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?”

Call for Papers: Special Issue – The Economics of Mental Health

Call for Papers: Special Issue – The Economics of Mental Health

Applied Health Economics and Health Policy invites the submission of manuscripts with a focus on the economics of mental health for a special issue of the journal to be published in 2019.

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Estimates suggest that the annual cost of mental illness to developed countries is around 4% of GDP and results in around 12 million days of reduced productivity each year. To further our understanding of these issues, Applied Health Economics and Health Policy is calling for papers that explore the economic dimensions of mental health. Some key questions this work may consider include:

  • Are resources allocated efficiently in mental health?
  • What is the economic cost of mental illness?
  • What would be the return on investment of a scaled-up response to the burden of mental ill health?

The Guest Editors for the special issue are Professor Chris Doran and Dr Irina Kinchin from Central Queensland University, Australia.

Please submit an abstract describing your proposed paper by 30 September 2018 to the Editor, Tim Wrightson. Full papers will be invited by 31 October 2018 with manuscripts due in March 2019.

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”

Revolution, innovation, and collaboration: report from the World Drug Safety Congress

Revolution, innovation, and collaboration: report from the World Drug Safety Congress

Although automation and artificial intelligence were yet again some of the buzz words at this pharmacovigilance conference, I was even more interested to hear other perspectives on how the industry is changing and what initiatives are being implemented in order to adapt to this environment. The World Drug Safety Congress US took place in Philadelphia on 10-11 April with over 350 attendees and over 100 speakers. Continue reading “Revolution, innovation, and collaboration: report from the World Drug Safety Congress”

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”