After a long and tortuous development Astrazeneca plc’s anifrolumab has been approved by the FDA for the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), setting up a rivalry with its U.K.-based counterpart Glaxosmithkline plc. The first-in-class type 1 interferon receptor antibody, the first new drug for the disease in a decade, will be marketed under the brand name Saphnelo for adults with moderate to severe disease who are receiving standard therapy.
Prostate cancer affects roughly 1 in 9 American men in their lifetime, with 174,650 new cases reported each year. However, current prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests lack specificity, leading to overdiagnosis and overtreatment of inconsequential cancers. Cleveland Diagnostics Inc. is looking to change that with its IsoPSA assay, which just received a breakthrough device designation from the U.S. FDA. In clinical studies, the noninvasive, blood-based test has been shown to have higher accuracy than standard PSA tests.
Briefing documents released ahead of Wednesday’s meeting of the FDA’s Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee, slated to review Shionogi & Co. Ltd.’s cefiderocol for treatment of complicated urinary tract infections (cUTIs), spotlighted a finding of increased mortality among critically ill cefiderocol-treated patients in the company’s Credible-CR study.
The U.S. FDA has posted its guidance agenda for this still-young fiscal year (FY), a list that covers topics such as Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments (CLIA) waivers. However, the agency appears to be concerned about a lack of compliance with Section 522 postmarket surveillance studies, as indicated by the inclusion of the related guidance in the high priority list for do-overs in fiscal 2020.
Think Surgical Inc., of Fremont, Calif., won good news from the U.S. FDA, which cleared the company's Tsolution One total knee application for use in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The Tsolution One total knee application includes computed tomography-based 3D presurgical planning software, providing surgeons the ability to design and prepare the patient's knee joint replacement plan. During surgery, the physician puts the patient's pre-planned procedure using the robot into effect, with the goal of precisely placing the knee implants.
Medtronic plc, of Dublin, has had a busy week. On Tuesday, it reported that it had received breakthrough device designation from the U.S. FDA for its Valiant TAAA stent graft system for the minimally invasive repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA).
The U.S. FDA has posted a draft guidance that will overwrite a 2014 draft guidance dealing with MRI compatibility for medical devices, but at least one observer is concerned that the agency posted draft as standards-setting organizations are rewriting their own related device performance standards, a fact that could draw out the time to completion of the draft.
Dublin-based Medtronic plc has filed a PMA supplement with the U.S. FDA for its next-generation, implantable sacral neuromodulation (SNM) device, Interstim Micro, and for its Interstim Surescan MRI leads. Interstim Micro is intended to help patients with overactive bladder (OAB), urinary urge incontinence, unobstructed urinary retention and fecal incontinence (FI).
Sterigenics US LLC, of Oak Brook, Ill., has announced it will not reopen its ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization plant in Willowbrook, Ill., a development that could strain the capacity for sterilization of devices such as duodenoscopes. Illinois is not the only state that is taking action on EtO, however, a predicament that suggests the U.S. federal government may have to insert itself into the discussion in order to avoid a shortage of critical, life-saving devices.