Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: AB Science, Aim, Alphageneron, Ambulero, Biogen, Biontech, Chipscreen, First Wave, Genmab, Janssen, Innocare, Moleculin, Pfizer, Plus, Sage.
The FDA published a draft rule on Oct. 19 for over-the-counter hearing aids, four years after the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act (FDARA) had directed the agency to do so by 2020. One of the potentially more problematic aspects of the draft is that the rule would be preemptive of state law on several points, including consumer protections, a consideration that could serve as a flashpoint in future litigation.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Adamis, Avadel, Avidity, Boehringer, Enochian, Gilead, I-Mab, Leo, Omeros, Oyster Point, Regeneron, Revance, Roche, Saniona, Sanofi, Som, United, UCB, Xilio.
The FDA granted breakthrough device designation to Histosonics Inc. for the first system to harnesses microbubbles created by pulsed ultrasound waves to wreak very targeted cellular destruction, with real-time visualization and control. The therapy, called histotripsy, destroys tissue in the liver without heat, radiation or surgery. The technology was developed at the University of Michigan.
The question of bias in artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms is generally thought to be overcome by ensuring that the data set used to train the algorithm is representative of the population at large. However, Naomi Aaronson, executive director of clinical evaluation at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, said its not that simple because demographic data can combine in unpredictable ways and thus “the only real understanding of whether it works is in the clinical validation” of the algorithm in various settings.
With a 14% increase in regulatory news over this time last year, 2021 has proved to be the busiest that the biopharma industry has ever seen, as companies continue to seek clearances of their late-stage pipeline products with a backdrop of an unprecedented number of COVID-19 pandemic efforts.
The third time proved the charm for Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s high-dose naloxone injection, Zimhi, which gained FDA approval for use in treating opioid overdose, nearly three years after the San Diego-based company first submitted an NDA.
Omeros Corp.’s complete response letter (CRL) from the FDA regarding its BLA for narsoplimab did not come as much of a surprise to Wall Street, but still was enough to drive shares (NASDAQ:OMER) down 26.6% to close Oct. 18 at $5.67, a loss of $2.06.