Durvalumab (IMFINZI®): Follow up Approval in Canada

Durvalumab (IMFINZI®): Follow up Approval in Canada

The recent first global approval[1] of durvalumab in the US has been reviewed in detail in the First Global Approval report in Adis’ journal Drugs[2], based on the development milestones tracked in AdisInsight.[3]

In November, 2017, durvalumab (Imfinzi™), developed by AstraZeneca via Medimmune, was also approved in Canada for the treatment of advanced bladder cancer (late stage and/or metastatic disease) as monotherapy in previously treated patients (second-line or greater).[4] Continue reading “Durvalumab (IMFINZI®): Follow up Approval in Canada”

E2B R3: the countdown is over

E2B R3: the countdown is over

After many years of planning, on 22nd November 2017 the EMA’s EudraVigilance system started accepting ICSRs submissions in the E2B R3 format. This was one amongst many changes made to EudraVigilance on this date, but implementation of R3 is certainly one of the most significant milestones. The switch from R2 to R3 is not simply a technical format change, but has potential upstream and downstream effects on case processing and other PV activities. Although there will be expected challenges in transitioning to a new ICSR format, there may also be unexpected benefits. Continue reading “E2B R3: the countdown is over”

Acalabrutinib (Calquence®): First Global Approval – Downstream approach dams the ability for tumour-survival in patients with mantle cell lymphoma

Acalabrutinib (Calquence®): First Global Approval – Downstream approach dams the ability for tumour-survival in patients with mantle cell lymphoma

The recent first global approval of acalabrutinib has been reviewed in detail in the First Global Approval report in Adis’ journal Drugs[1], based on the development milestones tracked in AdisInsight[2].

In October 2017, acalabrutinib (Calquence®), developed by Acerta Pharma, received its first global approval in the US for the treatment of adult patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy. Continue reading “Acalabrutinib (Calquence®): First Global Approval – Downstream approach dams the ability for tumour-survival in patients with mantle cell lymphoma”