A panel of FDA advisers voted in favor of approving Daiichi Sankyo's irregular heartbeat treatment edoxaban, heralding its it ability to break up blood clots and improving the company's odds of finally launching the drug in the U.S.
Right now, the U.S. government is in search of an H7N9 vaccine that can reach the market to help prevent against a potential pandemic. And a new FDA fast-track designation for Novavax's candidate might help it get there a little sooner.
Unfortunately for foreign devicemakers, import substitution appears to be one of the means by which China intends to achieve its goal of creating 10 med tech breadwinners worth 5 billion yuan ($820 million) apiece by 2020.
AstraZeneca won an FDA nod for a one-pill combination of its latest diabetes drug and the long-generic metformin, making it the second to market among a cadre of drugmakers developing similar cocktails.
Novo Nordisk is sounding a more cautious tone on Tresiba, its once-rejected new insulin. After hinting at an accelerated trip back to the FDA for the long-acting diabetes treatment, the Danish drugmaker now says it could be another few years before the injection is ready for another shot at approval.
We have a winner. In a two-horse race to grab the first-ever U.S. approval for a meningitis B vaccine, Pfizer has emerged victorious, nabbing the FDA's blessing Wednesday.
Daiichi Sankyo's campaign to win approval for its atrial fibrillation drug edoxaban gained some support from regulators at the FDA who were clearly won over by the efficacy data in the NDA. But the internal review of the drug also includes recommendations for limiting its use to patients with abnormal kidney function. And they include a few cautionary notes on the competing drugs that have already made it to the market.
Despite FDA bans on four Ranbaxy Laboratories plants in India, the drugmaker managed to realize a profit in the last quarter as its plant in New Jersey was able to come through for it.
BioFire, a subsidiary of French diagnostics outfit bioMérieux, was granted emergency authorization from the FDA for two of its Ebola tests.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a temporary thumbs up to Ebola test FilmArray BioThreat-E from BioFire Defense, a bioMérieux company. The test offers results in one hour rather than the one to two days required by existing methods.