US FDA Drug Office Reorg Enters Homestretch With Leadership Nods For Three Clinical Offices
Hylton Joffe was named acting director of the new Office of Rare Diseases, Pediatrics, Urologic and Reproductive Medicine but also will continue to serve as Office of New Drugs acting deputy director; agency veterans Ellis Unger and Julie Beitz also tapped for clinical office leadership roles in final stage of massive reorg.
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Office of New Drugs Director Peter Stein tells the Pink Sheet that last phase of massive reorg was complicated by pandemic restrictions that forced review staff to work remotely, but the structural overhaul resulted in smaller, more nimble review groups and the breaking down of silos that ultimately helped the agency’s response to the public health crisis.
Division of Mitigation Assessment and Medication Error Surveillance will be established within the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, a change aimed at strengthening postmarketing oversight of opioids and other drugs; new Office of Safety and Clinical Evaluation will be created in Office of Generic Drugs, where Orange Book staff also will get their own division.
Pharma companies and associations cite numerous examples of getting inconsistent advice across review divisions, including the number of clinical trials required for rare disease drugs and acceptance of innovative clinical trial designs and novel endpoints.