Ethics/Regulatory

FDA awards grants to stimulate drug, device development for rare diseases

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 01:27 PM

The FDA has awarded 15 grants totaling more than $19 million to boost the development of medical device, drug and biological products for patients with rare diseases, with at least a quarter of the funding going to studies focused solely on pediatrics.

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WIRB Copernicus Group acquires ePharmaSolutions

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 08:00 AM

By Ronald Rosenberg
CenterWatch Staff Writer

WIRB Copernicus Group, after acquiring three IRBs in the past four months, is continuing its spending spree, expanding into a new area with the purchase of ePharmaSolutions (ePS) of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

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AAHRPP accredits two organizations in U.S., one in Mexico

Friday, September 19, 2014 01:28 PM

The nonprofit Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has accredited three more organizations, including two independent institutional review boards in Massachusetts and a second organization in Mexico.

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ABPI comments on NICE’s response to value-based assessment consultation

Friday, September 19, 2014 12:50 PM

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) board has considered proposals on value-based assessment (VBA) following a three-month consultation.

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Health advocate coalition says EMA advice for fee undermines independence of regulatory authorities

Monday, September 15, 2014 12:18 PM

Health Action International Europe (HAI Europe), the International Society of Drug Bulletins (ISDB), the Medicines in Europe Forum (MiEF) and the Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM) have criticized the EMA for providing confidential “advice” to pharmaceutical companies on their development plans for new medicines in exchange for fees—a potentially harmful practice the EMA now is trying to extend to national health technology assessment (HTA) bodies in the E.U.

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NICE to seek greater access to clinical trial data when appraising drugs

Thursday, September 11, 2014 01:32 PM

NICE will ask for access to clinical trial data from European regulatory authorities if pharmaceutical companies fail to supply all relevant data. The move follows calls for increasing transparency from pharma companies and comes after Roche was criticized for its handling of data for the pandemic flu drug Tamiflu.

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WIRB-Copernicus Group acquires New England IRB

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 09:12 AM

By Ronald Rosenberg
CenterWatch Staff Writer

New England IRB (NEIRB) will become part of the growing group of recently acquired IRBs by WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG), the world’s largest provider of regulatory and ethical review services for clinical research.

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NICE releases guidelines to improve recording of drug allergies

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 12:43 PM

Redesigning prescriptions to include information on drugs or drug classes that patients with known drug allergies should avoid can reduce the risk of allergic reactions, according to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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WHO recommends use of testing to help diagnose pre-cancerous cervical disease

Friday, August 29, 2014 10:33 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidance recommending the use of p16 immunohistochemistry (IHC) testing to improve the detection of pre-cancerous cervical disease. In doing so, WHO is the first global organization to issue written recommendations on the use of p16 after the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) provided similar guidance in 2012.

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NIH releases new priority list of drugs it wants tested in children

Thursday, August 28, 2014 01:09 PM

The NIH has released a new "Priority List" of pediatric therapeutic areas and medical products it wants the medical community—including the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries—to focus on.

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