Japan Nods Include Global Firsts For Duvroq, Vafseo And First Local Biosimilar Humira
Plus Five-Product Bonanza For Novartis
Japan’s regulators have approved a large batch of new products, including a novel antibody from Chugai, two world-first nods for the country’s second HIF-PH inhibitors and an asthma therapy, and the first Humira biosimilar in Japan – as well as five drugs from Novartis.
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Novartis is trying its luck with capmatinib on the accelerated assessment front at the European Medicines Agency. Gilead and Astellas/Seagen have secured fast-track review for their respective potential new products while Sesen Bio and Amryt Pharma are dealing with rejection.
While it was not as affected as some other countries, Japan still had the pandemic to deal with and regulators responded while managing to keep up regular product review work, including several world-first approvals. Coronavirus vaccine roll-outs and the first general annual reimbursement price cut are on the cards for this year.
Highlighting progress it has made over the past few years, Japan’s regulatory agency says it wants to raise even further the number of “Japan-first” approvals, as part of its stated mission to get safe and effective new drugs to patients more quickly.