Recon: Pfizer and GSK RSV vaccines get thumbs-up by FDA panel; FDA rebuffs Elon Musk’s bid to test brain chips in humans

ReconRecon | 02 March 2023 |  By 

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In Focus: US

  • Two for two: GSK follows Pfizer, secures adcomm thumbs-up for RSV vaccine in older adults (Endpoints) (Bloomberg) (Fierce) (Pink Sheet)
  • Pfizer gets FDA panel’s backing in RSV vaccine race (Reuters)
  • U.S. regulators rejected Elon Musk’s bid to test brain chips in humans, citing safety risks (Reuters) (Forbes)
  • Factbox: Neuralink, other brain-chip makers face long road to FDA approval (Reuters)
  • Intellia Receives FDA Nod to Start Testing Crispr Therapy (Bloomberg) (BioSpace)
  • FDA finally approves Reata's rare genetic disease drug (Endpoints)
  • U.S. FDA panel to review expanded use of Merck-AstraZeneca’s cancer drug (Reuters)
  • FDA schedules advisory committee hearing for Lynparza prostate cancer application (Endpoints)
  • FDA rejects Cytokinetics' heart failure drug, but the biotech has a backup (Endpoints)
  • 'You are not the drug sponsor': FDA declines petition to anoint Cassava's drug as 'breakthrough' (Endpoints)
  • CBER director Peter Marks says FDA is growing to keep up with cell and gene therapies (Endpoints)
  • Lilly’s Insulin Cost Cutting Plan: Replacing Rebates With Cost Sharing Help At Point Of Sale (Pink Sheet) (Endpoints)
  • Social Media: Use Of Influencers In Drug Promotion Requires Guardrails, Experts Say (Pink Sheet)
In Focus: International
  • EU Proposes To Chop EMA Committees, Drop Five-Year Renewals (Pink Sheet)
  • Switzerland Sets Out New Rules For QR Codes Linking To Pharma Company Websites (Pink Sheet)
  • European chemicals firms downbeat on 2023 prospects (Reuters)
  • US CDC concludes cough syrups likely to blame for children’s deaths in Gambia – report (Reuters)
  • ABPI Proposes ‘World-First’ Investment Facility As Part Of New Pricing Deal (Pink Sheet)
  • More than half of the world will be overweight or obese by 2035 – report (Reuters) (STAT)
Pharma & Biotech
  • Akorn Pharmaceuticals files for bankruptcy, closes facilities and will liquidate (Endpoints)
  • Novo Nordisk touts expansion in Boston, cuts about 100 jobs in two other US cities (Endpoints) (Fierce)
  • Sarepta won't need FDA adcomm, boosting Duchenne gene therapy's odds (Endpoints)
  • Novavax raises warning about ability to stay in business (Endpoints)
  • Merck KGaA expects 2023 profit to slip as COVID demand wanes (Reuters)
  • Inovio’s endpoint switcheroo backfires as phase 3 misses on new measure, hits on old (Fierce)
  • G1 sheds staff while Sorrento WARNs of cuts amid torrential downpour of industry layoffs (Fierce)
  • A duo of deals sees Avenue secure rare disease med while Allist lands cancer drug (Fierce)
  • Lilly Bets $630M on Pain Target Novartis Failed (BioSpace) (Endpoints)
  • Vertex pays ImmunoGen $15M to use antibody-drug conjugates to improve CRISPR therapy (Fierce)
  • Hillebrenner says FDA no longer waiting on Congress for LDT regulation (BioWorld)
  • MedTech Europe IVDR Impact Report: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (MedTech Insight)
  • TEAM-NB Paper Offers Guidance For Manufacturers On IVDR Technical Files (MedTech Insight)
  • US FDA Warns Of Safety Concerns For Bed Rails And Infant Incubators (MedTech Insight)
  • FDA expands clearance of Theranica’s neuromodulation armband for migraine (Fierce)
  • Bigfoot Biomedical expands footprint of connected diabetes system with FDA nod for Android app (Fierce)
  • Boston Scientific to lay off 120 people at ex-Preventice site, continuing run of medtech cuts (MedTech Dive) (Fierce)
Government, Regulatory and Legal
  • Genentech sues Biogen for royalties on blockbuster MS drug (Reuters)
  • This dental device was sold to fix patients’ jaws. Lawsuits claim it wrecked their teeth (Fierce)
  • Bristol-Myers Beats Claim It Stalled Cancer Drug to Avoid Payout (Bloomberg)

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