Category Archives: Regulatory

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 The agency hopes to issue draft guidance by the end of the year that will outline a […]
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PPRS Payments Now Worth £150m in the UK

By Leela Barham. A second payment has now been made under the UK’s Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS). Adding a further £76m to the £74m for the first quarter of 2014, the payments received by the Department of Health (DH) now total £150m (US$244m).  Payments are a new feature of the long-standing voluntary PPRS. The […]
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Ebola Crisis Could Spur Broader R&D Efforts

Up until a few months ago, there was little industry interest or public support for developing vaccines and treatments to combat the Ebola virus. Now the rush is on to launch clinical trials of therapies with some potential effectiveness against the disease. The situation has also encouraged FDA and regulatory authorities to facilitate these efforts […]
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European Pharma: Paying the Price of Pharmacovigilance

Pharmacovigilance controls are becoming firmly embedded in the European Union’s post-authorization regulatory system, with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) acting as the pivot for an EU-wide network of agencies monitoring medicines throughout their market lifespan. The new pharmacovigilance activities stemming from the EU legislation, the first stage of which was approved four years ago, relate […]
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