Regulation & Policy

Roche MS drug recommended by EMA

A new monoclonal antibody treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) has been recommended for approval by the European Medicines Agency following clinical studies that showed significant benefits for patients with both relapsing and primary progressive forms of the disease.

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United Kingdom

FDA approves new drug for mantle cell lymphoma

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted an accelerated approval to Calquence (acalabrutinib), a new kinase inhibitor for the treatment of adults with mantle cell lymphoma, a rare and fast-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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United States

US-EU GMP agreement comes into force

An agreement on the full mutual recognition of pharmaceutical factory inspections was reached on 1 November when the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Commission confirmed that they can now accept one another’s standards.

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Belgium

Second gene therapy approved

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a second gene therapy to treat cancer, giving a further boost to developers of the new technologies. The approval is for Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel), a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy to treat adults with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma.

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Sales of antibiotic drugs for animals drop

Sales of antibiotic drugs for the treatment of animals has declined in Europe against a backdrop of appeals from public health authorities to curb their use in food-producing species. Overuse of these drugs is linked to a rise in bacterial resistance to existing medicines.

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United Kingdom

FDA committee recommends Spark’s gene therapy

Spark Therapeutics Inc’s gene therapy for the treatment of inherited retinal dystrophy has received the unanimous backing of an advisory committee of the US Food and Drug Administration ahead of the agency’s decision on marketing in early 2018.

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United States

EMA relocation to be decided on 20 November

The General Affairs Council of the European Union is expected to decide on a new location for the European Medicines Agency on 20 November following the UK’s decision to leave the union, known as Brexit. The EMA is currently based in London.

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United Kingdom

EMA recommends two new cancer drugs

The European Medicines Agency has recommended two new cancer drugs for approval in Europe, each with an entirely different mechanisms of action. The first is a PARP inhibitor for ovarian cancer and the second, a photodynamic therapy for prostate cancer.

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United Kingdom

Novo to pay $58.65 million to settle probe

Novo Nordisk A/S has reached an agreement with the US government and several states to pay $58.65 million to settle claims of mis-communication over the risks of Victoza, its glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) drug for Type 2 diabetes. The settlement was announced on 5 September.

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Denmark

FDA approves Novartis CAR T therapy

The US Food and Drug Administration has given its approval to Novartis’ gene therapy for the treatment of paediatric and young adult acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel). It is the first decision of its kind for a technology that has achieved remissions for a significant number of very ill patients.

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United States

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