Drugs in the Pipeline
Findings from a phase 3b trial showed that a majority of patients with severe eosinophilic asthma treated with benralizumab (Fasenra; AstraZeneca), an interleukin-5 antagonist, were able to eliminate or reduce oral corticosteroid (OCS) use. The open-label, single-arm PONENTE trial assessed the efficacy and safety of reducing OCS use after initiating treatment with benralizumab in nearly…
Clinical practice guideline addresses 6 emerging questions around COPD management.
Drugs in the Pipeline
The New Drug Application (NDA) for voclosporin (Aurinia Pharmaceuticals) has been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment for lupus nephritis.
The FDA has expanded the approval of Dupixent® (dupilumab; Regeneron and Sanofi) to include patients aged 6 to 11 years with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis whose disease is not adequately controlled with topical prescription therapies or when those therapies are not advisable.
Topical glucocorticosteroids recommended over no treatment.
Recommendations on the management of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were recently released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help guide clinicians caring for patients with COVID-19.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) has issued a statement regarding the use of corticosteroids for patients with allergies and asthma.
Safety Alerts and Recalls
Certain blister packages of Sandimmune (cyclosporine capsules) and Neoral (cyclosporine capsules) may not meet child-resistant packaging requirements, according to manufacturer Novartis. The Company announced that it is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to address the packaging issue. In a press statement, Novartis stressed that there are no quality or efficacy issues with the…
AAAAI 2020, News
High doses of inhaled corticosteroids were associated with lower levels of eosinophils, which may interfere with the recommendation of some monoclonal antibodies in asthma treatment.
Dermatological Disorders, Drugs in the Pipeline
Dupixent, an interleukin-4 receptor alpha antagonist, is currently approved for moderate to severe atopic dermatitis in patients ≥12 years old who are not adequately controlled with topical prescription therapies or when they are not advisable.