The latest from the UK pharmacuetical industry
The UKHSA has warned that further outbreaks of measles could spread to other towns and cities unless uptake in the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination is increased in at-risk areas.
Virocell Biologics has announced that it can now manufacture and export viral vectors from Great Ormand Street Hospital’s (GOSH) state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, the Zayed Centre for Research, for use in clinical trials.
AbbVie has announced that the MHRA has granted a marketing authorisation for Aquipta (atogepant), for the prophylaxis of migraine in adult patients who have had at least four migraine days each month.
Amicus Therapeutics has announced that the MHRA in the UK has granted marketing authorisation to pombiliti (cipaglucosidase alfa) and opfolda (miglustat) for the treatment of adult patients with late-onset pompe disease.
Novo Nordisk has today announced that Wegovy (semaglutide injection) is now available in the UK through a controlled and limited launch. The drug is intended to provide new treatment options to patients living with obesity.
Ministers have opened a new vaccine research centre at the UKHSA Porton Down campus in Wiltshire, intended to prepare for 'disease x', the next possible pandemic pathogen.
Bristol Myers Squibb has announced that NICE has recommended Sotyktu (deucravacitinib) for use on the NHS in England as a new treatment option for adult patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.
Figures from a team at the University of York, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have revealed that the total cost of prescription medicines to NHS England reached a new high of £17.2bn in 2021-22, and that since 2018, NHS spending on branded medicines have been increasing by over 5% annually.
UK-based trade union Unite were pushing for staff walkouts at several GSK manufacturing sites due to disputes regarding pay increases, however to date there have been no updates as to whether GSK have extended another offer.
NHS England has announced that pharmacists in England will be given wider prescribing powers to relieve pressure put on GPs.
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals has announced that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended Lupkynis (Voclosporin) in combination with Mycophenolate Mofetil (MMF) as a treatment option for adult patients with active lupus nephritis (LN).
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has announced that it is recommending two personalised immunotherapy treatments to the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) for the treatment of aggressive forms of blood cancers.