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Recon: UK asks MHRA to review Pfizer COVID vaccine; Novartis signs deal for Mesoblast cell therapy

Posted 20 November 2020 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: UK asks MHRA to review Pfizer COVID vaccine; Novartis signs deal for Mesoblast cell therapy

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.
In Focus: US
  • Pfizer is first to apply for US emergency use for COVID-19 vaccine (Reuters) (STAT)
  • 'We cannot rest': Despite promising Covid-19 vaccine results, trials must continue (NBC)
  • Five US agencies have started telling employees they could get Covid vaccine shots in as little as 8 weeks (CNBC)
  • Trump will announce on Friday rules to lower US drug prices (Reuters) (WSJ) (Politico)
  • Trump's vaccine team will not brief Biden administration: US senators (Reuters)
  • Eli Lilly arthritis drug gets FDA nod for emergency use with remdesivir to treat COVID-19 (Reuters) (FT)
  • ApiJect gets $590 million U.S. loan to produce COVID-19 vaccine injections (Reuters)
  • J&J, investment firm to pay $11.5M in drug device marketing probe (Reuters)
  • HIV Death Rates Fell by Half, CDC Says (NYTimes)
In Focus: International
  • UK asks regulator to assess Pfizer vaccine for suitability (Reuters)
  • EU could pay over $10 billion for Pfizer and CureVac vaccines (Reuters)
  • Sinovac may get Phase III trial results of COVID-19 vaccine by December, executive says (Reuters)
  • EU says no change to uses of Gilead's remdesivir after WHO guidance (Reuters)
  • Don't use Gilead's remdesivir in hospitalised COVID-19 patients, WHO says (Reuters) (STAT)
  • WHO suspends remdesivir from list of medicines (Reuters)
  • Institut Pasteur to keep working on three COVID-19 vaccines (Reuters)
  • Novartis signs $50 million deal for Mesoblast cell therapy for COVID, beyond (Reuters)
  • European Commission has asked EU members for vaccination plans: Merkel (Reuters)
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in elderly, trial results by Christmas (Reuters)
  • Alnylam scores European approval for rare disease med Oxlumo, plans 'sustainable' access deals (Fierce)
Coronavirus Pandemic
  • UK will set up dozens of mass vaccination centres as soon as vaccines are available: the Telegraph (Reuters)
  • Gene experts claim they identified human genes that can protect against Covid-19 (CNBC)
  • Many Employers Avoid Coronavirus Tests Over Cost, Not Availability (NYTimes)
  • India could get access to AstraZeneca vaccine by January, local manufacturer says (Reuters)
  • Brazil will not exempt COVID-19 vaccine makers from liability, deputy minister says (Reuters)
  • Israel nears deal for AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine (Reuters)
  • Spain eyes 'substantial' vaccination in first half 2021, contagion slows (Reuters)
  • EU warns Hungary against use of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine (Reuters)
  • Siemens Healthineers to offer antibody test for quantifying COVID-19 immunity (Fierce)
  • HHS piloting Cue's NBA-tested rapid COVID-19 diagnostic in 5 states (MedtechDive)
Pharma & Biotech
  • Launch Of EU Clinical Trial Portal Moves A Step Closer (Pink Sheet)
  • EU Prepares To Reveal Pharma Strategy (Pink Sheet)
  • Cancer vaccine cocktail boosts immune response after melanoma surgery, research shows (STAT)
  • To maintain opioid sales, Purdue was advised to pay rebates to health insurers for each overdose (STAT)
  • Pierre Fabre’s Braftovi scores NICE backing for BRAF+ colorectal cancer (PMLive)
  • EU Review Gets Under Way For Curative Vision Loss Gene Therapy (Pink Sheet)
  • Biotech: The Featherweight Champion Of The Markets (LifeSciVC)
  • Gene therapy hemophilia B 'cure' approach heats up as uniQure/CSL, rivaling Pfizer, shows promise (Fierce) (BioPharmaDive)
  • Rx Drug Promotion: Potential Enforcement Worries (Pink Sheet)
  • Fresenius Kabi recalls hospital sedative on accidental mix with lidocaine—again (Fierce) (FDA)
  • ‘Exceptional’ cancer patients yield clues to better drug treatments (Science)
  • News briefing: ADC gets a speedy FDA review for their DLBCL therapy; Qiagen teams with the world's new favorite biotech (Endpoints)
  • Vivek Ramaswamy’s Metavant hits a brick wall, abandoning a lead program for diabetes. And there’s nothing visible left to see here (Endpoints)
  • World leaders join forces to fight the accelerating crisis of antimicrobial resistance (WHO)
  • WHO and other stakeholders join forces to accelerate access to effective paediatric HIV and tuberculosis diagnostics and medicines (WHO)
  • GE health unit buys Swedish start-up Prismatic Sensors, bolstering key medical imaging business (CNBC)
  • Notified bodies report early success with remote audits but challenges remain (MedtechDive)
  • Notified Body Pain Points: The Challenges And Obstacles Industry Needs To Avoid (MedtechInsight)
  • MedTech Europe likes proposed EU Health Union but flags potential concerns (MedtechDive)
  • FDA Cobbles Together Pilot For Remote Review Of Manufacturer Records (MedtechInsight)
  • US FDA introduces Certificate for Device Not Exported from the United States (CDNE) (Emergo)
Government, Regulatory & Legal
  • AmerisourceBergen Held In Contempt In Wash. Opioid Suit (Law360)
  • Fed. Circ. Affirms $107M Inhaler IP Judgment Against GSK (Law360)
  • Former MiMedx CEO and COO are convicted on fraud, conspiracy charges (Endpoints)
  • Biomedical Research: NIH Should Publicly Report More Information about the Licensing of Its Intellectual Property (GAO)
  • Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $120 million damages in New York baby powder case (Reuters)
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