Top Regulatory News Stories – Week Ending June 21, 2019

Blueprint Medicines announced it has submitted a NDA to the FDA for avapritinib for the treatment of adult patients with PDGFRA Exon 18 mutant gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), regardless of prior therapy, and fourth-line GIST.  https://www.drugs.com/nda/avapritinib_190614.html?utm_source=ddc&utm The FDA announced that generic drug applicants will now have access to more information from the agency when deciding[…]

Top Regulatory News Stories – Week Ending June 14, 2019

Genentech’s blood cancer drug Polivy earned an accelerated approval from the U.S. FDA due to the complete response rate shown during clinical trials.  https://www.biospace.com/article/genentech-s-blood-cancer-drug-approved-two-months-ahead-of-pdufa-date/?s=61 The FDA approved Merk’s Keytruda as a frontline treatment for head and neck cancer.  Keytruda was initially approved in 2014 for advanced melanoma and has since received approvals as treatment for[…]

Top Regulatory News Stories – Week Ending June 7, 2019

bluebird bio announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted conditional marketing authorization for ZYNTEGLO™ (autologous CD34+ cells encoding βA-T87Q-globin gene), a gene therapy for patients 12 years and older with transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia (TDT) who do not have a β0/β0 genotype.  https://finance.yahoo.com/news/bluebird-bio-announces-eu-conditional-132500558.html Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP announced that the FDA has recently granted Orphan Drug Designation[…]

Top Regulatory News Stories – Week Ending May 31, 2019

AveXis/Novartis received FDA approval for Zolgensma, the gene therapy for children younger than two years old who have been diagnosed with SMA with bi-allelic mutations in the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene. The therapy will be available to patients for a cost of $2.125 million, or $425,000 per year for 5 years.  https://www.biospace.com/article/novartis-sma-gene-therapy-treatment-approved-by-the-fda-will-have-a-price-of-2-125-million/ Novocure[…]

Top Regulatory News Stories – Week Ending May 17, 2019

The FDA will be launching an expanded access pilot dubbed ‘Project Facilitate’ by End of May.  This program is aimed at improving patient access to unapproved oncology drugs: https://www.raps.org/news-and-articles/news-articles/2019/5/fda-to-launch-expanded-access-pilot-project-facil?feed=Regulatory-Focus The FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Sunovion’s schizophrenia drug: http://www.wbjournal.com/article/20190513/NEWS01/190519988 Celgene reported that the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to POMALYST® (pomalidomide) for[…]

Top Regulatory News Stories – Week Ending May 3, 2019

The U.S. FDA gave Sanofi’s dengue vaccine Dengvaxia a very narrow approval on Wedneday.  The company continues to suffer from evidence that its vaccine, which took 20 years to develop, can cause severe infections in some people.  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fda-sanofi-fr/sanofi-wins-fda-approval-to-sell-dengue-shot-in-parts-of-u-s-idUSKCN1S74TI?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews Finch Therapeutics Group announced that the FDA has granted Fast Track designation to its Full-Spectrum Microbiota® (FSM®)[…]

Top Regulatory News Stories – Week Ending April 26, 2019

Hi folks!  I haven’t done my regulatory news blog in a few months but I’m hoping to make it a regular thing again.  Here are the top regulatory news stories this week: On Tuesday the FDA had approved Abbvie’s Skyrizi (risankizumab-rzaa) for severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.[…]

Top Regulatory News Stories – Week Ending December 14, 2018

Novartis’ Sandoz unit and Pear Therapeutics announced Monday that the FDA cleared their prescription-only mobile medical app, reSET-O, marking the first FDA-cleared prescription digital therapeutic for patients with opioid use disorder.  https://www.firstwordpharma.com/node/1610616 Stealth BioTherapeutics announced that the FDA has granted Fast Track designation for its lead investigational candidate, elamipretide, for the treatment of dry age-related[…]

Top Regulatory News Stories – Week Ending December 7, 2018

Ocular Therapeutix announced that the FDA has approved DEXTENZA (dexamethasone ophthalmic insert) 0.4mg for intracanalicular use for the treatment of ocular pain following ophthalmic surgery. https://www.biospace.com/article/releases/ocular-therapeutix-announces-fda-approval-of-dextenza-for-the-treatment-of-ocular-pain-following-ophthalmic-surgery/?s=89 Roche’s checkpoint inhibitor Tecentriq got approval Thursday from the FDA in the first-line setting to treat non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer in combination with Avastin and chemotherapy. https://www.biopharmadive.com/news/roches-tecentriq-gets-first-line-lung-cancer-approval/543869/ The[…]

Top Regulatory News Stories – Week Ending November 30, 2018

The US FDA has approved Astellas Pharma’s gilteritinib (XOSPATA) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with a FLT3 mutation as detected by an FDA-approved test. https://www.raredr.com/news/fda-approves-gilteritinib-treatment-adult-relapsed-refractory-aml-a-flt3-mutation?utm Pfizer received FDA approval for Daurismo (glasdegib), an oral drug for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). This is Pfizer’s[…]