Re-Wiring US FDA’s Regulatory Thinking
The efforts to upgrade FDA’s information technology infrastructure may be opening up into an opportunity to reinvent its processes for regulatory decision making.
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The goal is a platform where sponsors could enter data that multiple regulators could view in real-time, rather than rely on ‘digital paper’ – pdfs and other static file formats that require health agencies to reenter the data in order to analyze it.
Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy suggests FDA may clear a COVID-19 vaccine on smaller than usual clinical datasets and rely on real-world data to fill in the gaps. Abernethy said a new public-private partnership is starting to explore how it can use real-world data and evidence for COVID-19 vaccine evaluation.
Upcoming budget proposal likely to include a proposal for funding of a DARPA-like contracting entity. Any focus on innovations and breakthroughs is likely welcome news for industry – though perhaps not the message that government is taking on work that drug companies can’t or won’t do.