On April 6, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) approved rucaparib (Rubraca®, Clovis Oncology Inc.), a poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, for the maintenance treatment of recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in a complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two Complete Response Letters (CRLs) to South Korean manufacturer Celltrion. One was for a proposed biosimilar for Genentech and Biogen’s Rituxan for lymphomas and leukemias, and a proposed biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira for rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune disorders.
Smart inhaler company Adherium announced last week that it has received 510(k) clearance for over-the-counter sales of its inhaler monitoring device for AstraZeneca’s Symbicort aerosol inhaler, called the SmartTouch for Symbicort.
Eisai Inc. announced that it has submitted a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for priority review to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its antiepileptic drug FYCOMPA® (perampanel) CIII as monotherapy and adjunctive use for the treatment of partial-onset seizures (POS) with or without secondarily generalized seizures in pediatric patients (ages 2 to less than 12 years). The submission also proposes a pediatric indication for monotherapy and adjunctive use for primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures (PGTC) in children (ages 2 to less than 12 years) with epilepsy. The sNDA is for both the FYCOMPA tablet and oral suspension formulations.
Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE American: PTN), a biopharmaceutical company developing targeted, receptor-specific peptide therapeutics for the treatment of diseases with significant unmet medical needs and commercial potential, announced that its exclusive North American licensee for bremelanotide, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAG), has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for bremelanotide for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. If approved, bremelanotide would become the first and only as desired pharmacologic option in the U.S. indicated for the treatment of HSDD in premenopausal women.
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