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Approvals and designations made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the week ended Jan. 17.


*Novo Nordisk A/S' Ozempic for expanded use in reducing the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events — including cardiovascular death, nonfatal heart attack or nonfatal stroke — in adults with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease.

*Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd.'s generic version of diabetes drug Jardiance, co-marketed by Eli Lilly and Co.and Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH. Alembic's drug is the first generic of Jardiance to be available in the U.S. after receiving tentative approval.

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Source: Associated Press

Priority review

*AstraZeneca PLC and Merck & Co. Inc.'s Lynparza as a maintenance therapy for patients with advanced ovarian cancer who are in complete or partial response to initial treatment with Roche Holding AG's Avastin, or bevacizumab, plus platinum-based chemotherapy.

*Clovis Oncology Inc.'s Rubraca as a stand-alone therapy for adult patients with castrate-resistant prostate cancer that came back and had spread to other parts of the body. The patients also have a mutation in their BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Fast track

*Novavax Inc.'s NanoFlu combined with its immune response enhancer Matrix-M for seasonal viral respiratory infections in senior adults.

*Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s APD418 for decompensated heart failure.

Other designations

* Rare pediatric disease designation, for Fortress Biotech Inc.'s CUTX-101, for Menkes disease.