Menopause Drug A Priority For Astellas
Fast Track For Fezolinetant
The Japanese group has used a priority review voucher for fezolinetant to move further ahead of Bayer’s elinzanetant as it seeks regulatory approval to bring a non-hormonal therapy for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats to market.
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US president Mark Reisenauer talked to Scrip about the company's next growth drivers, including fezolinetant for vasomotor symptoms and zolbetuximab for gastric cancer.