NIH partners with 11 biopharmaceutical companies on cancer immunotherapy strategies

Friday, October 13, 2017

The NIH and 11 biopharmaceutical companies launched the Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT), a five-year public-private research collaboration totaling $215 million as part of the Cancer Moonshot. PACT will initially focus on efforts to identify, develop and validate robust biomarkers—standardized biological markers of disease and treatment response—to advance new immunotherapy treatments that harness the immune system to attack cancer. The partnership will be managed by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), with the Food and Drug Administration serving in an advisory role. 

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FDA approves Idhifa for relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The FDA approved Idhifa (enasidenib) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who have a specific genetic mutation. The drug is approved for use with a companion diagnostic, the RealTime IDH2 Assay, which is used to detect specific mutations in the IDH2 gene in patients with AML.

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OHRP/FDA offer final guidance on electronic informed consent

Saturday, April 1, 2017

On December 15, 2016, the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the FDA published final guidance aimed at providing answers to commonly asked questions about using electronic informed consent (eConsent)in clinical investigations. The guidance applies to “electronic systems and processes that may employ multiple electronic media to obtain informed consent for both HHS-regulated human subject research and FDA-regulated clinical investigations of medical products, including human drug and biological products, medical devices, and combinations thereof.”1 This guidance finalizes the draft guidance Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Investigations – Questions and Answers that was issued in March 2015. The final guidance was developed in collaboration with FDA and OHRP and is issued as a joint final guidance.

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Charles River Laboratories International to pay $1.8M to settle False Claims Act allegations

Friday, March 24, 2017

Charles River Laboratories International has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.8 million to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act by improperly charging for labor and other associated costs that were not actually provided on certain NIH contracts, the Justice Department announced. Charles River is a for-profit corporation headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts. 

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Multi-sponsor trial results website launches

Monday, March 13, 2017

It wasn’t that long ago that patients just wandered away after a clinical trial wrapped up, never learning the results of the trial, never knowing whether or not their participation made any difference.

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Regulatory Update, February 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FDA Publishes Draft Guidance Documents

Although the dates for submitting comments to some of these will have passed before publication, interested parties should still consider submitting comments on these drafts as instructed, with the indicated Docket Number included in the comments.

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HHS/NIH finalize requirements for clinical trial reporting

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Faced with noncompliance of required reporting of clinical trial information, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) issued a final rule last September that gave more specifics about registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov. The rule also expanded the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information for clinical trials involving FDA-regulated drug, biological, and device products. National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded trials fell under reporting requirements, as well, as the NIH issued a complementary policy at the same time. NIH-funded trials must register and submit summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov even if the trials are not subject to the final rule. Although the enhancements add measures to improve the amount of clinical trial information on ClinicalTrials.gov, some researchers in favor of total transparency say that enforcement action and penalties still fall short.

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