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Recon: China Approves its First Biosimilar; Sanofi, Regeneron Lose Repatha Patent Challenge

Posted 26 February 2019 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: China Approves its First Biosimilar; Sanofi, Regeneron Lose Repatha Patent Challenge

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In Focus: US
  • Sanofi, Regeneron lose U.S. patent challenge to Amgen cholesterol drug (Reuters) (Sanofi Statement)
  • 'Wacky' drug price system keeps costs high for patients paying for prescriptions, FDA chief says (CNBC)
  • Drug price hearings take center stage (Politico) (Reuters) (KHN) (CNBC)
  • Sen. Grassley says probe of 'secretive' drug industry pricing won't stop with drugmakers (CNBC)
  • Capitol Hill warns pharma: Americans are ‘tired of the blame game’ (STAT)
  • Why Abbvie May Have A Tough Time Defending Humira's Price Before Congress (Forbes)
  • These Senators Received The Biggest Checks From Pharma Companies Testifying Tuesday (Forbes)
  • Pharma’s tarnished reputation helps fuel the anti-vaccine movement (STAT)
  • Crispr Therapeutics treats its first human with gene editing (Financial Times) (MedCity)
  • Insys Call Center Revealed at Trial as Hotbed of Opioid Lies (Bloomberg)
  • Is the $74B Celgene buyout already forcing a reckoning among Bristol-Myers Squibb’s R&D partners? (Endpoints)
  • FDA takes fresh look at whether opioids are effective for chronic pain (Washington Post)
  • FDA Plans Multifaceted Response to Opioid-Abuse Epidemic (WSJ)
In Focus: International
  • Pharma industry steels itself for no-deal Brexit (Financial Times)
  • Brexit to harm UK's cherished health service, experts say (Reuters)
  • No-deal Brexit: Key Questions for Medical Device Companies (Emergo)
  • China approves its first biosimilar, a Rituxan copy from Fosun’s IPO-heading Henlius (Fierce) (NMPA)
  • Rise of drug-resistant superbugs rings alarm bells in Europe (Reuters)
  • AstraZeneca's Lynparza meets main goal in late-stage pancreatic cancer study (Reuters) (Endpoints) (Xconomy)
  • Temasek leads $85M round for Chinese biotech aiming for cheaper, faster, better CAR-T therapies (Endpoints)
  • Daiichi Sankyo shakes up its R&D leadership, dispatching Junichi Koga to the US to run global ops (Endpoints) (Scrip-$)
  • Rise in populism linked to vaccine hesitancy in Europe, study shows (Pharmafile)
  • Novartis' venture fund arm and Syncona are supporting new Switzerland-based immuno-oncology specialists Anaveon (PMLive)
  • Why Does Ebola Keep Spreading In Congo? Here's A Major Clue (NPR)
  • Google launches India program to screen diabetics for eye conditions that can cause blindness (CNBC) (Google)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Oyster Point investors bet $93M on a PhIII study aimed at disrupting a major consumer market and toppling Allergan (Endpoints)
  • Ahead Of Planned Zulresso Launch, Sage Raises $500m (BioCentury)
  • Additional Exclusivity for a Cancer Treatment Could Cost the Public $3 Billion, Analyst Says (Focus)
  • FDA Cites GMP, GLP Violations at Two Sites (Focus)
  • FDA Drafts 2 New Guidances on Effects of Food on Drugs, Bioavailability Studies (Focus)
  • More Progress Toward Gene Editing for Kids with Muscular Dystrophy (NIH)
  • New data show how sharing negotiated discounts could save certain patients hundreds of dollars at the pharmacy counter (PhRMA)
  • Immunomedics CEO Michael Pehl hits the exit on the heels of a CRL and accusations of a data integrity breach (Endpoints) (Fierce)
  • The Roche way: Spark found a new owner who wants to buy and build a gene therapy leader (Endpoints)
  • Immatics, Roche ally to trial Tecentriq with cell therapy (Fierce)
  • Flatiron Expands Real-World Data Partnership With FDA (BioCentury)
  • Purdue Pharma taps TetraGenetics for ion channel-focused pain treatments in $273M discovery pact (Fierce)
  • Cornell researchers to launch early trial of gene therapy aimed — ultimately — at preventing Alzheimer’s (Endpoints)
  • Boehringer Ingelheim appoints new chief medical officer (PharmaTimes)
  • Notable Labs brings on 2 development executives ahead of its first blood cancer trials (Fierce)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • Positive Results Presented from Two Phase 3 Trials of Dupixent® (dupilumab) in Severe Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps (CRSwNP) (Press)
  • FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Pompe disease drug (PharmaTimes)
  • Nexien BioPharma to File Pre-IND Meeting Request with the FDA (Press)
  • ROMEG Therapeutics Receives FDA Approval of GLOPERBA® (colchicine) for Prophylaxis of Adult Gout Flares (Press)
  • Sesen Bio to Host Conference Call to Review Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Financial Results and Additional Preliminary Data from Phase 3 VISTA Trial (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Proposed Precertification Approach on In Vitro Clinical Tests Raises Questions (Focus)
  • Fresenius closes $2B NxStage buyout, settles FCPA case for $255m (MassDevice)
  • Neuroelectrics touts FDA IDE Starstim epilepsy treatment study data (MassDevice)
  • FDA clears Mauna Kea Technologies system for lung cancer detection (MassDevice)
  • FDA warn’s Getinge’s Datascope about ongoing IABP issues (MassDevice)
  • Alphatec wins FDA nod for SafeOp neuromonitoring system (MassDevice)
  • FDA clears Axilum Robotics’ system for TMS positioning (MassDevice)
  • Axonics® Submits Pivotal Clinical Data to U.S. Food & Drug Administration for its Sacral Neuromodulation System (Press)
  • Medtronic Resolute(TM) Drug-Eluting Stent (DES) Platform Receives Expanded Indication for Treatment of Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Anthem Says Bid to Save $49 Billion Deal Was ‘Cut Off at Knees’ (Bloomberg)
  • U.S. asks judge to give final approval to settlement with CVS to buy Aetna (Reuters)
  • Brand & Generic Defendants Win in Amiodarone Litigation (Drug & Device Law)
  • Third Circuit Hands the FTC a Stunning Loss (FDA Law Blog)
  • Don’t Advance Drug Antitrust Claims, Express Scripts Urges (Law360-$)
  • Pharmas Inflating Info Leak To Unseat Patent Loss, Rival Says (Law360-$)
  • Vanda Hid Off-Label Fraud Scheme From Investors, Suit Says (Law360-$)
  • U.S. trial tests claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer (Reuters)
  • Southern California Pharmacy Owner Sentenced to Prison for Her Role in Health Care and Wire Fraud Scheme (DoJ)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • UK Seeks to Increase Clinical Trials Transparency (Focus)
  • European Commission Updates on Post-Brexit Batch Testing Requirements (Focus)
  • Irish partnership for Scottish CAR-T company (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific's Oncomine Dx Target Test Receives Expanded Regulatory Approval in Japan (Press)
  • First-Day Gain For Cstone On Hong Kong Exchange (Biocentury)
  • Govt mini drug testing lab project starts operations at Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru & Ahmedabad (PharmaBiz)
  • 'Sartan' blood pressure medicines (TGA)
Other International
  • Brazil health agency concludes safety evaluation of weedkiller glyphosate (Reuters)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • Ginkgo Bioworks joins hunt for next Impossible Burger with billionaire investors, including Gates, Bezos and Bloomberg (CNBC)
  • ‘Incredible mind, incredible heart’: After decades fighting Ebola, a beloved expert hangs up his boots (STAT)
  • Split-Sex Animals Are Unusual, Yes, but Not as Rare as You’d Think (NYTimes)
  • CBD Is Everywhere, but Scientists Still Don’t Know Much About It (NYTimes)
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