Advocates of telehealth are backing the bipartisan, bicameral Connect for Health Act of 2019, which would eliminate geographic and origination site restrictions on Medicare coverage and save billions of taxpayer dollars.
Nearly a month ahead of the PDUFA date, red blood cell maturation drug luspatercept cleared the FDA for treating anemia in adults with beta-thalassemia who require regular red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. Branded Reblozyl, the drug, developed in a collaboration between Celgene Corp. and Acceleron Pharma Inc., is expected to be available in one week following approval.
The U.S. FDA's two-day advisory hearing on industrial ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization of medical devices wrapped up with a discussion of how duodenoscopes can be made safer. The conclusion was largely that employee churn, training and work conditions were the biggest challenges – issues over which the FDA has nearly zero leverage.
BEIJING – Chinese biosimilar maker Bio-Thera Solutions Ltd., of Guangzhou, said its BAT-1406 became the first biosimilar referencing Abbvie Inc.'s blockbuster TNF-blocker, Humira (adalimumab), to win a marketing nod in China. It is Bio-Thera's first biosimilar and China's second homegrown biosimilar approved by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA).
The first day of the FDA's two-day hearing on ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization of medical devices addressed several alternatives to EtO, but the advisory panel had little advice to offer the agency other than to encourage tweaks to sterilization procedures in order to get past the immediate problem.
The U.S. FDA has approved the Senza Omnia Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) system from Redwood City, Calif.-based Nevro Corp. The system is the first such system that delivers Nevro's high frequency 10,000 Hz stimulation, known as HF10, but also all other therapeutic spinal cord stimulation frequencies.
Singapore-based Vela Diagnostics Holding Pte. Ltd. has received U.S. FDA authorization via the de novo approval pathway for an in vitro diagnostic test to detect HIV-1 genomic drug resistance mutations (DRMs). The Sentosa SQ HIV-1 Genotyping Assay – the first HIV-1 genotyping next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay to win an FDA nod – uses plasma of patients infected with HIV-1 to detect HIV-1 Group M DRMs in the protease, reverse transcriptase and integrase regions of the pol gene in a single test.
BEIJING – Chinese drug regulators granted conditional approval to Shanghai Green Valley (Group) Co. Ltd.'s marine-derived oligosaccharide, GV-971, to treat Alzheimer's disease (AD), but required further trials to prove the drug's efficacy after marketing.