Drug/indication: Qutenza for HIV-associated peripheral neuropathy
FDA advisory panel: Feb. 9, 2012
Approval decision date: March 7, 2012
Drug/indication: Northera for orthostatic hypotension
FDA advisory panel: Feb. 23, 2012 (tentative) Approval decision date: March 28, 2012
Drugs/indication: Qnexa, lorcaserin and Contrave for obesity.
FDA advisory panel: The Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee has tentative meetings scheduled for Feb. 22 and March 28-29, 2012.
FDA held advisory panels to review all three of these controversial weight-loss drugs in 2010. FDA subsequently rejected all three drugs. In 2012, Vivus and its obesity drug competitors are back for another shot, and FDA will once again bring together a group of outside experts to weigh the pros and cons of treating obesity with a pill. Discovery Labs (DSCO - Get Report)
Drug/indication: Surfaxin for respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants.
Approval decision date: March 6, 2012
This is Discovery's fifth attempt at convincing FDA to approve Surfaxin. Roche (RHHBY) and Curis (CRIS - Get Report)
Drug/indication: Vismodegib for advanced basal cell carcinoma.
Approval decision date: March 8, 2012.
MAP Pharmaceuticals (MAPP)
Drug/indication: Levadex for migraines
Approval decision date: March 26, 2012
Levadex is an inhaled migraine drug. FDA has not yet announced whether it intends to hold an advisory panel to review Levadex. Affymax (AFFY)
Drug/indication:peginesatide for anemia in kidney dialysis patients.
Approval decision date:March 27, 2012
Peginesatide, injected once monthly, aims to compete against Amgen's (AMGN) Epogen ($2.5 billion in 2010 sales) as a treatment for anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease, although peginesatide use would be limited to sicker kidney dialysis patients only. On Dec. 7, an FDA advisory panel voted 15-1 to recommend peginesatide's approval. Vivus (VVUS - Get Report)
Drug/indication: Qnexa for obesity
Approval decision date: April 17, 2012
FDA rejected Qnexa initially in 2010 due to safety concerns.