FDA approval

FDA approves first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophyEven though an FDA panel recommended against approving a new drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in April, the agency granted accelerated approval to eteplirsen injection (Exondys 51, Sarepta Therapeutics) in mid-September.
New dosage form for migraine treatmentFDA approved Onzetra Xsail (Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc.)— a fast-acting, low-dose sumatriptan dry powder formulation for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura in adults.
New drug approved for chemotherapy nauseaFDA recently approved granisetron (Sustol, Heron Therapeutics) extended-release injection to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with repeat courses of chemotherapy.
Merck value rises after new Keytruda approvalMerck’s Wall Street value is climbing after its cancer drug pembrolizumab (Keytruda) received yet another approval from FDA.
FDA approves drug for pregnant women with HIVFDA recently approved an expansion to the prescribing information for darunavir (Prezista, Janssen Therapeutics), to treat pregnant women with HIV.
New Products: FDA approves combination regimen to treat advanced RCCOther products discussed in this roundup include a smart-mobile connected ultrasound device, treatments for RCC, and more.
FDA approves first once-monthly injection to lower cholesterolFDA approved evolocumab (Repatha, Amgen) Pushtronex system, the first monthly single-dose injection of a PCSK9 inhibitor. Repatha was already approved by FDA as the only PCSK9 inhibitor with a monthly dose last August.
FDA approves cannabis-derived drugFor the first time, FDA approved dronabinol oral solution (Syndros, Insys Therapeutics), a liquid formulation of the pharmaceutical cannabinoid dronabinol, a pharmaceutical version of tetrahydrocannabinol ("THC").
Cheaper hep C drug enters competitive market
Cheaper hep C drug enters competitive marketA new drug approved by FDA to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection this week enters a competitive, lucrative market headed up by Gilead Science’s Sovaldi and Harvoni, as well as AbbVie’s Viekira Pak. FDA granted priority review and breakthrough therapy designation to Gilead’s combination product, Epclusa (sofosbuvir 400 mg/velpatasvir 100 mg).
FDA approves first treatment for acute GVHDFDA just granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the first treatment for acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD): ruxolitinib (Jakafi, Incyte Corp.).