The FDA’s go-ahead for Roche Holding AG’s Enspryng (satralizumab-mwge) in anti-aquaporin-4 antibody-positive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder had watchers of the space weighing its market odds against two therapies approved earlier: Soliris (eculizumab) from Boston-based Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., and the more recently cleared Uplizna (inebilizumab-cdon) from Viela Bio Inc., of Gaithersburg, Md.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Applied, BTG, Emergent, G1, Henlius, Immunomedics, Mustang, Myovant, PTC, Roche, Tracon, Trinity, United.
While the FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) shared some of the agency’s concerns about uncertainties surrounding Mesoblast Ltd.’s Ryoncil (remestemcel-L), it voted 9-1 Aug. 13 that the mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) product showed evidence of efficacy as a treatment for steroid-refractory acute graft-vs.-host disease (GVHD) in children.
The U.S. FDA has granted 510(k) clearance to Masimo Corp. for its PVi software tool as a continuous, noninvasive, real-time indicator of fluid responsiveness in select populations of mechanically ventilated adults. PVi, which is an acronym for pleth variability index, quantifies the dynamic changes in perfusion index that occur in a patient during the respiratory cycle.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exerted a massive effect on procedure volumes across the globe, but concerns over supply chains have prompted political officials in Washington to encourage domestic production of drugs. That approach is also in play in a number of nations in the Asia-Pacific region, said Sana Siddiqui of Decision Resources Group, who noted that Beijing wants hospitals in China to ensure that 70% of devices used there are domestically manufactured by 2025.
Two decades after the federal government jumpstarted U.S. R&D investment in its understanding and control of nanoscale matter, funding for the efforts across the government reached about $1.4 billion in fiscal 2020, part of a total cumulative investment of about $29 billion. Though FDA-budgeted nanotech research has accounted for just a fraction of that, at a modest $133 million since 2009, substantial advances have still been made, according to a presentation on the state of nanotech progress and innovation issued this summer.