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The goal of the Office of New Drugs’ initiative is to develop and execute, in a cross-disciplinary manner, strategic plans to address substantive development hurdles in specific therapeutic areas. This approach already has been used for non-healing, chronic wounds and is being expanded to neurodegenerative and rare diseases, OND’s Peter Stein tells the Pink Sheet.
Discrete packaging for authorized dose in 6-11 year-olds is not yet available, so vaccination providers have to use product from a vial labeled for ‘booster doses only’ in adults. ACIP members unanimously endorse use of the mRNA vaccine in individuals ages 6-17 years but urge manufacturers to move away from relying on color to differentiate formulations.
Advisory committee members cited a litany of shortfalls with efficacy data from two existing studies and say a new Phase III trial is needed in a large, ethnically and racially diverse population of Alzheimer’s disease psychosis patients.
Agency questions clinical significance of change in primary efficacy endpoint measured in one study and raises doubts about numerous exploratory analyses for a second study aimed at explaining why Alzheimer’s patient subgroup appeared to derive less benefit than other types of dementia patients.
US FDA advisory committee members debate how a third dose, or booster, of the COVID vaccine should fit into the mix of an EUA expansion for the 12-17 and 6-11 groups; Moderna expects to have immunogenicity and safety data on booster doses in both of age groups by mid-July.
‘Robust results’ from recent US surveillance studies show slight decreases in the myocarditis risk differential between the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, agency says in briefing documents for panel review of Moderna’s pediatric EUA request.