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Recon: Cigna to Buy Express Scripts for More Than $50B

Posted 08 March 2018 | By Ana Mulero 

Recon: Cigna to Buy Express Scripts for More Than $50B

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In Focus: US In Focus: International Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Doubling down on the Keytruda franchise, Merck pays $300M and promises $5B-plus to partner with Eisai on its budding cancer star (Endpoints News) (Reuters) (The Japan Times)
  • FDA Says No 180-Day Exclusivity Forfeiture for Generic LIALDA Based on Changed Bioequivalence Recommendations (FDA Law Blog)
  • UnitedHealthcare’s Point-of-Sale Rebate Announcement: What’s Next? (Drug Channels)
  • Challenges to Botox threaten a market makeover (Financial Times)
  • Lawmakers file a bill to block maneuvers like Allergan’s patent deal with Mohawks (Stat News-$)
  • Pharma to get another bite at the donut hole  (BioCentury)
  • Bye-bye, solo Express Scripts: What does the Cigna buyout mean for pharma? (Fierce)
  • Of ‘miracles’ and money: why hemophilia drugs are so expensive (Stat News)
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations
  • Failure in pivotal PhIII brain cancer trial drags Israel’s VBL Therapeutics down (Endpoints News) (Fierce) (BioPharma Dive)
  • Merck KGaA's BTK drug hits in Phase 2 MS study (BioPharma Dive) (Fierce) (Press) (Reuters)
  • Getting clinical trials up and running is taking longer than ever (Stat News-$)
  • A CRISPR path to drug discovery (Nature)
  • Vinay Prasad on the NCCN’s cancer treatment guidelines: The US system needs an audit (BMJ)
  • It’s taking longer than before to get a drug trial underway, Tufts study concludes (Boston Globe)
  • Antiviral drug not beneficial for reducing mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B when added to existing preventatives (NIH)
  • U.S. teens still denied morning-after pill (Reuters)
  • T2 Biosystems lands $2m grant for ‘superbug’ test (MassDevice)
  • InVivo wins FDA nod for new pivotal trial of its neuro-spinal scaffold (MassDevice)
  • Controversial study challenges scientific consensus that adult brains make new neurons (Stat News)
Medical Devices
  • Customizing the Sharing of Health Data (Medium)
  • Heart pump maker Abiomed settles U.S. kickback probe for $3.1m (Reuters) (MassDevice)
  • Philips and Samsung team up to expand the connected health ecosystem (Press)
  • Helix to grow DNA test ‘app store’ on first close of planned $200M series B (Fierce) (Stat News-$)
  • Panther Orthopedics wins FDA nod for Puma flexible fixation device (MassDevice) (Press)
  • Canon Medical acquires Dutch medtech dev Fysicon (MassDevice)
  • Calif. Court Restores Patient’s $4.5M Win In Hip Defect Suit (Law360-$)
  • A Brief Introduction to Medical Device Biocompatibility (MD+DI)
  • FMI Instrumed installs fifth metal Additive Manufacturing system for medical device production (Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine)
  • Premier Biotech’s Oral Fluid Drug Testing Device Granted FDA Clearance (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • How CMS plans to 're-examine' its relationship with insurers to drive patient-centric data sharing (Fierce) (Healthcare Informatics)
  • Survey Snapshot: Integrated Care Makes Sense — but Barriers Remain (NEJM)
  • Value-Based Transformation of America’s Healthcare System (HHS)
  • FDA did not issue new statement on vaccines and autism (Star Tribune)
  • CVS Prices $40B Bond Sale To Help Fund Aetna Acquisition (Law360-$)
  • Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for Comments; Correction (FDA)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe Asia
  • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership May Differ Significantly from TPP (Patent Law Weblog)
  • Bi Jingquan, the Minister of CFDA Meets the Chief Executive of the Macao SAR, Mr Chui Sai On (CFDA)
  • JP drafts for public comments, March 1 - May 31, 2018 (PMDA)
  • Vectorious closes B round, setting stage for trials of heart-monitoring implant (Globes) (Fierce)
  • JW Therapeutics, a China CAR-T biotech formed by Juno and WuXi, gains $90M series A (Fierce)
  • NPPA analysis shows inflated MRP on syringes, needles (Times of India)
  • Dubai venture firm targets India’s health and education sectors (Arab News)
  • New Government Report Affirms India’s Patient-First Commitment on Pharma Patents (The Wire)
  • Fourth person dies in Australia from contaminated rockmelon (Asia One)
  • Alone at health clinic, Australian treats self for heart attack (Medical Xpress)
  • Elto Pharma Receives Notice of Allowance in Australia for Patent Covering Eltoprazine in the Treatment of Parkinson's Levodopa-induced Dyskinesia (Press)
  • Why Some Canadian Doctors Are Trying to Get Paid Less, Not More (Fortune)
  • Seized health products in Vancouver may pose serious risks: Health Canada (News 1130)
  • Why do health-care ‘reforms’ always cut the patient stuff, not the wasteful stuff? (Financial Post)
  • Eyenuk, Inc. Receives Health Canada Approval for EyeArt, an AI-enabled Cloud-based Automated Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Software (Press)
  • Veritas Pharma Signs Letter of Intent with 3 Carbon Extractions Inc. (Press)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • Drinking problems tied to higher risk of early dementia (Reuters)
  • A doctor without health insurance? What could go wrong? (Stat News)
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