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Global Gaps in Standards Threaten Biosimilar Development

Although biopharmaceutical companies and regulatory authorities have made considerable progress in establishing policies for bringing biosimilars to market, key differences and gaps in requirements for testing and documenting product similarity still characterize the European Union, the U.S. and other regions. The EU’s European Medicines Agency (EMA) has set the regulatory pace, with 18 products approved since 2006, […]
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FDA Readies Quality Metrics Measures

 After almost two years of discussion and analysis, the Food and Drug Administration is finalizing a proposal for collecting data from manufacturers to help measure the performance of manufacturing operations and the quality of resulting drugs and biologics. The agency hopes to issue draft guidance by the end of the year that will outline a […]
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Implementing the Generic Drug User Fee Act: Struggles and Successes

Two years into the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA) program, enacted in July 2012, FDA officials are striving to meet goals and timelines for speeding new generic drugs to market. Agency reviewers have made some progress in eliminating the huge backlog in abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) pending in the Office of Generic Drugs […]
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FDA Announces Diagnostic Testing Measures

FDA has announced it is taking steps to ensure that certain diagnostic tests are accurate, consistent and reliable. The Agency is first issuing a final guidance on the development, review and approval or clearance of companion diagnostics, which are commonly used to detect certain types of gene-based cancers. Second, it will publish a risk-based oversight […]
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Catching Biopharmaceutical Sponsors by Surprise

The FDA has always been concerned about the safety of patients, and they strongly believe that clinical trials are not sufficient to capture all drug related adverse effects. During an update on The Future of FDA’s Drug Safety Program, Andrew C. von Eschenbach stated, “The full magnitude of some potential risks does not always emerge […]
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