Category Archive: Drug Development

Oct 18

What’s New Health Canada?

By Christine Straccini, B.Sc., C.C.R.P., Regulatory Associate II   What’s New in: Therapeutic Products Directorate: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/drug-products/what-new-drug-products-health-canada.html   Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/brgtherap/update-miseajour/index-eng.php Medical Devices: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-devices/what-new.html Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/natural-non-prescription/what-new.html   Health Canada New Guidance Documents (Drugs and Biologics) Health Canada Guidance Type Date Posted Publication of the Guidance Document: Certificate of …

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Jul 14

FDA Updates ICH E14 Q&A Modelling in QTc Prolongation Studies

Greg Hileman, Ph.D., Sr. Director and Principle Regulatory Scientist of Cato Research The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) last updated its guidance “THE CLINICAL EVALUATION OF QT/QTC INTERVAL PROLONGATION AND PROARRHYTHMIC POTENTIAL FOR NON-ANTIARRHYTHMIC DRUGS (ICH E14 (R3)) in 2005. This month, FDA published the most recent ICH updated list of questions and answers (ICH …

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Jun 05

New FDA Guidances for May 2017

By Sheila Plant, Ph.D., R.A.C., Assistant Director, Regulatory Strategy, US at Cato Research One revised draft FDA guidance, released from CBER, and two MAPPs, released from CDER, in May 2017, are posted.  In addition, upcoming advisory committee meetings to be held in June and July are listed below with links to more information. Special Interest …

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May 08

New FDA Guidances for March and April 2017

By Joanne McNelis, Ph.D., Clinical Strategy Scientist at Cato Research FDA draft and final guidances, released from CDER, CBER, and CDRH, and Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPPs) of interest, released from CDER in March and April are posted. In addition, upcoming advisory committee meetings are listed below with links to more information. Special Interest …

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Mar 23

CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY: A NEW HOPE

By Reshma Jagasia, Ph.D, Scientist at Cato Research The current standard of care for cancer treatment is surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy – a standard that has persisted for decades. These treatments are invasive and not specific, killing healthy cells and tissues along with tumors. In the past decade, more targeted therapies have emerged, including …

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Feb 09

A New Expedited Review Designation: Regenerative Advanced Therapy

By Michelle Villasmil, Ph.D., RAC (U.S.), Regulatory Scientist at Cato Research One of the many changes brought by the 21st Century Cures Act is the new expedited review designation entitled Regenerative Advanced Therapy (with the unfortunate acronym of RAT). FDA provides brief guidance for a RAT designation on their website (provided below). A drug is …

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Jan 18

What’s New Health Canada? Jan 2017

By Amelie Rodrigue-Way, Ph.D., RAC (CAN), Associate Director, Regulatory Strategy, and Christine Straccini, B.Sc., Regulatory Associate; Cato Research Canada   What’s New in: Therapeutic Products Directorate: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodpharma/update-miseajour/index-eng.php Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/brgtherap/update-miseajour/index-eng.php Medical Devices: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/md-im/update-miseajour/index-eng.php Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/new-neuf-eng.php     Health Canada New Guidance Documents (Drugs and Biologics): October – …

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Jan 04

Transparency Initiatives at Health Canada

By Amelie Rodrigue-Way, Ph.D., RAC (CAN), Associate Director, Regulatory Strategy for Cato Research Canada. As part of the Regulatory Transparency and Openness Framework (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/home-accueil/rto-tor/index-eng.php), Health Canada has committed to provide greater transparency and openness to further strengthen trust in their regulatory decisions. The Framework will: Help Canadians to better understand how and why decisions are …

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Dec 02

New FDA Guidances for October and November 2016

By Michelle Villasmil, Ph.D., Regulatory Scientist at Cato Research FDA draft and final guidances, released from CDER, CBER, and CDRH in October and November 2016 are posted. In addition, upcoming advisory committee meetings to be held in the next month are listed below with links to more information.   Special Interest Guidances/Information Date Posted Mitigating …

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Oct 20

Precision Medicine and the FDA

by Reshma Jagasia, Ph.D., Scientist at Cato Research “Doctors have always recognized that every patient is unique, and doctors have always tried to tailor their treatments as best they can to individuals. You can match a blood transfusion to a blood type — that was an important discovery. What if matching a cancer cure to our …

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