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Recon: Pfizer won’t seek vaccine EUA before election; WHO trial finds remdesivir has little effect on COVID mortality

Posted 16 October 2020 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Pfizer won’t seek vaccine EUA before election; WHO trial finds remdesivir has little effect on COVID mortality

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In Focus: US
  • Pfizer Says It Won’t Seek Vaccine Authorization Before Mid-November (NYTimes) (Reuters) (Politico)
  • Trump’s election-eve drug discounts for seniors get snagged (AP)
  • NIH to Study Three Drugs in Treatment of Covid-19 Patients (WSJ) (Reuters)
  • It took AstraZeneca researchers 1 month to get vaccine trial data to FDA, source tells CNN (CNN)
  • US Investigates Vaxart’s Claims Related to Covid-19 Vaccine (NYTimes)
  • Attorneys general urge the Justice Department to revise a settlement deal with Purdue (STAT)
  • Facing Many Unknowns, States Rush To Plan Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccines (NPR) (The Hill)
  • Analysis: Sales of first big COVID-19 drug, remdesivir, may disappoint (Reuters)
  • The ‘nerdy virologists’ steering the US vaccine race (Politico)
In Focus: International
  • Remdesivir Fails to Prevent Covid-19 Deaths in Huge Trial (NYTimes) (FT) (WHO)
  • Row breaks out over WHO trial casting doubt on remdesivir as COVID-19 drug (Reuters)
  • First remdesivir prequalified (WHO)
  • EU urged to review remdesivir supply deal after COVID trial results (Reuters)
  • EU medicine agency could approve COVID-19 vaccines early next year (Reuters) (ANSA) (Sky)
  • Britain moves closer to COVID-19 vaccine trials that infect volunteers (Reuters)
  • PharmaMar plans phase III trial of cancer drug for COVID-19, shares jump (Reuters)
  • Sinovac coronavirus vaccine offered by Chinese city for emergency use costs $60 (Reuters)
  • Fujifilm seeks approval for Avigan as COVID-19 treatment in Japan (Reuters)
  • Novartis sees EU OK ahead after panel nod for $10 bln anti-cholesterol prospect (Reuters)
  • EMA cancer symposium: New approaches in patient-focused cancer medicine development (EMA)
Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Vast majority of air cargo companies are unprepared to transport Covid-19 vaccines (STAT)
  • How Bad Will Coronavirus Be This Winter? Model Projects 170,000 More U.S. Deaths (NPR)
  • Fujifilm to help Lilly make COVID-19 antibody drug (BioPharmaDive)
  • A rare Covid-19 complication was reported in children. Now, it's showing up in adults. (NBC)
  • FDA Reissues Emergency Use Authorization for Certain Non-NIOSH-Approved Filtering Face-Piece Respirators Manufactured in China (FDA)
Pharma & Biotech
  • Drug May Extend A.L.S. Patients’ Lives by Several Months, Study Finds (NYTimes)
  • Disarm Therapeutics bought by Lilly for $135 million (STAT)
  • FDA recommends avoiding use of NSAIDs in pregnancy at 20 weeks or later because they can result in low amniotic fluid (FDA)
  • GlaxoSmithKline offloads Polish plant with 700 workers to French CDMO Delpharm (Fierce)
  • UCB sketches grand plans for new headquarters as it grabs Eli Lilly's abandoned neuro R&D campus (Endpoints)
  • US FDA Has Done Over 200 ‘Mission Critical’ Inspections During COVID (Pink Sheet)
  • Insilico, Taisho form AI partnership to tackle age-related diseases and mortal cells (Fierce)
  • Gene Therapy Approval Standards: Available Treatments Influence US FDA’s View On Durability (Pink Sheet)
  • Gilead feels the heat as close ally Galapagos reports a big setback on one of their top experimental drugs (Endpoints)
  • After years of shortages, Merck announces plans for a new factory for an old lifesaving drug (Endpoints)
  • 3M spinoff Kindeva Drug Delivery plots new Minnesota operations center (Fierce)
  • Bayer Seeks Speedy EMA Review For Diabetic Kidney Disease Drug Finerenone (Pink Sheet)
  • Four biotechs and a Matthew Roden-led SPAC price IPOs, raising a combined $528M (Endpoints)
  • Ameet Nathwani rebounds from Sanofi purge to helm Dewpoint; Ali Mortazavi named CEO at e-therapeutics (Endpoints)
  • Medtronic pits TAVR device against Edwards Sapien 3, eyes challenge to Abbott's MitraClip (MedtechDive)
  • Medtronic CEO pitches strategy revamp, but Wall Street takes wait-and-see approach (MedtechInsight)
  • What You Need to Know About Clinical Evidence For The EU IVDR (MedtechInsight)
  • Roche diagnostics Q3 sales spiked 18% as COVID-19 offset routine test drop (Reuters)
  • The Politics And The Practice Of UK Standalone Devices Regulation (MedtechInsight)
Government, Regulatory & Legal
  • Not just Obamacare: How Supreme Court's conservative majority could remake American health care (Politico)
  • US Merck Prevails In Vaccine IP Battle Against Pfizer (Law360)
  • Trump Admin. Sued For Withholding Virus Vaccine Contracts (Law360)
  • St. Jude Can't Revive Heart Valve IP Challenge At Fed. Circ. (Law360)
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