enGene Receives Fast Track Designation for EG-70 for the Treatment of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

BOSTON and MONTRÉAL, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – enGene   Inc.,   a biotechnology company developing non-viral gene therapies for local administration into mucosal tissues enabled by its proprietary DDX platform, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track Designation to enGene for EG-70, the company’s lead investigational non-viral gene therapy for the treatment of patients with Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG)-unresponsive non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC).  

The Fast Track program is intended to facilitate the development and expedite the review of therapies that treat serious conditions and fill an unmet medical need. Therapeutic programs that receive Fast Track Designation can benefit from more frequent communication with the FDA, eligibility for Priority Review and Accelerated Approval, and potentially for Rolling Review of the marketing application.

“Fast Track Designation underscores the urgent need for new and effective treatments for BCG-unresponsive NMIBC patients,” said Jason Hanson, Chief Executive Officer

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CVS to administer COVID-19 treatment in patient homes, nursing homes

CVS has reached a deal with the federal government to give out a COVID-19 antibody treatment in patients’ homes and long-term care facilities, the pharmacy chain announced Wednesday, providing a new way for certain high-risk patients to get a drug aimed at keeping them out of the hospital.

The treatment, called bamlanivimab and developed by Eli Lilly, has been administered mainly at hospitals since it received emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration less than a month ago. Since then, the federal government has distributed to state health departments nearly 170,000 doses of the treatment, although only some of those doses have been given to patients so far. The federal government has purchased 950,000 doses to last into January, including the doses that have already been distributed.

The three-month pilot with CVS involves just 1,000 doses, enough to treat 1,000 COVID-19 patients. It’s not clear how much impact that

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CVS to Give Out Covid-19 Treatment in Nursing Homes

The major pharmacy chain CVS has reached a deal with the federal government to give out a Covid-19 antibody treatment in patients’ homes and long-term care facilities, the company announced on Wednesday, providing a new way for certain high-risk patients to get a drug aimed at keeping them out of the hospital.

The treatment, called bamlanivimab and developed by Eli Lilly, has been administered mainly at hospitals since it received emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration less than a month ago. Since then, the federal government has distributed to state health departments nearly 170,000 doses of the treatment — over half its supplies for the rest of this year — though only some of those doses have been given to patients so far.

The three-month pilot with CVS involves just 1,000 doses of the treatment, enough to treat 1,000 Covid-19 patients. It’s not clear how much impact that

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Uganda: Works At Katosi Water Treatment Plant 95 Percent Complete, Says Contractor

The entire construction works of Katosi water treatment/ Katosi water works is currently at 95 percent complete, the contractor has said.

The water treatment facility is under construction in the lake side town of Katosi in Ntenjeru sub-county Mukono district. The construction started in 2019 but in 2011, the government through National Water and Sewage Corporation (NWSC) began to make plans to construct a water treatment facility at Katosi, to augment the facility at Ggaba to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population of Kampala metropolitan area.

The plant is expected to pump 160,000 cubic meters (160 million Liters) of water daily, expandable to 240,000 cubic meters (240 million liters) daily.

According to the Quality Engineer, Mr Simon Ssembela, civil works is at 95 percent; that’s mechanical and electrical.

“It’s only laying some pipes from the lake and connecting electricity to some areas remaining but everything is now finished

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