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Recon: NICE Rejects Gilead's Yescarta as too Expensive for NHS Use

Posted 28 August 2018 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: NICE Rejects Gilead's Yescarta as too Expensive for NHS Use

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In Focus: US
  • FDA declines to approve Akcea-Ionis genetic disease drug (Reuters) (STAT)
  • FDA approves Tetraphase Pharma's antibiotic (Reuters) (BioCentury)
  • FDA confronts its limits in push on drug pricing (BioPharmaDive)
  • Congressional Health Leaders Urge HRSA to Implement 340B Regulations (Letter)
  • Esperion's Cholesterol Combo Pill Cuts Bad Cholesterol 35% (Forbes) (Reuters) (Fierce)
  • Tafamidis Phase 3 Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy (ATTR-ACT) Study Results Presented as Late-Breaking Data at the ESC Congress 2018 (Press)
  • Critics Trying To Stop A Big Study Of Sepsis Say The Research Puts Patients At Risk (NPR) (STAT)
  • China Has Withheld Samples of a Dangerous Flu Virus (NYTimes)
  • FDA proposes restricting compounding of three drug substances (Reuters) (Focus)
  • Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke (CBS)
  • How to Tame Health Care Spending? Here’s a One-Percent Solution (NYTimes)
  • Senators question whether Giuliani's influence scored Purdue Pharma leniency from feds (Fierce)
  • Researchers find way to mimic clinical trials using genetics (MIT Technology Review)
  • She paid $3.47 for a prescription drug. The retail price was 10,000% higher (LA Times)
  • US FDA Considering Contracting IT Services To Keep Systems Up To Date, Break Down Siloes (Pink Sheet-$)
In Focus: International
  • UK rejects Gilead's CAR-T cancer cell therapy as too expensive (Reuters) (PMLive) (PharmaTimes) (NICE)
  • Cancer powerhouse Genentech lines up an NK and T cell alliance with Affimed that’s loaded with billions in biobucks (Endpoints) (Fierce)
  • Roche Diagnostics’ chief heads for the exit (PMLive)
  • Medicines Reimbursement Policies in Europe (WHO)
  • TimesGW Pharmaceuticals/cannabis: from dope to hope (Financial Times)
  • Big pharma takes a gamble on NHS experiment (Financial Times)
  • UK: NICE Fees Plan Would Cost Life Sciences Industry £10m Each Year (Pink Sheet-$)
  • UK Changes Approach To Trials In Patients With Prior ATMP Therapy (Pink Sheet-$)
  • From $360 a year to $179,000: Drug price hike in the Netherlands prompts call for investigation (STAT)
  • Changes to the Roche Corporate Executive Committee (Roche)
  • Ultragenyx's Mepsevii Gets European Approval (BioCentury )
  • Chinese biotech Harbour lands $85M to run cancer trials (Fierce)
  • Cystic fibrosis mothers' plea over 'life-changing' drug (BBC)
  • A Dangerous Twist To The Latest Ebola Outbreak (NPR)
  • UAE pharma firm begins production at new $34m Dubai factory (Arabian Business)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • CRISPR biotech Editas to lose CMO as it continues push for clinical trials (Fierce)
  • Worms and genetic theft: what drives the scientist behind the new RNAi drug (STAT)
  • Alzheon IPO take two: Will investors back a downsized offering from an Alzheimer’s biotech? (Endpoints)
  • Novartis quietly hands topical treatment for rare disease to LifeMax — latest in a string of out-licensing deals (Endpoints)
  • Bayer and J&J see pathway for wider use of Xarelto despite disappointing trial (PharmaLetter-$)
  • FDA ups the ante for copycats, antibiotics, orphan drugs. But is it working? (BioPharmaDive)
  • How Scott Gottlieb is upending FDA communication, one tweet at a time (BioPharmaDive)
  • Universal Flu Vaccine Is Still Several Years Away, Fauci Says (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Vivek Ramaswamy bags $100M in risk capital to back his latest PhIII gamble at Dermavant — while Urovant dives into gene therapy (Endpoints)
  • Microbiome, Clinical Trial Enrichment Among Question Marks As US FDA Weighs Guidance On Non-Traditional Infectious Disease Treatment (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Allen-backed team uncovers distinctive human brain cell that may help control information flow (Fierce) (NPR)
  • Quiet Riot? Gene Silencing Candidates Still Ready To Make Noise In Lipid Disorders (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Death Rates From Heart Disease And Stroke Could Be Significantly Less With These Drugs, Study Says (Forbes)
  • Neuroscientists target Alzheimer’s “silent stage” (Novartis)
  • Experimental brain cancer treatment for dogs could one day help humans (CBS)
  • Fewer middle-aged stroke survivors skip medicines under Obamacare (Reuters)
  • URGENT Drug Recall for Leukotrap RC System with RC2D Filter (FDA)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • ReflectionBio Receives Orphan Drug Designation From U.S. FDA For the Treatment of Bietti's Crystalline Dystrophy (BCD) (Press)
  • Poxel Announces Completion of Patient Enrollment for the TIMES 3 Trial in the Phase 3 Registration Program for Imeglimin, an Investigational Therapeutic Agent for Type 2 Diabetes, in Japan (Press)
  • Zai Lab Doses First Patient in Phase III Trial of ZL-2306 (niraparib) in Patients with Small-Cell Lung Cancer in China (Press)
  • Biogen and Eisai Report Data from Long-Term Extension Phase 1b Study of Investigational Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Aducanumab (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Report: Philips to cut another 280 from Andover, Mass.-based facility (MassDevice)
  • CDRH's Experiential Learning Program Submissions Open Through 26 September (FDA)
  • Corvia Medical’s interatrial shunt study meets endpoints (MassDevice)
  • Wright Medical Dishes out $435M for Cartiva (MDDI)
  • Gore tests stent graft for deadly heart condition (Medical Design & Outsourcing)
  • HeartFlow touts registry study, large hospital trial data (MassDevice)
  • Ceterix Orthopaedics Announces FDA Clearance of New Suture Cartridge, Providing Increased Flexibility and Enhanced Options for Surgeons (Press)
  • Pivotal trial of an autonomous AI-based diagnostic system for detection of diabetic retinopathy in primary care offices (Nature)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Amgen Shows New Patents Can Affect Prior BPCIA Litigation (Law360-$)
  • HHS seeks input on altering anti-kickback regulations to promote value-based healthcare (MassDevice)
  • Administration’s power to curb PBM rebates limited despite role in drug costs, experts say (MedCity)
  • Brand Drug Preemption Shuts Down Plavix Litigation in New York State Court (Drug & Device Law)
  • Can Gavin Newsom Turn California Into A Single-Payer State? (Forbes)
  • Missouri appeals court revives pelvic mesh suit against BD’s Bard (MassDevice)
  • Hospira Can't Void Amgen's $70M Biosimilar Patent Win (Law360-$)
  • 1st Circ. Says Challenge To Rx Eyedropper Size Preempted (Law360-$)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Field Safety Notice - 20 to 24 August (MHRA)
  • Illumina Secures China National Drug Administration Clearance for MiSeqDx System (GenomeWeb)
  • CStone's Anti-CTLA-4 Antibody CS1002 Receives IND Approval in China (Press)
  • Lupin gets USFDA nod to market its postherpetic neuralgia drug (Economic Times)
  • Health ministry to form state-level panels to hear patients’ grievances in J&J hip implant issue (PharmaBiz)
  • India's health ministry still 'deliberating' on findings on J&J's faulty hip implants, says JP Nadda (Economic Times)
  • Modicare: Rule of hospital stay eased for cancer fighters (Economic Times)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • Women Struggling to Get Pregnant Turn to Fertility Apps (NYTimes)
  • Mustafa Returns: Iraqi Boy's Hope For A Prosthetic Leg Proves Complicated (NPR)
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