THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 -- The first rapid COVID-19 test that does not need any special computer equipment to produce results was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday.
Made by Abbott Laboratories, the 15-minute test will sell for $5, giving it an edge over similar tests that need to be inserted into a small machine, the Associated Press reported. No larger than a credit card, the Abbott test is based on the same technology used to test for the flu, strep throat, and other infections. BinaxNOW is the fourth rapid test in the United States that detects COVID-19 antigens rather than the virus itself. It is considered a faster, but less precise, screening method.
THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 -- Accelerated approval has been granted to Viltepso (viltolarsen) injection for treatment of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and a mutation of the DMD gene amenable to exon 53 skipping, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.
About 8 percent of DMD patients have a mutation amenable to exon 53 skipping, the FDA notes. Viltepso is administered by a health care professional at a dose of 80 mg/kg in 60-minute weekly intravenous infusions at home, a hospital, or a treatment center.
MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 -- The opioid Olinvyk (oliceridine) was granted approval for the management of moderate-to-severe acute pain in controlled settings, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.
Olinvyk is indicated for short-term intravenous use in adults with pain that is severe enough to require an intravenous opioid and who are inadequately treated with other alternatives. The drug is approved only for use in hospitals or other controlled settings and is not for at-home use. The maximum recommended daily dose is 27 mg.
MONDAY, July 27, 2020 -- Tecartus (brexucabtagene autoleucel) received approval for the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) in patients who have not responded to other treatment types or relapsed following treatment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.
Tecartus is a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy and the first cell-based gene therapy approved for the treatment of MCL. Each dose of the drug is customized based on a patient's immune system.
WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2020 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Inqovi (decitabine and cedazuridine) tablets, an oral outpatient treatment option for patients with myelodysplastic syndromes and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, the agency announced Tuesday.
Inqovi provides another option for patients who previously needed intravenous therapy and will reduce the need for them to frequently visit health care facilities. The tablet is taken once daily for five consecutive days in a 28-day cycle.
TUESDAY, July 7, 2020 -- A new type of antiretroviral medication, Rukobia (fostemsavir), has been approved for people with HIV who have not had success with other therapies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday.
Rukobia, 600 mg extended-release tablets that are taken twice daily, is part of a new class of antiretroviral treatments for those with multidrug-resistant HIV due to resistance, intolerance, or safety considerations.
SUNDAY, June 14, 2020 -- Uplizna (inebilizumab-cdon) injection is now approved to treat neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) in patients who are anti-aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibody positive, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday.
Uplizna, approved for intravenous use, is the second treatment for NMOSD approved within the past year. There are an estimated 4,000 to 8,000 patients with NMOSD in the United States, the agency noted.
MONDAY, June 1, 2020 -- Tauvid (flortaucipir F18), a radioactive diagnostic agent, was approved to image tau pathology in patients with cognitive impairment being evaluated for Alzheimer disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday.
The drug is indicated for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging to estimate the density and distribution of aggregated tau neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs). Tauvid is delivered via intravenous injection and binds to brain sites associated with the tau protein, which can be identified through PET scan imaging.
WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 -- VESIcare LS (solifenacin succinate) oral suspension is now approved to treat neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO) in children 2 years and older, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.
VESIcare (solifenacin succinate) tablets were approved in 2004 to treat overactive bladder in patients 18 years and older. VESIcare LS is the first FDA-approved treatment for NDO in patients as young as 2 years and requires only once-daily dosing as opposed to the current standard treatment, which requires dosing up to three times a day, according to Christine P. Nguyen, M.D., acting director of the FDA Division of Urology, Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Office of Rare Diseases, Pediatrics, Urologic and Reproductive Medicine in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.