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Regulatory Recon: DEA Relaxes Marijuana Research Restrictions, India Revamps List of Essential Medicines (24 December 2015)

Posted 24 December 2015 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: DEA Relaxes Marijuana Research Restrictions, India Revamps List of Essential Medicines (24 December 2015)

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In Focus: US

In Focus: International

  • India adds more cancer, HIV/AIDS drugs to essential medicines list (Reuters) (Economic Times) (24 Insight)
  • Pill Prices Are Hiked Up All The Time In The Low-Income World (NPR)
  • Nigeria: NAFDAC - Promoting Robust Scientific Education (All Africa)
  • EU 2015: Tough Year For Notified Bodies and For Negotiations On New Regulations (Clinica-$)

US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • Deviation Reporting for Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products; Draft Guidance (FDA)
  • PDUFA VI: Innovative Trial Design Proposal Includes Modeling, Simulation (Pink Sheet-$)
  • The biosimilars are coming. But how long will it be till they can make their mark? (FiercePharma)
  • Prime Therapeutics picks both PCSK9s (BioCentury)
  • DNA Manufacturing Enters the Age of Mass Production (IEEE Spectrum)
  • Purified marijuana compound may reduce stubborn epileptic seizures (Reuters)
  • Pediatric Medication Poisonings More Likely in Poor, Rural Areas (DD&D)

US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Clinical Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • Merz North America Announces FDA Approval Of XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) For Treatment of Adult Upper Limb Spasticity (Press)
  • Transgene announces publication in "The Lancet Oncology" of Phase 2b time trial results with TG4010 immunotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer (MNT)
  • Eagle Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Docetaxel Injection, Non-Alcohol Formula (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • Global biomarker market projected to reach $53.6B by 2020 (MedCityNews)
  • ED-530XT Duodenoscopes by FUJIFILM Medical Systems, U.S.A.: Safety Communication - FUJIFILM Medical Systems Validates Revised Reprocessing Instructions (FDA)
  • Class 1 Recall: Boston Scientific, Chariot Guiding Sheath May Break off During the Procedure (FDA)
  • Class 1 Recall: Draeger Perseus A500 Anesthesia Workstation - Faulty Power Switch May Cause Device to Stop Working (FDA)
  • Class 1 Recall: Insulet Corporation OmniPod Insulin Management System: Needle May Fail to Deliver Insulin (FDA)
  • Why It's Such a Big Deal That Mainstream Glucometers are Going Wireless (medGadget)
  • FDA approves BIOTRONIK Iperia ICD Systems with Full-Body ProMRI Technology (MNT)
  • FDA approval enables Biotronik to enter the crowded peripheral stent market(FierceMedicalDevices)
  • Class 1 Device Recall: Critical Car Ventilator (FDA)
  • Class 1 Device Recall: Etest (FDA 1, 2, 3, 4)

US: Assorted and Government

  • Senate chairman: Cures bill is next priority (The Hill)
  • FDA's Requirement For Nutritional Labels On Craft Beers Is Sobering, Maybe (Lexology)
  • "Destroying Things Is Much Easier Than Making Them" – The Worst Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2015 (Drug and Device Law)
  • Propriety of Certificate of Correction Requires Assessment of Teachings of Specification as Whole (National Law Review)
  • Happy Holidays to "Relator" (Drug and Device Law)
  • Trade Groups Back Warner Chilcott In 3rd Circ. Doryx Row (Law360-$)

Upcoming Meetings and Events              


  • NICE okays ezetimibe for hypercholesterolemia (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Avedro Announces CE Mark Clearance for its Mosaic Advanced Cross‐Linking System and CEO Transition (Press)




  • Australia bets $1B on pricey hep C drugs in broad effort to eradicate the disease (FiercePharma)


  • Summary Safety Review - AVONEX (interferon beta-1a) - Assessing the Potential Risk of Clots in Small Blood Vessels (thrombotic microangiopathy) (Health Canada)
  • Canada Says Lilly Seeks 'Uber-Tribunal' In $500M IP Fight (Law360-$)

Other International

  • Brazil declares emergency after 2,400 babies are born with brain damage, possibly due to mosquito-borne virus (Washington Post)
  • Fresh start for Liberian chimpanzees used for medical tests (Reuters)

General Health and Other Interesting Articles

  • Illegal Trade In Tiny Pet Turtles Keeps Spreading Salmonella (NPR)
  • Ecologist Finds Another Cause of Antibiotic Resistance (ICT)
  • World's First Clinical Guidelines for Chronic Fungal Lung Infections are Available (ICT)
  • Brain Cancers Reveal Novel Genetic Disruption in DNA (NYTimes)

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