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.
Oxford University startup Ultromics Ltd. has won the U.S. FDA's nod for its artificial intelligence (AI) image analysis system for diagnosing coronary artery disease. Called Echogo Core, the system is intended to serve as an aid to cardiologists in evaluating echocardiograms of patients referred with symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest pain. Ross Upton, co-founder and CEO of Ultromics, called the clearance a "watershed moment" for the company, which began developing its algorithm-based system in 2011 and was spun out of Oxford University in 2017. The next stage for the company is commercializing the product and bringing it to clinicians in the U.S. Ross said the company expects to launch the product in the beginning of next year.
An FDA advisory panel struggled at times to give the agency clear advice on the role of materials in device failures, but the panel nonetheless lent its support to the notion that device makers should disclose all materials used to fabricate device implants in product labels.
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.