FDA’s novel excipient pilot program is open for candidates

CDER (Center for Drug Evaluation and Research) recently launched a new voluntary Novel Excipient Review Pilot Program, intended to allow excipient manufacturers to obtain FDA review of certain ‘novel excipients’ prior to their use in medicinal products. This pilot is geared at fostering development of excipients that may be useful in scenarios in which manufacturers …

FDA Guidance for Industry: Development of Abbreviated New Drug Applications during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In April 2021 the FDA released a new question & answer guidance document for the industry, specifically addressing Generics and their challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the guidance is coming into effect immediately without prior public comments, it is worth having a closer look. The FDA has issued this guidance to provide general recommendations …

EMA electronic Product Information (ePI) Consultation

Expert and public comments sought on ePI, open until 31/July/2021. The EMA has opened a public consultation on the draft EU common standard for electronic product information or ePI. The consultation period is open until end of July 2021 so there is little time left to give feedback. Comments should be provided via an online …

EU pilot project ‘Market Launch of Centrally Authorised Medicinal Products’

Action required: Pilot started 25/March/2021. In March 2021 the European Commission, together with the EMA and Member States, committed to initiate a pilot to better understand the root causes of deferred market launches for centrally authorised products. The initiative has been launched with the engagement of future Marketing Authorisation Holders (MAHs). The pilot’s overall objective …

EMA introduces additional measures to streamline assessments

Published by the EMA 11/May/2021. In the process of streamlining assessment for medicinal products during the COVID-19 pandemic, the EMA is implementing additional temporary measures in the European medicines regulatory network . This should allow assessors to concentrate on the ever-increasing volume of COVID-19-related applications, whether vaccines or treatments. The focus will be on vaccines …

EMA’s PRIME draft toolbox: Consultation ends July 2021

Action required: Consultation for the EMA PRIority MEdicine (PRIME) draft toolbox guidance closes 31st July 2021. What is PRIME about? The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched the PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme in March 2016. The scheme was launched to provide early and enhanced scientific and regulatory support for medicines that target an unmet medical need. …

FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS)

FDA launches FAERS public dashboard for COVID-19 emergency use authorization products. Covid-19 is currently in the news worldwide and that on a daily basis. With vaccinations now becoming more widely available, not only healthcare professionals are interested in post vaccination information. The public too is getting hungrier not only for information on vaccination success, but …

Machine Learning for the benefit of Life Sciences

Machine Learning (ML) is a form of Artificial Intelligence (AI), allowing applications to learn from the data processed. This is in contrast to programming, which follows a defined route to write a specific computer program. During the absorption of data, the ML algorithms learn to produce better, more precise ‘models’. These ML ‘models’ are an …

UK spearheading Pathway for faster Time to Market

The UK is spearheading a new initiative on how innovative medicinal products can be brought to market faster and therefore made accessible to patients more quickly. In December 2020, the MHRA released new guidance documents on ILAP or Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway to clarify new opportunities for stakeholders in medicinal product development. Already operational, …