Ethics/Regulatory

New EMA guide for implementing safety monitoring changes

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The EMA has published a guide to support the implementation of a new international standard for the safety monitoring of medicines in the E.U. The so-called ISO ICSR standard improves the reporting of suspected side effects of medicines in Individual Case Safety Reports (ICSRs). The use of the new international standard will take effect on July 1, 2016.

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NHS increases budget for cancer drugs fund to an expected $400M

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The NHS Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) has published a review of drugs included in the fund and increased the budget for cancer drugs. The budget for the CDF will grow from $235 million in 2013-2014, to $329 million in 2014-2015, and an estimated $400 million from April 2015. This represents a total increase of 70% since August 2014.

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U.S. immunity against legal claims given to developers of Ebola treatments

Monday, January 5, 2015

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced a declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act to facilitate the development and availability of experimental Ebola vaccines. This declaration is intended to assist in the global community’s effort to help combat the current epidemic in West Africa and help prevent future outbreaks there.

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