Durvalumab (IMFENZI®): Follow up Approval for NSCLC in Japan

Durvalumab (IMFENZI®): Follow up Approval for NSCLC in Japan

Durvalumab (IMFENZI®) was approved by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in July 2018, for maintenance therapy after definitive chemoradiation therapy (CRT) in locally-advanced (Stage III), unresectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).[1] Continue reading “Durvalumab (IMFENZI®): Follow up Approval for NSCLC in Japan”

FDA to revisit guidelines for biosimilar development pathway

FDA to revisit guidelines for biosimilar development pathway

In September 2017, the US FDA made public a draft industry guideline entitled “Statistical Approaches to Evaluate Analytical Similarity.”[1]  Its aim was to provide advice, to sponsors developing biosimilar agents, on how to demonstrate that the product under investigation is “highly similar” to the referenced biological. After taking into consideration the public comments relating to the document, the FDA withdrew the guideline in June 2018 for further evaluation and development to ensure that the scientific and regulatory issues that had been raised would be appropriately addressed.[2] Continue reading “FDA to revisit guidelines for biosimilar development pathway”

Anlotinib (Focus V®): First Global Approval – single-drug 3rd-line therapy for patients with advanced recurrent NSCLC

Anlotinib (Focus V®): First Global Approval – single-drug  3rd-line therapy for patients with advanced recurrent NSCLC

The recent first global approval of anlotinib 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 May 2018, anlotinib (Focus V®), co-developed by Jiangsu Chia-Tai Tianqing Pharmaceutical and Advenchen Laboratories, received its first global approval in China as a single drug therapy for patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have undergone progression or recurrence after ≥ 2 lines of systemic chemotherapy.  Continue reading “Anlotinib (Focus V®): First Global Approval – single-drug 3rd-line therapy for patients with advanced recurrent NSCLC”

Andexanet Alfa (Andexxa ®): First Global Approval – first-in-class anticoagulant rescue for therapy-induced bleeding

Andexanet Alfa (Andexxa ®): First Global Approval – first-in-class anticoagulant rescue for therapy-induced bleeding

The recent first global approval of andexanet alfa [coagulation factor Xa (recombinant), inactivated-zhzo] 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]. Continue reading “Andexanet Alfa (Andexxa ®): First Global Approval – first-in-class anticoagulant rescue for therapy-induced bleeding”

Fostamatinib (TAVALISSE™): First Global Approval – initiating the fight against self-destruction in patients with ITP

Fostamatinib (TAVALISSE™): First Global Approval – initiating the fight against self-destruction in patients with ITP

The recent first global approval of fostamatinib 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]. Continue reading “Fostamatinib (TAVALISSE™): First Global Approval – initiating the fight against self-destruction in patients with ITP”

Bioengineered bacteria… the answer to a broken biome?

Bioengineered bacteria… the answer to a broken biome?

In the good old days eating mud pies and sucking on worms in the garden was considered a normal part of growing up. Maybe not worthy of a Michelin star, and maybe some would be worried about “germs”, but who knew back then that we would eventually be actively exploring how to re-invent bacteria to help treat diseases, particularly those associated with malfunctions of the microbiome: the collective genes of the community of microorganisms our bodies play happy host to. Continue reading “Bioengineered bacteria… the answer to a broken biome?”

Baricitinib (Olumiant™): Now also available in the USA

Baricitinib (Olumiant™): Now also available in the USA

Baricitinib was first approved in the EU in February 2017 for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA);[1] this was followed shortly after by an approval in Japan in July of the same year.[2] Almost a year later, this Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitor was approved by the US FDA in June 2018.[3] Continue reading “Baricitinib (Olumiant™): Now also available in the USA”

Ibalizumab (Trogarzo™): First Global Approval – Blocking HIV entry to CD4 cells may open options for combination therapy in patients with multi-resistant HIV infection

Ibalizumab (Trogarzo™): First Global Approval – Blocking HIV entry to CD4 cells may open options for combination therapy in patients with multi-resistant HIV infection

The recent first global approval of Ibalizumab 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].

Ibalizumab (Trogarzo™) developed by TaiMed Biologics received its first global approval in March 2018 in the US for the treatment of heavily treatment-experienced patients with multidrug resistant HIV-1 infection in combination with other antiretroviral medicines. Continue reading “Ibalizumab (Trogarzo™): First Global Approval – Blocking HIV entry to CD4 cells may open options for combination therapy in patients with multi-resistant HIV infection”