Johnson & Johnson on Jan. 25 forecast as much as $3.5 billion in sales of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine in 2022, a 46% jump for the shot that has fared poorly compared to rivals. Additionally, J&J plans to take a more aggressive stance on deals for the company’s medical device unit.

A safety panel of the European drug regulator on January 14 recommended adding a rare spinal inflammation called transverse myelitis as a side effect of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.

A Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is 85 percent effective in protecting against being hospitalized by the Omicron variant for 1-2 months after the shot is received, the head of South Africa’s Medical Research Council (SAMRC) said on January 14.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration added another warning to the regulatory agency’s fact sheet for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. In other news, as the Omicron variant rips through the United States, top health officials have noted that the variant is so contagious that if you come into contact with it, you are likely to catch it.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on January 11 amended the fact sheet for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine to include a rare risk of immune thrombocytopenia, a bleeding disorder.

The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) for teclistamab to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma.

J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceutical ended a collaboration with San Francisco’s Theravance Biopharma after a disappointing performance from a drug the two companies were developing together.

The Janssen Pharmaceutical (a Johnson & Johnson company) medicine Invokana (canagliflozin) has a list of safety warnings, including ketoacidosis, a severe complication of diabetes that is potentially life-threatening. According to an investigation conducted by Reuters, J&J knew of the risk of ketoacidosis, but covered it up.

Janssen Pharmaceutical and Amgen received another regulatory win for Darzalex Faspro (daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj) as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug in combination with Amgen’s Kyprolis (carfilzomib) and dexamethasone for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received one to three prior lines of therapy.

Johnson & Johnson expects to file for approval of 14 new drugs by 2025, and projected average peak sales of $4 billion a year for each, a top J&J scientist said ahead of a strategy review of the company’s pharmaceuticals unit on November 18.