The Marketing Authorization Application for SB4, the Enbrel (etanercept) biosimilar candidate developed by Korean biopharmaceutical company Samsung Bioepis, has been validated and accepted for review by the European Medicines Agency. It will become the first Enbrel biosimilar subjected to regulatory review in the European Union.
Boots on the ground underlies the expansion of Vygon, the specialist single-use medical devices group, into Singapore as Southeast Asia heads toward a regional economic pact and public and private hospitals mushroom in China and Indonesia.
MerLion Pharmaceuticals said it is in sustained talks with potenial investors to take its successful Phase II trials of a urinary tract infection application for its finaloxacin antibiotic into Phase III as it moves into a competitive landscape for the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics with approval for an ear infection treament by the U.S. FDA.
The summit meeting between President Barack Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi resulted in no breakthroughs, such as on intellectual property, but did lead to about a dozen smaller agreements on various issues affecting the pharmaceutical industries.
The FDA has banned imports to the U.S. from another Indian drugmaker, adding to a substantial list of Indian companies whose drugs are now prohibited from being sold in the U.S.
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg appointed a Duke cardiologist with ties to biopharma as the agency's deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco, stoking speculation that she's lining up a successor.
USGI Medical expects that its latest infusion of $19.5 million in cash and debt will enable it to complete a U.S. pivotal trial and to submit for FDA approval. The pivotal trial is currently in the follow-up phase; the financing will also enable a crossover study of patients who previously had received sham treatment in the trial.
NPS Pharma picked up FDA approval for the rare disease-treating Natpara, capping a lengthy review process and supporting Shire's decision to spend $5.2 billion on the company.
Dry eye implant maker Oculeve is working toward a CE mark with its venture round from last spring. It's also in the process of recruiting for an initial U.S. clinical trial; the trial started in December and is expected to collect final data this month.
Novartis has long pinned its hopes on meningitis B shot Bexsero to revitalize its lagging vaccines unit. Now, the company is celebrating the product's FDA approval, even as it prepares to hand off the jab to GlaxoSmithKline in a blockbuster asset swap.