In March 2019, the small molecule brexanolone was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD) in adult women. Brexanolone, developed by Sage Therapeutics under a license from the University of California, was granted priority review status and breakthrough therapy designation by the FDA. Continue reading “Brexanolone (Zulresso™): First Global Approval – First approved therapy for postpartum depression”
It is likely that in one’s lifetime a friend or family member will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As of 2018, approximately 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia and this number is expected to triple to 152 million by 2050.
Despite the increasing prevalence of the disease, no new drugs have been approved for the treatment of Alzheimer’s since 2003. An article recently published on PharmaTimes proclaims, “The search for a cure for Alzheimer’s is far from over.”
In December 2018, roxadustat, developed by FibroGen, in collaboration with Astellas and AstraZeneca, received its first global approval in China for the treatment of anaemia in patients with dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (DD-CKD). Roxadustat is expected to launch in China in the second half of 2019.
The recent first global approval of tagraxofusp (Elzonris™) has been reviewed in detail in the First Global Approval report in Adis’ journal Drugs, based on the development milestones tracked in AdisInsight.
In December 2018, tagraxofusp, developed by Stemline Therapeutics, was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) in adults and children 2 years and older. Continue reading “Tagraxofusp (Elzonris™): First Global Approval – Breakthrough therapy for BPDCN and novel CD123-targeted therapy”