Gilead asks FDA to take back lucrative orphan drug status on possible coronavirus treatment

  
Via:  xdm9mm  •  2 days ago  •  15 comments

Gilead asks FDA to take back lucrative orphan drug status on possible coronavirus treatment
Gilead Sciences Inc on Wednesday took the unusual step of asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to rescind a controversial orphan drug designation the agency had granted for the biotech company’s potential coronavirus treatment remdesivir just 48 hours earlier.

I simply had to post this as it flies in the face of the Trump Haters of America continual hyperbolic vitriolic diatribes against President Trump and any company he might have association with.


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(Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc on Wednesday took the unusual step of asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to rescind a controversial orphan drug designation the agency had granted for the biotech company’s potential coronavirus treatment remdesivir just 48 hours earlier.

The FDA agreed to the withdrawal, and said it is actively working to speed development of medical products desperately needed to prevent or treat the highly contagious COVID-19 illness caused by the virus.

Shares of the California-based company closed down nearly 6% at $69.66.

The company was criticized by lawmakers and patient advocates after receiving the orphan designation on Monday for the experimental antiviral drug, saying it was taking advantage of the rapidly accelerating health crisis.

The drug, which previously failed as an Ebola treatment, is being tried on COVID-19 patients. It has been described by U.S. President Donald Trump and health officials as one of the more promising candidates to fight the virus.

Orphan status is granted by the FDA to encourage development of drugs for rare conditions. The designation comes with a seven-year marketing exclusivity period if the drug is approved, and other benefits such as potentially faster approvals.

Rare disease treatments typically cost more than other drugs, allowing drugmakers to recoup development costs and make a profit while serving relatively small patient populations.

The FDA said there have previously been four approved orphan drugs that had the designation withdrawn by their sponsor.

Patients groups and activists criticized Gilead for applying for the status and the FDA for granting it.

Senator Bernie Sanders said on Tuesday the company was profiteering and asked the FDA to rescind the designation.

Gilead said it originally sought orphan status to expedite remdesivir’s approval timeline.

It said on Wednesday that regulatory agencies have been moving quickly and it was now confident of maintaining a faster timeline for review of remdesivir without orphan status.

Advocacy group Public Citizen said on Wednesday it was outrageous that Gilead had sought the designation given that the patient population in the United States could reach into the millions. There are currently more than 60,000 known U.S. cases.

Drugmakers and medical researchers are stepping up their efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected some 460,000 people worldwide and killed over 20,0000.

Other treatments being tested include the generic malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and AbbVie Inc’s HIV drug, Kaletra.

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XDm9mm
1  seeder  XDm9mm    2 days ago

Please note that Gilead was granted their request to have the designation rescinded.

 
 
 
Steve Ott
2  Steve Ott    2 days ago

I simply had to post this as it flies in the face of the Trump Haters of America continual hyperbolic vitriolic diatribes against President Trump and any company he might have association with.

I'm not clear on Trumps association with the company is, nor how it mitigates his mixed messaging.

Please note also that it was the bureaucracy (which Trump lovers love to hate; and so do I, though I'm not a Trump lover) that granted the original petition and then granted the second petition. Where does Trump come into play and why are you dragging him into this?

As far as I am concerned, Trump gets neither blame nor praise for the action.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Steve Ott @2    2 days ago
I'm not clear on Trumps association with the company is, nor how it mitigates his mixed messaging.

There are some who in their seed note that Trump apparently owns some stock in Gilead.   As if the pittance he owns makes him beholden in some way.

https://thenewstalkers.com/john-russell/group_discuss/7844/this-is-a-massive-scandal-trump-fda-grants-drug-company-exclusive-claim-on-promising-coronavirus-drug
 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2.1.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1    2 days ago

Pittance?  If you think that nearly a million dollars in stock is a 'pittance', then hats off to you. 

And PS:  Trump pushed it through, and was bragging about doing it.

 
 
 
cjcold
2.1.2  cjcold  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1    2 days ago

What's a few hundred million worth of stock?

This whole thing was Trump clumsily profiteering.

 
 
 
Steve Ott
2.1.3  Steve Ott  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1    yesterday

Yes, he owns some stock, but not a controlling interest. He is however, prez and it does look bad. Not that he cares about looking bad.

 
 
 
bugsy
2.1.4  bugsy  replied to  Steve Ott @2.1.3    yesterday

Maybe he can use the Feinstein defense and say he knew nothing of the transaction.

 
 
 
Steve Ott
2.1.5  Steve Ott  replied to  bugsy @2.1.4    8 hours ago

What he should have done was put everything into a blind trust. I mean, it isn't like you can't live comfortably on 400K a year.

 
 
 
bugsy
2.1.6  bugsy  replied to  Steve Ott @2.1.5    8 hours ago
What he should have done was put everything into a blind trust

Shoula, coulda, woulda....meh

I mean, it isn't like you can't live comfortably on 400K a year.

He donates his presidential salary to either a government organization or a charity each quarter. He hasn't collected a dime of his salary since taking office.

 
 
 
Steve Ott
2.1.7  Steve Ott  replied to  bugsy @2.1.6    8 hours ago
He hasn't collected a dime

Oh, he always collects his dime.

 
 
 
bugsy
2.1.8  bugsy  replied to  Steve Ott @2.1.7    7 hours ago

Huh?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3  JohnRussell    2 days ago

They got caught. 

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
3.1  Larry Hampton  replied to  JohnRussell @3    2 days ago

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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
3.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  JohnRussell @3    2 days ago
They got caught.

Yes indeedy.  There was no way Bernie Sanders was going to remain quiet about Trump's tricks.

 
 
 
bugsy
3.2.1  bugsy  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @3.2    8 hours ago

Bernie who?

 
 
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