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Recon: FDA advisors narrowly back Merck’s COVID drug; Sanofi to buy Origimm for its acne vaccine candidate

Posted 01 December 2021 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: FDA advisors narrowly back Merck’s COVID drug; Sanofi to buy Origimm for its acne vaccine candidate

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.
In Focus: US
  • FDA advisers narrowly endorse Merck's Covid-19 drug (Politico) (NYTimes) (STAT)
  • FDA finds 'low likelihood' omicron will impact COVID-19 PCR, antigen tests (MedtechDive)
  • Testing labs brace for first U.S. cases of Omicron (Politico)
  • Prosecutors Push Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos to Take Responsibility (NYTimes) (CNBC)
  • 23andMe Earmarks Cash From SPAC Deal for Drug Development (WSJ)
  • States: Sackler family members abusing bankruptcy process (AP)
  • Moderna could be sued over vaccines as court upholds patents (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • White House says DOJ will defend government's authority to promote vaccine requirement (Reuters)
In Focus: International
  • EU brings forward Pfizer/BioNTech COVID shot for younger children to Dec 13 (Reuters)
  • Britain led the way in COVID trials, but overall clinical study activity still lags: report (Fierce)
  • Sanofi to buy Origimm Biotechnology for acne vaccine candidate (Reuters) (Fierce)
  • Increase in manufacturing capacity for COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca (EMA)
  • Commission reiterates calls to step up vaccination, rapid deployment of boosters, vigilance and rapid reaction to Omicron variant (European Commission)
  • Addressing together current and new COVID-19 challenges (European Commission)
  • WHO agrees to launch talks on pact to tackle pandemics (Reuters)
Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Vaccine makers split on protection against Omicron variant (FT)
  • WHO says omicron has been found in 23 countries across the world (CNBC)
  • TGA Provisional Approval of Roche Products Pty Ltd COVID-19 treatment, tocilizumab (ACTEMRA) (TGA)
Pharma & Biotech
  • Vertex once again talks up a tiny trial with positive read-throughs, this time for a genetically driven approach to kidney disease (Fierce) (BioPharmaDive) (STAT)
  • J&J cell therapy head exits to take up post at fledgling biotech (Fierce)
  • Just how many barriers do health insurers create to fair access to medicines? (STAT)
  • What's fair? New ICER report shows payers generally ensuring fair access to drugs (Endpoints)
  • Socially responsible investor coalitions push greater access to medicines in shareholder proposals (STAT)
  • Statera Biopharma gets the OK to resume the study of a potential stockpile drug for lethal radiation exposure (Endpoints)
  • Looking to run with Big Pharma, a radiopharma startup with backing from Atlas, RA thinks it has the chops to compete (Endpoints)
  • Apollo Health Ventures pumps another $180M into the burgeoning race to slow aging (Endpoints)
  • VBI Vaccines execs tout approval of new triple-antigen hepatitis B shot. Can they sell it? (Endpoints)
  • Months after shocking investors with lung cancer win, BeyondSpring's lead drug hits roadblock at the FDA (Endpoints)
  • Medical device security continues to be casualty of hospital-medtech divide (MedtechDive)
  • Cyber playbook sets out strategies for modeling threats to medical devices (MedtechDive) (MedtechInsight)
  • PrecisionOS gears up for 2022 launch of newly FDA-cleared surgical planning VR tool (Fierce)
Government, Regulatory & Legal
  • Amgen stalls Samsung's Enbrel biosim until 2029 in 2nd patent win of the year (Fierce)
  • Biogen loses bid to reverse loss in Mylan MS drug patent dispute (Reuters) (Fierce)
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