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.