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Recon: Early Readout Shows Promise for AZ, Daiichi Breast Cancer Drug; FDA Panel Votes Against Correvio Heart Drug

Posted 11 December 2019 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Early Readout Shows Promise for AZ, Daiichi Breast Cancer Drug; FDA Panel Votes Against Correvio Heart Drug

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.
In Focus: US
  • Correvio suffers fresh blow as heart drug fails to win FDA panel backing (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • Correvio Pharma to explore sale after FDA panel setback, shares plunge (Reuters)
  • Blood Tests Show Exposure to Ethylene Oxide (WebMD)
  • Pelosi brokers deal with liberals on drug pricing bill (Politico) (STAT)
  • Pelosi drug pricing plan would save $456 billion over 10 years: analysis (The Hill)
  • Investors fear Pelosi’s drug price plan will kill small biotech firms (CNBC)
  • How contaminants from prescription-drug factories pollute waterways (STAT)
  • Johnson & Johnson appeals Oklahoma judge's opioid ruling (AP)
  • FDA staff spotlight issue with one of Horizon's endpoints but notes efficacy for lead drug (Endpoints)
  • Supreme Court justices lean toward insurers on $12 billion Obamacare claims (Reuters)
In Focus: International
  • China’s Curing Cancer Faster and Cheaper Than Anywhere Else (Bloomberg)
  • AstraZeneca-Daiichi drug halts cancer for months in first readout (Reuters) (STAT) (Press)
  • EU expands scope of Vertex’ Kalydeco (PharmaTimes)
  • Singapore And Malaysia Test Joint Evaluation Of Generics (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Novartis still hasn't solved its CAR-T manufacturing issues (BioPharmaDive) (Outsourcing Pharma)
  • The Commission and the Council on the MDR state of affairs (MedicalDevicesLegal)
  • USMCA Drops Biologic Exclusivity Provisions for Mexico and Canada in Final Deal (Focus)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • In its largest fundraising effort to date, Omega Funds pulls in over $400 million (STAT) (Endpoints)
  • In tight Massachusetts job market, it’s relo for biotech and remote for tech hires (STAT)
  • 2019 biotech IPOs: party on (Nature)
  • Arguments on Drug Pricing (In the Pipeline)
  • Foreign Drug Inspections Decline as FDA Hiring Struggles Continue (Focus)
  • Sanofi’s sutimlimab set for filing in rare autoimmune anaemia next year (PMLive)
  • Amneal buying AvKare, drugmaker to the feds (Fierce) (Press)
  • The growing role of connected tech in medical research (Harvard Business School)
  • Flagship’s Cellarity Aims to Advance Cell Behavior-Based Therapeutics (Xconomy)
  • FDA Warns Two US Drugmakers Over GMP Deficiencies (Focus)
  • Afib Drug Gets a Chance to Exit Regulatory Limbo (Medpage)
  • Oral immunotherapy can be a game changer for many with food allergies (STAT)
  • Immunotherapy drug improves outcomes for some children with relapsed leukemia (NIH)
  • Fresh red blood cell transfusions do not help critically ill children more than older cells (NIH)
  • The (Possible) “Dark Side” of Gene Editing Technologies (Harvard Bill of Health)
  • Antibiotics manufacturing components can trigger adverse reactions. Standards help restore quality and trust. (USP)
  • US FDA Pushes Back Against Critics: Breakthrough Is Not A Drug 'Beauty Contest' (Pink Sheet-$)
  • UniQure, Pfizer updates hint at gene therapy potential in hemophilia B (BioPharmaDive)
  • Immune agonist antibodies face critical test (Nature)
  • Battered, cash hungry Intec feels the burn of Novartis rejection (Endpoints)
Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • GenSight Biologics reports findings from REALITY study and REVERSE-RESCUE analysis highlighting positive benefits from LUMEVOQ™ (GS010) compared to LHON natural history (Press)
  • Novartis announces FDA filing acceptance of Xolair® (omalizumab) for treatment of nasal polyps (Press)
  • Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Files IND for Phase 1b Study of ARO-HIF2 for Treatment of Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma (Press)
  • APHINITY six-year results strengthen evidence of clinical benefit with Roche’s Perjeta-based regimen (Press)
  • KalVista Pharma Eye Drug Partnered With Merck Flunks Phase 2 Test (Xconomy)
  • SABCS: MacroGenics' margetuximab posts OS gains in specific metastatic breast cancer patients (Fierce)
  • Little Leo Pharma enters the prize-fight ring with positive PhIII atopic dermatitis data. Now they just have to beat Dupixent (Endpoints) (Press)
  • Exicure Reports Activity of AST-008 in Patients with Merkel Cell Carcinoma and Will Enroll Patients in Phase 2 Study (Press)
  • BlackThorn Therapeutics Reports Data Supporting Phase 2 Development of KOR Antagonist, BTRX-335140, in Depression and Other CNS Disorders (Press)
  • With looming superbug crisis, Iterum misses in a key antibiotic trial — and its shares tumble (Endpoints)
  • CStone announces enrollment target reached in the global Phase III VOYAGER trial of avapritinib in Chinese patients with third-line GIST (Press)
  • Xeris Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Topline Results From the In-clinic Stage of the Phase 2 Study of Its Developmental Ready-to-use (RTU) Glucagon in Patients at Risk of Postprandial Hypoglycemia Following Bariatric Surgery (Press)
  • Bristol-Myers shows off a low-profile AML contender it gained from Celgene buyout — and they’re taking it straight to the FDA (Endpoints)
  • Oncternal Therapeutics Announces Opening of Phase 1b Expansion Cohort of Clinical Trial of TK216, Targeted ETS Inhibitor, in Patients with Ewing Sarcoma (Press)
  • Seattle Genetics details positive OS and PFS data for tucatinib in breast cancer (Endpoints)
 Medical Devices
  • Google snaps up chief medical officer of health device maker AliveCor, weeks after buying Fitbit (CNBC)
  • What Sanofi’s withdrawal from diabetes tech tells us about digital health (STAT) (MedtechDive)
  • FDA names Beta Bionics' pancreas tech a breakthrough device (MedtechDive)
  • Report: EtO blood levels higher in Illinois neighbors of Medline sterilization plant (MassDevice)
  • FDA clears Cochlear piezoelectric hearing implant (MassDevice)
  • Biolase lands 510(k) for dental hygiene laser (MassDevice)
  • STAAR Surgical Announces FDA IDE Clinical Study Approval (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • MDL Judge Calls out Plaintiffs’ Counsel − Not Acting in Clients’ Best Interests (Drug & Device Law)
  • Justice Department Will Reportedly Review Google’s $2.1 Billion Fitbit Acquisition (Forbes)
  • White House Summons Feuding Health Officials for Counseling Session (NYTimes)
  • The IRS Sent a Letter to 3.9 Million People. It Saved Some of Their Lives. (NYTimes)
  • FDA's E-Cigarette Regulations Upheld By DC Circ. (Law360-$)
  • 3 Strategies To Manage Case Scope In ANDA Patent Litigation (Law360-$)
  • GLAAD Urges Facebook To Drop Law Firms' HIV Drug Ads (Law360-$)
  • Ex-Kite CEO Undermines Testimony Of Pharma Co.'s Founder (Law360-$)
  • States Demand Purdue Fight Opioid Crisis With 9-Point Plan (Law360-$)
  • Clinical Biopharma Sienna OK'd To Sell IP In Ch. 11 (Law360-$)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Recall of Medicina IV Luer Slip syringe (IVS03) batch number 19040303 (MDA/2019/043) (MHRA)
  • Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia Runs out of EpiPen Jr Ahead of Release of Contaminated Batch (Focus)
  • Update to listed medicine ingredients in December 2019 (TGA)
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