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Aligned Review Timelines Key to Co-Developing Companion Diagnostics

Aligned Review Timelines Key to Co-Developing Companion Diagnostics

September 15, 2021

“We're moving toward an era of truly personalized medicine where research is uncovering the genetic basis for disease as well as mutations and biomarkers that can be targeted with drug and biologic therapies. We need to continue to identify the right patients for these innovative therapies, and this is where companion diagnostics has a foothold,” explains Tiffany Levin (55th Parallel). “One of the key challenges for drug sponsors is the timing of the development and review of companion diagnostics when they're intended to accompany an accelerated therapeutic development program,” continues Megan Doyle (Amgen). “We know regulators have developed or are developing accelerated regulatory pathways for drugs that are intended to address areas of high unmet need. But we don't have a similar accelerated pathway in most jurisdictions for the companion diagnostic.”

Early Access Programs Complicating Comparative Data Analyses

Early Access Programs Complicating Comparative Data Analyses

August 25, 2021

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) is an independent expert body appointed by the Australian Government to recommend new medicines for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. How have advanced therapies impacted the cost and cost effectiveness of pharmaceuticals, and the work of PBAC, in Australia? “Our decision making is becoming harder because we're being asked to make decisions with substantially more uncertainty about the benefits and safety and the value propositions because medicines are coming to market earlier,” explains PBAC Chair Andrew Wilson to Ric Day, Global Forum Regional Editor, Australia/New Zealand. “I don't think the quality of the information has fallen. It's just that we're seeing it earlier in the drug development program process to be considered, and so there is more uncertainty associated with it.”

New PAHO Report: Strength in Regulatory Reference and Reliance

New PAHO Report: Strength in Regulatory Reference and Reliance

August 4, 2021

In April 2021, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued Regulatory System Strengthening in the Americas: Lessons Learned from the National Regulatory Authorities of Regional Reference to overview the Americas’ regulatory landscape and regulatory responses to COVID-19. “The pandemic has highlighted the crucial role that the national regulatory authorities need to play in a public health emergency,” explains PAHO Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa to Cammilla Gomes, regulatory policy lead for Latin America, Roche, and DIA Global Forum regional editor for Latin America. “The regional pharmaceutical market is growing, products are becoming more complex, and countries are spending more in providing access to these products. Yet the resources and capacities are not growing at the same pace in most regulatory authorities, and we want to ensure that our countries are able to oversee and enforce the regulations to ensure the safety, effectiveness, and quality of all products.”

eLabeling More than Moving from Paper to Digital

eLabeling More than Moving from Paper to Digital

August 2, 2021

Electronic or digital documents helped manage and disseminate clinical research data and information during the pandemic and are now being explored for potential use at the other end of this pipeline: the product safety and other information in the (paper) package insert. “Whether we are speaking of paper or electronic formats, this is the basic right, at the end of the day, for patients: to allow them that access and informed decision making about the use of their product,” suggests Aimad Torqui, executive director, Global Regulatory Policy, MSD (The Netherlands), and chair, Product Information Inter-Association Task Force (PI IATF). “It sounds very easy to move from one format to another. But there’s a lot of details to go through: How do we do submissions? How do we do approvals? Where is it published? How do people get access to it?”

RIM Whitepaper V2 and RIM Reference Model: Advancing Regulatory Science

RIM Whitepaper V2 and RIM Reference Model: Advancing Regulatory Science

June 17, 2021

In April 2021, the Regulatory Information Management (RIM) Working Group of DIA’s Regulatory Affairs Community issued Version 2.0 of the RIM Whitepaper that provides insights relating to eleven key regulatory capability areas including RIM implementation considerations, processes, and best practices. The Whitepaper also provides context for the RIM Reference Model in development. “One of the key aspects of the model is standardizing terminology and relationships between information,” explains IQVIA Senior Regulatory Affairs Director Donald Palmer in this conversation moderated by Ennov Director of Product Management Kathie Clark. “It puts the stake in the ground in terms of the basic data elements required to support regulatory in its business process and also other functional areas which depend on regulatory,” continues Venkatraman Balasubramanian, Senior Vice President, Life Sciences, Orion Innovation. “If we can put the best practices out there, we all align on the hope that this will allow industry to bring life-saving or life-improving medications and therapies to patients faster. We're hoping to make a big difference,” concludes Pat Shafer, Managing Director, FTI Consulting. Download Version 2.0 of the RIM Whitepaper.

Australia: Growing Clinical Trials Even in Pandemic’s Wake

Australia: Growing Clinical Trials Even in Pandemic’s Wake

May 11, 2021

DIA Global Forum Australia/New Zealand Regional Editor Richard Day (University of New South Wales, Medicine, St. Vincent’s Hospital) and John Skeritt, Head of Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), discuss regulatory strategies and other initiatives designed to help nurture clinical research and product development in Australia post-pandemic. With “Australia having had many fewer cases than comparable countries, we've actually become in very short time a very attractive global destination for clinical trials. And, in fact, because of our low numbers, the demand has significantly increased,” John explains. “For medicines, biologicals, and devices, for example, in the last six months of last year, July to December 2020, we actually had a 17% increase in the number of clinical trials, even though COVID was rife in some parts of Australia at that time.”

Remote Tools Keep Japan’s Research Moving

Remote Tools Keep Japan’s Research Moving

April 26, 2021

Japan, the world’s third largest pharmaceutical market, has long been engaged in clinical research in every therapeutic area. “COVID-19 totally changed the world. The remote connection is the only way for the CRAs and the sites to communicate and work together, so both the sponsors and the sites started using remote communication or remote monitoring gradually,” explains Eri Sekine, Region Head of Trial Monitoring Japan, Global Development Operations, Novartis Pharma KK, Japan. “So now it's the time to consider how to utilize modern technologies in clinical trials. I think, based on our experience, that people will start thinking more aggressively about digitalization, digital solutions, to make clinical trials easier for sites, sponsors, and for patients.”

DIA Promoting Community, Pushing Back Misinformation

DIA Promoting Community, Pushing Back Misinformation

April 16, 2021

How has DIA responded to its communities’ educational and informational needs during the pandemic? “We've always gotten our inspiration and our motivation and our energy from working together, whether it's with our own team on projects or with subject matter experts and key opinion leaders in our stakeholder community. So that reuniting of the community is really central in our minds right now,” explains DIA Global Chief Executive Barbara Lopez Kunz. “One of the things that you're going to hear at the Global Annual Meeting coming up in June is this whole topic of misinformation. We've had this topic of anti-vaccine commentary in public spaces in our minds, and many of the people around the world in the regulatory community have asked me and our team to help address this. You're going to hear us talking about how we combat misinformation so that people actually understand what's going on in health and how they can protect themselves.” 

Japan Healthcare 2035: Focus on Basic Science & Economics

Japan Healthcare 2035: Focus on Basic Science & Economics

March 29, 2021

In 2015, Japan's Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare established an expert advisory panel to focus on Japan Vision: Healthcare 2035 and plan ways to meet the challenges facing the country’s healthcare system over the next two decades. “Japan has been facing an unprecedented situation with fewer children and our aging society. The Japan policy of Healthcare 2035 actually focuses on this problem,” explains Kanmuri Kazuhiro, Ascent Development Services. “The balance of demand and supply will become a serious problem in the near future in Japan. The real question is: How do we manage financing and make the quality of the healthcare system good?”

DARWIN EU: Evolution in Europe’s Use of Big Data

DARWIN EU: Evolution in Europe’s Use of Big Data

February 26, 2021

The HMA-EMA Big Data Task Force has proposed ten priority actions to help the EU’s medicines regulatory network make best use of big data to support public health. “The first one we mention is the establishment of a Data Analytics Real-World Interrogation Network, also called DARWIN EU, which we see as a natural evolution of what regulators have been doing for decades now,” explains Nikolai Brun, Co-Chair, HMA-EMA Steering Group on Big Data, in this conversation with Thomas Kühler, Head of Regulatory Science & Policy, EU/AMESA, Sanofi, and Global Forum Regional Editor for Europe. “Technological advances have enabled us to query data remotely and preserving patient privacy and anonymity. We can query data remotely in European databases with an intelligent probe, and this probe can ask a question to the database and return with the answer. That is the vision behind DARWIN EU.”

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