(PRWEB) February 26, 2013
BioPharm Insight’s monthly Catalyst Monitor analyzes the most material events in the sector during the upcoming month. The Catalyst Monitor tracks significant events and announcements such as US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals, Advisory Committee meetings and expected key clinical results.
Zogenix’s Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate extended release) for pain faces an uphill battle for an FDA nod if the agency considers a need for a tamper-resistant formulation. In December 2012, an Advisory Committee voted 11-2 against approval due to abuse potential. One expert interviewed noted the decision gives the FDA leeway to issue a Complete Response Letter asking for a reformulation.
Biogen Idec’s BG-12 (dimethyl fumarate) has high chances of getting the go-ahead in the US for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Initial uptake will be incremental, due to the lack of long-term safety data, but the oral drug is likely to gain eventual status as a first-line RRMS treatment.
Despite scrutiny for cardiovascular concerns, Johnson & Johnson and Mitsubishi’s canagliflozin is widely expected to be approved in type 2 diabetes. An FDA decision is expected by 29 March. If approved, it would be the first SGLT-2 inhibitor in the US.
Depomed’s Serada (gabapentin extended-release; G-ER) in hot flashes will be discussed by an FDA panel on 4 March. Approval is warranted despite the Phase III program narrowly missing a number of endpoints. According to experts interviewed by BioPharm Insight, the drug has demonstrated an improvement in frequency and severity of hot flashes and is a valuable treatment.
Other catalysts in March include:
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