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Pharma & Healthcare – the latest on medical product development, Sanofi’s Lemtrada drug, FDA approval and more.

Preparing for a “New Era of Medical Product Development” by Eitan Bernstein, Carolyne Hathaway, John Manthei Published on jdsupra.com

FDA report demonstrates support for personalized medicine and more efficient regulatory pathways. In a new report issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 28, 2013, Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg declared her priority is “to continue to evolve FDA’s regulatory processes in response to – and in anticipation of – scientific developments that are critical for the development of personalized therapeutics and diagnostics.”… [ Read More ]  

Sanofi’s Lemtrada Drug May Be Too Risky, FDA Staff Says by Anna Edney & Simeon Bennett  on Bloomberg.com

Sanofi’s multiple sclerosis treatment Lemtrada may not offer enough benefit to patients to outweigh risks including cancer, U.S. regulators said. Securities linked to the drug’s success plummeted. Lemtrada’s “serious and potentially fatal safety issues,” which include the risk of autoimmune and thyroid diseases, may make the medicine too dangerous to approve unless there is substantial clinical benefit shown, Food and Drug Administration staff said in a report today. Agency reviewers also questioned whether Sanofi conducted adequate trials to prove the annual infusion works…. [ Read More ]  

AstraZeneca to build £120 million U.K. plant by  Published on FiercePharma.com

straZeneca’s ($AZNprostate cancer drug Zoladex has been around for more than 25 years, but the blockbuster remains among the drugmaker’s top products. Spurred by sales in emerging markets, the company decided it needs more production capacity, so it will spend £120 million ($190 million) on a new facility at its complex in Macclesfield, England.

The company said that global demand for the drug, particularly in JapanChina and Russia, led it to the decision. It had total sales of about $1 billion last year, making it AstraZeneca’s 5th best-selling product… [ Read More ]

FDA approves epilepsy drug Aption by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals to reduce seizures by Staff on MedCityNews.com

U.S. health regulators on Friday approved a new drug made by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, a U.S.-based unit of Japanese drugmaker Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co, as an add-on medicine to reduce seizures associated with epilepsy. The drug, to be sold under the brand name Aptiom and known chemically as eslicarbazepine, significantly reduced the frequency of epileptic seizures compared with a placebo in clinical trials… [ Read More ]  

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