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Recon: United Therapeutics Seeks to Buy Rival SteadyMed for $216m

Posted 30 April 2018 | By Ana Mulero 

Recon: United Therapeutics Seeks to Buy Rival SteadyMed for $216m

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In Focus: US In Focus: International Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • MSF: USTR Special 301 Report Calls Out Countries for Protecting Public Health (Doctors Without Borders)
  • PhRMA Welcomes 2018 Special 301 Report, Applauds Administration for Combatting Discriminatory Pricing and Intellectual Property Barriers Abroad (PhRMA)
  • Sam Isaly leaves OrbiMed months after harassment allegations (STAT) (Fierce) (MassDevice)
  • How A Drug Company Under Pressure For High Prices Ratchets Up Political Activity (KHN)
  • Drugmakers push back against lawmakers’ calls to tax opioids (AP News)
  • Who’s the top earning CEO in biopharma? Martine Rothblatt once again hits top slot with $37M pay package (Endpoints)
  • Biogen CEO’s pay jumps as he takes the top seat, but the stock's still falling (Fierce)
  • GSK's Shingrix blows past sales projections, pushing 2018 estimates to $600M (Fierce)
  • Sermo's 'Yelp for drugs' platform chalks up 665K doctor reviews in just 1 year (Fierce)
  • Aerie launches glaucoma drug in U.S. (Drug Delivery Business News) (Press)
  • States consider forcing drugmakers to pay for opioid addiction rehab (Axios)
  • Teva to reduce size of board after June shareholders meeting (Reuters)
  • Biogen Must Face FCA Suit Minus 17 State-Level Claims (Law360-$)
  • Celgene’s beaten-down stock is cheap, but only if investors regain trust in its financial outlook (STAT-$)
  • Another Trophy Quarter For VC-Backed Biotech Funding (Life Sci VC)
  • Novo Nordisk ties discounts to adherence in SMS pilot (pharmaphorum)
  • GSK strengthens core prescription business with Sin hire (pharmaphorum)
  • Allergan May Need More Than a Facelift (Bloomberg)
  • AbbVie Must Escape the Shadow of Humira's Decline(Bloomberg)
  • Celgene Corporation Announces Appointment of Jennifer Dudinak to Senior Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs (Press)
  • Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Announces Corporate Governance Enhancements and Board Changes (Press)
  • 4DMT and ROCHE Expand Ophthalmology Partnership to Develop and Commercialize Multiple AAV Gene Therapy Products (Press)
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations
  • PARP Drugs Help Some Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients, But They're No Magic Bullet (Forbes)
  • Boehringer cracks the lab door, reveals cancer, immunology and neurology projects (EP Vantage)
  • Interview – Addex looks up from abyss (EP Vantage)
  • FDA calls for more studies for Vertex's VX-561 (BioPharma Dive)
  • Allergan defends ubrogepant's marketability (BioPharma Dive)
  • FDA clears Pluristem radiation treatment for emergency use (Reuters)
  • AbbVie halts trial of Stemcentrx-sourced ADC for cancer (Fierce)
  • Synthorx reels in $63M to push synthetic cytokines into the clinic (Fierce)
  • No change in FDA's position on Parkinson's drug Nuplazid (San Diego Tribune)
  • Pharma giants are looking to ketamine for clues to the next blockbuster depression drug — and science says they're onto something big (Business Insider)
  • Richard Lehman’s journal review—30 April 2018 (The BMJ Opinion)
  • Researchers find no chronic wasting disease transmissibility in macaque (Pharmabiz)
  • ALS researchers begin recreating human spinal cords on a chip (NIH)
  • FDA Briefing Document: Plazomicin sulfate Injection: Meeting of the Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee (AMDAC) (FDA)
  • Actelion Submits Supplemental New Drug Application to US FDA Seeking Approval of OPSUMIT (macitentan) for the Treatment of Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (Press)
  • NanOlogy Completes Dose Escalation Portion of Phase 2 Clinical Trial of NanoPac for Treatment of Prostate Cancer (Press)
  • TAVALISSE (fostamatinib disodium hexahydrate) Phase 3 Data Published in the American Journal of Hematology Describes Pivotal Data and Overall Response Rate Versus Placebo (Press)
  • FDA Grants Priority Review to Merck’s sBLA for KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab) in Combination with Pemetrexed (ALIMTA) and Platinum Chemotherapy Based on Results from Phase 3 KEYNOTE-189 Trial as First-Line Treatment of Metastatic Nonsquamous NSCLC (Press)
  • Capricor Announces Initiation of HOPE-2 Clinical Trial of CAP-1002 for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (Press)
Medical Devices
  • FDA chief sees big things for AI in healthcare (Healthcare IT News)
  • Delays in adding new newborn screening tests harm babies, families (STAT)
  • Navamedic's Sippcoat for digital urine handling and bacteria control receives US patents (Pharmabiz) (Press)
  • Roivant’s Datavant raises $41M, buys data de-identification firm UPK (Fierce)
  • Boston Scientific closes $400m NxThera buy (MassDevice) (Press)
  • DePuy Wins Infringement Damages Cap For Missing IP Marks (Law360-$)
  • Butterfly wings inspire light-manipulating surface for medical implants (Science X)
  • Is FDA Really Streamlining Its PMA and 510(k) Processes? (MD+DI)
  • Terumo Aortic launches feasibility study of RelayBranch thoracic stent-graft (MassDevice)
  • William Hyman: Will Unique Device Identifiers Live Up to the Hype? (AAMI)
  • Medtronic Announces FDA Approval of Infuse Bone Graft in New Spine Surgery Indications Using PEEK Interbody Implants (Press)
  • Meditech Spine expands its lumbar plating options by adding the CURE LP iView and QMax to its growing portfolio of spinal implants (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Bipartisan group pushes opioid action plan (BioPharma Dive)
  • A Supreme Court victory for lowering drug prices (The Hill)
  • D.C. Week: House, Senate Move on Opioids (MedPage Today)
  • Aside From Trump, Democrats See Public Option As Key To Blue Wave (Forbes)
  • Dissecting The Rhetoric Vs. Reality Of Trump’s Tough Talk On Drug Prices (KHN)
  • Right to try bill stalled indefinitely in Congress (The Pharma Letter)
  • Medicare's proposed direct-contracting model carries both rewards and risk (Modern Healthcare)
  • Ascension's Tersigni on short list for VA secretary (Modern Healthcare)
  • Senate approves full new slate of FTC commissioners (Politico)
  • All you need to know for round 2 of the CRISPR patent fight (STAT)
  • What Veterans Affairs needs to fix its deeper issues (Axios)
  • Ninety-eight now sick from romaine lettuce-linked E. coli: CDC (Reuters)
  • A Tale of Two Guidances: FDA Issues Final Next Generation Sequencing Guidances (FDA Law Blog)
  • Ambitious precision medicine project starting up (Politico)
  • Capitol Checkup: CRISPR appeal; Trump doc ordeal; biodefense bill (S&P Global)
  • Use of Genealogy Data to Track Golden State Killer Raises Privacy Questions (WSJ)
  • Advancing the Development of Treatments for Neurological Disorders (FDA)
  • Advancing the Science of Nanotechnology in Drug Development (FDA)
  • Senator Murray calls for scrutiny of CDC Director pay (Letter to HHS)
  • Fixing health care: Driving value through smart purchasing and policy (AEI)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Not so unified: Brexit means uncertainty for European patent law (EP Vantage)
  • ABPI Conference Speech - Lisa Anson, President of the ABPI (ABPI)
  • Civil society representatives wanted for EMA's Management Board and Pharmacovigilance Committee (EMA)
  • Field Safety Notice - 23 to 27 April 2018 (MHRA)
  • BD Vacutainer EDTA & BD Vacutainer Lithium Heparin Tubes – risk of incorrect results for lead testing or other assays using ASV methodology (MHRA)
  • Independent opportunities: How splitting from EMA could create opportunities for MHRA to innovate post-Brexit (BioCentury)
  • NHS considers AI-based therapy training for staff (pharmaphorum)
  • Final NICE nod for Keytruda in bladder cancer (PharmaTimes)
  • Tandem Diabetes Care Receives CE Mark for t:slim X2 Insulin Pump (Press)
  • Terumo Acquires CE Marking for Ultimaster Tansei Drug Eluting Stent (Press)
  • Terumo Aortic Announces European Launch of Relay Pro Thoracic Stent Graft System at Charing Cross 2018 (Press)
  • Ono Pharma submits marketing approval of metyrosine in Japan (The Pharma Letter)
  • AstraZeneca set for Japanese approval in lung cancer (The Pharma Letter)
  • Nepal's medical drones bring healthcare to the Himalayas (The Straits Times)
  • The secret burden of mental illness in Hong Kong (CNN)
  • Hong Kong scrambles for talent in battle for Nasdaq's biotech crown (Reuters)
  • Singapore, home to strict drug laws, looks to develop synthetic marijuana compounds (CNBC)
  • CDSCO waives need for NOC for importing drugs of dual use (Pharmabiz)
  • NPPA raises price of Abbott’s phenytoin, keeps Sun's nitrofurantoin 100mg rate at Rs.7.13 (Pharmabiz)
  • Maha FDA to implement new MD Rules with appointment of notified bodies at CDSCO soon (Pharmabiz)
  • India Leads in Vaccine Production but Not in Vaccination (The Wire)
  • Healthcare: India mustn’t give in to US policy pressures (Business Line)
  • Firm blow to health tests (The Telegraph)
  • Rampant evergreening in Indian pharma industry (Livemint)
  • AICTE gets 600 applications for pharma institutes (Economic Times)
  • Government to demarcate 'stem cell therapy' from 'stem cell drug' (Economic Times)
  • Australia opens new research hub to drive technological advances in medical devices (OpenGov)
  • Digital health and big data highlighted in Victoria's Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Strategic Plan (OpenGov)
  • Palliative Care Jobs Boost For Regional Victoria (Minister for Health)
  • Ventilators: TGA product safety review (TGA)
  • Canadian researchers create tiny 'lab on a chip' to test for infectious diseases (CTV News)
  • Canada is urged to open criminal probe into Purdue over opioid crisis (STAT-$)
  • Trade negotiations could be hampered by large pharmaceutical companies, putting Canadians at risk (The Guardian)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get? (NYT)
  • For Cancer Centers, Proton Therapy’s Promise Is Undercut by Lagging Demand (NYT)
  • AI-Powered Systems Target Mental Health (WSJ)
  • These DNA testing companies are mainly trying to sell you other stuff (MIT Technology Review)
  • Bill Gates is glad Amazon is getting into health care — but cautions it’s complicated (STAT-$)
  • Why Health Isn't Digital (Forbes)
  • Miracle cures or modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results for some patients. (The Washington Post)
  • How to Accelerate the Adoption of Digital Health Technology (Harvard Business Review)
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