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Regulatory Reconnaissance (22 July 2013)

Posted 22 July 2013 | By Alexander Gaffney, RAC

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In Focus: US

In Focus: International

  • Big pharma mobilising patients in battle over drugs trials data, leaked memo shows (Guardian)
  • Files Suggest GSK Graft Case in China May Expand (NYTimes)
  • Medicines shortages reported in Ireland (Pharma Letter)
  • Indian pharmaceutical groups shed copycat image (FT)
  • UAE Allows Patented API Imports to Reduce Local Generic Delay (In-Pharma Technologist)
  • Chinese Police Visit AstraZeneca Office (WSJ)

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  • FDA Questions Humira Spinal Arthritis Study (MedPage Today) (Pink Sheet)
  • FDA approves Astellas' once-daily tacrolimus (BioCentury) (Astellas) (Pharma Letter) (SCRIP) (Pharma Times)
  • Study Clears Avandia of Fatal Cardiac Events (MedPage Today) (Counter: MedPage Today)
  • A Look At The First Six Shared REMS (Pink Sheet) (Pink Sheet)
  • Woodcock Pushes Standardization to Speed Rx Development, But Will Uniformity Cripple Innovation? (Pink Sheet)
  • Clinical Trial Data Release: Be Careful What You Wish For, Industry Exec Says (Pink Sheet)
  • Generic Liability Battle Shifts With FDA's Labeling Rule Even As Some Court Issues Remain Unresolved (Pink Sheet)
  • FDA Sends Warning Letter to India's Wockhardt Over Waluj Plant (India Times)
  • Boehringer Can't Shake Pradaxa Warning Label Claims (Law 360)
  • NECC Victims Seek To Sue Others For Meningitis Outbreak (Law 360)
  • Pfizer Resolves 700 Suits In Chantix Depression MDL (Law 360)
  • More Pain Doctors Require Patients to Take Urine Tests (WSJ)
  • Study: Estrogen could have prevented 50,000 deaths among women with hysterectomies (CBS)
  • Volcano Company, Issues Voluntary Worldwide/Nationwide Recall of Volcano Male Enhancement Liquid and Volcano Male Enhancement Capsules, Marketed as a Dietary Supplement, Due to Undeclared Active Ingredients (FDA)
Pharmaceuticals: General
  • Small biotechs access stock market; bubble concerns rise (SCRIP)
Medical Devices
  • The Mystery of the Missing MDR Notice (FDA Law Blog)
  • Dissent Over a Device to Help Find Melanoma (NYTimes)
  • Biosense Modifies Urinalysis App To Comply With FDA (Gray Sheet)
  • Breast Implant Makers Can Use Registries To Fulfill Post-Market Surveillance Duties (Gray Sheet)
  • Disclosing The Use Of Conflict Minerals A Challenge To Industry (Gray Sheet)
  • Brief Summary of the Dental Products Panel Meeting of 18 July 2013 (FDA)
Assorted And Government
  • Drug groups set for TPP trade clash (FT) (PharmAsia)
  • FDA Sequestration Relief Bill In House Would Free User Fees, But "Pay For" Remains Question Mark (Pink Sheet)
  • FY 14, Sequestration, and the Eshoo Initiative (Strengthen FDA)
  • Physician Payment Sunshine Act: Open Payment - Questions and Answers by Topic Category (Policy and Medicine)
  • Hedge fund chief charged for ignoring insider 'red flags' (SCRIP) (Bloomberg)
  • SCRIP's US Capitol Capsule (SCRIP)
Upcoming Meetings And Events
  • 22-23 July 2013: Arthritis Advisory Committee Meeting (FDA)
  • 23 July 2013: Meeting: Current Cardiac Risk Paradigm: Arrhythmia Risk Assessment During Drug Development without the Thorough QT Study (FDA)
  • 23 July 2013: Brookings Webinar: Active Medical Product Surveillance Roundtable (FDA)
  • 24 July 2013: House Hearing on US-EU Free Trade Agreements and Regulatory Barriers (House)
  • 25 July 2013: CBER Webinar on its Direct Recall Classification Program (FDA)
  • 25-26 July 2013: Meeting on Standardizing and Evaluating Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (FDA)
  • 31 July 2013: Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting  (FDA)
  • Other Upcoming FDA Advisory Committee Meetings And Topics (FDA)


  • Big pharma mobilising patients in battle over drugs trials data, leaked memo shows (Guardian)
  • Fate of Biogen's Plegridy in US/EU regulators' hands (SCRIP)
  • Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts (WSJ)
  • European Medicines Agency meeting and holiday dates: 2014 (EMA)
  • Medicines shortages reported in Ireland (Pharma Letter)


  • Kyowa Kirin seeks Japan mogamulizumab OK for first-line ATL (SCRIP)
  • Indian pharmaceutical groups shed copycat image (FT)
  • Pakistan Battles Polio, and Its People's Mistrust (NYTimes)
  • UAE Allows Patented API Imports to Reduce Local Generic Delay (In-Pharma Technologist)
  • Chinese Police Visit AstraZeneca Office (WSJ)
  • AstraZeneca Employee Focus of Police Probe in China (Bloomberg)

GSK's China Scandal

  • Putting GSK's China Bribery Crisis In Context (Pink Sheet)
  • Files Suggest a Graft Case in China May Expand (NYTimes)
  • Glaxo Executive Says Changes in China to Cut Drug Prices (Bloomberg)
  • At Least Six Other MNC Drug Firms Used Travel Agency Of China Probe (PharmAsia)
  • GlaxoSmithKline contacts Serious Fraud Office over its China activities (Guardian)
  • GlaxoSmithKline says executives 'breached Chinese law' (Guardian) (Pharmafile)
  • GSK statement regarding recent meeting with Chinese authorities (GSK)
  • GSK gets to grips with China crisis in police meeting (Pharma Times)
  • Big Pharma in China: getting tougher (FT)
  • Fraud investigator linked to GSK held in China (FT)
  • GSK dismisses up to 100 sales staff in China (FT)

Other International

  • MERS-CoV not yet a public health emergency, advises emergency committee (WHO)

General Regulatory And Interesting Articles

  • Innovative technique can tell if drugs have hit their target in the human body (MNT)

Regulatory Reconnaissance #113  - 22 July 2013

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