The FDA’s May 4 webinar on patient data generated over the course of the product life cycle covered a number of topics, including the use of social media as a source of real-world evidence (RWE). The FDA’s Anne Hammer said, however, that while social media engagement has exploded over the past couple of decades, issues such as data duplication and verifiability will have to be resolved before patient engagement via social media can be relied upon as a source of RWE for regulatory purposes.
Stock-price weakness that has beset Chemocentryx Inc. since early March – likely based on jitters ahead of the FDA advisory panel for avacopan slated for May 6 – became an outright tumble when Wall Street got a gander at briefing documents related to the meeting. Shares of the San Carlos, Calif-based firm (NASDAQ:CCXI) closed at $22.19, down $26.63, or 45%, as company backers sifted paperwork on the complement C5a receptor inhibitor for anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis. The compound has been assigned a PDUFA date of July 7.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Astellas, Carmot, Clarity, Eli Lilly, Hutchmed, Immunomet, Newron, Pfizer, Quercis, R-Pharm Germany, Siga Technologies, Viiv Healthcare.
Molli Surgical Inc. has won the FDA’s nod for its wire-free localization technology for breast cancer surgery. The company said the Molli system helps radiologists tag cancerous lesions quickly and precisely, facilitating surgical excision and eliminating a source of anxiety associated with breast tumor removal.
While last week’s marathon Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee meeting to consider accelerated approvals for cancer drugs that didn’t demonstrate effectiveness in confirmatory trials was a good step forward, oncologists need the FDA to do more to ensure drug labeling truly reflects the benefit of the product.