Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) approved a slew of new drugs in the last week of September, including Japan’s first sustained release GIP/GLP-1 receptor agonist for type 2 diabetes from Eli Lilly and Co. and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp.; a self-administered injectable drug for rheumatoid arthritis from Eisai Co. Ltd. and Nippon Medac Co. Ltd.; a CAR T from Legend Biotech Corp. and Janssen Pharmaceutical KK; and two drugs from Astrazeneca plc, one in asthma and the other in pediatric plexiform neurofibromas in neurofibromatosis type 1.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Aeglea, Calithera, Eagle, Mesoblast, Poxel, Prometheus, Santhera, Seneca, Taiho, Tonix.
The most conspicuous part of the data problem for artificial intelligence (AI) medical software is the bias problem, but the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says there are policy solutions despite the data ownership/monetization problem.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) needs to do more and act faster to crack down on drug manufacturers that restrict 340B prescription drug discounts to contract pharmacies, two senators said in a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.
The U.S. FDA has approved Taiho Oncology Inc.’s Lytgobi (futibatinib) for adults with previously treated, unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma harboring fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR-2) gene fusions or other rearrangements. The approval arrived on its Sept. 30 PDUFA date.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Citius, Immuneering, Immupharma, Inflammx, Lepu, Regeneron, Sanofi.
The wholesale acquisition cost for Amylyx Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s new U.S. FDA-approved amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) treatment, Relyvrio, has been set at about $158,000 for the first year’s treatment. It jumps to about $163,000 in the second year, the company said, a change that would move it closer to the cost of competitor Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp.'s Radicava (edaravone), which costs about $165,000 annually. A 28-day prescription will cost $12,504.
The U.S. Congress passed a five-year reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Amendment (MDUFA) agreement, the fifth iteration of this user-fee agreement since the system's implementation in 2002, after many months of back and forth with the med-tech industry. The extension passed as part of a temporary spending bill needed to avoid a partial government shutdown ahead of Friday’s deadline. The spending bill passage gives lawmakers a reprieve until after the midterm elections when they'll need to figure out a longer-term funding plan for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2023.