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Regulatory Reconnaissance (17 April 2013)

Posted 17 April 2013 | By Alexander Gaffney, RAC

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Regulatory Reconnaissance.

In the US, legislators slammed FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg during yesterday's compounding hearing, a new legislative report claims FDA waivered in its attempt to shut down a dangerous compounding facility, FDA loosens restrictions on Vivus' weight-loss drug Qsymia, Allergan's NDA for Levadex is rejected based on quality concerns, regulators flag concerns with an Endo Pharma NDA, J&J's earning rebound based on regulatory improvements, Lilly's diabetes drug dulaglutide performs well in Ph III trials, Jeffery Shuren shows off a new adverse reporting app for devices, a study shows the majority of all recalls involve dietary supplements, CMS issues a new protocol for fraud self-disclosure, and a new court case casts doubts on what constitutes labeling.

Abroad, a massive legal case regarding faulty breast implants starts in France, China's FDA wants more staff and authority for its provincial staff, EU stakeholders advance a drug verification scheme, EMA studies the use of antibiotics in animals, Spain's legal challenges throw a wrench in attempts to make a unified patent system in the EU, India to issue first written confirmation certificates to API exporters to EU, a scholar highlights still more problems with India's patent ruling, and France announces it will look into DEC-containing products.

Plus: A watchdog group says too many labs still have strains of a new-defunct cattle disease, raising the risk of it being re-introduced and decimating animal populations.

Five in Focus

  1. FDA chief grilled on meningitis outbreak as new documents emerge (Reuters) (E&C Committee) (The Hill) (LATimes) (The Pink Sheet) (SCRIP Intelligence) (FDA News) (Modern Healthcare) (Washington Post) (AP) (Bloomberg) (NYTimes)
  2. Allergan's Migraine Drug Inhaler Levadex Rejected due to Quality Issues (Bloomberg) (Reuters) (NYTimes) (Fierce Pharma Manufacturing) (SCRIP Intelligence) (The Pharma Letter) (FDA News) (The Pink Sheet)
  3. FDA Loosens Restrictions on Vivus Weight-Loss Pill (Reuters) (The Street) (SCRIP Intelligence) (BioCentury) (The Pharma Letter)
  4. Adverse Event Reporting? FDA Has An App for That (MDDI)
  5. Faulty breast implant trial to start in France (The Telgraph) (AP)


Medical Devices
  • Adverse Event Reporting? FDA Has An App for That (MDDI)
  • Jury Sides With DePuy At 2nd Hip Implant Trial (Reuters) (Law 360)
  • Intuitive 'Watered Down' Robot Training, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg)
  • FDA OKs Carticept's next-gen computer-controlled injection system (Mass Device)
  • J&J Jury Urged to Award $5 Million for Failed Metal Hip (Bloomberg)
  • J&J, Dozen Other Cos. Sued Over Fluid Delivery Patent (Law 360)
Government and Budget
  • Dems take on pharmaceutical industry in push for Medicare cuts (The Hill)
  • Initial Tests Show Ricin Poison in Letter to U.S. Senator (Bloomberg)
Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • 15 April 2013: Supreme Court Hears Case Between the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc on Whether Genes May be Patented (SCOTUS Blog)
  • 17 April 2013: Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee Meeting (FDA)
  • 17 April 2013: Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting Announcement (FDA)
  • 18 April 2013: Joint Meeting of the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee (FDA)
  • 18 April 2013: A Financial Review of the Department of Health and Human Services and Its FY 2014 Budget (E&C)
  • 19 April 2013: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and FDA to Hold Hearing, Hamburg Will Testify (Appropriations)
  • 26 April 2013: Senate Appropriations Committee to Markup FDA Bill (Appropriations)
  • Other Upcoming FDA Advisory Committee Meetings and Topics (Eye on FDA)


  • Faulty breast implant trial to start in France (The Telgraph) (AP)
  • CFDA Aims For Bigger Staff, More Power For Provinces As Cabinet-Level Agency (PharmAsia News)
  •  EU stakeholders move ahead with drug verification scheme (Securing Industry)
  • Use of antibiotics in animals - European Medicines Agency to give advice to European Commission on public- and animal-health impact (EMA)
  • Eisai Receives Manufacturing and Marketing Authorization for Vascular Embolization Device DC Bead in Japan (Eisai)
  • Spain's continued fight could make EU patent uncertain until 2015 (SCRIP Intelligence)
  • Australian Judge queries fairness of Vioxx settlement (The Brisbane Times)
  • DCGI to issue first WC certificates to API exporters to EU based on accreditations (PharmaBiz)
  • Public consultation of the Policy for the HTA Core Model® and core HTA information (EU Net HTA)
  • No reason to cheer India drug verdict (AEI)
  • France Announces Probe Into Safety of Diethylstilbestrol (DES) (ANSM)

General Regulatory and Interesting Articles

  • Too many labs still keep dangerous cattle plague: OIE chief (Reuters)
  • Polymer platform technology innovates drug delivery (EurekAlert)
  • Boston Hospitals Lean on 9/11 Lessons in Swift Response (Bloomberg)

Regulatory Reconnaissance #47 - 17 April 2013

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