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    FDA sends first warning letters for fraudulent marketing of antibody tests

    The US Food and Drug Administration this week issued its first set of warning letters for marketing adulterated or misbranded COVID-19 antibody tests.   The letters, sent to Medakit Ltd. of Hong Kong,  Antibodiescheck.com of United Arab Emirates, and Sonrisa Family Dental dba www.mycovidtest19.com of Chicago, cited a range of violations. These included offering test kits for sale in the US directly to consumers for at-home use without marketing approval, cleara...
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    New Indication for Roche’s Actemra Means First FDA-Approved Drug to Treat Giant Cell Arteritis

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday expanded the approved use of Roche’s Actemra (tocilizumab) to treat adults with giant cell arteritis, making it the first FDA-approved therapy for this condition. The efficacy and safety of subcutaneous (injected under the skin) Actemra for giant cell arteritis were established in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study with 251 patients with giant cell arteritis. A greater proportion of patients receiving subcuta...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: Parliament Seeks More Responsible Use of Antibiotics (10 March 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. European Parliament Endorses Plan to Encourage Responsible use of Antibiotics The European Parliament has endorsed a draft law intended to encourage the responsible use of antibiotics in animals. Under the terms of the proposal, the European Commission will monitor the use of animal antibiotics in member states and report the data regularly, while veterinarians will be made...
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    FDA Clears First Zika Diagnostic for Emergency Use

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved the first diagnostic to detect the Zika virus under its emergency use authorization (EUA) pathway, which allows the agency to authorize unapproved products during a public health emergency. The authorization is significant as there are currently no other approved diagnostics available to detect Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has rapidly spread across much of Latin America and the Caribbean and is thought to ...
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    FDA Receives First-Ever Biosimilar Application for Monoclonal Antibody

    South Korean biopharmaceutical manufacturer Celltrion has announced that it has filed an application for approval with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Remsima, its biosimilar version of Jannsen's Remicade (infliximab). The company's biosimilar filing is the second-ever filing of a drug through FDA's new 351(k) biosimilar pathway, and reportedly the first-ever monoclonal antibody (mAb) to seek approval through the pathway. The first biosimilar filing for ...
  • EMA Releases Draft Guideline on Hepatitis B Vaccines

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a new guideline to instruct sponsors of clinical trials on best practices for assessing antibody-based products used to prevent the hepatitis B virus. The 2 December 2012 draft guideline, On the Clinical Investigation of Hepatitis B Immunoglobulins , is specifically aimed at vaccines, which EMA explains are an effective method for protecting uninfected, healthy individuals against infection by the hepatitis B virus. T...