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Regulatory Recon: Not Enough Funding in 'Cures' Bill, FDA Chief Warns (14 September 2015)

Posted 14 September 2015 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: Not Enough Funding in 'Cures' Bill, FDA Chief Warns (14 September 2015)

In Focus: US

  • Not Enough Funding in 'Cures' Bill, FDA Chief Warns (MedPage Today)
  • Senators may use biomedical research bill to address anxiety over drug costs (CQ-$)
  • Price critiques set off alarms in drug industry (Boston Globe)
  • Senators Take Another Stab at Passing the Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act (FDA Law Blog)
  • FDA Panel Likes New Abuse-Deterrent Opioid (MedPage Today) (Reuters)(SAC Tracker)

In Focus: International

  • EU court ruling toughens regulations on chemicals of 'very high concern' (EurActiv)
  • EFPIA Seeks More Efficient Pathway for Drugs for Unmet Needs (FDANews-$)
  • Guidelines for the prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine (European Commission)

US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • Big Pharma Hands Out Fitbits to Collect Better Personal Data (Bloomberg News)
  • Priority Review Vouchers Keep Coming, But Expiration Deadline Looms (Pink Sheet-$) 
  • A Biotech Education, In Progress (In the Pipeline)
  • Pharma Plays The “Value” Card: Drug Spending Then And Now (Xconomy)
  • Podcast from Dr Duncan Emerton highlighting the latest in biosimilars (Biotech Due Diligence)
  • Buckle Up, Drug Makers: Bumpy Pricing Roads Ahead (SCRIP-$)
  • Again, A Closer Look At The Six-Year Record-Keeping Requirement (RxTrace)
  • Letter to the editor: Inflated drug prices (New York Times)
  • Will Amgen, Sandoz Tango Across Old Ground? (SCRIP-$)
  • Amgen Heads To High Court Over Handling Of Worker Stock (Law360-$)

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

  • Catabasis Receives Rare Pediatric Disease Designation from FDA for DMD treatment (Press)
  • Raptor Pharma says may discontinue development of liver drug, stock down (Reuters)(Press)
  • Sanofi's combination diabetes drug hits goal in second late-stage trial (Reuters)
  • FDA grants Roche’s alectinib priority review for lung cancer (PMLive)
  • Lower Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Be ‘Lifesaving,’ Federal Study Says (New York Times)(CardioBrief)
  • Tetraphase Executive Profits Hours Before Stock Plummets (TheStreet)
  • Aeglea BioTherapeutics Announces FDA Acceptance of Investigational New Drug Application for AEB1102 (Press)
  • Eisai Announces FDA Acceptance of NDA for the Review of FYCOMPA (Press)
  • Actos Settlement In Sight As First Threshold Crossed (PharmAsiaNews)
  • New Novartis Heart-Failure Drug Should Cost 17% Less, Research Group Says (WSJ)
  • UPDATED: Melinta's CEO steps down amid a big Phase III push (FierceBiotech)
  • Gene therapy player Dimension catches the biotech IPO wave, files $115M offering (FierceBiotech)(Xconomy)
  • Lion Biotechnologies Opens Enrollment in Phase 2 Study (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • Insulet OmniPod Recall Tagged As Class I (Gray Sheet-$)
  • SEC fines trio for insider trading on a GE med tech acquisition (FierceMedicalDevices)
  • Class 2 Device Recall Hemocor High Performance Hemoconcentrator (FDA)
  • Class 2 Device Recall XGAUZE Trauma Dressing (FDA)
  • Class 2 Device Recall UCLA Abutment Hexed Castable Cylinder 3.4mm (FDA)
  • Fasetto Raises $5m, Will Start Selling 1TB Wearable In 2016 (Xconomy)

US: Assorted and Government

  • Medical Innovation Bill Passed the House With 344 Votes; Now It’s On Life Support (National Journal)
  • Milken, of junk bond notoriety, back as medical legislative advocate on Cures(Boston Globe)
  • Chimerix and BARDA Announce Contract Extension of $13.0 Million for the Continued Development of Brincidofovir for Smallpox (Press)
  • Biosimilar Workload At FDA: Policy Development Far Exceeds Application Review (Pink Sheet-$)

Upcoming Meetings and Events              


  • MHRA guidance on DEHP phthalates in medical devices (MHRA)
  • Parallel import licences granted in August 2015 (MHRA)
  • Diabetes: Dexcom wins CE Mark for G5 CGM (Mass Device)
  • Valtech Cardio wins CE Mark for Cardioband mitral repair device (Mass Device)
  • Acacia looks to a $230M IPO in London as it steers through PhIII (FierceBiotech)
  • Shire Weighing Options to Sweeten All-Stock Offer for Baxalta (WSJ)(SCRIP-$)
  • EMA grants orphan drug status to Stemline Therapeutics' acute myeloid leukaemia drug (PharmaBiz)


  • Exclusive: Abbott tangles with regulators over Indian cough syrup complaint (Reuters)
  • Dr Reddy’s inks $198 million pact with Hatchtech to market head lice product (Live Mint)
  • Prioritize anti-cancer drive: WHO to India (Economic Times)
  • Significant progress in stem cell research taking place in India (Pharma Letter-$)


  • U.S., China, UK experts to tackle vexed issue of gene editing (Reuters)
  • Asia Spotlight: FDA’s New China Director Looks To Strengthen CFDA Ties (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Ex-NYU researcher avoids prison in China bribery case (Mass Device)

Ebola Outbreak

  • Authorization of Emergency Use of an In Vitro Diagnostic Device for Detection of Ebola Zaire Virus (FDA)
  • How to Eradicate Political Panic (Politico)

Other International

  • FDA Philippines issues warning on unregistered breast cancer drug (Inquirer)

General Health and Other Interesting Articles

  • One Symptom in New Medical Codes: Doctor Anxiety (New York Times)
  • Accountable Care Organizations, Explained (Kaiser Health News)
  • 4 Pentagon Labs Face Inquiry on Handling of Deadly Germs (New York Times)
  • California Approves Physician-Assisted Suicide (NPR)
  • Prosthetic limb used to restore 'near-natural' sense of touch, claims DARPA (The Verge)

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