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FDA-approved surrogate endpoints for developers

Dear All: As requested by Congress as part of the 21st Century Cures Act, the US FDA has now released for public comment a table of surrogate endpoints that can be considered for use by developers: The public docket soliciting comments is here. The web page providing an overview of surrogate endpoints and biomarkers is here. The surrogate

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Ouch! Pfizer terminates S. aureus vaccine trial due futility

Addendum: This is the third in a 3-newsletters series on this topic. Go here and here for the prior newsletters. Dear All: Per a press release today: Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) announced today that the Phase 2b trial STRIVE (STaphylococcus aureus SuRgical Inpatient Vaccine Efficacy) evaluating the company’s investigational Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) multi-antigen vaccine (PF-06290510) is being discontinued due to futility.

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FDA/CVM: Antimicrobial use in companion animals

Dear All, Post-newsletter addendum: I’ve learned that USDA will host a 10 Aug 2022 (virtual, 10a-4.30p ET) workshop on AMR in food agriculture. See the meetings calendar for more details; go here to register. I’ll confess to having missed entirely the request back in February 2022 from FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) for comments on antimicrobial

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ATMF on Access in LMICs/Progress, but wishing for more

Dear All, Last fall, the team at ATMF (Access to Medicine Foundation) released the 3rd update to the AMR Benchmark series and Damiano de Felice was a guest author for a newsletter about the findings. That report offered a wealth of granular data, in-depth analyses and revealing graphs about what pharmaceutical companies in the global antibiotic and

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Chemical vs. drugs (Part 2): How do you discriminate? / More on halicin

Dear All (wonkish note alert!), The recent newsletter on chemicals, drugs, and halicin (link, see also a follow-up newsletter here) generated significant discussion and new insights that I thought I would share in a follow-up newsletter. Our theme in Part 2 is “Trust, but verify!”  Let’s start by considering comments on the newsletter. A number of

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Pull incentives for antibiotics: How much and why? — A literature survey

Dear All (and with thanks to Kevin Outterson for co-authoring this newsletter), The recent discussions of the NICE/NHS England pilot subscription model (detailed newsletter plus follow-up FAQ newsletter) and a new paper by Chantal Morel and colleagues on the idea of an Antibiotic Susceptibility Bonus (ASB, link) bring to the fore the question of how to value any given

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Antibacterial guidance (including pediatrics): Parallel EMA+FDA updates

Dear All (Wonkish alert! Get some coffee and settle in!), Almost in parallel, EMA and FDA have released updates to key antibacterial guidance documents! Here are the links you’ll need and I’ve highlighted the key documents. To go deeper, you’ll need to pick through everything and I provide a tour further below in this newsletter:  EMA’s

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CARB-X receives $50m from UK & Gates; Session at BIO on antibiotic reimbursement; PLOS opens an AMR Channel; CDD-sponsored SAR webinar

Dear All: There has been tremendously exciting activity in parallel with this week’s World Health Assembly! Here’s the list… CARB-X has announced this week that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK government will contribute $25 million and £20 million ($26.9 million), respectively, over the next 3 years. With this new inflow of $50m in committed funds,

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Your vote counts! Support the UN proposal for an AMR-focused Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicator

Dear All, Your vote counts! The UN’s Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is conducting an open consultation on proposals it is considering including in the 2020 Comprehensive Review and is seeking the global community’s comments on these proposals (link to summary web page). The 17 SDGs were adopted in 2015 and are really driving

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