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Recon: FDA Approves SK Life Science’s Seizure Drug Xcopri; Rewrite Coming for Grassley-Wyden Drug Pricing Bill

Posted 22 November 2019 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: FDA Approves SK Life Science’s Seizure Drug Xcopri; Rewrite Coming for Grassley-Wyden Drug Pricing Bill

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.
In Focus: US
  • Changes coming to Grassley-Wyden drug bill (Politico) (Senate Finance)
  • FDA approves new epilepsy therapy, a first for Korea's SK Life Science (BioPharmaDive) (FDA) (Press)
  • AstraZeneca wins FDA approval for Calquence in chronic lymphoma (PMLive) (Endpoints) (Press)
  • ViiV inks bNAb deal with National Institutes of Health (PharmaTimes) (Endpoints)
  • US vaping-related deaths rise to 47, cases of illness to 2,290 (Reuters)
  • Having gobbled up Celgene, the Bristol-Myers CEO ducks questions about his key rival (STAT)
  • Biogen’s top scientist nearly dares FDA not to approve Alzheimer’s drug (STAT) (BioPharmaDive) (Endpoints)
In Focus: International
  • Bayer AG discussed plans to give not-for-profit funding for influence (The Guardian)
  • Sanofi's strategy boss to leave as CEO readies revamp (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • Pakistan grapples with drug-resistant typhoid outbreak (Reuters)
  • Health Canada Creates New Medical Devices Directorate (Focus)
  • Brexit Costs EMA Almost €60M in 2019 (Focus)
  • Italy’s plan to create €300-million research agency draws fire (Nature)
  • WHO Forges Ahead With New Framework To List Regulatory Authorities (Pink Sheet-$)
  • UK is a leader in early clinical research but falls in later study stages, says ABPI (PMLive)
  • Roche extends offer deadline for Spark Therapeutics again (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • Across several continents, infecting mosquitoes with bacteria results in dramatic drops in dengue illness, trials show (STAT)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • A bold prediction: Machine learning will yield new drug candidates within three years (STAT)
  • AI's impact in drug discovery is coming fast, predicts GSK's Hal Barron (BioPharmaDive)
  • NASEM Committee Calls to Expand Agreements Between Drug Regulators (Focus)
  • FDA Releases 81 Product-Specific Guidances (Focus)
  • Alexandria is thinking big as it lays out plans for 1.6M square foot Bay Area biotech campus (Endpoints)
  • Azeria raises £32M to take breast cancer drug into humans (Fierce)
  • A study showed RWE can replicate only 15% of RCTs – is this accurate? (MedCity)
  • Generic Drug Approvals In US Off To Slow Start In FY 2020 (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Cancer cells’ loss is T cells’ gain (Nature)
  • Compound nestled in parasitic worm offers promise as antibiotic against obstinate superbugs (Endpoints)
  • Novel Clinical Trial Designs for Gene Therapies: An Exploration of Challenges by the National Academies’ Forum on Regenerative Medicine (FDA Law Blog)
  • Teva to Resume Production of Critical Pediatric Oncology Drug: Too Little, Too Late (Harvard Bill of Health)
  • International Reference Pricing Under H.R.3 Would Devastate the Emerging Biotechnology Sector, Leading to 56 Fewer New Medicines Coming to Market Over 10 Years (Vital Transformation) (PhRMA)
  • Vaccine Development Challenges Include Extensive Quality Control, Sanofi's Loew Notes (Pink Sheet-$)
Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • BioMarin Submits Marketing Authorization Application to European Medicines Agency for Valoctocogene Roxaparvovec to Treat Severe Hemophilia A (Press)
  • Endo's (ENDP) BLA for Cellulite Treatment Accepted by FDA (Press)
  • Genentech Presents Pivotal Data Demonstrating Tecentriq in Combination With Avastin Improves Overall Survival in People With the Most Common Form of Liver Cancer (Press)
  • Zymeworks Highlights Advancing Clinical Collaboration with BeiGene and Updated ZW25 Phase 1 Data in HER2-Expressing Cancers at ESMO Asia Congress (Press)
  • Sunovion Resubmits New Drug Application for Apomorphine Sublingual Film (Press)
  • Immunomic Therapeutics’ Collaborator, University of Florida Presents New Clinical Data from ATTAC-II Study in GBM at the 2019 Society for Neurology (SNO) Annual Meeting (Press)
  • VBI Vaccines Presents Early GBM Tumor Response and Immunologic Data from Part B of Ongoing Phase 1/2a Study of VBI-1901 at the 2019 SNO Annual Meeting (Press)
  • Clover Biopharmaceuticals Doses First Patient in Phase I Study of SCB-313 in Australia for Malignant Pleural Effusions (MPE) (Press)
Medical Devices
  • FDA approves Medtronic balloon to treat lesions hindering dialysis (MassDevice)
  • Medtronic warns patients of MiniMed insulin pump safety issue (MassDevice)
  • Genedrive Receives CE Mark for Hearing Loss Assay (GenomeWeb)
  • Myriad Genetics BRACAnalysis Approved by Japanese Regulators (GenomeWeb)
  • Life Spine Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of the Award-winning LONGBOW® Titanium Lateral Expandable Spacer System (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • FEDERAL RESEARCH: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Public Access to Research Results (GAO)
  • As FDA toils over how to regulate CBD, frustration builds on all sides (STAT)
  • Fed. Circ. Ruling May Affect Eligibility Of Life Sciences Patents (Law360-$)
  • House Advances Bills Targeting Pharma IP Practices (Law360-$)
  • Teva Gets PTAB To Review Cushing's Syndrome Drug Patent (Law360-$)
  • Democratic Candidates Advocate For Busting Drug Patents (Law360-$)
  • Insys Reaches Creditor Deal For Tiered Ch. 11 Recoveries (Law360-$)
  • PTAB Probes Authenticity Of Prior Art In Pain Treatment Case (Law360-$)
  • Ex-FDA chief says Trump got ‘spooked by the politics and pushback’ on banning flavored vapes (CNBC)
  • Trump set to meet with tobacco executives, vaping advocates and public health groups (CNBC) (Politico)
  • Walgreens Closes Nearly 160 Walk-In Clinics – What It Means for Retail Healthcare (Forbes)
  • Medicare’s new primary care payment rule is good news for patients (STAT)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • EU-Singapore trade agreement enters into force (EC)
  • Potential nitrosamine contamination: request to perform a risk evaluation (Swissmedic)
  • Contamination Potential Leads UK to Fifth Recall of Ranitidine Drugs (Focus)
  • UK Labour Govt Would Boost Health Spending, Put Pressure On Drug Prices (Pink Sheet-$)
  • EU Regulatory Roundup: Swissmedic Creates Signal Notification Form in Change to 2020 Requirements (Focus)
  • Indian excipient industry to approach DCGI to curb irrational usage of excipients in domestic market (Pharmabiz)
  • Medicines: Suspensions from the ARTG (TGA)
  • Consultation: Review of the regulation of certain self-testing IVDs in Australia (TGA)
Canada Other International
  • Drone firm in talks in Uganda on medical supply delivery deal (Reuters)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • Sedentary teens risk health, hearts and minds: WHO study (Reuters)
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