Biogen Inc. and Samsung Bioepis Co. Ltd. gained FDA clearance for Byooviz (ranibizumab-nuna), a biosimilar that references the VEGF therapy Lucentis (ranibizumab) from Roche Holding AG, as a treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration, macular edema following retinal vein occlusion and myopic choroidal neovascularization.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. has grabbed a slice of the non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) market, becoming the first company to gain FDA approval for an oral drug targeted against a rare form of the disease.
The FDA has accepted for review Novartis AG and Beigene Ltd.’s BLA filing for the anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody tislelizumab. The BLA is seeking approval for the candidate’s use in treating unresectable recurrent locally advanced or metastatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in people who had received prior systemic therapy.
Little more than six months after filing a BLA for the antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) tisotumab vedotin in recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer, Seagen Inc. and Genmab A/S have secured an accelerated approval for the medicine. The green light for the co-developed product marks Seagen's third approved ADC and Genmab's first marketed therapy, though another medicine based on its Duobody technology platform recently won approval, too. The new cervical cancer drug, to be marketed as Tivdak, was approved for the treatment of adults experiencing disease progression on or after chemotherapy.
The med-tech regulatory picture is already in a state of flux thanks to changes imposed by the EU, but device makers and those in the digital health space might soon be facing yet another series of profound changes in Europe. The U.K. Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has proposed to revamp its regulatory framework for both traditional medical device and for software/artificial intelligence, adding yet more uncertainty to an already turbulent European regulatory environment.
The COVID-19 pandemic is still swirling about, and rapid antigen tests are still playing a vital role in pushing back against the COVID-19 pandemic, and Australia’s TGA has responded with a guidance on when software used with rapid antigen tests qualifies as a regulated device. The TGA has classified such software as a class 3 device when used with a rapid antigen self-test, thus requiring a separate regulatory application before it can be eligible for entry in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
PERTH, Australia – Changes to Australia’s medical device requirements have resulted in certain devices no longer requiring TGA conformity assessment certification, including class IV in vitro diagnostics (IVDs). As of July 23, 2021, devices that contain drugs or materials of animal, microbial, recombinant or human origin no longer require mandatory TGA conformity assessment certification. Instead, sponsors of these devices will be able to provide conformity assessment documents issued by notified bodies designated by a European Union member state to support their applications on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
Enacting provisions to control U.S. prescription drug prices remains a top priority with many members of Congress as they push through the Biden administration’s budget agenda – despite warnings that government price controls on drugs would come at the cost of innovation.
Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s launch plans for drug-device candidate, VP-102 (cantharidin 0.7% topical solution), in the viral skin infection molluscum contagiosum were hit with another delay, as the FDA issued a complete response letter (CRL) in response to the NDA, just two days ahead of its Sept. 23 PDUFA date.