Hitches for Horizon Pharma plc seem unlikely in the upcoming FDA advisory panel to mull the BLA for teprotumumab in thyroid eye disease (TED), though regulators did take issue with the clinical activity score (CAS) as calculated by the company.
Orthogrid Systems Inc., of Salt Lake City, has received a green light from the U.S. FDA for the latest application on its intraoperable PhantomMSK platform, this one for use in orthopedic trauma cases. The new PhantomMSK Trauma application, which Orthogrid plans to formally roll out next spring, joins currently available applications for total hip and hip preservation. The Trauma application is an orthopedic surgical software that helps surgeons achieve and confirm the alignment of bone fractures and improves intraoperative efficiency via artificial intelligence-trained and augmented reality-based decision support and assistance for the placement of surgical instruments.
Shares of Equillium Inc. (NASDAQ:EQ) closed at $4.75, up 69 cents, or 17%, after trading as high as $5.25 as Wall Street hailed the FDA’s granting of fast track status to itolizumab – the first clinical-stage anti-CD6 therapy – for the treatment of lupus nephritis (LN).
The FDA has lost a product jurisdiction case in DC district court to Genus Medical Technologies LLC over its barium sulfate contrast agent. The judge in the case ruled that the agency violated the Administrative Procedures Act in ruling that the product is a drug, but the FDA will have another crack at the matter as the application for the product has been remanded to the FDA.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking for control of ethylene oxide emissions (EtO), which would update a 2006 final rule that declared no additional controls for EtO were necessary. However, the agency’s latest proposed rule makes note of several technological advances that allow for greater control of EtO, a fact that could drive a greater regulatory requirement for containment and destruction of EtO emissions at medical device sterilization plants.
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Correvio Pharma Corp. is hoping that it will receive a positive response from the FDA’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee, which meets tomorrow to consider the U.S. approvability of Brinavess (vernakalant hydrochloride, I.V.), its antiarrhythmic drug for the rapid conversion of adult patients with recent onset atrial fibrillation (AF).