If the FDA follows the advice of its Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC), both Keytruda and Tecentriq will remain on the U.S. market, for the time being, with accelerated approval as first-line treatments for certain patients with advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma. The committee voted 5-3 April 28 to recommend continuing accelerated approval for Merck & Co. Inc.’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) and 10-1 for maintaining the accelerated approval of the Roche Group’s Tecentriq (atezolizumab) until the final data come in from a confirmatory trial that’s expected to be completed next year.
In a virtual meeting fraught with technical difficulties, the FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) voted 7-2 April 27 that the accelerated approval for Tecentriq (atezolizumab) in combination with nab-paclitaxel as a treatment for unresectable locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (mTNBC) in adults with PD-L1+ tumors should continue as additional trials are conducted or completed.
Nearly a full month ahead of the PDUFA date, ADC Therapeutics SA said Friday the FDA has granted accelerated approval for Zynlonta (loncastuximab tesirine), a CD19-targeted antibody-drug conjugate for the single-agent treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after two or more lines of systemic therapy. The approved indication includes the treatment of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma not otherwise specified and those with DLBCL arising from low grade lymphoma and high grade B-cell lymphoma, which ADC's CEO Chris Martin said would be an important point of differentiation for the product.
Another PD-1 antibody is about to hit the U.S. market, following the FDA’s accelerated approval of dostarlimab (TSR-042) from partners Anaptysbio Inc. and Glaxosmithkline plc. But dostarlimab, branded Jemperli, will be only one of two PD-1 drugs indicated for endometrial cancer, going up against Merck & Co. Inc.’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab).
The FDA lost another hearing in the lawsuit filed against the agency by Genus Medical Technologies LLC in a case that yet again resurrects the product classification question. Both courts that heard the lawsuit asserted that the FDA does not enjoy unfettered discretion to classify a device as a drug merely as part of its authority under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).
Persistent U.S. drugs supply chain vulnerabilities, troublesome even before the COVID-19 pandemic, are drawing new attention in Washington. Now, with growing calls to increase supply chain resilience and a Biden administration executive order calling for an assessment of the situation, experts are looking for new paths to limit the risk of drug shortages, protect patient health, and to address pandemic preparedness and other national and health security threats.
DUBLIN – The Biden administration’s proposals on global corporation tax reform have set alarm bells ringing across the Irish government, as officials digest the possible implications of the plan for Ireland's foreign direct investment model of economic development.
HONG KONG – Beijing Stonewise Technology Co. Ltd., a med-tech firm that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to aid in the discovery of small molecule drugs, closed series B and B+ financing rounds that added $100 million to its pocket. The company intends to use the proceeds to upgrade its AI-enabled drug discovery platform.
PERTH, Australia – In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia is shoring up its national supply of medical products and making it a national priority to drive economic recovery and ensure future resilience. The objective of the government’s modern manufacturing strategy is to build scale and capture income in high-value areas of manufacturing where Australia either has established competitive strength or emerging priorities.