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Recon: CDC chief overrules panel on boosters for at risk workers; GE drops $1.45B to buy imaging firm BK medical

Posted 24 September 2021 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: CDC chief overrules panel on boosters for at risk workers; GE drops $1.45B to buy imaging firm BK medical

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.
In Focus: US
  • GE Healthcare drops $1.45B to buy BK Medical, bringing its ultrasound franchise to the OR (Fierce)
  • CDC Chief Overrules Agency Panel and Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Boosters for Workers at Risk (NYTimes) (Reuters)
  • Biden announces expanded booster rollout amid confusion over eligibility (Politico) (STAT)
  • Boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients weren’t up for debate during a CDC panel. (NYTimes)
  • Insurers sue Merck for 'monopolistic scheme' to delay generics of blockbuster cholesterol drug (BioPharmaDive)
  • FDA's ODAC will review 2 more dangling accelerated approvals for multiple myeloma, leukemia (Endpoints)
  • HHS lines up Novartis, Lilly, AstraZeneca and 3 other drugmakers for fines due to drug discount violations (Endpoints)
In Focus: International
  • CBD trial to treat hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease (BBC)
  • Australia shores up Pfizer supply after days of uncertainty (The Guardian)
  • WHO backs Regeneron COVID-19 drug cocktail as UN body calls for equal access (Reuters) (NYTimes)
  • Mexico to use only Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on at-risk kids (Reuters)
  • Pfizer in talks over full license for COVID-19 vaccine in Singapore (Reuters)
  • CanSinoBIO's COVID vaccine, tested at lower dosage, safe for children -study (Reuters)
  • France, Germany nominate WHO chief for second term (The Hill)
Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Burnout and fatigue hobble CDC’s pandemic response (Politico)
  • Covid Vaccine Pioneers and Others Win 2021 Lasker Awards in Medicine (NYTimes)
  • A Daily Pill to Treat Covid Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say (KHN)
  • India's Shilpa Medicare to produce Cadila's COVID-19 shot (Reuters)
  • Vietnam's Vabiotech to start commercial production of Sputnik V vaccine (Reuters)
  • Moderna to supply 20 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Peru (Reuters)
  • Sinovac's COVID shot highly effective against serious illness- Malaysia study (Reuters)
Pharma & Biotech                                                                                                     
  • UK trial to evaluate existing drugs for secondary breast cancer (PharmaTimes)
  • EMA To Coordinate GMP Inspections Via Online Portal (Pink Sheet)
  • AstraZeneca and Merck hope new data can PROpel their PARP inhibitor into first-line prostate cancer (Endpoints)
  • Scott Gottlieb on Covid, a better CDC, and how he does it all (STAT)
  • With Maverick now in Takeda's hands, James Scibetta turns the page; Roivant CMO leaves in favor of small IL-2 biotech (Endpoints)
  • In step forward for rejuvenation field, researchers turn back the clock on mice hearts (Endpoints)
  • Catalent inks deal with Phathom to make GI drug at recently-renovated Kentucky site (Endpoints)
  • UNC researchers report a new way to charge CAR-T against solid tumors (Endpoints)
  • Tillman Gerngross project out of Dartmouth College acquired by Repligen (Endpoints)
  • Lonza unveils new expansion plans at Swiss manufacturing sites, capping off a very busy pandemic (Endpoints)
  • Takeda breaks ground on zero-emission site in Asia; Boston Labs emerges from stealth with mobile cell, gene therapy tech (Endpoints)
  • Microcap gene therapy player says three children suffered serious side effects in PhI/II study (Endpoints)
  • Defense Department watchdog criticizes oversight of military’s pharmaceutical supply chain (STAT)
  • FDA tells COVID-19 test makers to assess impact of variants in new EUA conditions (MedtechDive)
  • Medtechs facing supply chain disruptions from semiconductor shortage: study (MedtechDive)
  • Boston Scientific CEO: 'Unprecedented' shutdown from delta to hit Q3 (MedtechDive)
  • Ultrasound-analyzing AI improves breast cancer diagnoses by 37%, NYU study finds (Fierce)
  • Lucid Diagnostics prepares to leave the PAVmed nest with $57M IPO filing (Fierce)
Government, Regulatory & Legal
  • Medtronic Beats Back Axonics’ Challenge To InterStim Patents (MedtechInsight)
  • Merck will pay royalties on next-gen pneumococcal shot to settle Pfizer patent fight (Fierce)
  • Gilead, Merck and others slapped with 'pay-for-delay' lawsuits over lucrative HIV and cholesterol meds (Fierce)
  • Insurer Wants 3M To Pay Up For Warming Device Defense (Law360)
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