech firms, including health care companies, to access and use consumers’ personal information. The PIPL was officially passed by the National People’s Congress on Aug. 20.
Given the ethics and feasibility of placebo-controlled COVID-19 vaccine trials, Access Consortium members are recognizing appropriately designed immunobridging studies as an acceptable approach for authorizing the vaccines, including those being developed to protect against SARS-CoV-2 variants.
LONDON – The U.K. government has accepted the recommendation of medical experts and will begin the rollout of COVID-19 boosters from next week, using mRNA vaccines only. That follows data from the U.K. Cov-Boost trial, looking at combinations of initial and booster doses. The results showed Pfizer Inc./Biontech SE’s and Moderna Inc.’s products generated the best immune responses, regardless of which vaccine was administered initially.
A fourth child has died after developing liver complications on a trial of Astellas Pharma Inc.’s gene therapy for rare neuromuscular disease, after FDA advisers noted the problems on the ASPIRO study in a discussion on gene therapy safety. Last week, Astellas announced that it had stopped dosing on ASPIRO after a safety issue involving liver function emerged in the trial of the gene therapy AT-132, aimed at the life-threatening rare disease X-linked myotubular myopathy.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: ADC, Alnylam, Beigene, Chiesi, Hummingbird, Hutchmed, Instil, Mirum, Monopar, Redhill, Relief, Scynexis, Tonix, Y-Mabs.
There are few guidelines of any sort that are specific to artificial intelligence (AI) for medical devices, but that doesn’t mean there are no signposts for developers. There are existing product marketing authorizations that offer some insights, but the FDA’s Bakul Patel said a risk stratification guidance by the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDF) is an example of a non-AI blueprint for how the FDA will ultimately approach regulation of AI.
The Biden administration may have jumped ahead of the FDA review when it announced last month that it planned to roll out COVID-19 boosters by Sept. 20, but that’s not likely to happen when it comes to the timing of vaccines for young children.