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EU recommendations for 2024/2025 seasonal flu vaccine compos…

EMA has issued recommendations for the influenza virus strains1,2 that vaccine manufacturers should include in vaccines for the prevention of seasonal influenza from autumn 2024. Every year, EMA issues EU recommendations for the composition of seasonal influenza vaccines on the basis of observations by the World Health Organization (WHO) which are informed by regular monitoring […]

King’s Doctoral Training Centre to investigate MS symptom ma…

The lifelong autoimmune disease affects more than 150,000 people living in the UK A new King’s Doctoral Training Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London (KCL) has been launched to investigate symptom management for multiple sclerosis (MS) without using drugs. Funded by the MS Society, the new training […]

Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products…

Eight new medicines recommended for approval EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) recommended eight medicines for approval at its April 2024 meeting. The CHMP recommended granting a marketing authorisation for Altuvoct* (efanesoctocog alfa), for the treatment and prophylaxis of bleeding in patients with haemophilia A, a rare inherited bleeding disorder caused by lack of factor VIII. The committee […]

Cambridge researchers develop robotic nerve devices for neur…

Neurological disorders, such as epilepsy or chronic pain, affect over three billion people worldwide Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed small, flexible devices, combining electronics and soft robotics, to help treat a range of neurological conditions, including epilepsy and chronic pain. Published in Nature Materials, the nerve cuff implant has the ability to […]

Meeting highlights from the Committee for Veterinary Medicin…

CVMP opinions on veterinary medicinal products  The Committee adopted by consensus a positive opinion for a marketing authorisation application for a vaccine that is effective against the currently circulating strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Innovax-ND-H5 (turkey herpesvirus, strain HVT-ND-H5 (cell-associated), expressing fusion protein gene of Newcastle disease virus and haemagglutinin gene of avian […]

Francis Crick researchers reveal pathways linking intestinal…

Affecting over 500,000 people in the UK, IBD comprises Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis The study, published in Nature Immunology, could help identify new ways to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Collectively known as IBD, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are incurable conditions that involve excessive inflammation in the gut and affect over 500,000 people […]

Regulatory information – adjusted fees for applications to E…

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) reminds applicants and marketing authorisation holders that adjusted fees for all applications, except for pharmacovigilance procedures, will be coming into effect on 1 April 2024. Every year, the European Commission adopts a regulation adjusting the fees payable to the Agency with reference to the inflation rate in the European Union […]

Francis Crick researchers target cancer cells’ ability to su…

LDHA and GOT1 enzymes successfully targeted and halted energy production in hard-to-reach cancer cells Researchers from the Francis Crick Institute have revealed how cancer cells survive after being cut off from a supply of oxygen, which could potentially help prevent cancer from becoming resistant to therapy. Published in the EMBO Journal, the study revealed that […]

Meeting highlights from the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessmen…

EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) concluded that there was insufficient evidence to establish a causal association between the COVID-19 vaccines Comirnaty and Spikevax and cases of postmenopausal bleeding. Postmenopausal bleeding is commonly defined as vaginal bleeding occurring one year or more after the last menstrual period. Postmenopausal bleeding is always considered abnormal and can be a symptom […]

Researchers reveal two different subtypes of prostate cancer…

In the UK alone, the aggressive form of cancer affects around 52,000 men every year Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester have revealed that prostate cancer is not just a single disease and is made up of two different evotypes – subtypes of the disease. Published in Cell Genomics, the […]