Wednesday, March 11, 2020

FDA’s actions in response to coronavirus disease at home and abroad

FDA Medical Countermeasures Initiative Update
March 11, 2020
COVID-19 updates from FDA

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

FDA is an active partner in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, working closely with our government and public health partners across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and with our international counterparts. Here's what's new since our last MCMi email update on March 4, 2020.

FDA and FTC Warn Seven Companies Selling Fraudulent Products that Claim to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued warning letters to seven companies for selling fraudulent COVID-19 products.  These products are unapproved drugs that pose significant risks to patient health and violate federal law.  The FDA and FTC are taking this action as part of their response in protecting Americans during the global COVID-19 outbreak. The warning letters are the first to be issued by the FDA for unapproved products intended to prevent or treat "Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019" (COVID-19).

The FDA is particularly concerned that products that claim to cure, treat or prevent serious diseases like COVID-19 may cause consumers to delay or stop appropriate medical treatment, leading to serious and life-threatening harm. (March 9, 2020)

Foreign Inspections

Statement from FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D.

On March 10, 2020, we provided an update on FDA inspections outside of the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. After careful consideration, the FDA is postponing most foreign inspections through April, effective immediately. Inspections outside the U.S. deemed mission-critical will still be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The FDA based this decision on a number of factors, including State Department Level 4 travel advisories in which travel is prohibited for U.S. government employees, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel recommendations, access restrictions being imposed on foreign visitors by certain countries, guidance from the Office of Personnel Management and the importance of the health and safety of our employees. Another critical factor in taking this action is the confidence we have in our ability to maintain oversight over international manufacturers and imported products using alternative tools and methods.

Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Updates



You can find more information about these and other events on the MCMi News and Events page.

Information for industry (BARDA BAA)

From HHS - BARDA is investing in an array of medical countermeasures to diagnose, treat, or protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus under the BARDA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA-18-100-SOL-00003).

Specifically, BARDA is pursuing the following products or technologies: diagnostic assays for human pan-coronaviruses; vaccines for novel coronavirus; therapeutics for novel coronavirus; ventilators; immunomodulators or therapeutics targeting lung repair; pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis for novel coronavirus exposure; and respiratory protective devices. To learn more, including targets for product maturity under this announcement, see the newly revised BARDA Broad Agency Announcement.

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