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Colombia issues draft decree for registration of biologicals

Last update:  10 January 2014

The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection (Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social de Colombia) announced on 21 January 2013 the release of a new draft guideline for biologicals, including productos bioterapéuticos similares (similar biotherapeutic products), in Colombia.

Peruvian guidelines for productos biológicos similares

Last updated: 10 January 2014

The regulatory body for approval of medicines in Peru is the Ministry of Public Health (Ministerio de Salud; MINSA).

Venezuela issues draft guideline for bioterapéuticos similares

The Venezuelan Instituto Nacional de Higiene ‘Rafael Rangel’ (INHRR National ‘Rafael Rangel’ Institute of Hygiene) via its National Monitoring Biological Products Division has released a new draft guideline for bioterapéuticos similares (similar biotherapeutics) in Venezuela.

Indian guidelines for ‘similar biologics’

Last update:  29 November 2013 

The regulatory bodies responsible for approval of ‘similar biologics’ in India are the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology through its Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM), and the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

EMA releases product-specific bioequivalence guidelines

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on 15 November 2013 the release of the agency’s first product-specific guidance on the demonstration of bioequivalence for 16 active substances. The draft guidelines have been released for a three-month public consultation period.

EU guidelines for nanosimilars

Last update:  5 November 2013 

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.

Brazilian guidelines for follow-on biological products

Last update: 31 October 2013

The regulatory body for approval of medicines in Brazil is the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA), which was created by Law 9782, enacted in 1999. ANVISA is responsible, under the authority of the Ministry of Health–Mínistério de Saúde–of the Brazilian Government, for drug registration and licences to pharmaceutical laboratories and to other companies inside the pharmaceutical production flow. The agency is also responsible for establishing regulations applicable to clinical trials and drug pricing, which is carried out by the Chamber of Drug Market Regulation.

EMA issues draft reflection paper for iron-based nano-colloidal products

On 7 October 2013, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced the publication of a draft reflection paper to discuss the data requirements for intravenous iron-based nano-colloidal products developed with reference to an innovator medicine. The draft reflection paper has been released for a five-month consultation period.

Naming requirements in Australian biosimilars guidance

Australia’s drug regulatory agency, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), published specific guidance for biosimilars on its website on 30 July 2013. Included in this guidance is a section on naming conventions for biosimilars.

FDA publishes guidance on ANDAs for new strengths

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published draft guidance for industry for abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and prior approval supplements (PASs) where the applicant is seeking approval of a new strength of the drug product.

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