1. Product Development Under the Animal Rule, Revised Draft Guidance for Industry
When human efficacy studies are neither ethical nor feasible, FDA may rely on adequate and well-controlled animal efficacy studies to support approval of a drug or licensure of a biological product under the Animal Rule. This revised draft guidance replaces the 2009 draft guidance for industry entitled “Animal Models—Essential Elements to Address Efficacy Under the Animal Rule” and addresses a broader scope of issues for products developed under the Animal Rule. Once finalized, this guidance is intended to help potential sponsors (industry, academia, and government) understand FDA's expectations for product development under the Animal Rule.
2. Guidance for Industry on Expedited Programs for Serious Conditions-Drugs and Biologics
The purpose of this guidance is to provide a single resource for information on FDA's policies and procedures related to expedited drug development and review programs. The following programs are intended to facilitate and expedite development and review of new drugs to address unmet medical need in the treatment of a serious or life-threatening condition (expedited programs): Fast track designation, breakthrough therapy designation, accelerated approval, and priority review designation. This guidance finalizes the draft guidance issued in June 2013.
3. Guidance for Institutional Review Boards, Clinical Investigators, and Sponsors: Considerations When Transferring Clinical Investigation Oversight to Another Institutional Review Board
The guidance announced in this document discusses regulatory responsibilities of institutional review boards (IRBs), clinical investigators, and sponsors when oversight of a previously approved clinical investigation under FDA's jurisdiction is transferred from one IRB to another IRB. The guidance also addresses questions that have been previously raised concerning procedures and processes that are required and/or recommended by FDA when such oversight is transferred.
4. Documents To Support Submission of an Electronic Common Technical Document
FDA is announcing the availability of revised final versions of four documents that support making regulatory submissions in electronic format using the electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD).
5. Draft Guidance for Industry on Clinical Pharmacology Data To Support a Demonstration of Biosimilarity to a Reference Product
This guidance is intended to assist sponsors in developing a clinical pharmacology program to support a decision that a proposed therapeutic biological product is biosimilar to, that is not clinically meaningfully different from, its reference product. Specifically, the guidance discusses some of the overarching concepts related to clinical pharmacology studies for biosimilar products, approaches for developing the appropriate clinical pharmacology database, and the utility of modeling and simulation for designing clinical trials. This draft guidance is one in a series of guidances that FDA is developing to implement the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act).
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