Less than four months after accepting Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s NDA for Givlaari (givosiran), the FDA has approved the new RNAi therapy for the treatment of adults with the rare genetic disorder acute hepatic porphyria (AHP). The condition is defined by a buildup of toxic porphyrin molecules formed during the production of heme. That buildup can cause incidents of severe pain and paralysis, respiratory failure, seizures and mental status changes, according to the agency.
HONG KONG – Hong Kong-headquartered Hutchison China Meditech Ltd.’s (Chi-Med) NDA for surufatinib as a treatment for patients with advanced non-pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NET) has been accepted for review by China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA).
LONDON – “Innovation only matters if patients benefit.” So said Guido Rasi, executive director of the EMA, as the agency embarks on the next phase of updating its regulatory science, both to tap into a torrent of new technologies and to ensure drug development generates evidence to demonstrate cost effectiveness and speed up access.
DUBLIN Friday marked an important milestone for the EMA as its settles into its new home in Amsterdam. The Dutch authorities formally handed over to the agency the keys to its new building, which is located in the Zuidas district of the city.
About two months ahead of the priority review action date, Novartis AG scored FDA clearance for Adakveo (crizanlizumab), previously known as SEG-101, to reduce the frequency of vaso-occlusive crises (VOCs), or pain crises, in adult and pediatric patients ages 16 and older with sickle cell disease (SCD).
Adults with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTIs) and limited or no alternative treatment options could soon receive Shionogi & Co. Ltd.'s cefiderocol following FDA approval for the antibacterial. The approved indication also included kidney infections caused by susceptible gram-negative microorganisms. The new therapy, to be marketed as Fetroja, is expected to be available in early 2020.
The FDA's Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee (EMDAC) unanimously concluded Thursday that Amarin Corp. plc provided sufficient evidence of efficacy and safety to support approval of fish oil-based Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) for an indication to reduce the risk of cardiovascular (CV) events in adults with elevated triglyceride levels (≥135 mg/dL) and other risk factors for CV disease. The 16-0 vote followed a day's discussion about potential effects of mineral oil, about the proper age population and the value of labeling. EMDAC's conclusion is only an advisory, as the FDA makes the final decision. FDA representatives at the panel discussion noted the study provided convincing data and waived off most concerns about mineral oil's impact on LDL cholesterol levels and blood pressure.