PARIS – The French National Authority for Health (HAS) is expanding the available range of novel autologous technologies reimbursed in the context of breast reconstruction following ablative surgery. In doing so, the HAS is paving the way towards reimbursement for novel autologous techniques in general.
The push for legislation that would lower prescription drug prices in the U.S. has mounted in recent months, but support for Medicare pricing negotiations has faltered in the past few weeks. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is the latest Senate Democrat to signal his aversion to giving the government the authority to negotiate prices with drugmakers, breathing new life into hopes that the pharmaceutical industry will yet again escape a mechanism that critics say would suppress innovation at the expense of patients in desperate need of state-of-the-art therapies.
Shares of Ultimovacs ASA (OSE:ULTI) climbed 16.6% to NOK148.60 (US$17.82) on news the FDA will expedite an eventual review of its investigational cancer vaccine, UV-1, in combination with checkpoint inhibitors for the potential treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma.
Despite some concerns from a few members, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimously approved recommendations to the CDC that boosters be made available to those wanting them. The advisory committee recommended that a single COVID-19 vaccine booster dose be given six months or more after completing an mRNA primary series in the same risk group for whom the CDC recommended a booster dose of Pfizer Inc-Biontech SA’s vaccine. The CDC presented data to the committee that the single mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose be given to those age 65 and older, for those at least 18 years old and reside in long-term-care settings, and also for those ages 50 to 60 with certain underlying medical conditions.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Akero, Beigene, Canbridge, Cstone, Esteve, Stealth, Vectivbio.
The FDA issued an Oct. 18 reminder to the diagnostics industry that the agency still requires test developers to register with an institutional review board (IRB) for all studies of human subjects. This still pertains to studies that make use of leftover, de-identified specimens in FDA-regulated studies, an alert to industry which suggests that enforcement actions may be in the near offing.
As largely expected, the FDA on Oct. 20 authorized the use of booster doses for COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, in line with last week’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) meetings. It also cleared the way for “mix-and-match” boosters, allowing eligible people to receive boosters from any of the FDA-approved vaccines, regardless of which vaccine they received originally.
Shenzhen Chipscreen Biosciences Co. Ltd.’s Bilessglu (chiglitazar), a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) pan-agonist globally for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, has received marketing approval from the NMPA in China.
Stealth Biotherapeutics Corp.’s refusal to file (RTF) letter from the FDA regarding the NDA for elamipretide, a candidate that targets mitochondria in the treatment of Barth syndrome, hardly knocked the stock, as investors likely saw the bad news coming.