CVS Health Corp. on Aug. 23 launched a subsidiary called Cordavis, which will work with drug manufacturers to “commercialize and/or co-produce biosimilar products.” CVS said it has contracted with Sandoz to bring Hyrimoz, a Humira biosimiliar, to market in the first quarter of 2024 under a private Cordavis label. The list price of Cordavis Hyrimoz, the company said, will be “more than 80% lower than the current list price of Humira.” Sandoz launched a branded, high-concentration formulation of Hyrimoz on July 1, joining several other Humira biosimilars that launched in the same month.
On Aug. 21, Pfizer Inc.’s Abrysvo became the first vaccine approved by the FDA for use in pregnant people to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in infants. The vaccine, which is administered in one dose, is approved for use at 32 through 36 weeks gestational age of pregnancy, and it can prevent lower respiratory tract disease caused by RSV in infants from birth through six months old. In May, the FDA approved Abrysvo for the prevention of lower respiratory tract disease cause by RSV in people age 60 and older. The FDA in July approved AstraZeneca and Sanofi’s Beyfortus (nirsevimab-alip) for preventing RSV in infants, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early August recommended the vaccine be given to all infants under 8 months and some older babies at increased risk of severe illness starting this fall.