Although the U.S. CDC considers myocarditis to be a rare event linked to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, the FDA is adding a warning about the adverse event to its doctor and patient fact sheets for the vaccines.
With the July 25 PDUFA priority review date looming for Incyte Corp.’s retifanlimab as a second-line treatment for advanced or metastatic anal cancer, the FDA has one voting question for its Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC): Should it hold off on its approval decision until more data are in from a phase III study?
In denying cert to Abbvie Inc. v. FTC June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court may have strengthened an FTC tool for going after biopharma companies that try to protect their patents. The high court’s refusal to hear the case reinforces a September decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that the biopharma industry has said will make it more difficult for drug companies to pursue patent infringement cases in keeping with Hatch-Waxman.
The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up Amarin Corp. plc’s appeal of a September Federal Circuit decision that opened the door for generics of the company’s fish oil-derived cardiovascular drug, Vascepa (icosapent ethyl), to enter the U.S. market.
Biogen Inc.’s $56,000-a-year list price for its newly approved Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm (aducanumab), is sending tremors through the prescription drug pricing debate that could shift the epicenter of those discussions to drugs granted accelerated approval based on surrogate endpoints.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 opinion dismissing a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), removed a threat to the future of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) and the biosimilars pathway it created.
Heralded as a potential turning point for U.S. innovation in the 21st century, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, S. 1260, is a big step closer to becoming law. The Senate voted 68-32 June 8 to pass the sweeping $250 billion bipartisan bill intended to give the U.S. an edge over China when it comes to innovation and investment in several critical industries.
Health Canada is proposing amendments to the Food and Drugs Act that would provide greater oversight of the manufacture of drugs for export. Currently, facilities that manufacture or prepare drugs in Canada for use outside the country are not required to obtain a drug establishment license or to follow Canadian requirements for good manufacturing practices, and they are exempt from fees.
After delaying it twice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing to rescind a Trump-era rule that would have given certain low-income patients insulin and injectable epinephrine products at the steeply discounted 340B rate.
Noticeably lacking in the G7 communique following its recent U.K. summit is support for a proposed World Trade Organization waiver on intellectual property related to drugs and other medical products used to prevent, contain or treat COVID-19 infections.