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FDA issues another biosimilars Q&A guidance

On 13 May 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued another question and answer guidance document for biosimilar applications in the US. The draft guidance contains a question on the issue of interchangeability with reference biologicals.

Australia to adopt EMA’s biosimilars guidelines

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia’s regulatory body for therapeutic goods, announced on 10 April 2015 that it was carrying out public consultations on the adoption of European Union (EU) guidelines in Australia.

FDA to hold public meeting on GDUFA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking specific suggestions on potential changes to the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA) performance goals and ways to improve procedures, ahead of negotiations to reauthorize the law.

FDA finalizes biosimilars guidelines

Three years after first issuing draft guidance on biosimilars, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally issued three final guidelines for biosimilar applications in the US. The guidances, however, fail to address the issue of interchangeability with reference biologicals, which the agency says it will address in another document.

Australian guidelines for biosimilars

Last update:  4 May 2015

The regulatory body for therapeutic goods in Australia is the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

EMA rejects comparators from outside EEA for insulin biosimilars

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) released its finalized guideline on the non-clinical and clinical development of insulin biosimilars in March 2015 [1]. However, while the guidance took into account many of the comments made by stakeholders on the second draft, the agency rejected requests to accept batches of reference (approved) biological products sourced from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

South Korean guidelines for biosimilars

Last update:  10 April 2015

The regulatory body for approval of medicines in South Korea is the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), formerly the Korean Food and Drug Administration. The agency, through its Biopharmaceuticals and Herbal Medicines Bureau, is responsible for the scientific evaluation of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the South Korea.

Regulations for biosimilars in South Korea

The legislative basis for the regulation of biosimilars and its guideline for evaluation of biosimilars in South Korea was established in 2009 [1, 2].

FDA guidance on excipients questioned

The International Pharmaceutical Excipient Council of the Americas (IPEC-Americas) has written to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlining major concerns related to the agency’s guidance on inactive ingredients in abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs).

EU guidelines for biosimilars

Last update: 3 April 2015

The regulatory body for approval of medicines in the European Union (EU) is the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The agency is responsible for the scientific evaluation of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the EU.

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