Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Abbvie, ADC, Biogen, BMS, Calliditas, Eisai, Gilead, Glaxosmithkline, Hua, Leo, Medicago, Merck, Protara, Roche, Shanghai Henlius, Shorla.
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.
As of 2020, the NIH had identified 507 grant recipients who potentially had undisclosed conflicts of interest, with many of those conflicts involving affiliations with foreign governments that may expect the scientists to share or steal NIH-funded research.
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).
In addition to safety questions about its COVID-19 vaccine, Johnson & Johnson is facing manufacturing challenges as a key partner, Emergent Biosolutions Inc., has yet to get FDA approval to manufacture or distribute the vaccine or its components in the U.S. That approval could be awhile in coming. On April 21, a day after completing its onsite inspection of Emergent’s Bayview plant in Baltimore, Md., the FDA released Form 483 from its inspection, revealing nine observations related to cross-contamination issues, lack of employee training and poorly designed and maintained facilities.
LONDON – The EMA’s safety committee has concluded that unusual blood clots with low blood platelets are a rare side effect of Johnson & Johnson Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine and that a warning should be added to the label. The decision is based on all available evidence, which currently consists of eight reports from the U.S. of serious cases of thrombosis, one of which was fatal. All cases were in people under 60 years of age, and within three weeks after vaccination, the majority in women. One case occurred during the clinical trials.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Amgen, Autolus, Cyclo, Erytech, GW, J&J, Kalvista, Lexeo, Pharmather, Seelos, Transcenta, Vincerx, Y-mabs.