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

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

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

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”

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”

Plecanatide (Trulance®): Follow up Approval for IBS-C, a second indication, in USA

Plecanatide (Trulance®): Follow up Approval for IBS-C, a second indication, in USA

In January 2018, plecanatide (Trulance®), developed by Synergy Pharmaceuticals, received approval for the treatment of adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C).[1] This is the second indication for the agent and comes a year after its first global approval in the US for the treatment of adults with chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC).[2] Continue reading “Plecanatide (Trulance®): Follow up Approval for IBS-C, a second indication, in USA”

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?”

Durvalumab (IMFINZI®): Follow up Approval in Canada

Durvalumab (IMFINZI®): Follow up Approval in Canada

The recent first global approval[1] of durvalumab in the US has been reviewed in detail in the First Global Approval report in Adis’ journal Drugs[2], based on the development milestones tracked in AdisInsight.[3]

In November, 2017, durvalumab (Imfinzi™), developed by AstraZeneca via Medimmune, was also approved in Canada for the treatment of advanced bladder cancer (late stage and/or metastatic disease) as monotherapy in previously treated patients (second-line or greater).[4] Continue reading “Durvalumab (IMFINZI®): Follow up Approval in Canada”