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Posted 17 May 2022 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID booster for children 5-11; AstraZeneca strikes $157M licensing deal with RQ Bio

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In Focus: US
  • FDA clears Covid booster shot for healthy kids ages 5 to 11 (STAT) (Reuters) (FDA)
  • U.S. to allow baby formula imports amid nationwide shortage (Reuters) (FDA)
  • Abbott, FDA reach agreement to reopen baby formula facility in Michigan (Reuters) (FDA)
  • Baby formula makers ramp up U.S. supplies to tackle shortage (Reuters)
  • U.S. Democrats unveil bill to address baby formula shortage (Reuters)
  • FDA declines to authorize common antidepressant as COVID treatment (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • A CRL later, Gilead clears clinical hold on next-gen HIV drug — after finding a new glass vial for it (Endpoints)
  • Cerebral Says It Will Stop Prescribing Most Controlled Substances (WSJ)
  • Google taps FDA’s former digital health chief for global strategy role (STAT)
  • Labcorp's combo COVID, flu, RSV test nabs first green light for direct-to-consumer sales by FDA (Fierce) (FDA)
  • New Documents Show How Drug Companies Targeted Doctors to Increase Opioid Prescriptions (ProPublica)
  • Why So Slow? Legislators Take on Insurers’ Delays in Approving Prescribed Treatments (KHN)
In Focus: International
  • AstraZeneca boosts COVID portfolio with RQ Bio deal (Reuters)
  • International regulators and WHO: support healthcare professionals to enhance public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines (EMA)
  • US-China Fight May Spoil Global Deal for a Covid Vaccine-Patent Waiver (Bloomberg)
  • NICE recommends AstraZeneca’s Imfinzi for adults with non-small cell lung cancer (PMLive)
  • Novartis looks to grow global CDMO unit after pandemic pacts put its strengths on display (Fierce)
  • UK MHRA Specifies Eligibility For Consultancy Firms To Monitor GMP, GDP Compliance (Pink Sheet)
  • Novartis faces Greek bribery lawsuit as government prepares to seek compensation (Fierce)
  • MHRA approves faricimab through international work-sharing initiative (MHRA)
Pharma & Biotech
  • Pfizer-partnered Zentalis woos new CEO, cobbles together $200M (Endpoints)
  • Aldevron and Inscripta ink manufacturing deal for CRISPR Type-V nuclease (Endpoints)
  • Pfizer, Merck and AstraZeneca led Big Pharma's growth in Q1 but they couldn't match mRNA hotshots (Fierce)
  • Aiming to be biggest biotech in Boston, Vertex plots 500-person cell, gene therapy R&D center (Fierce)
  • FDA has change of heart, plans to convene advisory meeting for Cytokinetics' cardiac med (Fierce)
  • Roche lays out access ambitions in its ESG strategies, including innovation and value goals (Endpoints)
  • Scholar Rock in a hard place as biotech lays off 25% of staff, narrows pipeline and loses CMO (Fierce)
  • Cell and gene therapy consulting firm submits draft AAV purity guidance to FDA (Endpoints)
  • 3rd time lucky? ScPharmaceuticals gets decision date for twice-rejected on-body drug delivery product (Fierce)
  • Following potential billion-dollar J&J deal, RNA processing biotech Remix returns with fresh financing (Endpoints)
  • Emergent boosts countermeasures repertoire with $325M deal for smallpox newcomer Tembexa (Fierce)
  • Ultragenyx strikes deal with struggling Abeona for rare disease gene therapy (BioPharmaDive)
  • Agios to cut jobs as it moves away from exploratory research (BioPharmaDive)
  • Slow Down To Speed Up: US FDA Presses Cases For Dose Optimization (Pink Sheet)
  • End Of ‘Phase I’: The Case To Re-Name First-In-Human Oncology Trials (Pink Sheet)
  • FDA smiles on 2nd cavity-spotting AI in a month with clearance for Overjet's tech (Fierce)
  • Avanos Medical recall gets Class I label from FDA following patient injury, death reports (MedtechDive)
  • Pear more than doubles revenue from last quarter, shares new economic data (MedtechDive)
  • Sernova taps Evotec’s insulin-producing cells to fill its pouch implant for diabetes (Fierce)
  • Third round of free Covid-19 tests now available (NBC)
Government, Regulatory & Legal
  • Two dozen states side with HHS in its raucous dispute with pharma over a drug discount program (STAT)
  • French court rules against Sanofi in landmark Depakine case (Endpoints)
  • Indian drugmaker seeks to toss 'bloated' billion-dollar lawsuit over Covid vaccine candidate (Endpoints)
  • As Congress takes up FDA oversight of dietary supplements, a lobbying showdown looms (STAT)
  • High Court Won't Hear 3M's Appeal In Surgical Blanket Case (Law360)
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