The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided against a series of rate cuts for PET imaging in the Medicare physician fee schedule for 2020, a move lauded by physicians who were facing a rate cut of as much as 80% for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging procedures.
How much Senate Democrats oppose President Donald Trump's new nominee to take over the reins of the FDA could depend on whom they dislike or distrust more – Stephen Hahn, the nominee, or Brett Giroir, who just became the new acting FDA commissioner.
The new draft guidance for clinical decision support (CDS) software is in part a response to the 21st Century Cures Act, and the FDA Bakul Patel said on a Nov. 4 webinar, "we heard the feedback loud and clear" on the previous draft, and thus the agency must "get this policy to a place where it balances patient safety" and the need to avoid unnecessary roadblocks between developers and the market.
BEIJING Chinese drug regulators granted conditional approval to Shanghai Green Valley (Group) Co. Ltd.'s marine-derived oligosaccharide, GV-971, to treat Alzheimer's disease (AD), but required further trials to prove the drug's efficacy after marketing.
Redhill Biopharma Ltd. CEO Dror Ben-Asher told BioWorld that the 2 million patients targeted by just-approved, delayed-release Talicia, previously known as RHB-105, for adult infection by Helicobacter pylori represents "the baseline where we start our promotion," and there's an opportunity to help many more patients. "When you combine the high prevalence of roughly 100 million Americans infected and more than half of the world's population with the association with gastric cancer, it's a major public health concern," he said. About 800,000 people worldwide die every year from gastric cancer, and about 90% of cases are caused by H. pylori.
MELBOURNE, Australia Although Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved its first CAR T therapy in 2018, the country is lacking a system to reimburse those advanced therapies, and industry is calling on government to revalue gene therapies so that patients can access them.