Clinical Intelligence

FDA approves anthrax vaccine

Monday, November 30, 2015

The FDA has approved a new indication for BioThrax (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) to prevent disease following suspected or confirmed exposure to Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium that causes anthrax disease. The vaccine’s new use is approved for people 18 through 65 years of age in conjunction with recommended antibiotic treatment. BioThrax was initially approved by the FDA in 1970 for the prevention of anthrax disease in persons at high risk of exposure.

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Adaptimmune initiates lung cancer trial

Monday, November 30, 2015

Adaptimmune Therapeutics, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company based in Oxfordshire, U.K. and Philadelphia, has initiated a study of its affinity enhanced T-cell therapy targeting the NY-ESO-1 cancer antigen in patients with stage IIIb or stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most common type of lung cancer, representing 85% of lung cancers.

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Merck, Pfizer receive FDA Breakthrough Therapy for Avelumab

Monday, November 23, 2015

Merck, of Darmstadt, Germany, and Pfizer have announced that the FDA has granted avelumab, an investigational fully human anti-PD-L1 IgG1 monoclonal antibody, Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of patients with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) who have progressed after at least one previous chemotherapy regimen.

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Pfizer reports positive results from phase III NSCLC trial

Monday, November 23, 2015

Pfizer has announced that PROFILE 1029, a phase III study of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor Xalkori (crizotinib), met its primary objective of significantly prolonging progression-free survival (PFS) in previously untreated East Asian patients with ALK-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) when compared to a standard chemotherapy doublet.

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Viking Therapeutics submits IND application for VK2809

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Viking Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel, first-in-class or best-in-class therapies for metabolic and endocrine disorders, has submitted an investigational new drug (IND) application to FDA to conduct a phase II study of VK2809 in patients with hypercholesterolemia and fatty liver disease.

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FDA approves new non-small cell lung cancer pill

Monday, November 16, 2015

The FDA has granted Accelerated Approval for an oral medication to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Tagrisso (osimertinib) now is approved for patients whose tumors have a specific epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation (T790M) and whose disease has gotten worse after treatment with other EGFR-blocking therapy.

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