Recon: CMS head confirmed; EU seeks breach-of-contract fine from AZ

ReconRecon | 26 May 2021 |  By 

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In Focus: US
  • Biden's CMS head confirmed, but FDA pick remains elusive (Axios/Yahoo)
  • BARDA Funding Freeze Risks Companies Abandoning COVID Therapeutic Work (Pink Sheet)
  • CDC: Half of US adults now vaccinated against COVID-19 (The Hill)
  • Pandemic creates 500-site backlog for FDA, despite decade of dwindling US inspections (Pharma Tech)
  • The Vaccine Rollout Is Changing How We Think about Prescription Meds (SciAm)
  • HHS commits $4.8B to COVID-19 testing for the uninsured (MedTech Dive)
In Focus: International
  • EU seeks large AstraZeneca fine for alleged contract breach (Reuters)
  • New Switzerland based hub for pathogen storage, sharing and analysis (BioPharma Reporter)
  • UK PM Johnson considered having COVID injection in early 2020, ex-adviser says (Reuters)
  • UK minister should have been fired over COVID, says Johnson's ex-adviser (Reuters)
  • German coronavirus incidence hits lowest level since October (Reuters)
  • Taiwan says China blocked deal with BioNTech for COVID-19 shots (Reuters)
  • Malaysia now has more Covid cases per million people than India (CNBC)
  • In ‘vaccine apartheid,’ Nepal is ground zero. It needs U.S. help (STAT)
  • India plans to study effectiveness of AstraZeneca, Bharat Biotech vaccines (Reuters)
  • A Critical Analysis of the Eurocentric Response to COVID-19: Data Colonialism (Harvard Law Blog)
  • Global Pharma Guidance Tracker – April 2021 (Pink Sheet)
  • Placing medical devices on the Swiss market after the EU MDR Date of Application (Emergo)
Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Op-Ed: Why Redfield Is Wrong on SARS-CoV-2 Origins (Medpage Today)
  • Belgium halts J&J COVID vaccine for under 41s after one dies (Reuters)
  • Russian regions begin vaccinating animals against COVID-19 - RIA (Reuters)
  • Is the Sputnik V vaccine too good to be true? Without the data, it’s hard to know (STAT)
  • Next wave of COVID vaccine developers could yet capture market share, with room for shares to run (Biocentury)
  • Top U.S. health official calls for 'transparent' new probe into origins of pandemic (NBC)
  • Is Herd Immunity With COVID-19 Realistic? (MedPage Today)
  • Microneedles May Alleviate Shots' Pain, Help With Global Vaccine Distribution (NPR)
  • Zydus Cadila, Taiwan's TLC ink pact to market black fungus drug in India Economic Times)
  • UK pharmaceutical firm Vectura agrees to £958m takeover deal (Guardian)
Pharma & Biotech
  • Provention Bio, in need of AdComm's support for diabetes drug, may have what it needs to satisfy the FDA (Fierce)
  • ‘Inaccuracies’ push FDA to reverse Trump-era termination of its Unapproved Drugs Initiative (Endpoints)
  • In a tentative sign of transparency, more leading U.S. universities are reporting clinical trial results (STAT)
  • UK Regulator Reviews AstraZeneca’s Planned $39 Billion Purchase of Alexion Pharmaceuticals (FDA News)
  • Could US FDA User Fee Bill Include The Long-Sought 505(b)(2) Pathway For Biosimilars? (Pink Sheet)
  • FDA Grants Scholar Rock Fast Track Designation for SMA Therapy (Global Genes)
  • FDA accepts BLA for ublituximab + Ukoniq in leukemia and lymphoma indications (Pharmaletter)
  • FDA sets back Travere's plans for kidney disease drug approval (Fierce) (Endpoints)
  • GSK-backed Lyell Immunopharma, fresh off a near $500M cash injection, guns for a $150M IPO (Fierce)
  • Abivax’s ABX464 shows ‘impressive’ efficacy in severe ulcerative colitis patients (Pharma Times)
  • ASCO readouts offer early hints of efficacy for 4-1BB antibodies (Biocentury)
  • Larimar Therapeutics slapped with FDA clinical hold, forced to halt $95M cash raise (Fierce)
  • Eight bets in, Spain's Ysios officially ties a bow around €216M fund (Endpoints) (Fierce)
  • Deal Watch: Roche To Try Pieris’s Anticalins In Respiratory, Ophthalmic Indications (Pink Sheet)
  • IP Waiver Talks Hinge On Use Of Big Pharma's Trade Secrets (Law360)
  • Three years after pivoting out of disaster, Vectura gets a $1.4B private equity buyout (Endpoints)
  • PureTech's video game for ADHD gets big Series D financing (Endpoints)
  • Alzheimer’s trials increasingly sponsored by public sector (Biocentury)
  • EpyGenix: Fishing for best in class in epilepsy (Biocentury)
  • Apellis and Sobi Report Positive Results from Empaveli Study in Treatment Naïve Patients with PNH (Global Genes)
  • ICER to review the role of health insurers in determining patient access to prescription drugs (PMLive)
  • Biotech flipper John Edwards joins Verseau as CEO after overseeing Tilos from birth to Merck buy (Fierce)
  • Comments To The FDA: Opioid Dosing Based On Milligram Morphine Equivalents Is Unscientific (ACSH)
  • Hello Heart raises $45M as it charts a broader expansion (MedCity News)
  • What Medtech CEOs Expect from the Second Half of the Year (MedTech Dive)
  • Emboline's New Financing Moves the Needle for Embolic Protection Device (MD+DI)
Government & Regulatory
  • Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review (Law360)
  • FDA Warns OTC Drugmaker in India for GMP Violations (FDA News)
  • When FDA Makes You An Offer You Can’t Refuse (FDA Law Blog)
  • AMAG Escapes Suit Over Preterm Birth Drug's Effectiveness (Law360)
  • 8th Circ. Won't Revive Mentor Breast Implant Suit (Law360)
  • Actavis Inks $1.1M Deal In ADHD Medication Antitrust Suit (Law360)
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