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J&J uses FDA Priority Review Voucher to snag psoriasis approval

The FDA has handed out another approval, as the agency now easily surpasses last year’s figure of 22 already, this time as Janssen was granted approval for its treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis.

The company used its Priority Review Voucher to shave off four months from the approval process for the drug, which is thought to hold the potential to become a new blockbuster treatment in the area.

Tremfya (guselkumab) enters the market to join Novartis’ market-leader, Cosentyx, Eli Lilly’s Taltz and Valeant’s Siliq.

Johnson & Johnson face major lawsuit over vaginal mesh

Johnson & Johnson will face a lawsuit after 700 Australian women launched a class action suit over the failures of its vaginal mesh implant. The case is potentially serious for the pharma giant, as over 100,000 women are thought to have undergone the procedure worldwide – indicating that there will be many further cases for the company to face.

Making strides in hepatitis

Published on 19/06/17 at 09:59am

Pharmafocus caughtup with Lawrence Blatt, Janssen’s Global Therapeutic Area Head, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, to discuss the progress being made in the battle against hepatitis through pushing down treatment durations and investigative new mechanisms.

Where does hepatitis treatment currently stand today?

Latest prostate cancer research could provide boost for J&J

Research funded by Cancer Research UK has found that abiraterone added to hormone therapy improved survival by over a third in those suffering from prostate cancer. The trial involved Johnson & Johnson’s Zytiga and could become a new standard of treatment, with it taking advantage of the results to make new applications on the indication worldwide.

J&J lines up its Global Head for Actelion

Published on: 22/05/17

The deal is not yet complete but the last steps are assumed to be a formality – at least Johnson & Johnson’s appointment of a new Global Head for Actelion seems to suggest so. Jane Griffiths will step into the new role once the deal is closed. Griffiths currently serves as Company Group Chairman at Janssen EMEA, a subsidiary of J&J.

FDA demands new warnings for J&J diabetes drug over amputation risk

Johnson & Johnson has found itself in deep water again over the potentially harmful effects of its products. This time it has found itself the target of FDA scrutiny, as the organisation is now requiring the company to add new precautionary labelling to its diabetes treatment Invokana (canagliflozin), warning users of the risk of foot and leg amputations associated with its use.

The extent of these amputations most commonly involves the severance of the toe and middle of the foot, but could extend to below or even above the knee.

J&J chalks up another defeat in $110 million talc-cancer case

Talc in its natural form

Johnson & Johnson has suffered another defeat in a lawsuit against its talcum powder product. The latest case stands as the fifth trial over the safety of the product, and resulted in the judge ordering the company to pay $110 million.

In this particular instance, the case related to a Virginia woman who had suggested that she had developed ovarian cancer through using talcum powder for 40 years. She was diagnosed in 2012 and the cancer has since been found to have spread to the liver.

J&J acquires Neuravi to bolster neuro business

Image: PRNewsfoto/Codman Neuro

Johnson & Johnson’s neurosurgery and neurovascular unit, Codman Neuro, has made the move to acquire Galway-based company, Neuravi. The exact pricing of the deal has not been released but is understood to be the largest for a venture-backed medtech in Europe since 2009, as reported by the Irish Times. This places the deal in hundreds of millions and represents a huge success for the company and its investors.

EMA green lights Actelion’s drug after patient deaths scare

The EMA has ruled that the five patient deaths that occurred in February of this year were not directly related to Actelion’s Uptravi and it was therefore cleared for use. The patient deaths happened in France and were in patients who were receiving Uptravi for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Closure of Scottish J&J plant threatens 400 staff

Johnson & Johnson has announced its intention to shut down its surgical suture manufacturing facility in Livingston, Scotland which sees up to 400 jobs facing the axe.  

The move is part of the company’s wider plan to streamline operations through a global restructuring effort originally announced at the beginning of last year, which planned to cut around 3,000 from its medical devices unit.

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