Merck announced a pause in enrollment for the IMPOWER 22 (MK-8591-022) and IMPOWER 24 (MK-8591-024) Phase 3 clinical studies evaluating investigational, once-monthly, oral islatravir (ISL) – a nucleoside reverse transcriptase translocation inhibitor – for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in people at high risk of HIV-1 infection.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted various designations for Sanofi’s avalglucosidase alfa for Pompe disease, Sanofi’s rilzabrutinib for immune thrombocytopenia, and ViiV Healthcare’s cabotegravir for HIV prevention.