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Regulatory Recon: NICE Denies Keytruda for Second-Line NSCLC Novartis Moves Singapore Tropical Disease Research Facility to California (5 October 2016)

Posted 05 October 2016 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: NICE Denies Keytruda for Second-Line NSCLC Novartis Moves Singapore Tropical Disease Research Facility to California (5 October 2016)

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In Focus: US

  • Our 20th Patient-Focused Drug Development meeting: Enhancing the patient's voice in FDA's approach to drug review and development (FDAVoice)
  • FDA Adds Boxed Warning to Hepatitis C Drugs, Warns of Hepatitis B Reactivation Risk (Focus) (WSJ)
  • Prescription Drug Costs (GAO WatchBlog)
  • FDA's Naloxone Product Approval Standards May See Changes (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Molecular Machinery: the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (In The Pipeline) (Nature)
  • With new calls for congressional hearings, PBMs could be next on Capitol Hill's hot seat (Fierce)
  • Preferred Pharmacy Networks Are Back in 85% of the 2017 Medicare Part D Plans (Drug Channels)
  • Cheap EpiPen alternative risks patients' lives. I've seen it myself (STAT)
  • Pricey New Treatment Roils Issues Of How To Treat Prostate Cancer (KHN)
  • HHS Inspector General Calls on CMS to Incorporate UDIs Into Claims Forms (Focus) (Bloomberg)
  • McConnell Plugs 'Cures' To Address Regenerative Medicine As FDA Regs Criticized (InsideHealthPolicy)
  • Ticagrelor No Better Than Clopidogrel In Peripheral Artery Disease (CardioBrief)
  • More Bleeding Linked To Rivaroxaban In Observational Study (CardioBrief)
  • Who should take statins? A vicious debate over cholesterol drugs. (Washington Post)
  • 340B Spotlight: Program continues to grow with no end in sight (PhRMA)
  • FDA Adds 34 New and 33 Revised Bioequivalence Study Recommendations for Generic Drug Developers (Focus)
  • NIH Common Fund announces 2016 High-Risk, High-Reward Research awards (NIH)
  • Nike Stands In Michael J. Fox's Shoes (Forbes)
  • Roche gets boost from FDA in bid to expand uses for Actemra (Reuters) (Press)

In Focus: International

  • Researchers Nanoengineer Kryptonite For Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs (Forbes)
  • Novartis to shift Singapore research facility to California (Financial Times) (The Straits Times)
  • WHO Quality of  Medicines Survey: Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children (WHO)
  • Exclusive: Intas set to buy Teva's UK & Ireland assets for $775 million (Economic Times)
  • Sailing in Uncharted Waters: Carefully Navigating the Polio Endgame (PLOS 1, 2)
  • NICE rebuffs Keytruda for second-line NSCLC (BioCentury)
  • Report: EU regulators to rule on $25B Abbott-St. Jude Medical tie-up by Nov. 9 (MassDevice)
  • Fujifilm invests in Australian regenerative medicine venture Cynata (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Samsung Enters Oncology as Trastuzumab Accepted For EU Review (SCRIP-$)
  • FDA Warns Brazilian OTC Drug Manufacturer (Focus)
  • Vantage point – What Brexit means for medtech patents (EP Vantage)
  • EMA Post-Brexit: 'It Can't Stay In The UK' … Or Can It? (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Existential Crisis in Canada Could Lead To More Pricing Pressure (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia to Adopt 10 EMA Guidelines (Focus)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • FDA Precedent Suggests Dynavax Hep B Vaccine Faces High Rejection Risk (The Street)
  • Mapping the biomedical research funding landscape (Medical Research Council)
  • Pediatric Priority Review Vouchers Saved in the Eleventh Hour (FDA Law Blog)
  • A 7-year-old told her bus driver she couldn't wake her parents. Police found them dead at home. (Washington Post)
  • FDA Warns Company for Failing to Fulfill Postmarketing Reporting Requirements (FDA)
  • Emergent inks anthrax combo vax deal with BARDA worth up to $1.6bn (BiopharmaReporter)
  • This 8-year-old is free of cancer — for now — after a 'breakthrough' treatment (Washington Post)
  • Pfizer's Troxyca And The Limits Of Advisory Committee Review For Opioids (Pink Sheet-$
  • AstraZeneca licenses respiratory drug to Insmed (Reuters)
  • Empirical Antifungal Therapy in Critically Ill Patients With Sepsis (JAMA)
  • Amgen to pay up to $410 million per target in deal with Nuevolution (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Botox shots little better than nerve stimulation for incontinence (Reuters)
  • Seattle Genetics expands Bothell campus to accommodate new growth (Puget Sound Biz Journal)
  • Prospective Grant of Exclusive Patent License: Development of Anti-CD70 Chimeric Antigen Receptors for the Treatment of CD70 Expressing Cancers (NIH)
  • Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease – Where are we now and Where are we going? (BioClinica)
  • Genzyme vet joins CRISPR player Editas as CMO (Fierce)
  • Elanco Animal Health Enters Agreement to Acquire Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica's U.S. Feline, Canine and Rabies Vaccines Portfolio (Press)
  • Pharma's social media activity is up, but there's still work to be done on audience insights: Review (Fierce)
  • Daiichi does I/O research deal with Portland upstart (Fierce)
  • Compounder Empower opens FDA-registered 503B outsourcing facility (Outsourcing Pharma)

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

  • Velicept Therapeutics Announces FDA Acceptance of IND Application of Novel, Once-Daily Formulation of Solabegron for the Treatment of Overactive Bladder (Press)
  • Characterization of Novel Antimalarial Compound ACT-451840: Preclinical Assessment of Activity and Dose–Efficacy Modeling (PLOS)
  • Bone Therapeutics Reports Positive Efficacy Data for the ALLOB® Phase IIA Spinal Fusion Trial (Press)
  • Ocular Therapeutix™ Begins Enrollment in First Phase 3 Clinical Trial with OTX-TP (Sustained Release Travoprost) for the Treatment of Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertension (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • How do you know when it's time to hire a consultant? (Emergo)
  • Reducing Risks Associated with Medical Device Misconnections (FDA)
  • FDA Seeks Additional Nominations for CDRH Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (FDA)
  • 10 Key Takeaways from FDA's Draft Guidance on 510(k) Modifications (National Law Review)
  • Nurse Assist Initiates Nationwide Voluntary Recall of All Unexpired Lots of I.V. Flush Syringes (FDA)
  • Vascular Solutions, Inc. Issues Recall of Twin-Pass® Dual Access Catheters (FDA)
  • FDA Warns Texas Company for Marketing Unapproved Skin Device (FDA)
  • Device offering colonoscopy workaround to boost compliance wins FDA clearance (MedCityNews)
  • Heart Test Labs Completes Regulatory Submission for Both FDA 510(k) and CE Mark (Press)
  • FDA approves St. Jude Medical's BurstDR spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain (MassDevice)
  • Xenoscope™, the Revolutionary Cost-effective Laparoscope, Wins FDA Fast Track Clearance (Press)
  • Etiometry Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance on its first Algorithm, the IDO2 Index Powered by Risk Analytics for Neonates (Press)
  • Siemens Receives FDA Clearance of the Xprecia Stride™ Coagulation Analyzer (Press)
  • SonaCare Medical Paves the Way with the First HIFU Device Cleared by the FDA for Prostate Tissue Ablation - A Year in Review (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Boston Scientific loses bid to toss $19m pelvic mesh loss (MassDevice)
  • CVS pushed out of Tricare pharmacy network (Modern Healthcare)
  • Baxter Gets Blood-Thinning Drug Lawsuit Chopped In Half (Law360-$)
  • U.S. Circuit Court Finds Operator of Affiliate Marketing Network Responsible for Deceptive Third-Party Claims Made for LeanSpa Weight-loss Supplement (FTC)
  • Enzo Hits Hologic With Suit Over DNA Patent (Law360-$)
  • J&J Hid Talc Baby Powder Cancer Risks, Jury Told (Law360-$)
  • Massachusetts Rebuffs Latest Plaintiff Attack on Reproductive Choice (Drug and Device Law)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


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  • Jubilant Life arm gets Australia TGA nod for lung scan drug (Economic Times)


  • Zika Fight in Congress Drives Away Potential Manufacturers (Bloomberg)

Other International                           

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Alzheimer's Disease, A Humanitarian Crisis That Leaves Patients Needing Asylum (Forbes)
  • Meditation Helps Tame The Brain's Emotional Response, Study Finds (Forbes)
  • 'Concussion' distorts the scope of traumatic brain injury (Harvard Bill of Health) (NYTimes)
  • Whole Genome Sequence Analysis of a Large Isoniazid-Resistant Tuberculosis Outbreak in London: A Retrospective Observational Study (PLOS)

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