Thousands of drugs at risk if no Brexit deal, European pharmaceutical companies warn

Brexit threatens the free flow of these goods, given stringent medicine regulations that may require the retesting of drugs shipped across borders in the absence of an agreed trading arrangement.

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Supplies of thousands of medicines are at risk of disruption if Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal, European pharmaceutical companies warned on Thursday. More than 2,600 drugs have some stage of manufacture in Britain and 45 million patient packs are supplied from the UK to other European countries each month, while another 37 million flow in the opposite direction. Brexit threatens the free flow of these goods, given stringent medicine regulations that may require the retesting of drugs shipped across borders in the absence of an agreed trading arrangement.

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (Efpia) said a survey of its members showed 45 percent of companies expected trade delays if Britain and Europe fell back onto World Trade Organization rules after Brexit. Drugmakers also face an additional hurdle when it comes to licensing their products, since more than 12,000 medicines will require a separate UK licence in order for them to be prescribed. “For life-saving and life-improving medicines, the EU and UK cannot afford to wait any longer to ensure that the necessary cooperation on medicines is in place from the day the UK leaves the EU,” said Efpia Director General Nathalie Moll.

Pharmaceutical companies have insisted since last year’s Brexit referendum that a comprehensive agreement is needed to ensure maximum alignment between EU and British pharmaceutical regulations. But with the clock ticking down to Brexit in March 2019 with no sign yet that a trade deal will be concluded, many companies are now starting to draw up plans to protect drug supply chains, including building extra testing centres in Europe.

 

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RPS says pharmacists must always be present in pharmacies

The three RPS national boards have jointly called for legal guarantees that a pharmacist will always undertake a clinical assessment or check, and that there must be no legal loopholes that can bypass this requirement.

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The leaked document, prepared by a working group of the Department of Health’s Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board, suggested that current legislation could be changed to allow a registered pharmacy professional, which could include a technician, to take responsibility for the sale and supply of pharmacy and prescription-only medicines.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has said it believes a pharmacist should always be present in a pharmacy, apart from occasional short periods of time.

Responding to a leaked document produced for the Department of Health (DH) on the issue of whether pharmacy technicians should be allowed to supervise pharmacies, the RPS has issued an eight-point position statement on the role of registered technicians supervising the sale and supply of medicines.

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Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial

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After watching his mother die from meningitis in a nationwide outbreak caused by contaminated steroids, Scott Shaw is determined to make sure something like that never happens again.

A stiff punishment for the Massachusetts pharmacist Shaw believes is partially responsible may help, he says.

“I believe as surely as I’m talking to you right now that if something isn’t done, we will repeat this again,” the North Carolina man said.

Glenn Chin, the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, about 22 miles (35 kilometers) west of Boston, is to go on trial Tuesday for his role in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others.

Chin faces up to life in prison if convicted of all counts of second-degree murder under federal racketeering law.

Experts, and Chin’s defense attorney, believe prosecutors have a stronger case against Chin than they did against the co-founder of the compounding pharmacy, Barry Cadden. Cadden was sentenced in June to nine years in prison after being acquitted of second-degree murder charges but convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges.

Chin ran the so-called clean rooms where steroid injections were made. He is accused of failing to properly sterilize the drugs, among other things. Chin also faces conspiracy, mail fraud and other charges.

“I’m just a little concerned that the judge and the jury might be a little more harsh on Glenn Chin because he was doing the work in the clean room,” Chin’s attorney, Stephen Weymouth, said.

Throughout Cadden’s trial, the co-founder’s lawyers tried to push the blame onto Chin. Chin intends to point the finger back at Cadden.

Weymouth said he will argue that Chin was essentially a “puppet” for Cadden, who made working in the clean rooms so difficult that “mistakes might have been made.” Cadden was the one calling the shots and pushing the orders to line his own pockets, Weymouth said.

 

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CURE Pharmaceutical Launches New Academic Partnership Program Providing the Company’s Proprietary CureFilm™ for More Humane and Effective Animal Research

OXNARD, Calif., Sept. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CURE Pharmaceutical (OTCQB:CURR), (“CURE”), a leading disruptive drug delivery technology company, today announced the launch of a new academic partnership program, CureDotsTM. Under the CureDotsTMprogram, academic institutions may access the Company’s patented, multilayer oral thin film (OTF), CureFilm Oral™, for more humane and effective animal research and testing. CureDotsTM are punch-hole dot size versions of CureFilm Oral™ appropriate for pre-clinical testing with smaller animals such as mice.

Translation of a drug to human clinical trials requires that safety and efficacy studies be performed in animal models using the intended clinical route of administration, which is the oral route for many drugs. Oral gavage is the standard method for consistent and precise delivery of an investigational agent to an animal. However, oral gavage is often not well tolerated by the animal causing stress, which can jeopardize the integrity of the experiment.

According to published research by the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, “Utilizing an Orally Dissolving Strip for Pharmacological and Toxicological Studies: A Simple and Humane Alternative to Oral Gavage for Animals,” preclinical, oral drug delivery using the CureDotsTM represents a safe, convenient, and humane alternative to oral gavage for repetitive pharmacological and toxicological testing performed on animals.

 

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US pharmaceutical company expands Dublin presence

US pharmaceutical company expands Dublin presence

PTC Therapeutics, a US pharmaceutical company, plans to expand its European headquarters in Dublin to 40 staff.

The Dublin site of the company is responsible for finance, quality assurance, legal and a raft of other back office roles.

“We currently employ 30 people in the Dublin office and this will increase to a total of 40 sustainable jobs in this office within a short period of time,” said Adrian Haigh, who heads up the company’s international operations.

PTC focuses on the discovery and commercialisation of novel medicines. It has been working on the development of a drug called Translarna for almost 20 years. The drug is the only protein restoration therapy for the treatment of nonsense mutation Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a genetic disorder characterised by progressive muscle degeneration.

 

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Effective legal writing skills are essential for FDA submissions

professionals in the pharmaceutical and medical device companies clearly understand and effectively employ legal writing techniques to frame persuasive argument when negotiating with FDA

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A number of reasons make cultivation of the art of effective legal writing skills for FDA submissions important. Documents that are submitted to the FDA are deeply technical in nature, because of which they make heavy reading. Being the product of studiously and meticulously carried out research and finding, these submissions are very scientific and technical. Mastering the art of making legal writing effective and embellishing it is necessary for those who make FDA submissions because this can make these documents lucid and pleasant.

It is the habit of most law schools to prepare future attorneys by teaching them the art of summarizing and sharpening intricate and heavy textual and academic matter into crisp, concise and credible arguments. It is in situations such as drafting responses and applications to FDA that these kinds of writing skills become vital. The FDA expects responses to their queries, or for that matter, any poser that requires a response, to be very exact, scientific and technical. So, developing the art of effective legal writing skills for FDA submissions is a big need for those who prepare legal documentations.

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Making submissions about the product apart; effective legal writing skills for FDA submissions need to be developed for another important reason. Companies have to paddle through a muddle of legally heavy, often confusing regulations, which are legally binding requirements that are based upon statutory laws and judicial opinions.

Professionals in the pharmaceutical and medical device companies are required to handle these and respond to these at the appropriate times. A firm grasp of the requirements for doing this is needed for clearly understanding how to frame persuasive arguments and to negotiate with the FDA.

Effective legal writing skills can contribute to success in FDA submissions

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Effective legal writing skills for FDA submissions can stand between the success and failure of many new drugs, biologic or medical device projects, because a document that is confusing and is laden with incomprehensible jargon confuses the regulatory authorities and could become a reason for rejection of the submission.

This is why the more persuasive and articulate these arguments; the greater the chances for the company’s products of getting approvals from the FDA. All these facts make the cultivation of effective legal writing skills for FDA submissions extremely important.

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Effective legal writing skills for FDA submissions improve the chances of success

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At this very valuable webinar on effective legal writing skills for FDA submissions, Robert will familiarize participants with the legal writing skills and practical techniques that will enhance their chances for success. Good regulatory writing may help to meet FDA branch-level requirements; but effective submissions that are laced with effective legal writing skills for FDA submissions can withstand scrutiny at the FDA Division level.

The seminar will be highly useful to any person working in Regulatory Affairs or Quality Management who is responsible for summarizing data and technical results, obtaining regulatory clearance or approval of a product, and selling or marketing regulated products. These include Regulatory Affairs professionals, Quality Assurance professionals, Marketing professionals, Scientific and Engineering/Product Development Managers, and Consultants to any regulated industry.

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Unravelling the DHF, Technical File and Design Dossier

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Design History File (DHF), Technical File and Design Dossier are important regulatory documents for a medical device. Design Control and Design History File are regulatory documents for medical devices in the FDA, while the Technical File and Design Dossier serve the same purpose for the EU’s regulatory body, the MDD.

The Design History File

The history of the Design History File is an interesting one. It evolved out of the FDA’s realization, over time and experience; that the major part of a device’s problems was happening during the design stage and change phases, regardless of whether it was a new product or a changed one. This led to the birth of the concept of Design Control, aimed at tracking, monitoring and correcting the design elements at every stage from start to finish.

 

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Outstanding characteristics of the Design History File

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What should the Design History File contain?

The DHF should contain the following:

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Now, the Technical File and Design Dossier

In short and simple terms, one can understand the Technical File and the Design Dossier as the EU’s version of the Design Control and the DHF. In other words, what Design Control and Design History File are for the FDA; the Technical File and Medical Device (MDD) are for the Medical Device Directive.

What should the TF and DD contain?

These files should have all the basic sections needed to support the requirements of the Medical Device Directive (MDD), Essential Requirements (for that product), and the company’s “Declaration of Conformity” for that product:

  • General Information/Product Description/EC Authorized Representative
  • Classification Determination
  • Essential Requirements
  • Risk Analysis
  • Labeling
  • Product Specifications
  • Design Control
  • Clinical Evaluation
  • System Test Reports
  • Functional Bench Testing
  • Lab Testing
  • Sterilization validation (or AAMI TIR 28 Analysis)
  • Packaging Qualifications
  • Manufacturing
  • Sterilization
  • Conclusion
  • Declaration of Conformity
  • Appendix

Differences between the Technical File and Design Dossier

At a broad level, in general terms, while the Technical File is for MDD Class I and Class II a or II b; the Design Dossier is for MDD Class III devices

While Technical Files are retained in the premises of the manufacturer or the Authorized Representative for review of the Competent Authorities or/and Notified Body; Design Dossiers need to be submitted to the Notified Body for review before the product gets its CE-marking.

 

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