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”

Bictegravir (Biktarvy®): Positive CHMP Opinion in the EU

Bictegravir (Biktarvy®): Positive CHMP Opinion in the EU

Bictegravir, in combination with emtricitabine and alafenamide (Biktarvy ®) received its first global approval in the US in February 2018.[1] Subsequently, in April, this fixed-dose triple combination has received a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), the scientific committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).[2] Continue reading “Bictegravir (Biktarvy®): Positive CHMP Opinion in the EU”

Burosumab (Crysvita®): First Global Approval – Infrastructure repair for patients with X-linked hypophosphataemia

Burosumab (Crysvita®): First Global Approval – Infrastructure repair for patients with X-linked hypophosphataemia

The recent first global approval of burosumab 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 “Burosumab (Crysvita®): First Global Approval – Infrastructure repair for patients with X-linked hypophosphataemia”

Baloxavir Marboxil (XOFLUZA™): First Global Approval – a One-Pill Wonder for Patients with Influenza

Baloxavir Marboxil (XOFLUZA™): First Global Approval – a One-Pill Wonder for Patients with Influenza

The recent first global approval of baloxavir marboxil 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].

Japan was first country to approve baloxavir marboxil (XOFLUZA™) in February 2018, under Sakigake fast track review. The agent is being jointly developed by Shionogi and Roche and was approved for the treatment of influenza types A and B in paediatric and adult patients. Continue reading “Baloxavir Marboxil (XOFLUZA™): First Global Approval – a One-Pill Wonder for Patients with Influenza”

Apalutamide (Erleada™): First Global Approval – Reduces risk of metastasis in patients with non-metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer

Apalutamide (Erleada™): First Global Approval – Reduces risk of metastasis in patients with non-metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer

The recent first global approval of Apalutamide 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 mid-February 2018, apalutamide (Erleada™), developed by Janssen, received its first global approval in the US for the treatment of non-metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (NM-CRPC). Continue reading “Apalutamide (Erleada™): First Global Approval – Reduces risk of metastasis in patients with non-metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer”

Bictegravir (Biktarvy®): First Global Approval – an all-in-one package: A single-tablet HIV-1 treatment regimen

Bictegravir (Biktarvy®): First Global Approval – an all-in-one package: A single-tablet HIV-1 treatment regimen

The recent first global approval of bictegravir 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].

Bictegravir (Biktarvy®), developed by Gilead Sciences, received its first global approval in February 2018 in the USA as a fixed-dose combination, with emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide. Continue reading “Bictegravir (Biktarvy®): First Global Approval – an all-in-one package: A single-tablet HIV-1 treatment regimen”

Ertugliflozin (Steglatro™): First Global Approval – followed swiftly by FDCs in US and EU… good news for patients with type-two diabetes mellitus

Ertugliflozin (Steglatro™): First Global Approval – followed swiftly by FDCs in US and EU… good news for patients with type-two diabetes mellitus

In December 2017, ertugliflozin (Steglatro™), developed by Merck and Pfizer, received its first global approval in the US for use in conjunction with exercise and diet to improve glycaemic control in adults with type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). [1 Continue reading “Ertugliflozin (Steglatro™): First Global Approval – followed swiftly by FDCs in US and EU… good news for patients with type-two diabetes mellitus”

Durvalumab (IMFINZI®): Follow up Approval for NSCLC, a second indication, in USA

Durvalumab (IMFINZI®): Follow up Approval for NSCLC, a second indication, in USA

In February 2018, durvalumab (IMFINZI®) was approved in the US for the treatment of patients with unresectable, stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), whose cancer has not progressed after chemoradiation therapy.[1] Continue reading “Durvalumab (IMFINZI®): Follow up Approval for NSCLC, a second indication, in USA”