FDA approves another RSV option, this time it's Sanofi and AstraZeneca’s antibody drug for infants
The fight against one of the world’s most common respiratory viruses just got another weapon.
On Monday, the FDA approved Beyfortus, an antibody drug co-developed by Sanofi and AstraZeneca. Beyfortus, also known as nirsevimab, is given as a one-time intramuscular injection to infants, protecting them from respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. The drug won European approval in November.
Beyfortus is the latest in a suite of new medicines against RSV, a virus that typically puts 58,000 to 80,000 young children in the US in the hospital every year. Earlier this year, the FDA approved two RSV vaccines for older adults: GSK’s Arexvy and Pfizer’s Abrysvo. Wall Street analysts expect all these new medicines to grow into blockbusters over the next decade.
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