Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: Agomab, Amylyx, Anaveon, Anavex, Arrowhead, Artelo, Aulos, Biophytis, Clearside, Exscientia, First Wave, Inovio, Moonlake, Nrx, Oligomerix.
Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. has announced it plans to develop the TNX-3900 series of oral antivirals as monotherapy or in combination with other antivirals, following an agreement whereby it has acquired all of the assets of Healion Bio Inc., including its entire portfolio of next-generation antiviral technology assets.
Any decision on whether to expand a five-year World Trade Organization (WTO) waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines to diagnostics and therapies likely will be delayed longer than proponents had hoped. WTO members originally were scheduled to vote on expanding the waiver in December, but the deadline was extended indefinitely when key members, including the U.S., pushed for a delay.
Biophytis SA’s investigational treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients with severe disease, Sarconeos (BIO-101), reduced the risk of respiratory failure or early death by 44% compared to placebo, final data from a phase II/III COVA trial show, but with the disease not being quite the emergency it once was, the drug’s future could be on shaky ground.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Agile, Artiva, Beactica, Edesa, Ellipses, Flag, Genoscience, Greenlight, Mesoblast, ONL, Roche, Taysha, Xortx.
Greenlight Biosciences Holdings PBC has received regulatory approval from the Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (Rwanda FDA) to start a first-in-human phase I/II trial of its mRNA vaccine candidate against COVID-19, GLB-COV2-043, as a booster for previously vaccinated individuals.
The Biden administration has determined that the public health emergency (PHE) for the COVID-19 pandemic will not be renewed and thus will come to an end in the second week of May. While the end of the PHE will affect some Medicare telehealth provisions that have not been memorialized in legislation, the U.S. FDA’s ability to issue emergency use authorizations (EUAs) will not be immediately affected as that authority was invoked by a separate mechanism.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Abbisko, Alpha, Eisai, Escient, Huidagene, Junshi, Moderna, Nanoscope, Novelmed, Regeneron, Sandoz, Sanofi, Xeris, Zai.
China’s NMPA granted conditional approvals to two COVID-19 drugs under a special examination and approval procedure aimed at addressing urgent needs. The approvals are both for oral small-molecule drugs for adult patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 infections. One of the approved drugs is Simcere Pharmaceutical Group Ltd.’s Xiannuoxin (simnotrelvir/ritonavir). The other is Shanghai Junshi Biosciences Co. Ltd.’s VV-116 (deuremidevir hydrobromide).