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Recon: Amgen's Q4 Earnings Fall Short of Expectations; AstraZeneca Sued by Array Over Royalties

Posted 02 February 2018 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Amgen's Q4 Earnings Fall Short of Expectations; AstraZeneca Sued by Array Over Royalties

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In Focus: US

  • AstraZeneca is sued by Array BioPharma over cancer drug royalties (Reuters)
  • AstraZeneca stops monotherapy study of centerpiece of $500M buyout (Fierce)
  • Despite Doubters, Moderna Raises $500 Million, Is Now Worth $7 Billion (Forbes) (Fierce) (Financial Times)
  • US FDA Taps Pfizer Executive For CDER Deputy Director Slot (Pink Sheet-$)
  • We Saw It Coming In Pharma: Now Gene Therapy Is Biotech 2.0 For Rare Diseases (LifeSciVC)
  • New York accuses Insys of deceptively marketing opioid (Reuters)
  • Purdue's Oxycontin Targeted at Judge's Opioid Summit (Bloomberg)
  • CDC employees are delighted that their acting director is back in charge (Washington Post)
  • This new group is angry about high drug prices — and plans to make candidates pay attention in 2018 elections (CNBC)
  • AstraZeneca logs fall in 2017 revenues on lower product sales (Financial Times)
  • Merck results mixed, plans $8bn in US capital spending (Financial Times) (Fierce)
  • Drugmakers highlight US pricing pressure in results (Financial Times)
  • Amgen reports profit below analyst views, but beats expectations on earnings outlook (CNBC) (Fierce) (Financial Times) (Endpoints)
  • A Good Health Care Deal, but Only for Some (NYTimes)

In Focus: International

  • PRIME Dry Spell Continues At EMA (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Health campaigners decry global HIV fund's deal with Heineken (Reuters)
  • AstraZeneca links with Alibaba and Tencent in China push (Reuters) (Financial Times)
  • UK and China sign Memorandum of Understanding on Medicine and Device Regulation (MHRA)
  • Philippines says anti-dengue vaccine may be connected to three deaths (Reuters)
  • Billion-dollar biosim maker mulls $500M Hong Kong IPO (Endpoints)
  • Venezuela's Health Care System Ready To Collapse Amid Economic Crisis (NPR)
  • India's 'Modicare' to cost about $1.7 billion a year: sources (Reuters) (Economic Times 1, 2)
  • Cardinal Health closes $1B China biz sale (MassDevice)
  • After EMA flop, Puma takes Nerlynx to China in new out-licensing deal (Endpoints)
  • Hard-hit Novo Nordisk still has M&A 'on the radar' post-Ablynx setback, CEO says (Fierce)
  • Settling a post-buyout hangover, Allergan gives Teva a $700M remedy (Fierce)
  • Faslodex rejected by NICE for NHS breast cancer use (Pharmafile)
  • Japan urged to act on "opaque and under-regulated" regenerative medicine field (PharmaLetter-$)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Trump's 'Right To Try' Push Would Only Punish The Seriously Ill (Forbes)
  • A search for insomnia genes involving 1.3 million people is the largest genetic study ever (MIT Technology Review)
  • Pfizer Mum On Consumer Business Plans As Analysts Say Spin-off (Pink Sheet-$)
  • RNA biotech Arcturus boots CEO Joseph Payne (Endpoints)
  • Kenji Yasukawa takes the reins at Astellas; Voyager hunts for new CEO as Steven Paul goes back to research (Endpoints)
  • Flu vaccine provided dismal protection against this winter's virus, early data suggest (STAT)
  • Profit-turning Samsung BioLogics wins $105m contract extension (BioPharmaReporter)
  • Boehringer US CEO Fonteyne Retiring, Baiker To Succeed (BioCentury)
  • Zika vaccine development: two years on from the outbreak (Pharmaceutical Journal)
  • The CEO, reporter, and short seller: The story behind the MiMedx viral video at JPM18 (MedCity)

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • Priority Review For Alnylam's Patisiran (BioCentury) (Press)
  • FDA Approves AVYCAZ® (ceftazidime and avibactam) for the Treatment of Patients with Hospital-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia and Ventilator-Associated Bacterial Pneumonia (Press)
  • Pivotal SAKURA Phase 3 Clinical Data to be Presented at IMCAS World Congress 2018 (Press)

Medical Devices

  • Stranger Things in Medtech (MDDI)
  • Titans Unite: Medtronic, Philips Partner to Treat Lung Cancer (MDDI)
  • Edwards Lifesciences shares up after Q4, 2017 earnings beat The Street (MassDevice)
  • Boston Scientific confirms Lotus valve off the market until 2019 (MassDevice)
  • Heart Study app could be Apple's first FDA-cleared product (mobihealthnews)
  • FDA recall of Vyaire AirLife humidification chambers is Class I (MassDevice) (FDA)
  • Adhesys Medical wins FDA EAP designation for Vivo surgical sealant (MassDevice)
  • Siemens Healthineers Receives FDA Clearance for Blood Urea Nitrogen and Total C02 Point-of-Care Testing (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Eleventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendants in Embrel Case (Drug & Device Law)
  • Insurers Sue Pfizer To Avoid Covering $400M Settlement (Law360-$)
  • Azar to announce Indiana's Medicaid work requirements today (Politico)
  • Vape Shops Challenge Constitutionality of FDA's Deeming Rule (FDA Law Blog)
  • PTAB Releases Another Update to Its Motions to Amend Study (Patent Docs)
  • Justice Department requests more information on CVS-Aetna merger (CNBC)
  • US government proposes 1.84 percent hike in 2019 payments to Medicare insurers (Reuters)
  • Schedules of Controlled Substances: Temporary Placement of Seven Fentanyl-related Substances in Schedule I (DEA)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Making the World Safe from the Threats of Emerging Infectious Diseases Prince Mahidol Award Conference, Bangkok, Thailand (WHO)
  • FiercePharmaAsia—Lantus biosimilar, Takeda's Zika vaccine, Celltrion warning letter (Fierce)

Other International

  • Cancer Surpasses Malaria as Top Public Health Threat in Africa (BIO)

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