A new abuse-deterrent painkiller - oxycodone hydrochloride (RoxyBond, Inspirion Delivery Services) - will be available soon after receiving FDA approval.
In what is expected to produce hefty saving for rheumatoid arthritis patients and the healthcare system, FDA approved the second biosimilar to Remicade (Johnson & Johnson).
FDA said this week that it is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children. The drug’s labels will now include a contraindication that codeine should not be used to treat pain or cough, and that tramadol should not be used to treat pain, in children younger than 12 years.
FDA approved supplemental applications for 2 primary hepatitis C medications to be used in children for the first time.
Two recent studies demonstrate that pirfenidone (Esbriet, Genentech) prolongs life expectancy by 2.47 years for IPF patients and that Esbriet and nintedanib (Ofev, Boehringer Ingelheim) reduce the decline in lung function.
FDA recently approved deutetrabenazine (Austedo, Teva Pharmaceuticals) to treat chorea associated with Huntington’s disease (HD). The medication is only the second product approved to treat HD, and is the first deuterated product approved by FDA.
While FDA just approved the first drug for primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), the drug’s price tag is controversial.
Meridian Medical Technologies, Mylan's manufacturing partner for the EpiPen Auto-Injector, expanded a voluntary recall of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. epinephrine auto-Injectors to now include additional lots distributed in the United States and other markets.
FDA approved the first treatment for metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare, aggressive skin cancer.
FDA approved safinamide (Xadago, Newron Pharmaceuticals) tablets as an add-on treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease. FDA also approved new treatments for classical Hodgkin lymphoma and pemphigus vulgaris, a rare, life-threatening condition characterized by progressive painful blistering of the skin and mucous membranes.