REGULATORY ARTICLES

  • Data: The Future Of Regulatory Info Management In Europe

    The answer to many of our COVID-related real-world challenges lies in greater data centricity supported by the adoption of new technologies, and life sciences companies must play their own part in driving change.

  • FDA Seeks Comment On Conducting Remote Regulatory Assessments

    The FDA believes the use of both voluntary and mandatory remote regulatory assessments (RRAs) for all types of FDA-regulated products is in the interest of public health. The document describes the difference between voluntary and mandatory RRAs and shares information about the RRA report. Public comment ends on Sept. 30, 2022.

  • Heightened Standards For Satisfying Written Description In Pharma Patents

    In Biogen Intl. v. Mylan, the Federal Circuit invalidated claims in one of Biogen’s patents based on its finding that a claimed dosage limitation was insufficiently described in the disclosure and, thus, failed to meet the written description requirement. Between that case and another recent case, the Federal Circuit is showing heightened scrutiny on this patenting subject.

  • FDA Seeks Comment On ICH Q9(R1) Quality Risk Management

    ICH has revised Q9 Quality Risk Management, providing principles and tools that can be applied throughout the product life cycle of drug substances, drug products, biological, and biotech products. The FDA, a founding member of the ICH, plays a major role in the development of ICH guidelines, which FDA then adopts and issues as guidance to industry. 

  • How To Navigate The Patenting Challenges Of AI-Assisted Drug Discovery

    With “low-hanging fruit” drugs already in the market, biopharma companies are finding it more difficult to discover the next blockbuster treatment. Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a new arrow in the drug discovery quiver. But how do you patent AI-assisted drug discovery? Attorneys from Haynes Boone provide recommendations.

  • FDA Publishes Guidance For Biopharma Container And Carton Label Design

    The scope of this new FDA guidance includes prescription drug products marketed under an approved NDA or ANDA, prescription drugs marketed without an approved application, and biological products marketed under an approved BLA, but the principles may apply to OTC, compounded, or investigational products.

  • FDA Finds Drug Shortages Are Mostly Caused By Quality Issues

    New FDA guidance on risk management plans (RMPs) to mitigate the potential for drug shortages recommends an RMP for drugs that treat rare diseases and conditions, drugs with no alternatives, sole source products, products with only one API or manufacturing site available, and drugs made in facilities where an Official Action Indicated has been issued.

  • The Voluntary Improvement Program: FDA Seeks Public Comment On Draft Guidance

    The FDA seeks comments on its proposed guidance describing its policy regarding FDA's participation in the Voluntary Improvement Program. The program is facilitated by the Medical Device Innovation Consortium. Comments are due by July 5, 2022.

  • FDA Releases Guidance On Cybersecurity In Medical Devices

    The digital revolution that resulted in the IoT, IoMT, SaMD, and connected devices comes with the possibility of cyberattacks. The FDA's latest efforts to enhance medical device cybersecurity include a new draft guidance (covered in this article) and bipartisan congressional support of the PATCH Act of 2022 (which will be covered in a future article).

  • Therapeutic Oligonucleotides: Regulations & Quality Standards

    Oligonucleotides have surfaced in the past few years as promising therapeutic agents to treat diseases such as neurodegenerative disorders, respiratory disorders, cancer, and diabetic retinopathy. This article recaps a recent USP workshop where participants from regulatory agencies, industry, and academia gathered to discuss best practices and perspectives.