Recon: EMA raises drug review fees; Pfizer adds to respiratory drug portfolio with purchase of RSV therapeutic biotech ReViral for $525M

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In Focus: US
  • U.S. FDA aims to decide on strain selection for COVID boosters by June (Reuters)
  • Quality metrics for pharma manufacturing is back in a big way, with FDA pledging to 'objectively rate' firms (Endpoints)
  • Proactive US FDA Propelled Review Of Genentech’s Actemra In Systemic Sclerosis Amid Evolving Regulatory Landscape (The Pink Sheet)
  • Inside a Campaign to Get Medicare Coverage for a New Alzheimer’s Drug (NYT)
  • Co-founder of Florida pharma indicted after multistate bacterial outbreak at children's hospitals (Endpoints)
  • Exiting Cancer Research Head Sees Hope in Moonshot Funding Plans (Bloomberg)
  • Many Medicare Part D beneficiaries don’t fill prescriptions for high-priced medicines (STAT)
  • Pharma IP in view as new USPTO director Kathi Vidal wins Senate confirmation (Endpoints)
In Focus: International  
Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Covid Raises Clotting Risks for Months After Even Mild Infection (Bloomberg)
  • Eight Hundred Million Africans Have Had Covid-19, WHO Says (Bloomberg)
  • German parliament rejects mandatory COVID shots for elderly in blow for Scholz (Reuters)
Pharma & Biotech
  • Pfizer to Pay up to $525 Million for Lung-Focused Biotech (Bloomberg) (Reuters) (Fierce)
  • In a one-two gut punch after kidney drug CRL, Akebia slapped with partial hold and will lay off 42% of staff (Endpoints)
  • Following $1.9B buyout, Sanofi shutters Kadmon's NY site and chops 25 staffers (Endpoints)
  • Catalent buys UK vaccine manufacturing centre (BioPharma Reporter)
  • After imploding three years ago, Aptinyx follows a painful setback with yet another PhII failure (Endpoints)
  • Seres quietly discloses it has once again altered plans in ulcerative colitis (Endpoints)
  • Mysterious Retro Biosciences Aims To Extend Human Lifespan By 10 Years With Cellular Anti-Aging Tech (Scrip)
  • FDA sees 'appropriate' transition period for COVID-19 test EUAs when public health emergency ends (MedTech Dive)
  • FDA clarifies cybersecurity recommendations for device makers in new guidance (MedTech Dive) (Bloomberg)
  • EU Regulatory Output In 2022 To Support MDR And IVDR (MedTech Insight)
  • Aidoc locks down FDA OK for brain aneurysm-spotting AI, its 9th agency nod (Fierce)
  • Viz.AI collects $100M to spot more maladies in emergency CT scans (Fierce)
  • Minute Insight: OxfordVR’s Virtual Reality Program Treats Agoraphobia In Trial (MedTech Insight)
Government, Regulatory & Legal
  • Minnesota judge narrows charges in class action suit against Mylan, pharmacy benefit managers over EpiPen price hikes (Endpoints)
  • Bristol-Myers Sues MSN to Block Copies of Blockbuster Pomalyst (Bloomberg)
  • Integra LifeSciences Must Face Fraud Suit Over Off-Label Device (Bloomberg)
  • Balwani Jury Can See Evidence Theranos Used Pharma Logos (Law360)
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