Pearce IP BioBlast®: w/e 06 May 2022

by , | May 9, 2022

29 Apr 22 | Merck announced that the EC has approved Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) in combination with chemotherapy (with or without bevacizumab) for the treatment of persistent, recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer in adults whose tumours express PD-L1.

03 May 22 | The Kennedy Institute (Oxford University) published the results of Ph IIb trials of adalimumab in Dupuytren’s disease.  The researchers reported no related serious adverse events, and that the treatment was effective.  Although the half-life of adalimumab is two or three weeks, researchers saw continued effects nine months after the last injection.

05 May 22 | Korea Biomedical Review reported that Boditech Med has obtained approval in Korea for its AFIAS infliximab system. AFIAS infliximab is a therapeutic drug monitoring device used to measure infliximab levels in the blood and check for adverse reactions.

05 May 22 | Opthea Limited presented data for OPT-302 (VEGF-C/-D ‘trap’ inhibitor) in combination with ranibizumab for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2022 Annual Meeting.  Opthea reported that OPT-302 used in combination with ranibizumab achieved superior visual acuity gains and anatomic improvements compared to monthly ranibizumab monotherapy.

05 May 22 | AstraZeneca announced that the FDA has approved Enhertu® (trastuzumab deruxtecan) a HER2-directed antibody drug conjugate jointly developed and commercialised by AZ and Daiichi Sankyo, for the treatment of adult patients with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer who have received a prior anti-HER2-based regimen either in the metastatic setting, or in the neoadjuvant or adjuvant setting and have developed disease recurrence during or within six months of completing therapy.

06 May 22 | AU | Pfizer commenced patent infringement proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Samsung Bioepis, Merck, Organon and Arrow Pharmaceuticals in relation to AU2005280034 and the supply of etanercept.

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