Fibrogen Inc. said senior management’s prep for an upcoming FDA advisory committee meeting included a surprise. The internal review unearthed a primary cardiovascular safety analysis of roxadustat for treating anemia of chronic kidney disease (CKD) that included post-hoc changes to the phase III study’s stratification factors.
LONDON – The largest study to date, involving 236,379 confirmed cases, shows that 1 in 3 survivors of COVID-19 was diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition within six months of contracting the infection. For 13% of those patients, it was their first such diagnosis.
Plans for a late-stage test of Valneva SE's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, clinical progress on a different vaccine from Novavax Inc. and advancement for two midstage therapies targeting the virus made clear April 6 that industry efforts to battle the pandemic remain in high gear.
New top-line data from Scholar Rock Holding Group’s phase II Topaz trial of apitegromab (SRK-015) in patients with type 2 and type 3 spinal muscular atrophy generated enough proof-of-concept results for the company to plan on initiating a phase III for later this year. But the 12-month data didn’t stop the Cambridge, Mass.-based company’s stock (NASDAQ:SRRK) from struggling mightily on April 6 as shares closed 20.3% lower at $35.97 each.
Full rights to TAK-169, a CD38-targeted engineered toxin body that Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. and Molecular Templates Inc. have been developing, are going to Molecular Templates as is the therapy’s clinical development.
Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. President Serge Stankovic said the company was “kept completely in [the] dark” by the FDA regarding specifics about what the agency found wrong a month ago with the sNDA for Nuplazid (pimavanserin) – until, that is, the agency’s complete response letter (CRL) landed on the firm’s desk.
At the end of March, JAMA Ophthalmology’s publication of first results from the NIH-sponsored, 328-patient trial with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s VEGF inhibitor, Eylea (aflibercept), in non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy bolstered investor hopes for wider use. But competitors loom for the compound, first approved in November 2011 for wet age-related macular degeneration.