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Recon: Former Valeant Exec Found Guilty in Kickback Scheme

Posted 23 May 2018 | By Zachary Brennan 

Recon: Former Valeant Exec Found Guilty in Kickback Scheme

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In Focus: US
  • Congress OKs letting terminal patients try unapproved drugs (AP) (Washington Post-$) (NYT-$) (Focus) (LA Times)
  • A Preferable Path For Thwarting Pharmaceutical Product Hopping (Health Affairs)
  • Patient and Prescriber Outreach Materials for Biosimilars (FDA)
  • FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves (AP)
  • Gene Therapies That Could Transform Diseases Get Easier FDA Path (Bloomberg) (Focus)
  • How to Stop Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Ads (MedPage Today)
  • Merck crushes Keynote-407 study in frontline lung cancer, hitting co-primaries and setting up another quick OK (Endpoints) (Press)
  • Former Valeant executive is found guilty in kickback scheme (Stat-$) (NYT-$)
  • AstraZeneca opens South San Francisco facility housing 400 R&D staff (Fierce)
  • Should Tech Entrepreneurs Aspire to Fix Clinical Trials Or Reinvent Them? (Forbes)
  • Sun Pharma Announces US FDA Approval of Yonsa (abiraterone acetate) To Treat Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer In Combination With Methylprednisolone (Press)
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In Focus: International
  • Pharma cos marketing medicines made by third parties to soon be liable for quality lapses flagged by CDSCO (Economic Times)
  • Reclassification of medicinal products: status update (Swissmedic)
  • Li Li ,Secretary, Deputy Commissioner of CNDA, meets WHO's New Representative in China, Dr Gauden Galea (CFDA)
  • Three Ebola patients slip out of Congo hospital, medics race to control outbreak (Reuters)
  • Why the world needs more than one Ebola vaccine (Reuters)
  • Second Indian state reports suspected cases of rare virus, fanning fears of spread (Reuters)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Astellas shedding 600-plus jobs as CEO shakes up R&D and sales ops in restructuring (Endpoints)
  • Teva hopes to launch migraine drug as soon as September (Reuters) (Press)
  • 30-year Gilead R&D vet Norbert Bischofberger is starting over as staffer #5 at an upstart biotech — and he’s loving it (Endpoints) (Fierce)
  • Merck Wins Again; Esperion In Increments; Gilead As A Talent Farm (Forbes)
  • Series of setbacks raises doubt on the drug industry’s next big idea to treat Alzheimer’s (Stat-$)
  • Fluoroquinolone Trouble Untangled (In the Pipeline)
  • Lava bags cash from Gilde and Versant, hires Genmab vet, to advance bispecific T-cell engagers (Fierce) (Press)
  • Verrica seeks $86M IPO to take on compounded dermatology drug (Fierce)
  • Clinigen, Mitsubishi link for early access programme (PharmaTimes)
  • Cara signs $540M deal with Fresenius and Vifor Pharma to commercialize Korsuva (Fierce)
  • Diversity in the biopharma industry makes dollars and sense (Stat)
  • Record-hitting series A funds redefine early science (BioWorld)
  • Janssen Questions Literature Review on Biosimilar Switching Studies as Authors Defend it (Focus)
  • Improvements to Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Can Inform Prescribing (Pew)
  • VirnetX Inc. v. The Mangrove Partners (Bio/PhRMA Brief)
  • Interview with Novo Nordisk CEO Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen (PharmaLetter-$)
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations
  • New PhIII gives Esperion’s CEO a chance to push back against a legion of critics — but can he win back investors? (Endpoints)
  • FDA hits Cosmo with CRL, asks for second phase 3 (Fierce)
  • Patterns of Potential Opioid Misuse and Subsequent Adverse Outcomes in Medicare, 2008 to 2012 (Annals of Internal Medicine)
  • Cellectis submits IND to FDA for ‘off-the-shelf’ UCART22 (BioPharma-Reporter)
  • FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Tafamidis for the Treatment of Patients with Transthyretin Cardiomyopathy (Press)
  • FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Lenti-D for the Treatment of Cerebral Adrenoleukodystrophy (Press)
Medical Devices
  • FDA issues Class I recall for Abbott’s HeartMate 3 heart pump (Fierce)
  • Freenome Sets Sights On Blood Test To Detect Colon Cancer (Forbes)
  • RenovoRx Announces $10 Million Financing for Innovative Treatment for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer (Press)
  • Beta Bionics wins FDA nod for home-use trial of artificial pancreas tech (MassDevice)
  • Interview – Impulse Dynamics aims to find its niche in heart failure (EP Vantage)
  • Renal denervation goes from Symplicity to complexity (EP Vantage)
US: Assorted & Government
  • U.S. Announces Additional $7 Million Donation In Fight Against Ebola In Congo (HuffPost)
  • HHS Secretary Alex Azar World Health Assembly Plenary Remarks (Speech)
  • HHS CTO Bruce Greenstein heads back to the private sector (Fierce)
  • The Interception of Illicit Opioids by the Border Patrol (HSGAC Staff Report)
  • Risk of serious and potentially fatal blood disorder prompts FDA action on oral over-the-counter benzocaine products used for teething and mouth pain and prescription local anesthetics (FDA)
  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Prescription Drug Marketing; Administrative Procedures, Policies, and Requirements (Federal Register)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Rapid Alert system for human Tissues and Cells (RATC) and for human Blood and Blood Components (RAB) (European Commission)
  • Health ministry reconstitutes Drug Technical Advisory Board (PharmaBiz)
  • Lynparza - Notice of Compliance with Conditions - Qualifying Notice (Health Canada)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • Verily Advisory Board series: Linda Avey discusses health data sharing & ownership (Verily Blog)
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