Two subcommittees of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee have moved their respective appropriations proposals for the FDA and the NIH, restarting a process that has worked smoothly over the past couple of years. Still, Republicans in both committees objected to the use of emergency funding mechanisms in lieu of more routine appropriations.
A month ahead of its PDUFA date, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.’s NDA for triheptanoin (UX-007) won FDA approval. Branded Dojolvi, the highly purified, synthetic, seven-carbon fatty acid triglyceride was cleared for use in treating pediatric and adult patients with molecularly confirmed long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorders (LC-FAOD), a group of rare and life-threatening genetic disorders in which the body is unable to convert long-chain fatty acids into energy.
The push for a vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic may have no parallel in pharmaceutical history, and FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn vowed in a Senate hearing that the agency will rely on the agency’s traditional standards for scientific evidence in premarket reviews of those vaccines.
Shares of Heron Therapeutics Inc. sank 27% in morning trading, after the San Diego-based firm disclosed a second complete response letter (CRL) for HTX-011 in postoperative pain. The CRL, received from the FDA on June 26, the anticipated PDUFA date, stated the agency was unable to approve the NDA in its present form and called for additional nonclinical information.
Toss a complete response letter (CRL) onto two missed PDUFA dates and a few adcoms that were discussed but never actualized to get an idea of where Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. now stands with its NDA for obeticholic acid (OCA) to treat fibrosis due to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
The bad news is, yes, the U.S. is in for a second wave of COVID-19, which is expected to hit during the upcoming flu season. The good news is the nation is much better prepared for the next wave, the NIH’s Anthony Fauci told a House Energy and Commerce Committee Tuesday.
Xpovio (selinexor), an oral selective inhibitor of nuclear transport from Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc., of Newton, Mass., received FDA approval today for treating adults with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), including DLBCL arising from follicular lymphoma, after at least two lines of systemic therapy. Xpovio will be available immediately in the U.S., the company said, and, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the launch will be a virtual one.
A second attempt by Nabriva Therapeutics plc to win U.S. approval for the antibiotic Contepo (fosfomycin) has been undone by COVID-19. Manufacturing issues stymied the original NDA. This time, restrictions of FDA staff travel to Europe sunk the venture, leading to a new complete response letter (CRL) for the candidate as a potential treatment of complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI), including acute pyelonephritis.
Evoke Pharma Inc., of Solana Beach, Calif., which has struggled in the past year through troughs in its stock price and doubts from the FDA in its quest for approval for Gimoti (metoclopramide), was vindicated today as the FDA approved the treatment for adults with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis.
About six months after Epizyme Inc. won FDA clearance of Tazverik (tazemetostat) for epithelial sarcoma (ES), the firm scored accelerated approval in the larger indication of relapsed or refractory (r/r) follicular lymphoma (FL). Specifically, U.S. regulators cleared the methyltransferase inhibitor for adults whose tumors test positive for an EZH2 mutation who have received at least two prior systemic therapies and for those with no satisfactory alternative treatment options – language that “gives physicians a lot of flexibility to use their clinical judgement in how to best prescribe” the drug, CEO Robert Bazemore noted.