Following a priority review of Orgovyx (relugolix), an oral hormone therapy developed by Myovant Sciences GmbH, the FDA has approved the medicine for the treatment of adults with advanced prostate cancer. The first success among three indications for which Myovant has developed the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) receptor agonist, the green light marks Myovant’s transformation into a commercial-stage company, SVB Leerink analyst Ami Fadia noted. Company shares (NYSE:MYOV) fell 4.5% to $23.61 following the Dec. 18 approval.
Although FDA approvals in 2020 are falling just shy of records, the amount of regulatory news this year is more than twice the amount seen only four years ago and a 41% increase over that reported in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic accounts for roughly 14% of the total, but regardless, by all accounts, 2020 has been an excessively busy year for both the biopharma industry and regulatory agencies.
The latest global regulatory news, changes and updates affecting medical devices and technologies, including: EPA posts ethylene oxide rule on OMB agenda; HHS announces sustained support for testing; FTC gives nod to Stryker/Wright deal.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Amgen, Antegene, Astrazeneca, Canbridge, Karyopharm, Novaremed, Novo Nordisk, Oyster Point, Polaryx, Synairgen.
Macrogenics Inc., which started the year with a pipeline prioritization, ends 2020 with its first FDA approval. The agency cleared its HER2-targeting Fc-engineered monoclonal antibody margetuximab in combination with chemotherapy for use in patients with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer who have received two or more prior anti-HER2 regimens, at least one of which was for metastatic disease.