Recon: Merck launches trastuzumab biosimilar in US; Fujifilm boosts Avigan production

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In Focus: US
  • Coronavirus testing hits dramatic slowdown in US (Politico)
  • Trump's halt to WHO funding prompts condemnation as coronavirus cases near 2 million (Reuters)
  • UN chief says 'not the time' to reduce WHO resources after Trump announcement (Reuters)
  • Senate Republicans investigating WHO and China's coronavirus response (NBC)
  • Merck Follows Rivals With US Launch of Trastuzumab Biosimilar (The Center for Biosimilars) (Press)
  • Gilead takes a hit after a Covid-19 trial of remdesivir is quietly terminated (Endpoints) (Reuters)
  • Abbott says new coronavirus antibody test could do 20m screenings in June (CNBC) (Press)
  • Pharmacy reimbursement often lags for generics undergoing price hikes, jeopardizing access (STAT)
  • Novo Nordisk becomes latest insulin maker seeking to foster goodwill amid Covid-19 (STAT)
  • GM begins production of ventilators for US government (Reuters)
  • CDC director says 19-20 US states may be ready to reopen May 1 (Reuters)
  • US FTC tells firms flogging unproven COVID remedies to halt advertising (Reuters)
In Focus: International
  • China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days (AP)
  • EU unveils virus exit plan, hoping to avoid more chaos (AP)
  • EU to limit export control of virus protection gear to just masks (Reuters)
  • Lockdowns should be lifted in two-week stages to stem COVID-19 spread: WHO (Reuters)
  • The world will need more than one COVID-19 vaccine, GSK CEO says (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • WHO tasks ex-GSK CEO Witty with hastening COVID-19 vaccine R&D (Fierce) (Endpoints)
  • Fujifilm says significantly boosts capacity for COVID-19 treatment Avigan (Reuters)
  • India agrees to sell hydroxychloroquine to Malaysia to help fight COVID-19 (Reuters)
  • Gilead Launches PIII Remdesivir Trials for COVID-19 in Japan (PharmaJapan)
  • MHLW asks drugmakers, wholesalers to reduce staff coming to work by 70%” (PharmaJapan)
  • Kyowa Kirin pays $100m upfront for MEI’s blood cancer drug (PMLive) (PharmaJapan)
Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Data reporting frustrations peak (Politico)
  • Coronavirus Tests Science’s Need for Speed Limits (NYTimes)
  • Search for a COVID-19 vaccine heats up in China, US (AP)
  • J&J can produce up to 900 million coronavirus vaccine doses by April 2021 if trials go well (CNBC)
  • Coronavirus Survivors Hope for Immunity — The Reality Is More Complicated (Bloomberg)
  • Emails show US officials brushed off state concerns on drive-through virus tests (Reuters)
  • Trump announces ventilator loan plan to fight virus (Reuters)
  • We’ll see more shortages of diagnostic tests if the FDA has its way (STAT)
  • No evidence yet for effective COVID-19 treatments, review shows (ABC)
  • Hyped Malaria Pill Doesn’t Help Clear Coronavirus in Study (Bloomberg)
  • US clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine hit ‘warp speed,’ could show in weeks whether it works on coronavirus (CNBC)
  • General Motors says will make 1.5 million masks a month in Mexico (Reuters)
  • A Desperate Scramble As COVID-19 Families Vie For Access To Plasma Therapy (KHN)
  • Head lice drug emerges as potential coronavirus treatment, studies show (ABC)
  • MLB Employees Become the Subjects of a Huge Coronavirus Study (NYTimes)
  • Commission on Human Medicines advice on ibuprofen and coronavirus (COVID-19) (MHRA)
  • Athersys pivots a stem cell therapy to Covid-19, but prior data offer little confidence (STAT)
  • Projecting the transmission dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 through the postpandemic period (Science)
  • Bats are a key source of human viruses — but they’re not special (Nature)
  • U.S. military says coronavirus likely occurred naturally but not certain (Reuters)
  • US coronavirus deaths set single-day record increase: Reuters tally (Reuters)
  • NYC death toll rises to 10,000 as city includes untested coronavirus fatalities (Reuters)
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveils guide to lifting state’s coronavirus restrictions (CNBC)
  • Japan health ministry projects 400,000 deaths without virus containment measures: media (Reuters)
  • China launches coronavirus survey in nine regions: state media (Reuters)
  • France's rate of coronavirus infections, deaths accelerating again (Reuters)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup April 14, 2020 (FDA)
Pharma & Biotech
  • FDA new drug approvals in Q1 2020 (Nature)
  • The top 10 drugs by sales increase in 2020 (Fierce)
  • Gene Therapies: ‘Trivial’ Changes Will Not Be Rewarded With Orphan Drug Designation And Exclusivity (Pink Sheet)
  • US FDA Coronavirus Response Features Three-Step Triage Process For Inquiries (Pink Sheet)
  • Repurposing drugs might help fight this pandemic (MIT Technology Review)
  • Supercomputers Help Researchers Speed Drug Discovery for Covid-19 (WSJ)
  • Virtual Advisory Committees Are Coming: US FDA Panels Will Be Smaller, More Focused (Pink Sheet)
  • How Some Manufacturers Are Navigating COVID-19 Pharma Supply Chain Challenges (Pink Sheet)
  • One of the best connected biotech startups in Boston snags a plum discovery deal with Novartis (Endpoints)
  • LEO Pharma mounts another challenge to the eczema giants, betting $40M cash on a drug from China (Endpoints)
  • Molecule-in-21-days AI startup Insilico adds Boehringer to list of Big Pharma partners (Endpoints)
  • The newest, $86M Third Rock startup chases the tiny biological machines inside of you (Endpoints)
  • FORMA Therapeutics Receives FDA Orphan Drug Designation for FT-4202 for the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease (Press)
  • Small scale pharmas in Haridwar stop manufacturing hydroxychloroquine as price of raw material increases exponentially (Economic Times)
  • Device to wean COVID-19 patients off ventilators gains EUA (MedtechDive)
  • CMS removes ventilators from DME bidding program due to high coronavirus demand (MedtechDive)
  • UK Updates Ventilator Specification Document As COVID-19 Patients Don’t Respond As Expected (Medtech Insight)
  • Kromek to make ventilators under licence from Japan's Metran (Reuters)
  • Philips debuts smaller emergency ventilator amid manufacturing expansion (Fierce)
  • COVID-19 in Europe: Postponed and remote Notified Body audits for medical device manufacturers (Emergo)
  • Illumina Announces Preliminary Q1 Revenues of $858M, Withdraws Guidance (GenomeWeb)
  • Quest rolls out furloughs, pay cuts amid low test volumes (Modern Healthcare)
  • New Frontier: COVID-19 Crisis Opens Door For Dexcom, Abbott To Bring CGMs Into Hospitals For First Time (Medtech Insight)
Government & Regulatory
  • Trump's new legacy: government expander-in-chief (Politico)
  • Health Canada responds to COVID-19 emergency (Emergo)
  • Amgen v. Sanofi Praulent® Litigation Once Again on Appeal before the Federal Circuit (Big Molecule Watch)
  • Minnesota Legislature passes emergency insulin bill after 'long and arduous road' (StarTribune)
  • CVC Reply No. 2 to Broad's Opposition No. 2 to CVC's Motion No. 2 to Be Accorded Benefit of Priority (Patent Docs)
  • Ex-Theranos CEO Seeks 2021 Trial After New Charges Emerge (Law360)
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