Category Archive: Drug Development

Mar 23 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2016

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 2016

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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Oct 12 2016

New FDA Guidances for September 2016

By Sheila R. Plant, Ph.D., R.A.C., Regulatory Scientist at Cato Research FDA draft and final guidances, released from CDER, CBER, and CDRH in September 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 Q7 …

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Sep 21 2016

The Current Implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) Implementation Plan and Rare Disease Drugs

What is the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)? In November 2013 the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) was signed into law with the intent to decrease incidence of counterfeit, falsified, or substandard prescription medication.  Title II of this act was the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), which lays the ten-year framework for …

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Sep 12 2016

New FDA Guidances for August 2016

By Sheila R. Plant, Ph.D., R.A.C., Regulatory Scientist at Cato Research FDA draft and final guidances, released from CDER, CBER, and CDRH in August 2016, are posted. One recent CDER Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP) regarding a change in hard gelatin capsule shell suppliers is included.  In addition, upcoming advisory committee meetings to be …

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Aug 18 2016

New FDA Guidances for July 2016

By Yuka Fukushima, Regulatory Associate & Compliance Specialist at Cato Research FDA draft and final guidances, released from CDER, CBER, and CDRH from July 2016, are posted.  In addition, upcoming advisory committee meetings to be held are also listed below with a link to more information. Special Interest Guidances/Information Date Posted General Wellness: Policy for …

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