U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. said on March 6 the experimental antiviral drug molnupiravir the company is developing with Ridgeback Bio showed a quicker reduction in infectious virus in its phase 2a study among participants with early Covid-19.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Genentech’s Actemra (tocilizumab) for slowing the rate of decline in pulmonary function in adults with systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD).
The gout medication colchicine will be tested in a large UK study looking into potential early-stage Covid-19 treatments and enrollment criteria was widened for the latest arm of the trial, University of Oxford researchers said on March 3.
Merck announced on March 1 the voluntary withdrawal of the U.S. indication for Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for the treatment of patients with metastatic small cell lung cancer (SCLC) with disease progression on or after platinum-based chemotherapy and at least one other prior line of therapy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Oncopeptides AB’s Pepaxto (melphalan flufenamide) in combination with dexamethasone for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least four prior lines of therapy and whose disease is refractory to at least one proteasome inhibitor, one immunomodulatory agent, and one CD38-directed monoclonal antibody.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AbbVie’s biologic therapy Humira (adalimumab) as a treatment for moderate-to-severe active ulcerative colitis in children aged 5 years and older.
Bristol Myers Squibb announced plans for a new manufacturing plant in Devens, Mass., adding to the company’s cell therapy network.
Regeneron and Sanofi’s checkpoint inhibitor Libtayo (cemiplimab-rwlc) won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors have high PD-L1 expression.
AstraZeneca will voluntarily withdraw the use of the company’s Imfinzi to treat advanced bladder cancer in the United States after the cancer drug failed to meet post-approval requirements, the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker said.
Novartis’ Entresto is the first therapy approved in the United States to treat patients diagnosed with guideline-defined heart failure to include both those with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and many with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).