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EMA adds to anti-bacterial medicine evaluation guideline


The EMA has released an addendum to the guideline on evaluation of medicines for treating bacterial infections for six months’ public consultation.

The addendum provides new guidance on the need for research into specific indications and on clinical development programmes for antibacterial agents against rare or multidrug-resistant pathogens.

Novel antibacterials are needed in order to tackle the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance. The provision of clear guidance for companies is one of the Agency’s key activities in helping to bring these medicines to market.

Publication of the addendum responds to requests for more detailed guidance on issues such as patient selection criteria and primary endpoints, including efficacy variables and the timing of the assessment of outcomes, made by the pharmaceutical industry and academia during the public consultation on the guideline on the evaluation of medicinal products indicated for treatment of bacterial infections.

As part of the consultation process, the Agency will invite experts in the field for a second workshop on 25 and 26 October 2012 to discuss relevant aspects on the development of new antibacterials that have been addressed in the draft addendum.

The workshop will focus on new development pathways for antibacterials targeting multidrug-resistant pathogens.

The comments received during the consultation period and the outcome of the workshop, together with experience gained with novel agents, will allow the refinement of the current text and the release of a consolidated version during 2013.

European Medicines Agency

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