Biosimilars in the MENA Region: Regulatory Landscape

Biosimilars in the MENA Region: Regulatory Landscape

Regulatory affairs for biosimilars in Middle East North Africa (MENA) region are evolving as existing guidelines and regulatory frameworks are being updated. Since European Medicines Agency (EMA) introduced a legal pathway for biosimilars approval in 2004, several global agencies, e.g., WHO, MHRA,...

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Saudi FDA’s New Pricing Guidelines and Impact on the Region

Saudi FDA’s New Pricing Guidelines and Impact on the Region

In a highly evolving regional pricing environment, Saudi Arabia (KSA) is no exception. The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has been periodically reviewing its pricing mechanisms and criteria so that the country becomes a regional reference for the prices of pharmaceutical products. What followed is a change in the pricing strategy by SFDA and a shift from price takers to price makers.

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Expediting access through Reliance Pathways: MENA region

Reliance models are review pathways used by Regulators to expedite the patient access to essential pharmaceutical products and to overcome resource constraints and priorities. Recently, several National Competent Authorities (NCA) in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region have implemented the Abridged and Verification reviews. These regulatory procedures allow the approvement of needed innovative and/or life-saving drugs.

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Building Health Literacy: The Value of Good Writing

Scientists, doctors, and health authorities often use written communication to present their research, opinions, or guidelines to the patients. While the questions they approach may be complex, the language should not. In medical documents, misinterpreted information may endanger the health and life of a patient. Thus, the main goal in medical writing is to convey the message clearly and concisely to avoid misinterpretation.

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CMC: Down the road in effective IND/IMPD writing

In the previous two articles, we have shared our experience on various aspects of effective IND/IMPD CMC writing, considering proper planning, assigning a dedicated CMC writing team, and having effective project management. In addition, we discussed technical writing particulars giving some key messages on document preparation. Now, we will discuss other important points. These are safety, data completeness, and geographical regions.

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Proper Publicizing in CEECs – Path to Successful Social Media Commercials

With the growth of social media network users all over the world, there is no doubt that one of the most widely used channels for promoting is social media. Statistics show that Facebook and Instagram were used actively with more than 3.4 billion people daily by January 2020. Therefore, since medical devices and over-the-counter medicines are being more often promoted by commercials on social media nowadays, there is a greater risk of hidden or misleading advertisements.

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How Mergers and Acquisitions of Pharma Companies affect Regulatory Affairs?

It is easy to notice that Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) have become a frequent occurrence in the Pharmaceutical industry, especially during the previous decades. Pharma industry is one of the leading industries in the number of M&A and the size of investments for such transitions. The value for M&A in the pharmaceutical sector was $221 billion in the first half of the year 2015. In 2019, the worth of pharma companies M&A activities have reached $357 billion.

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CMC: Best Practice in Effective IND and IMPD writing

This time we will focus on technical writing and preparation for it. Also, I will provide some primary recommendations for CMC writers. The IND/IMPD being a regulatory document, has the same structure as CTD dossier. However, it includes remarkably less information on the developmental product, yet, the technical writers should understand that they will need to prepare the document in the way to reflect the actual production process and control further during the development in the later clinical phases.

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