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Recon: Medtronic to Acquire Mazor Robotics for $1.6B; Dozens Lose Sight After Being Injected with Compounded Eye Drug

Posted 21 September 2018 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Medtronic to Acquire Mazor Robotics for $1.6B; Dozens Lose Sight After Being Injected with Compounded Eye Drug

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.
In Focus: US
  • Medtronic to Acquire Mazor Robotics (Press) (MassDevice)
  • We Can’t Afford the Drugs That Could Cure Cancer (WSJ)
  • At Least 68 People Are Nearly Blind After A Botched Drug Was Injected Into Their Eyeballs (BuzzFeed)
  • Why Former Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez Joined A Microbiome Startup's Board (Forbes) (Endpoints)
  • Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar (ProPublica)
  • Dismissing critical reports on patient deaths, FDA says safety/effectiveness of Nuplazid holds up under review (Endpoints)
  • Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs (NYTimes) (GAO)
  • The Incredible Expanding Universe of Biotech Stocks (LifeSciVC)
  • Amgen backs Los Angeles as new Golden State bio hub (Fierce) (Endpoints) (Amgen)
  • Parker collaborator Tessa allies with St. Jude, launches a new T cell program for pediatric brain cancer (Endpoints)
  • US Challenges World to Intensify Global Fight against Antibiotic Resistance (CDC)
  • US burden of Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias to double by 2060 (CDC)
  • As States Try To Rein In Drug Spending, Feds Slap Down One Bold Medicaid Move (KHN)
  • How one pharmaceutical company is reinventing the clinical trial (STAT)
In Focus: International
  • Bayer's Jivi OK'd in Japan for hemophilia A (SeekingAlpha) (PMLive)
  • How is Hong Kong’s biotech experiment going? A Hong Kong Stock Exchange official weighs in (STAT)
  • GlaxoSmithKline fails to warn of pandemic flu vaccine’s alarming safety signal: BMJ report (Fierce) (BMJ)
  • Alcohol abuse kills 3 million a year, most of them men: WHO (Reuters) (WHO) (Report)
  • Diabetes drugs less affordable, less available in lower income countries (Reuters)
  • Uganda to deploy Ebola vaccine if virus spreads from Congo (Reuters)
  • NHS wins legal fight against pharma firms over sight-loss drug (The Guardian)
  • Novartis drums up EU launch plans as CHMP gives thumbs up to Spark’s gene therapy Luxturna (Endpoints)
  • British MPs call for HIV prevention PrEP drugs to be made available on NHS in England (Pharmafile)
  • ABPI enters five-year partnership with AHSN (PharmaTimes) (PMLive)
  • Korea Lowers Medical Cost For Rare Disease Patients, Eases Off-Label Use Rules (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Lonza invests $418m in two biomanufacturing solutions (BioPharmaReporter)
  • Biosimilar Tipping Point: Five Questions For Henlius CEO (SCRIP-$)
  • Pierre Fabre combo follows up US approval with EC nod (PharmaLetter-$)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Opioid crisis started 40 years ago, report argues (NBC)
  • Corbus nets over 600 endocannabinoid-related compounds, planning to develop 1-2 per year (Fierce)
  • Novo Nordisk CSO Says R&D Revamp Reflects New Stem Cell And AI Focus (SCRIP-$)
  • GTx execs’ sole drug fails the lead indication study in a painful setback — shares smashed (Endpoints)
  • Ex-Cascadian chief Scott Myers lands at BioClin; Kodiak woos Genentech vet Jason Ehrlich for CMO role (Endpoints)
  • The Economics Of Drug Shortages: US FDA Seeks Broad Input (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Exicure plans checkpoint combo after TLR9 drug clears early test (Fierce)
  • Trial takes FibroGen’s renal anemia drug closer to EU filing (Fierce)
  • Flea, tick pills can cause nerve reactions in pets, FDA warns (NBC)
  • Ubiome Moving Into Therapeutics With $83m Series C (BioCentury)
  • Y-mAbs Raises $96m In Upsized IPO (BioCentury) (Endpoints)
  • Ropin' in ALS (Nature)
  • Reversing muscle degeneration (Nature)
  • When a CAR becomes a tank (Nature)
  • Bacterial therapeutic steps into the breach (Nature)
  • Therapeutic approaches to Huntington disease: from the bench to the clinic (Nature)
  • Opiant Gets BARDA Grant For Intranasal Opioid Antagonist (BioCentury)
  • Management Tracks: Garland To Lead Portola; Gallagher Joining Abingworth (BioCentury)
  • AbbVie Announces $5 Million Donation to Family Reach to Support Children Battling Cancer and Their Families (Press)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • MicuRx Announces Receipt of FDA’s QIDP and Fast Track Designations for Contezolid and Contezolid Acefosamil (Press)
Medical Devices
  • OMB’s Health Chief: Changes To How CMS Treats Medical Devices Could Come In Next Six Months (IHP-$)
  • For A New Device To Treat Maternal Bleeding, A Young Entrepreneur's Big Step Was Passing The Torch (Forbes)
  • Report: Google’s Nest looking to expand into healthcare (MassDevice)
  • FDA: Hurricane Florence should not affect medtech supply chain (MassDevice)
  • FDA puts $7m into L.A. pediatric devices consortium (MassDevice)
  • AVITA Medical Announces FDA Approval of the RECELL® System for the Treatment of Severe Burns in the U.S. (Press)
  • Getinge Issues Worldwide Voluntary Correction of Maquet/Getinge Cardiosave Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) For Interruption and/or Inability to Start Therapy at Altitudes above 3,200 Feet/975 Meters (FDA)
  • Paladin Carotid PTA Balloon with Embolic Protection Filter Cleared by FDA (Medgadget)
  • b-ONE Ortho Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Total Hip System (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Medicare Payments for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests in 2017: Year 4 of Baseline Data (HHS OIG)
  • Ex-FDA Chief Hamburg Says AAAS Will Take On Harassment (BioCentury)
  • Andy Slavitt’s Town Hall Ventures secures $115M for first fund (MedCity)
  • At Joe Biden's Urging, Airbnb, WeWork, And Others Commit To Help Cancer Patients (Forbes)
  • FDA chief says agency is considering fast-track review for new e-cigs with tech to prevent youth use (CNBC)
  • By the Book: Hip Implant Claims Dismissed in Middle District of Florida (Drug & Device Law)
  • Proposed Doubling of 2019 Marijuana Production Quota Brings DOJ and DEA To A Fork in the Road (FDA Law Blog)
  • Purdue Pharma Must Face N.H.'s Suit Over Opioid Marketing (Law360-$)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
  • FDA Advisory Committee Calendar
  • House E&C Committee Hearing - Better Data and Better Outcomes: Reducing Maternal Mortality in the U.S. – 27 September 2018
  • Joint Meeting of the Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting – 1 November 2018
  • Mobile apps could offer cheap route to FMD compliance (Pharmaceutical Journal)
  • Therapeutic Products Ordinance Package IV: Publication of the ordinances (Swissmedic)
  • Draft qualification opinion on stride velocity 95th centile as a secondary endpoint in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy measured by a valid and suitable wearable device (EMA)
  • Questions & answers on Article 31 non-pharmacovigilance referrals (EMA)
Asia India
  • Ban on 328 FDC drugs to cost Rs. 2,500 crore for pharma companies (PharmaBiz)
Canada General Health & Other Interested Articles
  • ‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find (NYTimes)
  • Medical journal retracts six articles from Cornell University professor (NBC)
  • Scientists Create Immature Human Eggs From Stem Cells (NPR)
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