Category Archives: Safety

60 Years of Pharma Regulation in Europe

European regulation of pharmaceuticals has, since the foundation of the European Union around 60 years ago, been a story of medicines being controlled in a collaboration between regulators at the EU and national levels. In recent years, this collaboration has been extended to involve not just the regulators themselves but also other stakeholders such as […]
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Grant for Counterfeit Drug Detecting Device

PharmaChk, a portable anticounterfeiting device, has received a $2 million transition-to-scale grant from Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. PharmaChk is being developed in conjunction with researchers at Boston University (BU) to detect and quantify active ingredients in medicines.
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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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Sandoz Wins Biosimilar Filing Race

 After months of speculation about prospects for biosimilar development in the U.S., Novartis announced July 24 that FDA has accepted Sandoz’ biologics license application (BLA) for a similar version of Amgen’s Neupogen (filgrastim). Assuming FDA approval within a year, this action sets the stage for testing whether and how biosimilars will gain acceptance in the […]
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