While other COVID-19 vaccine makers are developing bivalent boosters comprising the original SARS-CoV-2 strain and an omicron variant, Russia’s Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology is trekking a different course. Leaving behind the ancestral strain, Gamaleya’s next generation of the Sputnik V vaccine has been specifically adapted against delta and omicron variants of the coronavirus.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Inmazeb and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP’s Ebanga earned a ringing endorsement from the World Health Organization (WHO) in its first ever guideline on Ebola therapies. In releasing the guideline Aug. 19, WHO officials celebrated the fact that Ebola is no longer “a near certain killer” – provided treatment starts as soon as possible following diagnosis.
After nearly four decades as director of the U.S. NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), 81-year-old Anthony Fauci will be stepping down in December. He also announced Aug. 22 that he will be handing over the reins as chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation and as chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.
It pays to read the details of patent specifications. By keeping the pH range of its generic vasopressin injection at least 0.01 below that specified for Vasostrict, Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc. cleared itself from claims that it had infringed two key patents protecting the brand drug.
Regardless of the grading scale, the U.S. NIH would have gotten an “F” for its failure to ensure that intramural and extramural clinical trials it funded complied with government reporting requirements in 2019 and 2020.
Alain Bouaziz, a French citizen and resident of the United Arab Emirates, pleaded guilty Aug. 12 to one count of lying to the U.S. FDA in an attempt to steal a discontinued Novartis AG weight loss drug. The charge carries a maximum prison term of five years and a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gain or loss caused by the offense, whichever is greatest.
“It’s now law,” U.S. President Joe Biden said after he signed H.R. 5376 Aug. 16. His signature made Medicare drug pricing negotiations a near-term reality, along with new inflationary rebates, new caps on annual out-of-pocket drug spending and monthly insulin copays for Medicare beneficiaries, and tax changes that could affect the bottom line for several multinational drug and device companies beginning next year.
As biopharma and med-tech companies grapple with restrictive data privacy laws in the EU and China while trying to meet the demand for greater diversity reflective of the U.S. population, there’s been more of an interest in conducting clinical trials in the U.S., Stacy Amin, a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, told BioWorld.
Despite new laws and enforcement efforts, protecting intellectual property (IP) rights in China remains a big challenge for companies based in the U.S. and other countries. A case in point is China’s new patent law that came into effect in June 2021.