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Posted 08 April 2021 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Gilead gets full approval for breast cancer drug Trodelvy; OWS flagged issues at Emergent facility

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In Focus: US
  • US allotting 85% less J&J vaccines to states next week, data shows (Reuters)
  • The world is watching the FDA's AstraZeneca decision (Axios)
  • Eli Lilly's arthritis drug fails to prevent mechanical ventilation in COVID-19 patients (Reuters)
  • The big hole in America's plan to fight Covid-19 variants (Politico)
  • Gilead wins full approval for drug acquired in Immunomedics deal (BioPharmaDive) (Endpoints) (FDA)
  • Startup Behind AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine Plans to File Publicly for US IPO Within Days (Endpoints)
  • Top Official Warned That Covid Vaccine Plant Had to Be ‘Monitored Closely’ (NYTimes) (In the Pipeline)
  • Pharmacies Face Peril Without Opioid Settlements, Judge Says (Bloomberg)
  • Judge rules Purdue must answer questions about documents showing any link between OxyContin, birth defects (STAT)
In Focus: International
  • COVAX vaccines reach more than 100 countries, despite supply snags (Reuters)
  • UK-made AstraZeneca vaccines sent to Australia - Sydney Morning Herald (Reuters)
  • India says it has millions of COVID-19 vaccines in hand, denies shortage (Reuters)
  • Brazilian health regulator Anvisa authorizes trials for GSK-Medicago COVID vaccine (Reuters)
  • EU regulator to probe ethical standards of Sputnik vaccine trials (Reuters) (FT)
  • Germany's vaccine task force to hold talks with Russia on Sputnik V: source (Reuters)
  • EU won't order Russia vaccine, German minister says (The Hill)
  • African Union drops plans to buy COVID vaccines from India's SSI, pivots to J&J (Reuters)
  • Merck reaches deal with Austrian antitrust regulators over ‘predatory’ pricing for a cancer drug (STAT)
Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Australia backs Pfizer virus vaccine over AstraZeneca for under-50s (Reuters)
  • Germany sticks to recommendation on vaccine switch after first Astra dose (Reuters)
  • Germany regulator sticks to age limit for AstraZeneca COVID shot (Reuters)
  • U.S. begins study assessing allergic reactions to Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines (CNBC)
  • Mexico, Brazil will not limit AstraZeneca vaccine after UK blood clot warning (Reuters)
  • European court backs Czech Republic's requirement to vaccinate children (Reuters)
  • Spain limits AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to over 60-year olds (Reuters)
  • Tunisia approve Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (Reuters)
  • AstraZeneca sends legal notice to SII over delays in vax supply (Economic Times)
  • Fissures on intellectual property, C-TAP and transparency emerge in WHO local production negotiations (KEI)
Pharma & Biotech
  • Pfizer’s boss thinks covid-19 is reshaping Big Pharma for the better (The Economist)
  • Series of JAK inhibitor delays may signal an upcoming FDA adcomm (Endpoints)
  • PDUFA VII negotiations near finish line with plans to revamp CBER and staff up (Endpoints)
  • FDA approves new dosing regimen for cetuximab (FDA)
  • Bristol Myers' Opdivo notches a double win against chemo in esophageal cancer, potentially setting up 1st-line nod (Endpoints)
  • BeiGene's massive biologics plant in China wins first commercial manufacturing nod (Fierce)
  • Novartis bags EU, UK licences for MS therapy Kesimpta (PharmaTimes)
  • Ionis lays off majority of Akcea staff, expands Sobi Tegsedi deal (Fierce)
  • Looking to rebound from rejection in TNBC, Merck's Keytruda passes a new kidney cancer test (Endpoints) (Fierce)
  • Regulators Call for More Harmonization On Ultra-Rare ATMPs (Pink Sheet)
  • Novartis, Artios Pharma Target Cancer in Up-to-$1.3B DDR Collaboration (GEN)
  • The CHIC interview: Stéphane Bancel on Moderna's overnight transformation, the new timeline on vaccine development and his one regret in 2020 (Endpoints)
  • Achilles' US IPO closed with proceeds of $175m (PharmaTimes)
  • Amgen CEO Bob Bradway takes home $20M+ pay package amid bang-up year for sales (Endpoints)
  • Recall report: A-S pulls nearly 200,000 acetaminophen bottles off shelves; Apotex yanks ADHD med (Endpoints)
  • Female entrepreneurs have long been underrepresented in biotech. An MIT team decided to find out why (Endpoints)
  • The Endpoints 100 survey: CEOs changed the way biotechs operate during the pandemic. Things will never be the same again (Endpoints)
  • Versant-backed Ventus scores $100M round to turbocharge its dual-platform play at 'drugging the undruggable' (Endpoints)
  • Eli Casdin and Keith Meister dive back into the SPAC well with $480M haul just weeks after SomaLogic reverse merger (Endpoints)
  • Medical device firms’ payments to doctors far outstripped those from pharma, study shows (STAT)
  • FDA-medtech consortium offers strategy to boost patient engagement in clinical trials (MedtechDive)
  • Deaths trigger 6 additional Class I recalls for Medtronic's HeartWare (MedtechDive)
  • Nevro shares full diabetic neuropathy SCS data as it pursues blockbuster opportunity (MedtechDive)
  • Hologic inks its largest COVID-powered acquisition yet with $795M for test maker Mobidiag (Fierce)
  • Digital diabetes treatment developer Better Therapeutics to go public in SPAC deal (Fierce)
  • J&J Vision taps Menicon for contact lenses to slow childhood nearsightedness (Fierce)
  • LumiraDx lands on Nasdaq via SPAC with aim to undercut Abbott on price (MedtechDive)
  • MDMA, surgeons push Medicare to pull back prior authorization rules (MedtechDive)
  • Abbott customizes TriClip heart valve system with upgraded EU approval (Fierce)
  • Liquid biopsy maker Nucleix rakes in $55M to develop blood tests to detect lung cancer early (Fierce)
  • Turkey’s Updated Medtech Advertising Regulations Will Assist Traceability (MedtechInsight)
  • Lucira Health’s Unexpected Sprint To A First-Of-Its-Kind EUA From FDA: The Inside Story (MedtechInsight)
Government, Regulatory & Legal
  • Former Indivior medical lead who pled guilty to false opioid marketing now seeks FDA hearing to escape debarment (Endpoints)
  • States Too Late To Question Report In MDL, Drugmakers Say (Law360)
  • Opioid MDL Judge Picks New Bellwethers, Denies Retaliating (Law360)
  • Endo Hit With Default Judgment In Tenn. Opioid Baby Suit (Law360)
  • 2nd Circ. Questions Takeda's 'Lazarus' Take On Drug Patents (Law360)
  • Ninth Circuit Allows Fraud-on-the-FDA Claim in FCA Whistleblower Suit Against Medtronic, But Affirms Dismissal of Off-Label Promotion Claim (FDA Law Blog)
  • Pharma Pushes For Stronger ‘March In’ Rule Despite Changing Political Dynamics, COVID Complications (Pink Sheet)
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