Tag Archives: FDASIA

FDA’s Patient Outreach: Finding Ties that Bind

Is the FDA doing enough to incorporate the patient perspective in the drug review process? This was the key question considered at a panel of regulatory experts held at last month’s annual BIO International Convention in San Diego. The consensus: while FDA deserves high marks for effort, both in reconciling the diversity of patient organization […]
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New Funding and Approval Pathways Prove Popular

By Rita Peters, Editorial Director, BioPharm International. Compared to other manufacturing and technology industries, the bio/pharmaceutical industry has one of the longest product development timelines. The research, development, testing, and regulatory review process typically extends for more than a decade, often exhausting the financial resources and commitment of investors. For patients with unmet medical needs, the […]
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The List So Far: FDA Breakthrough Designations

With announcements pouring in since the beginning of this year, FDA’s fourth and newest expedited approval pathway for medicines has begun to bear fruit. Established in 2012 within the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), Breakthrough Therapy designations have so far totaled 25 as of the end of July. With a separate senior management team […]
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Woodcock Urges Forward March Toward Personalized Medicine

New approaches for conducting clinical trials and developing therapies that actually prevent and cure disease are key to the future of effective drug therapy, according to Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). Personalized medicine has achieved mainstream status, accounting for more new drug approvals and promising pipeline candidates, […]
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The Orphan Drug Act at 30 Years: What's Next?

30 years ago last week, the US Orphan Drug Act came into being, and with it, a door of possibilities opened up for patients with literally thousands of untreated diseases. The anniversary marks the beginning of a journey where medicines for rare diseases have gained a foothold in the portfolios of drug companies large and […]
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