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Commentary on the EMA Reflection Paper on the use of extrapolation in the development of medicines for paediatrics

Article date: April 2019

By: Cécile Ollivier, Andrew Thomson, Efthymios Manolis, Kevin Blake, Kristin E. Karlsson, Catherijne A.J. Knibbe, Gérard Pons, Robert Hemmings in Volume 85, Issue 4, pages 659-668

Adopted guidelines reflect a harmonised European approach to a specific scientific issue and should reflect the most recent scientific knowledge. However, whilst EU regulations are mandatory for all member states and EU directives must be followed by national laws in line with the directive, EMA guidelines do not have legal force and alternative approaches may be taken, but these obviously require more justification. This new series of the BJCP, developed in collaboration with the EMA, aims to address this issue by providing an annotated version of some relevant EMA guidelines and regulatory documents by experts. Hopefully, this will help in promoting their diffusion and in opening a forum for discussion with our readers.

DOI: 10.1111/bcp.13883

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