Spark Therapeutics $ONCE has scored an historic FDA approval of Luxturna, the world’s first such AAV-delivered gene therapy designed to cure a rare eye disease triggered by a genetic mutation. The drug is OK’d for RPE65 mutation linked retinal dystrophy. The treatment uses a viral vector to insert the correct copy of a gene retinal cells need to create a protein that turns light into electric signals which can restore vision lost to the disease. As with the earlier pioneering approval of the world’s first CAR-T, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb did the honors in recognizing the importance of this approval. And he says the agency will make sure that the regulatory path is straight and clear for the rest of the field looking to following Spark’s footsteps. “We’re at a turning point when it comes to this novel form of therapy and at the FDA, we’re focused on establishing ...
AstraZeneca today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for the use of TAGRISSO® (osimertinib), a third-generation, irreversible epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) with clinical activity against central nervous system (CNS) metastases, in the 1st-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have EGFR mutations (exon 19 deletions or exon 21 (L858R) substitution mutations). The FDA has granted TAGRISSO Priority Review status, and previously granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for TAGRISSO in the 1st-line treatment of patients with metastatic EGFR mutation-positive (EGFRm) NSCLC.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review the company’s Biologics License Application (BLA) for fremanezumab, an anti-calcitonin gene-related peptide (anti-CGRP) monoclonal antibody for the preventive treatment of migraine. Additionally, the FDA has granted fast track designation for fremanezumab for the prevention of cluster headache.
Medimetriks Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xepi (ozenoxacin) Cream, 1%, a new chemical entity for the treatment of impetigo in patients two months of age and older when applied topically twice daily for 5 days. In the U.S., impetigo is estimated to account for approximately 10% of skin problems observed in pediatric clinics and is considered the most common bacterial skin infection.
Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG), the global leader in rare diseases, today announced that the European Commission (EC) granted Marketing Authorization for lyophilized ONCASPAR (pegaspargase), as a component of antineoplastic combination therapy in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in pediatric patients from birth to 18 years, and in adult patients.1 The approval – which authorizes Shire to market lyophilized ONCASPAR in the 28 member states of the European Union (EU), as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – follows a positive opinion adopted by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on October 12.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) expanded the approved use of Nucala (mepolizumab) to treat adult patients with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), a rare autoimmune disease that causes vasculitis, an inflammation in the wall of blood vessels of the body. This new indication provides the first FDA-approved therapy specifically to treat EGPA.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) approved Admelog (insulin lispro injection), a short-acting insulin indicated to improve control in blood sugar levels in adults and pediatric patients aged 3 years and older with type 1 diabetes mellitus and adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Admelog is the first short-acting insulin approved as a “follow-on” product (submitted through the agency’s 505(b)(2) pathway).
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval for Avastin® (bevacizumab) for the treatment of adults with glioblastoma that progressed following prior therapy (referred to as recurrent disease). Avastin was previously granted provisional approval in this setting under the FDA's accelerated approval program.
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