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Recon: Two Promising Drugs Emerge in Congo Ebola Trial; NHS Scotland Denies CF Drugs

Posted 12 August 2019 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Two Promising Drugs Emerge in Congo Ebola Trial; NHS Scotland Denies CF Drugs

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In Focus: US
  • Biotech faces a crisis in credibility fueled by boom-era hubris (STAT)
  • US patients struggle to obtain Eli Lilly’s half-price insulin (Financial Times)
  • These health-tech veterans want to avert the next Theranos disaster with ‘medical diligence’ (CNBC)
  • Deals Give Drugmakers Rights to DNA Data (WSJ)
  • Drug Shortage Leaves Patients Without Immune-Disorder Treatment (WSJ)
  • Drugmakers Put Bad Spin on a Bizarre Week (Washington Post)
  • US records 10 new cases of measles last week (Reuters)
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  • Two New Ebola Treatments Prove Highly Effective in Congo Epidemic (NYTimes) (Reuters) (STAT) (NIH)
  • Regeneron's Ebola treatment proves superior to rival in trial (Reuters) (Press)
  • WHO says no new Ebola cases in Goma, vaccinates over 1,300 (Reuters)
  • Drug maker 'will make $21bn from treating cystic fibrosis' (The Guardian)
  • Cystic fibrosis drugs rejected for use by NHS in Scotland (The Guardian) (NHS Scotland 1, 2)
  • Novartis benefits from faster China drug approvals (Financial Times)
  • Details of Canada's biggest drug pricing overhaul in decades (Reuters)
  • No-deal Brexit could deepen Europe's shortage of medicines – experts (Reuters) (Pharmafile)
  • Novo Nordisk boosted by new type 2 diabetes launches (PMLive)
  • Dengue death toll rises in Malaysia, number of cases close to double (Reuters)
  • For rules on creating ‘CRISPR babies’ from edited embryos, scientists call a do-over (STAT)
  • Canadians are hopping mad about Trump’s drug importation plan. Some of them are trying to stop it. (STAT)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Sarepta’s bad week raised questions about its gene therapy program. Here are some answers (STAT)
  • 5 Big Pharma Showdowns to Watch (Barrons)
  • A top analyst spotlights a wave of biotech startups looking to catapult onto Nasdaq — or get bought out (Endpoints)
  • Pharmaceutical groups should invest in public health systems (Financial Times)
  • KASA and PQ/CMC Initiatives Gain Momentum in FDA’s Effort to Strengthen Quality Review Process (IPQ)
  • Continuous Manufacturing in Pharmaceuticals: Implications for the Generics Market, 2017-2024 - (Press)
  • GSK poaches Merck KGaA exec to replace departing U.S. pharma president Bailey (Fierce) (Endpoints)
  • How does TDP-43 bog up the brains of ALS, FTLD patients? AC Immune enlists Penn scientists to find out (Endpoints)
  • Progressive multiple sclerosis: from pathophysiology to therapeutic strategies (Nature)
  • Brammer Bio to set up new plant in Norton, Massachusetts (Pharmafile)
  • BridgeBio CEO Neil Kumar engineers a deal to reel back Eidos shares. Or is he really hunting a buyout? (Endpoints)
  • Boehringer follows the popular KRAS trail to MD Anderson — inks new alliance on 'virtual' research center (Endpoints)
  • Sonnet bags ex-Serono neuropathy drug via Relief Therapeutics deal (Fierce)
  • Analysts track doubling in number of private biotech rounds (Fierce)
  • Antiretroviral Therapy's Positive Impact On Global Public Health Faces Challenges Moving Forward (Forbes)
  • Texas almost mandated an HPV vaccine before politics got in the way. Now, the state has one of the country's highest rates of cervical cancer. (Texas Tribune)
  • Regulatory, manufacturing setbacks hit several biopharma companies (MedCity)
  • Determination That LEVITRA (Vardenafil Hydrochloride) Tablets, 2.5 Milligrams Were Not Withdrawn From Sale for Reasons of Safety or Effectiveness (FDA)
Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • PolyPid Completes Enrollment of Phase 2 Clinical Trial with D-PLEX100 in Abdominal Surgery (Press)
  • Kedrion Biopharma Announces First Patient Enrolled in CARES10, a Phase 3, Multi-Center Study to Assess a 10 Percent Intravenous Immunoglobulin in Adults with Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (Press)
  • Ancora Heart Enrolls First Patient in European Multi-Center Study of First-of-Its-Kind Investigational Heart Failure Therapy (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Endologix Takes a Step Forward with Nellix IDE (MDDI)
  • Massive Teleflex endotracheal tube recall extends to Centurion Medical Products (MassDevice)
  • FDA Clears Binx Health Point-of-Care Testing Platform for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea (Genome Web)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Court OKs $65.8M Deal In Cephalon Pay-For-Delay Suit (Law360-$) (Fierce)
  • Illinois Law Requiring Sesame Labeling to Spark a National Trend? (FDA Law Blog)
  • Humana takes aim at Mallinckrodt's 'ill-gotten' Acthar gains in lawsuit (Endpoints)
  • US appeals court rules Dr Reddy’s infringes Lilly's Alimta patent (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Amgen Inc. v. Coherus BioSciences Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2019) (Patent Docs)
  • Prescription Medical Product Causation – Expert Required – Part One (Drug & Device Law)
  • Athenex Ruling Helps Clarify FDA Drug Compounding Policy (Law360-$)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Blue Guide: advertising and promoting medicines (MHRA)
  • Monitoring of consumption and biosimilar spending (AIFA)
  • Preferential tax policies coming for biopharmas setting up shop in Shanghai's newest free trade zone (Endpoints)
  • NMPA issues notice on publicity and implementation of Vaccine Administration Law (NMPA)
  • China National Medical Products Administration Grants Innovative Medical Device Designation for Optune® in China (Press)
  • New Shanghai clinical research center opened by Ascletis (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Facing headwinds in US, Natco Pharma looks to scale up business in China (Economic Times) (Fierce)
  • Unichem Laboratories gets USFDA nod for hypertension management drug (Economic Times)
  • CDSCO rolls out pan-India workshops to equip manufacturers on data requirements for drug product approval (Pharmabiz)
  • Bombay HC dismisses PIL filed against online sale of Schedule H and Schedule X drugs (Pharmabiz)
  • Indian Pharma Market registers 13.2 per cent growth in July 2019 (Pharmabiz)
  • MvPI reports 1,213 medical devices adverse event reports from across country since 2014 (Pharmabiz)
  • Key priority is to drive further growth in chronic portfolio: Cipla (Pharmabiz)
  • Paclitaxel-coated products used in the peripheral arteries (TGA)
Other International
  • New measles surveillance data from WHO (WHO)
  • 42nd Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) 21 to 25 October 2019, WHO Headquarters, Geneva Switzerland Substances under review (WHO)
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