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Regulatory Recon: Astellas to Buy Ganymed for up to $1.4B Sanofi, Novo Nordisk Fortunes Diverge (28 October 2016)

Posted 28 October 2016 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: Astellas to Buy Ganymed for up to $1.4B Sanofi, Novo Nordisk Fortunes Diverge (28 October 2016)

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In Focus: US                                      

  • Drug prices quietly rise as politicians pounce (EP Vantage)
  • Top biotech and pharma firms bring out creativity, growth in their scientists (Science)
  • ASCO star, backed by billionaires, goes to Astellas in $1.4 billion buyout (Endpoints) (Press) (Press)
  • Sanofi, Novo Nordisk Fortunes Diverge Amid Insulin Price Slump (WSJ-$) (Bloomberg) (Bloomberg)
  • FDA flashes red light on Sanofi manufacturing infraction, threatening a looming blockbuster decision (Endpoints)
  • FDA slaps a partial hold on one of AstraZeneca’s crucial durvalumab programs (Endpoints) (Reuters)
  • The Update Continues: FDA’s List of Drugs that May Not Be Compounded Under 503A and 503B (FDA Law Blog)
  • GDUFA Science Priorities for 2017: Postmarket Evaluation and Complex Generics (Focus)
  • J&J pays $70m over cancer allegations (Pharmafile) (Law360-$)
  • EpiPen price hikes add millions to Pentagon costs (Reuters)
  • Mylan Officials Unlikely to Lose Pay Over EpiPen Settlement (WSJ-$)
  • Cures bill in jeopardy amid drug pricing push (The Hill)
  • Examining high prescription drug spending for people with employer sponsored health insurance (Kaiser)
  • FTC seeks review of a court ruling on generic drug competition (Stat)
  • Biosimilars – In The Pipeline or Still a Pipe Dream? (Harvard Bill of Health Blog)
  • Understand Biosimilars Better Before Seeking Approval, FDA Official Says (BNA)
  • Biosimilars in the US: Progress and Promise (FDA Slides)
  • After years of criticism, FDA tries to step up oversight of medical devices (Consumer Affairs)

In Focus: International

  • International Pharmaceutical Regulators Forum Progresses Work (IPRF)
  • Samsung BioLogics Prices Nearly $2 Billion IPO at Top of Range (WSJ-$)
  • Yangon women 'should avoid pregnancy' in next six months due to Zika (Reuters)
  • EMA: Meeting Highlights from the PRAC 24-27 October (EMA)
  • UK Advances Bill to Stop Price Spikes on Generic Drugs (Focus)
  • MHRA Cautions Against Sudden Switches of Insulin Devices (Focus)
  • China to Begin Priority Reviews of Medical Devices in January 2017 (Focus)
  • New WHO Director-General Candidates’ Forum Next Week (WHO)
  • Yemen's suspected cholera cases soar to 1,410 within weeks: WHO (Reuters)

US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • These pricey cholesterol drugs aren’t selling. And that has the biotech industry sweating (Stat) (In the Pipeline)
  • Amgen Unlikely to Launch Humira Biosimilar Before 2018 (Big Molecule Watch)
  • Celgene May Be Ready to Lap Bristol (Bloomberg)
  • The Good (Celgene) and Bad (Biogen) Ways to Deliver Drug Revenue Growth (TheStreet)
  • Key Facts about “Abuse-Deterrent” Opioids (FDA Voice Blog)
  • Pharmaceutical and life sciences deals insights: Q3 2016 update (PwC)
  • Nordic Nanovector ASA signs second ADC deal in a month (BioPharma-Reporter)
  • Approval of Sandoz’s Pegfilgrastim biosimilar may be delayed until 2018 (Big Molecule Watch)
  • Stopping Breast Cancer with Help from AI (MIT Tech Review)
  • Adderall Buyers Deride Objections To $15M Settlement (Law360-$)
  • The New Fee Paradigm of GDUFA II (Lachman Consultants)
  • Parexel looks to new bookings (Outsourcing-Pharma)
  • Pharma supplier Lonza posts strong Q3 results (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Amazon's Bezos, Mayo Clinic back Unity in $116M Series B to slow diseases of aging (FierceBiotech)
  • Myovant bumps IPO to $218M with Pfizer, BB Biotech aid (FierceBiotech)
  • Generic drug maker Lannett making progress on first branded product (Philadelphia Business Journal)
  • Pfizer Fined by EPA for Failing to Disclose Chemicals Used in Puerto Rico Plant (FDANews-$)

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

  • Sanofi Lifts Profit Outlook (WSJ-$)
  • Amgen Sees Profit Increase, Raises Guidance (WSJ-$)
  • Adaptimmune signs Keytruda/T-cell therapy myeloma tie-up with Merck (FierceBiotech)
  • GSK posts 23% hike in third-quarter sales (PharmaTimes)
  • Opdivo drives gain in BMS sales, but business revamp coming (PMLive)
  • New Cancer Therapy: Food Poisoning? (GEN)
  • Sugar Pill Beats Two Drugs in Migraine Trial for Children (NY Times-$) (NEJM)
  • FDA approval could be delayed for Sanofi Genzyme’s next blockbuster (Boston Business Journal)
  • AbbVie stock sinks 5% after slight third-quarter earnings beat, revenue miss (MarketWatch)
  • Sanofi will accept epilepsy drug blame if court rules that way (Reuters)
  • Biogen’s Regulatory Applications for Nusinersen as a Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Accepted by FDA and EMA (Press)
  • Eisai to initiate two Phase III trials for antiepileptic drug (Press)

Medical Devices

  • St. Jude Medical shareholders grudgingly approve executive tax breaks ahead of Abbott merger (Mass Device)
  • Zimmer Biomet Digs Deeper into Digital Health with RespondWell Deal (Xconomy)
  • Corindus wins FDA nod for 2nd-gen CorPath GRX vascular robot-assisted surgery system (Mass Device)
  • Titan Medical adds $900k to $8m overnight offering (Mass Device)
  • Abiomed shares dip on Q1 release, despite FDA IDE win (Mass Device)
  • Comparing drug and medical device clinical trials (Mass Device)
  • Skin Patch Helps Control Peanut Allergies in Year-Long Study (MedGadget)
  • 3D-printed device controls ultrasound waves for surgical procedures (Medical Design & Outsourcing)

US: Assorted and Government

  • Senate Finance Committee Floats Chronic Care Discussion Draft (InsideHealthPolicy-$)
  • Draft Guidance for Industry: Describing a Hazard That Needs Control in Documents Accompanying the Food, as Required by Four Rules Implementing FSMA (FDA)

Upcoming Meetings and Events             


  • Commission continues fight against Antimicrobial Resistance with announcement of second Action Plan (EC)
  • Tesaro’s PARP accepted for review in EU as Astra makes case for Lynparza (FierceBiotech)
  • Promethera boosts Series C to €30M to join NASH race (FierceBiotech)


  • Infections associated with heater-cooler devices (Australia’s TGA)
  • Australian Businesses Worried U.S. Will Ask For Biologics Changes In TPP Certification (InsideHealthPolicy-$)
  • India better placed to reap benefit of biologics patent expiry: say experts (PharmaBiz)

General Health and Other Interesting Articles

  • Does the Flu Provide Better Immunity Than a Flu Shot? (NY Times-$)
  • The Cure for UTIs? It’s Not Cranberries (NY Times-$) (JAMA)
  • Chlorine gas released in Kansas distillery chemical mix-up (C&EN)
  • As record number of states vote on marijuana, public health questions remain (Stat)

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