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Recon: Gilead Licenses Durect Long-Acting Injectable Technology; FDA Rejects Biohaven’s ALS Drug Over Manufacturing Concerns

Posted 22 July 2019 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Gilead Licenses Durect Long-Acting Injectable Technology; FDA Rejects Biohaven’s ALS Drug Over Manufacturing Concerns

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.
In Focus: US
  • Busy Gilead crew throws struggling biotech a lifeline, with some cash upfront and hundreds of millions in biobucks for HIV deal (Endpoints) (Press)
  • FDA Approves First Lyrica Generics From 9 Sponsors (Focus)
  • The Four Ordinary People Who Took On Big Pharma (NYTimes)
  • Amarin's $400M-plus offering put investors on edge. Is a buyout off the table? (Fierce)
  • Biohaven's treatment for Lou Gehrig's disease fails to win FDA nod (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • Celgene's Otezla becomes first and only FDA-approved therapy for oral ulcers in Behçet’s Disease (Pharmafile) (PMLive) (Endpoints) (Press)
  • Fight for CRISPR patents gets knottier, as MilliporeSigma makes new claims (STAT) (Patent Docs)
  • Revamped OxyContin was supposed to reduce abuse, but has it? (AP)
  • Alzheimer’s: scientists head back to the drawing board - once-shunned ideas get an audience (STAT)
  • US records 25 new measles cases as outbreak spread to Ohio, Alaska (Reuters)
  • PhRMA scrambles to fight potential drug pricing reforms in budget deal (STAT)
  • The biggest civil trial in U.S. history will start with two Ohio counties (Washington Post)
  • Inside The Pharmaceutical Lobby's Campaign for More Government Subsidies Through Medicare Part D (Forbes)
Sponsored Content: Hear from the first Notified Body designated to the new EU-MDR In Focus: International
  • GSK sets out strategy to double drug discovery success (Financial Times)
  • WHO recommends dolutegravir as preferred HIV treatment option in all populations (WHO)
  • Time to make essential cancer drugs more affordable (Financial Times)
  • Takeda makes Crohn’s disease case for subcutaneous Entyvio (PMLive) (Endpoints)
  • NICE to review its decision making processes (Pharmafile)
  • MHRA gives Bavencio, Inlyta combo Early Access to Medicines status (PharmaTimes)
  • UK prescribed ‘unnecessarily long courses’ of antibiotics (PharmaTimes)
  • Congo health minister resigns over government handling of Ebola (Reuters)
  • J&J files new Darzalex formulation in US and Europe (PMLive)
  • The Indian pharmaceutical industry is in denial over drug-quality charges (STAT)
  • Experts Talk over Biosimilar Challenges, Chide Unstable Supplies and Indication Gaps (PharmaJapan)
  • Biosimilar drugs a boon to be applauded as they provide equivalent treatment at – sometimes – half the price (The Globe & Mail)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • 5 questions going into this week's biopharma earnings (BioPharmaDive)
  • Biosimilar Approvals And The BPCIA: Too Soon To Give Up (Health Affairs)
  • Some Big Pharmas stepped up their game on data transparency — but which flunked the test? (Endpoints)
  • FDA Discusses RWD, RWE With Industry, Academia (Focus)
  • How Risky Is Amgen's At-Risk Launch Of Herceptin, Avastin Biosimilars? (Pink Sheet-$)
  • 8 More Big Pharma Events in 2019 You Don't Want to Miss (Yahoo)
  • 'Smart Pill' Schizophrenia Drug Unlikely To Move Payers (Forbes)
  • How best to describe precision medicine beyond oncology? ‘It’s complicated.’ (MedCity)
  • A half step forward for heart failure as FDA guidance leaves key question unanswered (BioCentury)
  • Breaking the death spiral: Hal Barron talks about transforming the moribund R&D culture at GSK in a critical year for the late-stage pipeline (Endpoints)
  • Welcome To The Estimand: Patient-Reported Outcome Framework Gets Warm Response At FDA/ASCO Workshop (Pink Sheet-$)
  • A personalized CAR-T to attack every solid tumor? Pact Pharma has a plan (Fierce)
  • Roche expands the Global Access Program beyond HIV to also include diagnostic tests for Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, and Human Papillomavirus (Press)
  • Vertex gets NDA going for CF triple combo; Disarm woos rare disease expert Alvin Shih as CEO (Endpoints)
  • The Art of Off-Label Rx (Medpage)
  • Yellow Wood Partners to acquire iconic Dr. Scholl’s™ brand from Bayer (Press)
  • Clinical promise of next-generation complement therapeutics (Nature)
  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Bar Code Label Requirement for Human Drug and Biological Products (FDA)
  • Bayer Statement on Voluntary Recall of Two Lots of Kogenate® FS Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) in the United States (FDA)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • Intec flunks phase 3 Parkinson's test against Merck drug (Fierce) (Press)
  • Vanda Pharmaceuticals FDA Update for HETLIOZ® in the Treatment of Jet Lag Disorder (Press)
  • Vertex Submits New Drug Application to the U.S. FDA for Triple Combination Regimen of VX-445 (Elexacaftor), Tezacaftor and Ivacaftor in Cystic Fibrosis (Press)
  • Apic Bio’s APB-102 Receives Orphan Drug Designation from the FDA for the Treatment of Genetic SOD1 ALS (Press)
  • Biohaven Provides Update On Phase 2/3 Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trial: Over 400 Patients Enrolled (Press)
  • CStone receives approval in China to initiate ivosidenib Phase I bridging registrational study for the treatment of IDH1 mutant relapsed or refractory AML (Press)
  • ViiV Healthcare presents positive 96-week data from phase III study of investigational fostemsavir in heavily treatment-experienced patients with HIV at IAS 2019 (Press)
  • Theravance Biopharma Reports New Data from Phase 2 Study of Ampreloxetine (TD-9855) in Oral Presentation at 32nd European Neurology Congress (Press)
  • Tiziana Reports Phase 2a Clinical Data with Milciclib Monotherapy in Sorafenib-refractory or -intolerant patients with unresectable or metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Press)
  • Resolve Therapeutics Announces Completion of Enrollment for Phase 2a Study of RSLV-132 for the Treatment of Lupus (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Philips jumps on surging Q2 profits (MassDevice)
  • First medical product cleared in U.S. for use on certain injuries caused by sulfur mustard (PHE)
  • Medtronic inks deal for Viz.ai’s stroke tech (MassDevice) (Press)
  • Zoll Medical picks up Mobilize RRS (MassDevice)
  • Med-El USA lands first FDA approval for single-sided deafness implant (MassDevice) (Press)
  • Baxter Announces FDA Approval of Myxredlin, The First and Only Ready-To-Use Insulin for IV Infusion (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Verma to bash 'public option' (Politico)
  • Federal Judge In Ohio Releases Trove Of Opioid Sales Records (NPR)
  • Ohio prosecutors file charges against opioid distributor Miami-Luken (Pharmafile)
  • Price Increases of Protected-Class Drugs in Medicare Part D, Relative to Inflation, 2012-2017 (JAMA)
  • One from out of Left Field (Drug & Device Law)
  • Lawmakers To FDA: Speed Review Of Bulk Drug Substances For 503B List (IHP)
  • Top Democratic presidential candidates aligned on drug prices (BioCentury)
  • Tennessee Must Mediate With Prisoners Over Hepatitis C Drugs (NYTimes)
  • Opioid and price fixing legal liabilities mount for generic companies (BioPharmaDive)
  • J&J faces a crucial hearing Monday over thousands of talc baby powder lawsuits (CNBC)
  • Judge denies J&J’s request to transfer 2,400 talc lawsuits to federal court (CNBC)
  • FDA launches its first youth e-cigarette prevention TV ads, plans new educational resources as agency approaches one-year anniversary of public education campaign (FDA)
  • Solutions to Reduce Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in HHS Programs (HHS OIG)
  • Request for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Line to be approved for Use in NIH Funded Research (HHS)
  • Four Officials Ejected at Health Agency; DOD Contracts Disrupted (Bloomberg)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • EU Ombudsman Concludes Inquiry on EMA Interactions With Medicine Developers (Focus)
  • Government to invest £16m in 'life-saving' medical advances (PharmaTimes)
  • Government spend £9.2 billion on private healthcare providers for NHS in 2018-19 (Pharmafile)
  • 10th Edition of Ph. Eur.: CEP holders are invited to update their applications (Council of Europe)
  • ABPI President: Collaboration key to getting new medicines to patients (NHE)
  • Chief Medical Officer annual report 2019: partnering for progress (MHRA)
  • NMPA Issued the Announcement on the Requirements for Dossiers and Samples for Verification and Inspection of Specifications for Overseas New Drugs Urgently Needed in Clinical Settings (NMPA)
  • India participates in only 2 to 3% of global clinical trials under evolving regulatory scenario (PharmaBiz)
  • Genetic tests gaining popularity for diagnosis & treatments in India (Economic Times)
  • Hospitals still not displaying medical device prices, consumer groups say (Economic Times)
  • USFDA completes inspection of Strides Pharma Bengaluru plant (Economic Times)
  • ICH Global Meeting on ICH E8(R1) Guideline on General Considerations for Clinical Trials (Health Canada)
  • Mystery surrounds ouster of Chinese researchers from Canadian laboratory (Science)
  • Webinar: The difference in regulatory oversight for a Class I versus a Class IIa medical device? (TGA)
  • Medical Device Premarket Cybersecurity: TGA Finalizes Guidance (Focus)
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