Grand Pharmaceutical Group Ltd. obtained China’s NMPA approval for an intravascular dual-mode imaging system for coronary artery imaging, tapping into a potentially huge but very undeveloped market for imaging in percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI).
Nanjing Sanhome Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.’s Shengnuodi (alfosbuvir tablets), used as part of a combination treatment for hepatitis C, has been approved by China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) through the priority review and approval procedure.
As the clock ticks toward the “full,” or traditional, approval date for Biogen Inc./Eisai Co. Inc.’s Alzheimer’s drug, Leqembi (lecanemab), the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is facing increasing pressure to get the structures in place to ensure Medicare beneficiaries have access to the drug when the approval comes.
Five months after the first anti-CD20xCD3 T-cell engaging bispecific antibody, Roche Holding AG’s Lunsumio (mosunetuzumab), cleared U.S. FDA approval for follicular lymphoma, partners Genmab A/S and Abbvie Inc. won the agency’s approval for epcoritamab as the first subcutaneous CD20xCD3 bispecific antibody for treating diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
The U.S. FDA granted clearance to two tests developed by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. to predict preeclampsia, Brahms PIGF plus Kryptor and Brahms sFlt-1 Kryptor. Both had previously received breakthrough designation. Preeclampsia, a hypertensive disorder, is the leading cause of maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity across the globe.
Efficacy data for Pfizer Inc.’s respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine proved convincing for members of the U.S. FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, which voted 14-0 May 18 in favor of Abrysvo’s effectiveness when administered during the second or third trimester of pregnancy to protect infants from birth to 6 months, with the adcom endorsing safety data in a 10-4 vote.
Trouble presaged by U.S. FDA concerns over potential drug-induced liver injury (DILI) caused by obeticholic acid (OCA) 25 mg came to pass during the Gastrointestinal Drugs Advisory Committee meeting May 19 on Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s accelerated approval effort with the compound.