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    CHMP recommends 12 new medicines, including first RSV treatment for infants

    The European Medicine Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) last week endorsed 12 new medicines for authorization, including the first treatment to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in newborns, driving the total number of endorsed treatments to 70 since the beginning of the year. Five of the 12 approval recommendations are for orphan drugs.   The new RSV treatment, Beyfortus (nirsevimab) developed by AstraZeneca and Sanofi, was s...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Vabysmo, Cabenuva, Vonvendi

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approval Vabysmo approved for treating two types of macular disease Genentech’s Vabysmo ( faricimab-svoa; injection ) has been approved for treating wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME) in adults. The bispecific antibody targets and inhibits the disease pathways in the respective conditions.   Approval of Vabysmo...
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    FDA approved more first-in-class drugs, gave more accelerated approvals in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) approved 50 new drug therapies in 2021. While the figure is a slight decrease from 2020 , more drugs were designated as first-in-class and used the accelerated approval pathway than in previous years.   The approvals reported by CDER do not include biologics license applications (BLAs) approved by FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). In 2021, CBER approved...
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    FDA refreshes bioequivalence guidance for generic drugs

    Generic drug makers received a refreshed draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday; the guidance updates some recommendations on the conduct of bioequivalence (BE) studies that have pharmacokinetic endpoints.   In announcing the updated draft guidance’s availability, FDA said that the document is meant to "clarify the agency’s recommendations regarding BE information submitted in an [abbreviated new drug application] submission, provide assistan...
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    Study: Few new drugs have high therapeutic value

    A new study published in The BMJ  finds that only a third of new drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the decade from 2007-2017 have high therapeutic value, according to appraisal by one of five independent organizations.   However, the analysis found that drugs approved through expedited programs – and especially EMA’s programs – were more likely to have high therapeutic value.   “Most of the incre...
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    Regulatory tools for generic drug companies: Formal FDA meetings and controlled correspondence

    This article discusses formal meetings and controlled correspondence for the generic drug industry and the use of these regulatory tools in the abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) process. The author notes that these tools are useful in understanding the current thinking of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to avoid unexpected delays for product approval as well as expedite faster generic drug approvals.   Introduction Generic drugs are copies of innovato...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Fintepla, Dojolvi, Phesgo

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Fintepla gets the go-ahead for Dravet syndrome Zogenix’s Fintepla (fenfluramine) has been approved for the treatment of seizures associated with Dravet syndrome in patients aged 2 years or older. The syndrome is a rare, life-threatening form of epilepsy.   The approval was based on findings from two clinical studies in 202 participants aged ...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Zepzelca, Ilaris, Lyumjev

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Zepzelca handed accelerated approval for metastatic SCLC in adults Jazz Pharmaceuticals and PharmaMar’s Zepzelca (lurbinectedin) has been granted accelerated approval for adult patients with metastatic small cell lung cancer (SCLC) whose disease has progressed during or after platinum-based chemotherapy.   The indication was approved based o...
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    FDA to Withdraw Generic Drug After Company Repeatedly Fails to Resubmit Bioequivalence Data

    After the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) relied on data from a disreputable contract researcher, and after repeated attempts over five years to get the company to resubmit new data, the agency on Friday proposed to withdraw the approval for Cipla subsidiary InvaGen Pharmaceuticals’ trandolapril tablets. “The basis for the proposal is that the holder of the ANDA has repeatedly failed to submit the required data...
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    Another Record Year for Generic Drug Approvals but Questions on Competition Remain

    For each of the last five years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set generic drug approval records, but questions have lingered on whether these high approval numbers are translating into competition. FY 2019 figures show a total of 1,171 generic drug approvals (935 full approvals and 236 tentative approvals), which breaks FDA’s previous all-time record of 971 full and tentative approvals for FY 2018 . And although the abbreviated new drug application (...
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    Is FDA Too Lax With its Drug Approval Standards? Senior FDA Officials Discuss

    From industry to academia, commenters have argued that the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) drug approval standards are becoming inappropriately low and that the required postapproval evaluations are either inadequate or left undone. But three senior FDA officials offered several counterpoints on Monday at the fifth annual Biopharma Congress in Washington, DC. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, explained that the agency ...
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    Citizen Petitions Delaying Approvals: FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance discussing some of the considerations that the agency will take into account when determining whether citizen petitions and petitions for a stay of agency action are submitted with the primary purpose of delaying the approval of a pending generic drug, biosimilar or 505(b)(2) application. The final guidance comes as FDA in February explained its concerns to Congress that such petitions are often...