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Recon: Ex-GSK CEO to Lead Optum; China Creates New Drug Regulator

Posted 13 March 2018 | By Ana Mulero 

Recon: Ex-GSK CEO to Lead Optum; China Creates New Drug Regulator

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In Focus: US In Focus: International
  • China creates new drug regulator in biggest government overhaul in years (Fierce)
  • NICE minded to reject Keytruda for classical Hodgkin lymphoma (PharmaTimes)
  • Netherlands biotech Escalier gets $19M for pivotal dermatology tests (Fierce)
  • Doctors across Zimbabwe go on strike over pay, drug shortages (Reuters)
  • Namibia records first listeria case after it kills 180 in South Africa (Reuters)
  • Bhutan reports outbreak of severe H5N1 bird flu: OIE (Reuters)
  • Finland Fimea’s final accounts and annual report for 2017 have been published (Fimea)
  • FP9 Public Consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SME's and single market (MSF Access Campaign)
  • SanBio Reaches Agreement on Manufacture of Regenerative Medicine Product SB623 with Hitachi Chemical (Press)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Roche CEO says new drugs will offset biosimilar incursions (Reuters) (Press)
  • FDA sends Hikma back to the clinic with generic Advair (Fierce)
  • Get ready for a drop in branded drug spending this year, thanks to rebates and discounts: report (Fierce) (The Pharma Letter) (STAT-$) (Biopharma Dive)
  • ‘Why Is Drug Spending So High?’ Is the Wrong Question (Morning Consult)
  • Centene Invests Stake In Pharmacy Benefit Manager RxAdvance (Forbes) (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • 32-Year-Old Professor Raises $50 Million To Make Drugs To Control Genes (Forbes)
  • Intec Pharma Partners with LTS for Manufacture of Accordion Pill Carbidopa/Levodopa for Treatment of Parkinson's Disease (Press)
  • GSK’s 2017 annual report (Report)
  • Biohaven bullish on CGRP market with new Bristol-Myers terms (Biopharma Dive)
  • Increased biologics business demand drives Charles River expansions (Fierce) (Press)
  • Vicore Pharma's Holding I-Tech Strengthens Supply Chain With Strategic Acquisition (Reuters)
  • Trump's drug-price crackdown misses the mark, experts say (Washington Examiner)
  • From app store to drug store, digital health is redefining pharma’s pipeline (STAT)
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations
  • The TRiC chaperonin controls reovirus replication through outer-capsid folding (Nature) (Press)
  • FDA Grants Priority Review to Merck’s Supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab) for Treatment of Advanced Cervical Cancer (Press)
  • Study Links Type of Blood Pressure Medication to Increased Risk of Death (Press)
  • Testing for Calcium in the Coronary Arteries Provides a Better Way to Predict Heart Attack Events than Stress Testing Alone, News Study Finds (Press)
  • Stress of Open-Heart Surgery Significantly Reduces Patients’ Vitamin D Levels, But Supplementation Before and After Surgery Helps, Study Finds (Press)
  • Mayo Clinic’s clinical trial matching project sees higher enrollment in breast cancer trials through use of artificial intelligence (Press)
  • Heart Attack Risk Increases with Six-Month Dual Antiplatelet Therapy (American College of Cardiology)
  • Researchers discover ‘new line of attack’ on triple negative breast cancer (PharmaTimes)
  • Citizen Petition from Spear Pharmaceuticals, Inc (Petition)
  • ACC: Novartis' canakinumab cuts CV risks in patients with kidney disease, diabetes by up to 18% (Fierce)
  • Protalix’ oral anti-TNF drug hits the mark in phase 2 ulcerative colitis trial (Fierce) (Endpoints News)
  • AbbVie sweeps back-to-back PhIIIs for uterine fibroid patients, adding to elagolix’s blockbuster rep (Endpoints News)
  • Proteostasis stock soars on cystic fibrosis breakthrough status (Endpoints News) (Press)
  • Avillion Signs Co-Development agreement With Astrazeneca's unit Pearl Therapeutics (Reuters)
  • Scientists study how environmental and social change affects the spread of infection (Medical Research Council)
  • Institutional Research Misconduct Reports Need More Credibility (JAMA)
  • Rare Disease Groups Welcome FDA’s Embrace of ‘Real World’ Data in Clinical Trials (Huntington’s Disease News)
  • NIH scientists describe potential antibody approach for treating multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (NIH)
  • Amid efforts to expand naloxone access, a controversial new study questions its value (STAT)
  • SCORR Marketing and Applied Clinical Trials Release Survey Report on Recruiting and Retaining Clinical Research Employees (Press)
  • Millions in fines are adding up as clinical trial information goes unreported (STAT-$)
Medical Devices
  • FDA panel to make sense of implanted glucose meter (EP Vantage)
  • Diagnostic errors pose greatest patient safety risk (Modern Healthcare)
  • Illumina Names Dr. Phil Febbo Chief Medical Officer (Press)
  • Unsealed Abiomed whistleblower suit reveals claims of retaliation (MassDevice)
  • FDA clears shutdown of Lap-Band study for Apollo Endosurgery (MassDevice)
  • Medical Devices; Exemption From Premarket Notification; Class II Devices; Over-the-Counter Denture Repair Kit (FDA)
  • Intec Pharma partners for manufacture of ‘accordion pill’ for Parkinson’s disease (Drug Delivery Business News)
  • The Case for Product Management Education in Clinical Training (NEJM)
  • Medical Device Co. Says Atty's Consultant Scam Cost It $1.8M (Law360-$)
  • Exactech Receives 510(k) Clearance for Equinoxe Stemless Shoulder (Press)
  • BioVentrix Announces First Patient at Cardiovascular Institute of the South Successfully Treated in IDE Study of Revivent TC TransCatheter Ventricular Enhancement Treatment (Press)
  • TAE bags $40M to take targeted radiotherapy mainstream (Fierce)
  • Intermountain launches mental health tech company (Healthcare IT News)
  • Continuous Wearable Monitoring Analytics Predict Heart Failure Decompensation: The Link-HF Multi-Center Study (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)
  • QIAGEN and Natera Partner to Develop Cutting-Edge Genetic Testing Assays for Use on QIAGEN’s GeneReader NGS System (Press)
  • Automated diabetic retinopathy detection in smartphone-based fundus photography using artificial intelligence (Nature) (Press)
  • Median Technologies and the Nice University Hospital (CHU De Nice) Announce Agreement to Advance Lung Cancer Screening with Artificial Intelligence (Press)
  • Hackers take aim at common medical devices (Star Tribune)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Request for comments: Patient-Focused Drug Development on Opioid Use Disorder; Public Meeting (FDA)
  • Patient Orgs Oppose Right to Try (Letter)
  • US Universities Oppose Right to Try (Letter)
  • Key Democrat comes out against 'right to try' bill (The Hill)
  • Right-to-try drug bill could needlessly raise patients' hopes, experts say (Politico)
  • Why Lawmakers Must Vote Down Right to Try (The Health Care Blog)
  • Statement from the Press Secretary on the Global Health Security Agenda (White House) (report)
  • The G.O.P. Accidentally Replaced Obamacare Without Repealing It (NYT)
  • Bipartisan bill would give DEA more power in setting opioid quotas (The Hill)
  • Pallone introduces legislation to empower FDA to combat illicit opioid importation (Press)
  • New FTC Makeup to Continue Robust Health-Care Enforcement (Bloomberg)
  • Can CVS's Acquisition Of Aetna Live Up To Its Price Tag? (Forbes)
  • Federal judge throws out Massachusetts challenge to Trump birth control rules (The Hill) (Reuters)
  • 11th Circ. Creates Headaches For Judges, Defense Attorneys (Law360-$)
  • Insurer says it’s staying in ACA markets because of GOP tax law (Axios)
  • Some good news for 2018 Senate Dems on health care (Axios)
  • Health insurer CEOs see some significant pay bumps in 2017 (Modern Healthcare)
  • Cigna-Express Scripts deal unlikely to benefit consumers (Modern Healthcare)
  • Trump wants to liberalize health data. Easier said than done. (Vox)
  • GAO Report Confirms the Obvious: Food Safety Has Been Driving the Bus at FDA’s FVM Program (FDA Law Blog)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Field Safety Notice - 5 to 9 March 2018: Summary List of field safety notices (FSNs) from medical device manufacturers from 5 to 9 March 2018 (MHRA)
  • Class 3 Medicines Recall: Lynparza capsule 50mg: AstraZeneca is recalling batch NG327 as the level of olaparib polymorphic form L exceeds the registered specification limit. (MHRA)
  • Siri and Alexa are already changing how Europeans get health info, DRG Digital | Manhattan Research data show (Press)
  • Oxford BioMedica intends to obtain financing for further expansion (GMP News)
  • Check-Cap Initiates EU Post Approval Study Using Advanced C-Scan (Press)
  • Kuros Biosciences obtains European patent covering osteoinductive materials (Press)
  • EBRD issues its first 'health bond' worth 317 million zlotys (Reuters)
  • Philips opens Southeast Asia’s first Sleep and Respiratory Education Center in Singapore (Press)
  • Medifirst Solutions Announces an Update for China Distribution (Press)
  • Medical device maker gets sales approval in Israel (Korea Biomedical Review)
  • United Biopharma expands in China with a MAb facility in Yangzhou (The Pharma Letter-$)
  • GSK Korea reports successful sales of Avodart in Japan (Korea Biomedical News)
  • Low-quality trials behind popular diabetes combo pills in India (Reuters)
  • Health bodies push for compulsory licence for two drugs on MDR-TB (Business Standard)
  • Indian drugmakers cashing in on US market as more big-selling drugs gain generic competitors (The Pharma Letter)
  • Health sector could create jobs on massive scale: Public Health Foundation of India (The Economic Times)
  • Guided Therapeutics Achieves Regulatory Approval for Sale in India (Press)
  • Consideration of the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India (Notice)
  • Indian pharma cos to get equipped to address unannounced US FDA audit, warning letters (Pharmabiz)
  • Indian doctors suspended after severed leg used as pillow (Channel News Asia)
  • Australian Public Assessment Reports for prescription medicines (AusPARs) (TGA)
  • Changes to the therapeutic goods advertising framework (TGA)
  • ACMD meeting statement, Meeting 39, 23 February 2018 (TGA)
  • Australian Public Assessment Report on Novartis’ AusPAR: Ceritinib (TGA)
  • Measles confirmed on Air Canada flight from Zurich to Toronto (The Star)
  • Blame Canada's history for low rates of cancer screening among Indigenous women, doctor says (CBC News)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • More Prison Inmates Get Access to Hepatitis-C Drugs (WSJ)
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