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The Swedish Medical Products Agency’s rules of procedure

The Commentary to this article has been published in Health Research Policy and Systems 2018 16:108

The Letter to the Editor to this article has been published in Health Research Policy and Systems 2018 16:98

The Swedish Medical Products Agency (MPA) is the Swedish national authority responsible for regulation and surveillance of the development, manufacturing and marketing of medicinal products. Relenza, a neuraminidase inhibitor used in the treatment of influenza, has been evaluated by both the Swedish MPA and the United States Food and Drug Administration.

In a paper by Mulinari et al. [1], the divergent conclusions reached by the authorities are discussed. The purpose of this letter is not to discuss the conclusions drawn by Mulinari et al. [1], but to comment on the way they refer to an assessor at the MPA. By naming a specific assessor at the MPA, the reader is given the false impression that a single employee is solely responsible for the benefit–risk evaluation of a drug. We want to emphasize that all assessments at the MPA are the work of a team of assessors with complementary competencies, including a comprehensive standardized quality assessment procedure for each decision. Hence, it is the MPA, as a national regulatory agency, that is responsible for any opinion or decision. Besides giving a misleading description of regulatory procedures, the publication of an individual assessor’s name adds no scientific value to the paper and could therefore have been omitted.

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    Mulinari S, Davis C. Why European and United States drug regulators are not speaking with one voice on anti-influenza drugs: regulatory review methodologies and the importance of ‘deep’ product reviews. Health Res Policy Syst. 2017;15:93. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-017-0259-8.

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