Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Alexion, Aptose, Aquestive, Cancer Prevention, Cytocom, Emmaus, Genentech, Goliver, Heron, Incyte, Intercept, Merz, Nordic Nanovector, Novartis, PTC, Rakuten, Roche, Rocket, SFA, Teijin.
While the FDA approved Zogenix Inc.’s Fintepla (fenfluramine), an oral treatment for patients ages 2 and older with seizures associated with Dravet syndrome, a rare, pediatric-onset form of epilepsy, the company stock continued its months-long struggle.
The FDA sent a complete response letter (CRL) to Allergan plc, an Abbvie Inc. company, and Molecular Partners AG, of Zurich, Switzerland, regarding the BLA for abicipar pegol, their VEGF-A inhibitor-Darpin therapy for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Prevailing after an initial complete response letter from the FDA, Chiasma Inc. on June 26 has finally secured U.S. approval for Mycapssa, the first oral formulation of the acromegaly medicine octreotide to get a regulatory green light. Octreotide has until now only been available by injection. The drug was approved for long-term maintenance treatment in acromegaly patients who have responded to and tolerated treatment with octreotide or lanreotide, both somatostatin analogues (SSAs).
DUBLIN – Emer Cooke, named this week as the next executive director of the EMA, is the first woman to lead the organization since its creation in 1994. She is due to take up the post in November, but her appointment must first be ratified by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). She is due to present a statement to the group on July 13.
At a session of the American Association for Cancer Research Virtual Annual Meeting II, multiple FDA regulators gave presentations on various topics to help drug companies understand the ever-evolving oncology regulation.
Ekso Bionics Holdings Inc. has received a green light from the U.S. FDA to market its Eksonr robotic exoskeleton for use with patients with acquired brain injury (ABI). The company said it is the first exoskeleton product to receive the agency's nod for rehabilitation use with ABI, allowing a broader patient population to access the device. This is good news for Richmond, Calif.-based Ekso, which, like many other device companies, saw its earnings off during the first quarter.