Axsome Therapeutics Inc. and the U.S. FDA appear to be working out their differences. The company said it received the proposed labeling from the agency for AXS-05 (dextromethorphan + bupropion), an oral NMDA receptor antagonist with multimodal activity, for treating major depressive disorder.
Armed with data but no crystal ball, the U.S. FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biologic Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will be asked June 28 to predict the next-generation vaccines that will be needed to best respond to the COVID-19 futurescape. While Moderna Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Novavax Inc. will briefly present clinical data for their variant vaccines at the VRBPAC meeting, the discussion will be about the future of all COVID-19 vaccines being developed or authorized for the U.S. market.
The U.S. FDA has placed a clinical hold on Astellas Pharma Inc.’s Fortis phase I/II trial evaluating AT-845 following a serious adverse event of peripheral sensory neuropathy in one of the trial participants. AT-845 is an adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene replacement therapy being studied in adults with late-onset Pompe disease.
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has given Otsuka Holdings Co. Ltd. subsidiary Taiho Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. the green light for its oral heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) inhibitor Jeselhy (pimitespib) to treat gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) that have progressed after chemotherapy. The company will soon commercialize the drug in Japan.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Adverum, Amryt, Argenx, Basilea, Biomarin, Croma, Cytokinetics, Daewoong, Emergent, Gilead, Janssen, Kyowa Kirin, Merck, Novartis, Novavax, Oncopeptides, Sarepta.
Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BD) recalled intraosseous needle set kits and power drivers. The action was triggered by difficulties in separating the stylet from the needle. The FDA also announced a class I recall of the Volara respiratory clearance system by Baxter Healthcare Corp., of Deerfield, Ill., because of issues with an in-line ventilator adapter.
Regulatory harmonization of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is high on the checklist for companies that want to develop these products, but legislatures and regulatory agencies across the globe seem less interested. Koen Cobbaert, senior manager for quality standards and regulation with Royal Philips NV, told BioWorld that there is a race on to be the first market with a full-fledged set of regulations, a fact of life that does little to advance the cause of harmonization.
The FDA has rejected Artrya Ltd.’s 510(k) application for its Salix coronary anatomy (SCA) software that analyzes heart computed tomography scans via artificial intelligence (AI) to better diagnose coronary artery disease. “The FDA has advised that the Artrya Salix product is not equivalent to the predicate device,” Artrya CEO John Barrington told BioWorld.