Blog Tag: monkeypox
FDA Publishes New Monkeypox and Medical Devices Web Page
The FDA has published new web pages about Monkeypox and medical devices. The new web page, titled Monkeypox and Medical Devices, includes information on diagnostic testing, Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs), and information for test developers. With more than 22,000 confirmed Monkeypox cases in the U.S., the new Monkeypox Medical Devices web comes as FDA takes significant actions to increase Monkeypox testing capacity nationwide following the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ August 9th announcement of public health emergency.
The FDA’s guidance issued for test developers under Policy for Monkeypox Tests to Address the Public Health Emergency describes, among other things, review priorities of Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) requests for monkeypox diagnostic tests. And, on the same day as the FDA guidance was issued, the FDA also issued the first EUA to a commercially available monkeypox test in the United States to Quest Diagnostics for its Quest Diagnostics Monkeypox Virus Qualitative Real-Time PCR device. “With this FDA emergency authorization, Quest is positioned to complement the response of public health laboratories and help fight the spread of the virus,” said Jay G. Wohlgemuth, M.D., Senior Vice President, R&D, Medical and Chief Medical Officer, Quest Diagnostic.
Quest Diagnostics is not the only company that has been working on monkeypox diagnostic test kits. Earlier in June, Becton Dickinson announced partnership with CerTest Biotec to collaborate on molecular diagnostic test for monkeypox. Several other healthcare and pharmaceuticals companies have also been linked with this effort. This comes at a time when many of these companies are preparing for a drop in revenue from COVID-19 testing as the threat of COVID-19 reduces.
U.S. FDA Approves Monkeypox Treatment Formulation
(May 25, 2022) SIGA Technologies Inc., a New York-based pharmaceutical company, has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an intravenous formulation of TPOXX (tecovirimat) for the treatment of smallpox. The U.S., Canada, and Europe have approved an oral formulation for treating smallpox, and Europe has also approved it for treating monkeypox and cowpox. The newly approved intravenous formulation provides an option for patients who are unable to swallow.
The approval is welcome news as over 100 cases of monkeypox have been identified outside its endemic area. Australia, Belgium, France, the U.K., Sweden, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Canada, and the United States have reported cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns more cases are likely.
Monkeypox is endemic to Central and West Africa and belongs to a subset of the Poxviridae virus family, which includes smallpox and cowpox. Monkeypox symptoms (fever, sweating, headaches, enlarged lymph nodes) are generally much milder than smallpox. The infection generally spreads from animal to human. However, it can also be transmitted between humans. This can occur through contact with bodily fluids, lesions on the skin or on internal mucosal surfaces, such as in the mouth or throat, respiratory droplets, and contaminated objects.
TPOXX is the first antipoxviral drug approved in the United States.
SIGA is the Assignee of multiple patents relating to tecovirimat. These include U.S. Pat. Nos. 8,124,643, 8,802,714, 9,862,683, 10,029,985, and 10,864,282.