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Recon: Pfizer, Novartis Lead Global Gene Therapy Manufacturing Investment; US Prosecutors Open Opioid Criminal Probe

Posted 27 November 2019 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Pfizer, Novartis Lead Global Gene Therapy Manufacturing Investment; US Prosecutors Open Opioid Criminal Probe

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.
In Focus: US
  • Biogen will offer discounts to a health plan if patients say its multiple sclerosis drugs don’t work (STAT)
  • Judge partly vacates convictions of opioid maker Insys' founder, executives (Reuters)
  • SEC charges ex-MiMedx execs with defrauding investors (Fierce) (Endpoints)
  • US prosecutors open criminal probe of opioid makers, distributors (Reuters) (WSJ) (Bloomberg)
  • Clock ticking on drug reform this year (Politico)
  • Analysts Predict IPI and Senate Bill Unlikely to Impact Drug Industry Like Pelosi Bill (Focus) (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Mounting drug shortages delay treatments for patients with bladder cancer (CNBC)
In Focus: International
  • Pfizer, Novartis lead $2 billion spending spree on gene therapy production (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • Europe eyes arrival of world’s priciest drug (Politico)
  • 1 year later, mystery surrounds China’s gene-edited babies (AP)
  • Merck’s Keytruda picks up third approval for NSCLC in China (PMLive)
  • NICE rejects Keytruda for routine use in NHS bladder cancer treatment (Pharmafile)
  • AbbVie, NorthWest EHealth team up to explore autoimmune conditions (PharmaTimes)
  • Row over Labour's 'NHS for sale' claim (BBC)
  • WHO, UNICEF Evacuate Some Staff In Congolese City of Beni (NPR)
  • Second MDR Corrigendum Targets Class I Devices (Focus)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Enlight Biosciences was going to ‘transform pharma R&D.’ What happened? (STAT)
  • FDA Approves 5 New Costly Drugs Well Ahead of PDUFA Dates (Focus)
  • I was a drug rep. I know how pharma companies pushed opioids. (Washington Post)
  • Insider account of UCB’s $2.1B deal to buy Ra Pharma spotlights a disciplined M&A strategy — and $120M windfall for execs (Endpoints)
  • ANDA User Fee Misses Are Mostly Part Of 'Imminent Approval' Process (Pink Sheet-$)
  • A Single Dose Of Ketamine Might Help Heavy Drinkers, Study Finds (NPR)
  • AstraZeneca, Novoheart to Co-Develop New Heart Model (Xconomy)
  • Built For Counterterrorism, This High-Tech Machine Is Now Helping Fight Fentanyl (NPR)
  • Biotech vet Paul Brennan takes helm at regenerative med biotech; Axcella names CFO (Endpoints)
  • Mass General team presents mouse data to back the case for using an old asthma drug to treat ALS (Endpoints)
  • AbbVie’s Rinvoq has ‘marginal clinical benefit’ over Humira at increased cost, says ICER (PMLive)
  • Hikma completes its FDA response for generic Advair (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Antibiotics: Leveraging Off-Label Efficacy Data Needed To Drive Appropriate Use, Reimbursement (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Former FDA Commissioner Frank Young Passes Away At 88 (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Hospira, Inc., et al.; Withdrawal of Approval of Six Abbreviated New Drug Applications (FDA)
  • James R. Casey: Final Debarment Order (FDA)
Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • ChemoCentryx surges on phase 3 vasculitis study (PMLive)
  • Evofem Biosciences re-files for FDA approval of Amphora (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Innovent Announces First Patient Dosed in Phase I Clinical Trial of Anti-PD-1/HER2 Bispecific Antibody in China (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Roundup: How major medtechs fared in Q3 (MedtechDive)
  • Coloplast recalls stents due to package sterility issue (MassDevice)
  • B. Braun recalls blood sets over risk of leakage and infection (MedtechDive)
  • US FDA Medical Device Classification Primer (Emergo)
  • Breaking down “universal,” “inclusive,” and “accessible” medical device design (Emergo)
  • Zebra Medical Vision Secures a Fourth FDA Clearance for AI for Medical Imaging (Press)
  • QIAGEN and DiaSorin Receive FDA Approval for The LIAISON QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus Test on LIAISON Platforms and Begin Commercial Launch (Press)
  • HealthLytix Receives FDA Clearance for Breakthrough Prostate Imaging Solution, RSI-MRI+ (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Azar-Verma fight splitting HHS (Politico)
  • Researchers Say FDA Has Fallen Down on E-Cigarette Testing (WSJ)
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Wyeth LLC (Fed. Cir. 2019) (Patent Docs)
  • Bayer Essure Injury Suits Kicked Back To Pa. State Court (Law360-$)
  • Boston Heart to pay $26.7M to settle alleged doctor kickback scheme (MedtechDive)
  • New Jersey/Pennsylvania Doctor Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribes To Prescribe Fentanyl in Insys Scandal (Forbes)
  • Schools Poised To Open New Front In Opioid MDL (Law360-$)
  • Mayo Tells Supreme Court Congress Should Clarify Patent Eligibility Confusion in Diagnostics (GenomeWeb)
  • Illinois Refuses to Impose Duty on Pharmacy to Warn Patient Orally (Drug & Device Law)
  • CHPA Petitions FDA to Swiftly Establish a Clear Path for CBD in Dietary Supplements (FDA Law Blog)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • EMA to Implement Ombudsman’s Recommendations on Avoiding Bias (Focus)
  • Winding down to the EU IVD and Medical Devices Regulations Deadlines: The Finish Lines in Sight? (MedTechEurope)
  • Irish Regulator Invites Feedback On Strategic Plan For 2021-2025 (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Class 2 Medicines Recall: M&A Pharmachem Limited Paracetamol 500 mg Tablets, 1 x 1000, PL 04077/0001, EL(19)A/38 (MHRA)
  • Alaris™ Gateway Workstation and Alaris™ Gateway Workstation web browser user interface (MDA/2019/040) (MHRA)
  • Asia Regulatory Roundup: China Opens Food and Drug Center of Excellence in Beijing (Focus)
  • Biosimilar of Forteo launched in Japan by Mochida (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Chugai sells stake in Korean joint venture (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Pharma Inc agrees to cap margins on non-price control drugs at 30% (Economic Times)
  • Biocon, Mylan get USFDA nod for pegfilgrastim drug substance licence (Economic Times)
  • Publishing results of listed medicine compliance reviews (TGA)
Other International
  • Organisation of Islamic Cooperation sets up new halal pharmaceuticals technical committee (Pharmafile)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • US life expectancy declining due to more deaths in middle age (Reuters)
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