Nanthealth Inc. has received U.S. FDA clearance for a whole exome sequencing test to determine overall tumor mutational burden (TMB) in cancer tissue. Known as Omics Core, the first-of-its-kind in vitro diagnostic test is available now as part of Nanthealth's GPS Cancer molecular profiling suite.
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).