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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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    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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    EMA and FDA Historically Agree on Just About Every New Drug Approval, but is That Slowly Changing?

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concur more than 90% of the time in their decisions to approve new drugs, according to a new study from EMA and FDA officials that looked at 107 applications from 2014 to 2016. In just eight of the 107 applications, FDA initially declined to approve a new drug or biologic while EMA approved it, although in all eight of those cases, FDA ended up approving that drug or biologic. And in one case ...
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    FDA Offers Accelerated Approval for 3rd Tissue-Agnostic Cancer Treatment

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday granted accelerated approval to Roche’s Rozlytrek (entrectinib), a treatment for adult and adolescent patients whose cancers have the specific genetic defect neurotrophic tyrosine receptor kinase (NTRK) gene fusion and for whom there are no effective treatments. This is the third time FDA has approved a cancer treatment based on a common biomarker across different tumor types rather than the location in the body wher...
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    FDA's Record Year: A Look at 2018 New Drug Approvals

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set an all-time record for new drug approvals in 2018 with 59 novel drugs and biologics approved by the agency's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).   The number of new molecular entities (NMEs) and biologics approved by CDER surpassed the agency's previous record of 53 approvals in 1996 and is a significant jump over the 46 new drugs approved in 2017 . Those figures do not include products approved by FDA's Center...
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    CDER Report on Novel Approvals Highlights Firsts in 2017

    2017 was a year of firsts for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), with initial approvals in at least five medical conditions and other firsts that might not end up on the final scorecard, like the first biosimilar cancer treatment or the first immediate-release opioid with abuse-deterrent properties. And though the total 46 approvals is the second-highest number of approvals by CDER ever, according to the CDER ...
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    Updated: New Drug Approvals for FDA: 2017 Hits 21-Year High

    The number of new molecular entities (NMEs) approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017 (46 so far, though that number does not include the high-profile CAR-T and gene therapies approved this year) has now topped the all-time high of NMEs approved in any year except 1996. But the record number of approvals comes as experts, including CDER Director Janet Woodcock, have expressed reservations about tracking NME approvals like a horse race, or compari...
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    FDA Offers Two New Draft Guidances on Developing Targeted Therapies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday published two new draft guidance documents that seek to support the development of treatments that address underlying genetic mutations that often cause or contribute to diseases, and another discussing how to determine if an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) device used in a study must undergo its own FDA review, distinct from a drug study. "New drugs are being developed based solely on their ability to target these und...
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    FDA's Frey Reflects on Final Year of PDUFA V

    As the year comes to a close, Patrick Frey, senior advisor to the director of the Office of New Drugs (OND) at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), looked back at FDA's performance over the final year of the fifth iteration of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V) and what's to come in PDUFA VI. Speaking at the FDA/CMS Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Frey said that before PDUFA, and during the first four PDUFA programs, FDA was approving ab...
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    FDA Announces Third-Party Review Pathway for Tumor Profiling Tests

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday announced it has cleared a next-generation sequencing (NGS) test developed by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) that can detect 468 unique gene mutations and other molecular biomarkers in a patient's tumor. The test, referred to as MSK-IMPACT (Integrated Mutation Profiling of Actionable Cancer Targets), was already approved for use with samples from patients in New York by the New York State Department of ...
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    EMA Responds to BMJ Article Questioning Benefits of Recent Cancer Drug Approvals

    As more cancer drugs are approved and prices continue to rise, questions have circulated on whether these drugs are extending patient survival or improving quality of life (QoL). A research article published in the BMJ last week reviewed the approval of drugs by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from 2009 to 2013 and noted that most drugs entered the market without evidence of survival benefits or QoL. "When there were survival gains over existing treatment o...