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Recon: CVS Tool to Combat Drug Prices, Alexion Inks $855M Deal to Buy Wilson

Posted 11 April 2018 | By Ana Mulero 

Recon: CVS Tool to Combat Drug Prices, Alexion Inks $855M Deal to Buy Wilson

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In Focus: International Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Biotech M&A is ripping along now as IPOs surge and venture cash flows. Who’s the next big target? (Endpoints)
  • Senator says pharma should've cut prices with tax savings, but many companies went the other way (Fierce)
  • Insurers look to pass drug price breaks straight to consumer (STAT)
  • Another venture funding surge sets up a strong 2018 (EP Vantage)
  • 'Pharma bro' fraudster Martin Shkreli ordered to pay $388,000 in restitution to swindled investor (CNBC)
  • Biogen and the badly needed gene therapy acquisition that got away (STAT-$)
  • Drug company payments appear to influence oncologists’ prescribing habits (STAT-$)
  • Drugmakers Assail FDA For Nixing Generic Laxative Approval (Law360-$)
  • JDRF, ADA and Helmsley Charitable Trust Issue Request for Proposals to Research Consistency and Potency of Insulin Purchased in U.S. Pharmacies (JDRF)
  • Future of Injectables Could Be Needle-Free Delivery Systems (Pharmacy Times)
  • Dyve Biosciences Launches with Groundbreaking Therapeutic Dermal Delivery Technology (Press)
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations
  • Kadmon gets FDA go-ahead for ROCK2 inhibitor study (BioPharma Dive)
  • Arrowhead RNAi drug clears hepatitis B antigen in clinic (Fierce)
  • 6-month liver disease data reinforces CymaBay's phase 3 move (Fierce)
  • Molecular Partners gets AZ support for lung cancer trial (Fierce)
  • BiondVax, NIAID kick off phase 2 universal flu vaccine study in U.S. (Fierce)
  • Researchers Just Proposed a Radical New Way of Defining Alzheimer's. Could It Lead to Better Drugs? (Fortune)
  • Just How Smart Is Smart Medicine? MIT Scientists Are About To Find Out (Forbes)
  • Veracyte, Loxo Oncology Partner on Drug Development Research (GenomeWeb) (Press)
  • Nektar Announces Dosing of First Patient in Phase 1/2 Clinical Study to Evaluate Combination of TLR Agonist NKTR-262 with CD122-Biased Agonist NKTR-214 in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors (Press)
  • CymaBay Announces Positive New 12-Week and 26-Week Results from its Ongoing Phase 2 Study of Seladelpar in Patients with Primary Biliary Cholangitis at The International Liver Congress 2018 (Press)
  • Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Presents ARC-520 Clinical Data at The International Liver Congress (Press)
  • Zealand and Roche Diabetes Care enter Phase 3 study collaboration for treatment of congenital hyperinsulinism with dasiglucagon (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Abbott launches study comparing OCT to angiography in stent placement procedures (MassDevice) (Press)
  • Altaris Capital shells out $1.1B for health imaging maker Analogic (Fierce)
  • Soterix touts transcranial stim depression trial results (MassDevice)
  • Oracle launches cloud-based mHealth clinical trial data collection system (MassDevice)
  • Medical Device Startup Confirms B2B Sales Strategies (Forbes)
  • Opternative to launch white-labeled online eye exam for providers (MobiHealthNews)
  • New device would allow blood-free monitoring of blood sugar levels (Reuters)
  • UPDATE: Use of Custom Ultrasonics’ System 83 Plus Automated Endoscope Reprocessors (AERs) for Reprocessing of Certain Duodenoscopes: FDA Safety Communication (FDA)
  • Guardian Connect System – P160007 (FDA)
  • TransMedics, Inc. TransMedics OCS Lung System – P160013 (FDA)
  • HeartSine samaritan SAM 350P, SAM 360P, and SAM 450P PADs and Accessories – P160008 (FDA)
  • LENSAR Laser System Receives FDA Clearance to Perform Corneal Pockets and Flaps for Corneal Inlay Procedures (Press)
  • TearLab Provides Update on 510(k) Filing for U.S. FDA Clearance of TearLab Discovery Platform (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • NIH director: Agency is looking at alcohol industry influence ‘in a very aggressive way’ (STAT)
  • CDC Probes Mysterious E. Coli Outbreak in 7 States; New Jersey Has Most Cases (NBC) (FDA)
  • Pay gaps persist for female and African American physicians in US (Reuters)
  • U.S. death rates falling, but health gains bypassing some states (Reuters)
  • Bill Gurley, who invested in Uber and other tech giants, sees opportunities to fix health care's broken business model (CNBC)
  • Congress isn't doing enough on opioid treatment, experts say (Axios)
  • Former Surgeon Charged With Impersonating Doctor (Law360-$)
  • More lawmakers question FDA over probe into Floridians importing medicines (STAT-$)
  • Humana Buys More Doctor Practices Amid Walmart Speculation (Forbes)
  • Will Theranos Survive The Summer? (Forbes)
  • House Democrat wants to know why a pharma insider is overseeing Trump’s drug pricing reform (Vox)
  • FDA Cracks Down on Online Vision Screening Service (Pharmacy Times)
  • FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Emerges as a Champion for Patient Engagement in 2018; Patient-Centric Guidance Development, Rare Disease Listening Sessions, and the Benefit-Risk Framework (FDA Law Blog)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Diazepam diversion falls 64% as MHRA's POM investigation continues (C+D)
  • Alexion turns to Europe for its next rare disease bet (EP Vantage)
  • NICE no for Roche’s Alecensa (PharmaTimes)
  • Verona CMO to resign (The Pharma Letter)
  • Grifols in 7.5 million euros HIV research agreement (The Pharma Letter-$)
  • JenaValve Technology Continues CE Mark Study Treating Severe Aortic Stenosis with Next-Generation System; Patient Enrollment and Successful Implantations with the Everdur Pericardial Aortic Valve and Coronatix Delivery Catheter (Press)
  • IHH to counter TPG-Manipal's bid for Fortis (Economic Times)
  • Mitsubishi Tanabe takes Korean company to court as licensing deal turns sour (The Pharma Letter-$)
  • Obesity among Asia-Pacific children a growing health crisis (Japan Today)
  • Milan Paleja to head Novartis India's pharmaceuticals business (Economic Times)
  • Pharma, IT sectors will face biggest risk from US protectionist moves: Nomura (The Hindu Business Line)
  • Life insurer AIA Australia wants action big and small on mental health (Financial Review)
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia launches new guidelines for My Health Record system (OpenGov)
  • New hospital blamed for sick bottom line (The Australian)
  • Public submissions on scheduling matters referred to the ACMS #22, ACCS #21 and Joint ACMS-ACCS #17 meetings held in November 2017 (TGA)
Canada General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • We need social workers — not Facebook — to better understand our patients' health (CNBC)
  • Fitbit, UnitedHealth, Empatica heads discuss data privacy challenges for wearables (MobiHealthNews)
  • Costs of 'informal' caregiving for heart disease to reach $128 billion by 2035 (Reuters)
  • PODCAST: 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki Is Upending The Consumer Health Game (Forbes)
  • Innovative ways to pay for new antibiotics will help fight superbugs (STAT)
  • What Facebook’s public scrutiny can teach us about artificial intelligence in health care (STAT)
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