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February 10, 2014
08:27 EDTMDCOFDA team leader recommends not approving cangrelor
Thomas A. Marciniak, M.D., a Medical Team Leader for the FDA, stated in briefing documents ahead of the February 12 panel meeting, "I recommend not approving cangrelor at this time for the PCI indication. I recommend not approving cangrelor until another trial succeeds in correcting the flaws that I have documented in this review and in my parallel review on the ethicalness of the cangrelor development program." Cangrelor is developed by The Medicines Co. and is an intravenously administered P2Y12 platelet inhibitor studied in three clinical outcomes trial in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. Shares of The Medicines Co. are down 12% to $29.99 after the documents were posted on the FDA's website. Reference Link
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November 20, 2015
12:02 EDTMDCOThe Medicines Co. receives EC approval for IONSYS
The Medicines Company announced that the European Commission has granted marketing authorization for IONSYS(40 micrograms per dose transdermal system), with active ingredient fentanyl, for the management of acute moderate-to-severe, post-operative pain in adult patients for use in the hospital. IONSYS will be the only needle-free, patient-controlled, pre-programmed iontophoretic transdermal delivery system for use in adult patients requiring opioid analgesia in EU hospital settings. The marketing authorization follows the issuance of a positive opinion in September by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency and is now valid in the 31 countries of the European Economic Area, which includes all 28 European Union Member States, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. A supplemental new drug application for IONSYS was approved by the U.S. FDA in April 2015 with an approved IONSYS Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy program. The product is commercially available in the U.S. as of July 2015.

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