Tag: FDA


Snapshot: A New Guidance Document Program From the FDA

As a regulatory affairs professional advising various stakeholders on the interpretation and implementation of guidance documents from the FDA, I can safely say that the task is challenging in the best of cases. FDA guidance documents have a tendency to be vague and difficult to decode. As experts, we are always debating about what the...


INTERACT Meetings: Streamlining Early Clinical Development

In October 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Standard Operating Policy and Procedure (SOPP) – SOPP 8214 Version 1.0: INTERACT Meetings with Sponsors for Drugs and Biological Products. This document details recommendations for the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)’s engagement with sponsors (such as industry and investigators) in an early development...

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The FDA’s New Guidance on Natural History Studies in Rare Diseases: What You Need to Know

In March 2019, the FDA released draft guidance on the design and implementation of natural history studies to support the development of safe and effective treatments for rare diseases. The document, Rare Diseases: Natural History Studies for Drug Development,[1] addresses one of the major challenges sponsors encounter when developing therapies for rare disease: the lack...

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Draft Guidance: Hematologic Malignancies: Regulatory Considerations for Use of Minimal Residual Disease in Development of Drug and Biological Products for Treatment

The FDA has released a new draft guidance for sponsors planning to use minimal residual disease (MRD) as a biomarker in clinical trials conducted under an investigational new drug application (IND) or to support marketing approval of drugs and biological products for the treatment of specific hematologic malignancies.

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Are You Ready for the FDA’s eCTD Filing Deadline? That’s May 5, 2018. Yes. Tomorrow.

It’s already been three years since the FDA issued its “Guidance on Providing Regulatory Submissions in Electronic Format—Certain Human Pharmaceutical Product Applications and Related Submissions Using the eCTD Specifications.” This guidance established a mandatory requirement for electronic submission of certain applications, amendments, supplements, and reports to the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)...

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The Regulatory Landscape for Immuno-gene Therapeutics in Hematological Malignances

Over the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of genetically modified cells for cancer immunotherapy, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cells, recombinant T-cell receptor T cells and genetically modified CD34+ cells for the treatment of hematological malignancies. Clinical trials of immuno-gene therapeutics are becoming increasingly common, and regulatory guidelines...

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Learning to Listen: Voice of the Patient Grows Louder in Product Development

Days before Christmas 2017, a nationwide call went out requesting nominations of patients and caregivers to join a new public/private-sponsored Patient Engagement Collaborative. Among the promised duties for this yet-to-be-filled body of 16 patient community representatives: Propose new collaboration models in which patients and patient advocates are partners in healthcare product development and U.S. Food...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Are We Trading Speed for Innovation in Approving New Drugs?

DURHAM, N.C., February 16, 2018 — Are expedited approvals of new drugs occurring at the expense of innovation? Nach Davé, Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs at Premier Research, will explore the subject at Outsourcing in Clinical Trials West Coast 2018, February 21 in Burlingame, California. In his presentation, Faster Approvals but Less Innovation: Trend...


Sponsors and CROs get More Clarity on Precision, Targeted Therapy Trials

Clinical trial sponsors and the clinical research organizations (CROs) supporting them have more clarity from the U.S. Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on how to better select trial participants and design precision-based clinical trials for targeted therapies. New direction is contained in two new agency draft guidance documents recently published by the agency. They...

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Stronger Post-Market Studies Needed if FDA Speeds New Medical Device Approval

Big changes are planned in 2018 and beyond for how new medical devices are reviewed and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) if a proposal put forth moves forward. In a blogpost this week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. announced the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) will publish a series...