EU Firsts Beckon For Olumiant In Dermatitis & Orfadin For AKU
The European Medicine Agency has recommended extending the therapeutic indication of a raft of drugs that are already authorized in the EU.
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This is an update of recommendations from the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use on the authorization of new medicines in the European Union, and updates on EU marketing authorization changes recommended by the CHMP.
When the US FDA approved Olumiant (baricitinib) for RA, it insisted on a lower dose because of fears of blood clots. Now that an NIH trial has shown that the product plus Gilead’s Veklury (remdesivir) provided a statistically significant reduction in time to recovery versus remdesivir alone for hospitalized COVID patients, Olumaint may get an emergency use authorization from FDA to treat a condition that itself causes blood clots. That doesn't mean the black box is going away; it's just a reminder that there is as much magic and mystery to medicine sometimes as there is science.
An advanced immunotherapy for recurrent glioblastoma and the first biosimilar version of Lucentis for age-related macular degeneration have also been submitted for review by the European Medicines Agency for potential pan-EU authorization.