GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) and Innoviva, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVA) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded indication for Trelegy Ellipta (fluticasone furoate/umeclidinium/vilanterol ‘FF/UMEC/VI’), which means this medicine can now be used by US physicians to treat a broader population of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with airflow limitation or who have experienced an acute worsening of respiratory symptoms.
In clinical studies, more than half of patients receiving risankizumab achieved complete skin clearance (PASI 100) at one year (52 weeks) (1) The Biologics License Application is supported by four Phase 3 studies of more than 2,000 patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (1-3) Risankizumab is an investigational compound designed to selectively inhibit IL-23 by binding to its p19 subunit and is being evaluated for the potential to deliver long-term skin clearance for psoriasis patients with 12-week dosing (4)
Yesterday morning, the FDA published its 17-page first draft of a working model for its pre-certification program for software as a medical device (SaMD). Though still preliminary (the agency is asking for comments by the end of May), the publication comes with some long-awaited details about how the program might work.
IDx, a privately held AI diagnostics company, announced today that it has filed its De Novo submission to the FDA for IDx-DR, an AI-based system for the autonomous detection of diabetic retinopathy — a leading cause of blindness. The FDA has granted IDx-DR with a “Breakthrough Device” designation, which means the submission will receive expedited review.
Plymouth-based medical device maker Urotronic is ramping up clinical research on its Optilume drug-coated balloon to treat men with narrowed urethras, accelerating the data-gathering process for its novel device.
Eli Lilly and Incyte’s second attempt to get U.S. approval of rheumatoid arthritis drug baricitinib could be scuppered again by lingering FDA concerns about safety. A briefing document published ahead of the April 23 advisory committee meeting on baricitinib suggests that Lilly and Incyte’s lightning-fast amendment and refile of the dossier hasn’t added enough data to persuade the FDA to change its stance on the risk of blood clots with the JAK inhibitor.
Digital health appears to be making its way onto the national stage. On Tuesday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb gave the field a shout-out in his remarks to the US House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development concerning the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for the FDA.
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