The 2021 Special 301 Report recently released by the U.S. Trade Representative is mostly déjà vu for the 32 countries included on the Priority Watch and Watch Lists, as all of them have appeared before on the lists that call out U.S. trading partners for unfair intellectual property practices that disadvantage foreign companies.
The FDA’s May 4 webinar on patient data generated over the course of the product life cycle covered a number of topics, including the use of social media as a source of real-world evidence (RWE). The FDA’s Anne Hammer said, however, that while social media engagement has exploded over the past couple of decades, issues such as data duplication and verifiability will have to be resolved before patient engagement via social media can be relied upon as a source of RWE for regulatory purposes.
Stock-price weakness that has beset Chemocentryx Inc. since early March – likely based on jitters ahead of the FDA advisory panel for avacopan slated for May 6 – became an outright tumble when Wall Street got a gander at briefing documents related to the meeting. Shares of the San Carlos, Calif-based firm (NASDAQ:CCXI) closed at $22.19, down $26.63, or 45%, as company backers sifted paperwork on the complement C5a receptor inhibitor for anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis. The compound has been assigned a PDUFA date of July 7.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Astellas, Carmot, Clarity, Eli Lilly, Hutchmed, Immunomet, Newron, Pfizer, Quercis, R-Pharm Germany, Siga Technologies, Viiv Healthcare.
While last week’s marathon Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee meeting to consider accelerated approvals for cancer drugs that didn’t demonstrate effectiveness in confirmatory trials was a good step forward, oncologists need the FDA to do more to ensure drug labeling truly reflects the benefit of the product.
To honor its part for phase one of the U.S.-China trade deal, China has revised its patent law to establish a drug patent linkage system and provide compensation for lost patent terms, similar to procedures under the U.S. Hatch-Waxman Act. Effective June 1, the new patent law is expected to drive biotech innovation and welcome more foreign drugs to the China market.
In a first for the biotech industry, the European Commission (EC) has imposed a €7.5 million (US$9.05 million) fine on Sigma-Aldrich, under the EU’s 2004 Merger Regulation, for providing incorrect or misleading information during a merger investigation.
Astrazeneca plc followed up its win a year ago in heart failure (HF) with yet another approval for its oral SGLT2 inhibitor, Farxiga (dapagliflozin), now cleared by the FDA to reduce the odds of kidney function decline, failure, cardiovascular death and hospitalization for HF in adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD) at risk of disease progression.