Date: 07-Oct-2019

FDA green lights AstraZeneca's asthma drug Fasenra for self-administration

British drugmaker AstraZeneca said on Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved self-administration of its asthma treatment Fasenra which uses a pre-filled, single-use auto-injector pen. The move is a boost for the drugmaker's respiratory portfolio after the regulator earlier this week declined to approve AstraZeneca's combination therapy to treat smoker's lung, as it tries to catch up with domestic rival GlaxoSmithKline. "We can now offer Fasenra in an even more convenient way, giving U.S. healthcare providers and patients the option of administering Fasenra at home or in a doctor's office," Mene Pangalos, executive vice president of BioPharmaceuticals R&D said.