Coronavirus Notebook: WHO OKs Bharat’s Covaxin, AZ Pulls Swiss Vaxzevria Filing
The US FDA has rejected an emergency use authorization application for NRx Pharmaceuticals’ Zyesami (aviptadil) for use in COVID-19 patients with respiratory failure. The UK has revamped its emergency delivery service for drugs that experience shortages as a result of the pandemic and other factors.
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Company says it is pursuing authorization for 2-18 year-olds due to unmet need and lack of an authorized vaccine in the youngest age group; however, the relatively small size of the safety database, the single-arm design of the pediatric immunobridging study conducted solely in India, and lack of authorized use in adults spell trouble for the request.
In the latest move in its no-deal Brexit preparations, the UK is offering a contract for suppliers to provide an “uninterrupted supply of medicines and medical products,” including temperature controlled and time-sensitive medicines.
Efforts to overhaul the EU pharmaceutical legislation have been given added impetus after the European Parliament called for action to boost innovation and medicines access, shore up manufacturing and supply chains, and examine the link between R&D spending and drug prices.