Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH is the latest drug company to come into the crosshairs of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration over its restrictions on giving 340B drug discounts to contract pharmacies.
Even though the U.S. already has a National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators is adding its voice to that of nearly 200 national organizations and experts in calling for more.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: 4D Molecular, Acer, Cocrystal, Intellia, Lexicon, Pfizer, Relief, Rheacell, RDIF, Tenax.
In addition to the four COVID-19 vaccines it has provisionally approved, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is recommending that two more vaccines – Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s Coronavac and Astrazeneca plc-Serum Institute of India’s Covishield – be considered “recognized vaccines.”
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare approved Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.’s Alofisel (darvadstrocel) to treat complex perianal fistulas in patients with non-active or mildly active luminal Crohn’s disease. This marks the first allogeneic stem cell therapy to be greenlighted in the country.
Advocates have continued to press for more widespread use of rapid antigen tests in the home as a primary instrument for returning to economic normalcy, and the FDA has granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Acon Laboratories Inc., of San Diego, for the company’s Flowflex rapid antigen test for at-home use. According to the FDA, Acon said the COVID-19 test will be produced at a rate of 200 million a month by February 2022, a clip that should go a long way toward restoring vigor to a lagging U.S. economy.
The FDA’s final rule for the de novo petition process took nearly three years to wrap up, a timeline likely extended by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the final rule retains some controversial features seen in the 2018 draft. Among these is a provision for FDA inspections before determining whether to grant the petition, a provision that was blasted by multiple commenters as extra-statutory and a needless source of drag on these applications.
Through a series of notifications, India’s drug regulator has classified a new batch of medical devices as well as a range of software used in medical devices according to risk, taking another step to strengthen regulatory oversight and shore up the domestic med-tech sector.