An FDA advisory panel voted on Tuesday to recommend emergency use authorization of a reduced dose of Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The FDA could make a decision within days, and the CDC's vaccination advisers are scheduled to meet on Nov. 2 to discuss vaccination of younger children.
The CDC said in updated guidelines that certain people with weakened immune systems who have received three doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may be candidates for a fourth dose at least six months after receiving the third shot. The statement applies to moderately to severely immunocompromised adults, including those with untreated or advanced HIV, people who are undergoing treatment for tumors or blood cancers, those who have received certain transplants, and patients who take high doses of immunosuppressants.
Novartis said it received a subpoena from the Department of Justice last month requesting documents involving the pricing and marketing of its heart failure drug Entresto. The Justice Department also requested records of remuneration offered to health care professionals as part of a "civil investigative demand."
A federal judge has ordered Eli Lilly to pay 2% of its insulin sales to Arizona firm Research Corp. Technologies because they signed a royalty deal in 1992 that allowed Lilly to use a specific yeast strain to make its insulin products. "Lilly breached its reporting and royalty payment obligations by failing to pay the 2% royalty owed for the net sales value of the diabetes drugs, so RCT is entitled to judgment as a matter of law as to liability," District Judge Scott Rash argued in his ruling.
Raegan McDonald-Mosley, M.D., chief medical adviser for the Contraceptive Access Initiative, wants the Biden Administration to select a new FDA commissioner who will tackle systemic bias in health care and focus on evidence-based science and advancing health equity. The next commissioner must understand the inequities and disparities in the current system and address those issues, McDonald-Mosley writes.
European regulators have given CE mark certification to Sorrento Therapeutics for its Covistix COVID-19 virus rapid antigen detection test. Based on the results of a large study conducted in Mexico, the test had 81% sensitivity.
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