UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, announced the submission of an application for an Import Drug License to the Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) for the approval of CIMZIA® (certolizumab pegol) to treat moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
The two sessions (NPC & CPPCC) this year have received much attention from China and outside China, wherein, the most-watched theme is “reform”. Regarding pharmaceuticals, the event that attracts the highest attention is CFDA reform, followed by policy moves of the TCM issue and bio-medicine, etc. that China has been strongly supporting in recent years.
On Feb 27th, China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) published their inspection reports for eight international medical device manufacturers located in U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia under its Medical Device Good Manufacturing Practice.
On February 6, 2018, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and its Center for Medical Device Evaluation (CMDE) issued a draft guidance entitled “Guidance on the Review of Medical Devices for Preventing and Treating Rare Diseases.” The draft guidance is based on the reform measures recently outlined in the government’s broad blueprint for drug and device reform—the Opinion on Strengthening the Reform of the Drug and Medical Device Review and Approval Process to Encourage Drug and Medical Device Innovation (“Opinion 42”).
Approval based on data from the Phase III RESORCE study where Stivarga® (regorafenib) demonstrated significant improvement in overall survival in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients previously treated with Nexavar® (sorafenib)
The Draft Amendment to Order 650 published by CFDA last month brings some good news around the streamlined reviews of medical device submissions in China and especially for manufacturers of Innovative Devices. Not only will manufacturers of innovative medical devices be exempted from providing proof of sales abroad to CFDA, the mandatory local type testing requirements are also abolished. Nevertheless, there still exist some challenges for the unwary.
Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) announced that the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has approved Sovaldi® (sofosbuvir 400mg), a once-daily oral nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Sovaldi was approved for the treatment of adults and adolescents (aged 12 to 18 years) infected with HCV genotype 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 as a component of a combination antiviral treatment regimen. Sovaldi is the first Gilead HCV medicine approved in China.
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