Industry Insights for Q2 – 2019
The second quarter has flown by and we are still living with the uncertainty of Brexit. However, Christina Hägglund can be relied upon to bring the latest updates from the global regulatory authorities. If you want to find out more about our products or services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The EMA has also published a Q&A document on preparatory work that European Union authorities are doing to prevent medicine shortages which you can read here.
Access to Medicines
UK and Compliance with Clinical Trial Transparency Rule
FDA – Improve Efficacy of Drug Development
New FDA guidance could improve the efficiency of drug development and support precision medicine, by using a specific patient characteristic to select a study population. The detection of a real drug effect (efficacy or safety) may be more likely in this selected study population compared with an unselected population.
FDA – Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD)
The BTD is a regulatory process designed to expedite the development and review of drugs that are intended to treat a serious condition, where preliminary clinical evidence indicates that the drug may demonstrate substantial improvement over available therapy on one or more clinically significant endpoints.
Sponsors granted this designation can take advantage of compressed clinical trials, advice and input from dedicated FDA personnel and a streamlined FDA evaluation process.
Europe – clinical trial regulation (CTR – 536/2014)
Progression to the EU CTR
The EC maintains Volume 10 of ‘The Rules Governing Medicinal Products in the European Union’ on its website.
Volume 10 has been updated to bring it in line with changes required by the EU CTR. Inevitably there will be a period when some clinical trials in Europe are being performed under the current EU Clinical Trials Directive (CTD – 2001/20/EC) whilst others are initiated under the CTR. In order to distinguish between these two guidance documents the EC now has two complementary pages on the Eudralex Volume 10 website (Page 1) and (Page 2) is here.
CTR and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The EC has released a Q&A document explaining the interplay between the CTR and the GDPR. The document reviews the data protection requirements of the CTR in the context of GDPR. It acknowledges that, in the short term, trials in Europe will continue to be performed under the EU Clinical Trials Directive.
EU Guidance Documents/Recommendations
Recommendations for Complex Clinical Trials
This document provides recommendations for sponsors regarding the authorisation and conduct of complex clinical trials. The document describes the current perspective of the Clinical Trials Facilitation and Co-Ordination Group (CTFG) on these trials and outlines the major issues that sponsors should address in the process of initiating and conducting complex clinical trials in the EU/EEA.
Guidance on New EU Regulations of Medical Devices
Questions & Answers on Implementation of the Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulations ((EU) 2017/745 and (EU) 2017/746). This Question and Answer (Q&A) document provides practical considerations concerning the implementation of the medical devices and the in vitro diagnostic medical devices regulations
FDA guidance documents
The Effect of Food on Medicines
Regenerative Medicine Products
Improving Representation in Oncology Studies
Updated Guidance on Risk-Based Monitoring
EU – New EudraVigilance System Improves Detection of Safety Signals
The assessment of safety signals, a routine part of pharmacovigilance, establishes whether there is a causal relationship between the medicine and the reported event.
In the European Medicine Agency’s (EMA’s) 2018 annual report, it is acknowledged that the new EudraVigilance system (launched in November 2017) has encouraged early detection and evaluation of possible safety signals, leading to a safer and more effective use of medicines in Europe.
UK – MHRA GCP Data Integrity Requirements
Compliance with GCP, including compliance with standards relating to data integrity, is typically verified through audit and inspection. The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Inspectorate has shared answers to some of the key questions it has received on data integrity in the context of GCP. The MHRA published a much broader guidance on GxP data integrity just over 12 months ago.
FDA – Patient Experience Data
The FDA is catching up with other regulatory agencies by embarking on efforts to incorporate meaningful patient experience data into its regulatory decision making. Developing and Submitting Proposed Draft Guidance Relating to Patient Experience Data.