TAG ARCHIVES FOR FDA

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Aug2018

Expanded access, which is treatment access to experimental drugs (also referred to as "compassionate use" or "pre-approval access"), has generated increasing interest and debate over the last several years. On March 7, PRIM&R hosted a webinar, Pre-Approval Access to Drugs in Development: Navigating the Changing Regulatory, Ethical, and Legal Landscape, to educate HRPP professionals on FDA guidance, recent legislation, and ethical questions related to expanded access. The webinar featured Richard Klein, the former director of the FDA's Patient Liaison Program in the Office of Health and Constituent Affairs, and Beth E. Roxland, JD, MBioethics, an Attorney, Bioethicist, and Senior Advisor on Law, Health Policy and Ethics at Roxland Consultants, Ltd. After the webinar, Mr. Klein responded to some of the attendee questions time didn’t permit us to address live. We’re pleased to share those responses with the readers of Ampersand. Read more

21
Aug2018

On May 30, 2018, the four-year Right to Try (RTT) movement culminated in a new federal law, with the stated goal of providing terminally ill patients with a new route of access to early phase investigational drugs that are currently in clinical development and not approved or generally available to all patients in need. RTT laws seek to remove federal FDA oversight and regulations from the pre-approval process, in which patients seek to access experimental drugs in development outside of the clinical trials in which the drugs are being tested, despite the fact that terminally ill patients already had the right to request such access under FDA regulations for decades through the Expanded Access Program. Read more

18
Jun2018

PRIM&R recently submitted comments in response to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s draft guidance "Pregnant Women: Scientific and Ethical Considerations for Inclusion in Clinical Trials," which was published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2018. PRIM&R suggests a few areas for further clarification, but generally applauds the agency for taking this important step to fill current regulatory gaps around the inclusion of pregnant women in FDA-regulated clinical trials and ultimately believes that the draft guidance will be of great benefit to relevant stakeholders, including industry, IRBs, and research subjects. Read more

25
Oct2017

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) jointly released final guidance on meeting minutes for IRBs who oversee human subjects research under FDA and/or HHS regulations. The final guidance includes a few small changes from the draft released in November 2015. This is the first time the two agencies have jointly issued guidance in this area; the guidance summarizes how the agencies believe IRBs and institutions should apply the federal regulations as they pertain to the creation of IRB meeting minutes. Read more

1
Sep2017

Tremendous progress continues to be made against the Emperor of All Maladies, cancer. One of the most exciting areas of progress involves immunotherapy, a treatment strategy that harnesses the natural ability of the body’s own immune cells to attack and kill tumor cells. A lot of extremely hard work has gone into this research, so I was thrilled to learn that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced on August 30 its first approval of a promising type of immunotherapy called CAR-T cell therapy for kids and young adults with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)—the most common childhood cancer in the U.S. Read more