Erenumab (AIMOVIG™): First Global Approval in US followed by Positive CHMP Opinion – Once-monthly prophylactic approach for adults with Migraine

Erenumab (AIMOVIG™): First Global Approval in US followed by Positive CHMP Opinion – Once-monthly prophylactic approach for adults with Migraine

Erenumab (AIMOVIG™, erenumab-aooe) was launched in the US in July 2018, following its first global approval in the region in May, which was reviewed in detail in the First Global Approval report in Adis’ journal Drugs[1], based on the development milestones tracked in AdisInsight[2]. Also in May 2018, the agent received a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). Continue reading “Erenumab (AIMOVIG™): First Global Approval in US followed by Positive CHMP Opinion – Once-monthly prophylactic approach for adults with Migraine”

Durvalumab (Imfinzi®): CHMP Positive Opinion for NSCLC in Europe

Durvalumab (Imfinzi®): CHMP Positive Opinion for NSCLC in Europe

In July 2018 durvalumab (Imfinzi ®) received a positive opinion from the Committee for Medical Products for Human Use (CHMP). The committee recommended marketing authorisation for the agent in Europe for the treatment of locally-advanced, unresectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in adults whose tumours express PD-L1 on ≥1% of tumour cells, and whose disease has not progressed following platinum-based chemotherapy and radiation therapy. [1] Continue reading “Durvalumab (Imfinzi®): CHMP Positive Opinion for NSCLC in Europe”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus®): Now also approved in the EU

Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus®): Now also approved in the EU

Ocrelizumab has now also been approved in the EU for the treatment of adult patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) with active disease defined by clinical and imaging features.[1] This European approval in January 2018, followed two previous approvals in 2017, granted to Genentech, the developers,  initially in the US (March) [2] and later in Canada (August)[3] for the same indication. Continue reading “Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus®): Now also approved in the EU”

Semaglutide (Ozempic®): First Global Approval – Plus rapid follow-ups in major markets – will this once-weekly prefilled pen write the future for convenience in patients with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus?

Semaglutide (Ozempic®): First Global Approval – Plus rapid follow-ups in major markets – will this once-weekly prefilled pen write the future for convenience in patients with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus?

On December 5th 2017, semaglutide (Ozempic®), developed by Novo Nordisk, received its first global approval in the US.[1] Nine days later the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion in the EU.[2] This was followed swiftly by Health Canada’s approval in January 2018.[3] [4] In all cases, semaglutide was approved for use in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycaemic control. The drug is dispensed as prefilled pens for subcutaneous injection once weekly. Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) receptor agonist that stimulates insulin and suppresses glucagon secretion in a glucose-dependent manner.[3] It is administered on the same day each week, at any time and without regard for food intake.[1] Continue reading “Semaglutide (Ozempic®): First Global Approval – Plus rapid follow-ups in major markets – will this once-weekly prefilled pen write the future for convenience in patients with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus?”