The Medicare coverage memo for next-generation DNA sequencing (NGS) was reopened to allow for NGS testing for other than late-stage cancers, but stakeholders are urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow repeat testing, another change that would considerably boost utilization.
BEIJING – China has updated its national reimbursement drug list (NRDL) to include innovative drugs that it has recently approved, including homegrown cancer drugs and foreign imports. Industry experts said they believe it is a move to drive biotech innovation at home.
HONG KONG – Celltrion Healthcare Co. Ltd., a South Korean biopharmaceutical corporation, won European Union (EU) marketing approval for Remsima SC for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as a subcutaneous version of Celltrion’s infliximab biosimilar, CT-P13.
The U.S. FDA has engaged in an overhaul of its software policies in the wake of the mandates spelled out by the 21st Century Cures Act. However, those policies are still a work in progress, as a recent FDA webinar made clear. The FDA won’t have long to put those policies into place as the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a follow-on to the Cures Act, dubbed Cures 2.0, which will impose yet more changes on the agency’s approach to software regulation.
Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup Tusker Medical Inc. has received U.S. FDA approval to market its breakthrough-designated system for inserting tympanostomy tubes into the eardrum to treat recurrent ear infections. The Tubes Under Local Anesthesia (Tula) system is the first delivery system for tympanostomy tubes, commonly known as ear tubes, that can be performed in young children under local anesthesia in a doctor’s office. The Tula system consists of the ionic anesthetic Tymbion, Tusker Medical tympanostomy tubes and several devices for inserting the anesthetic and tubes into the ear drum. A low-level electrical charge delivers the anesthesia to the eardrum prior to tube placement, allowing for quick and needle-free numbing of the tympanic membrane.
On its PDUFA date Thursday, the FDA cleared Xcopri (cenobamate) tablets from South Korea’s SK Biopharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. to treat partial-onset seizures in adults. The drug’s mechanism of action is not fully understood, but it's believed to work through two separate mechanisms: enhancing inhibitory currents through positive modulation of GABA-A receptors and decreasing excitatory currents by inhibiting the persistent sodium current.