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Regulatory Recon: Pharma Execs Criticize PBMs UK to Invest £100m in Biomedical Catalyst program (3 October 2016)

Posted 03 October 2016 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: Pharma Execs Criticize PBMs UK to Invest £100m in Biomedical Catalyst program (3 October 2016)

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In Focus: US                                      

  • Drugmakers Point Finger at Middlemen for Rising Drug Prices (WSJ-$)
  • Court Rules that FDA's FOIA Expedited Processing Procedures Are Legal but Requires FDA to Immediately Produce Certain Records (FDA Law Blog)
  • Glaxo to Pay $20 Million SEC Fine Over Bribery in China (Bloomberg) (WSJ-$)
  • New Drug for Severe Eczema is Successful in 2 Trials (NY Times)
  • A silent liver disease epidemic (C&EN)
  • AstraZeneca hands off another Amgen-partnered drug in a $1.5B deal with an acquisitive Allergan (Endpoints) (Reuters) (Press)
  • Par Sues FDA For Yanking Gout Drug's 180-Day Exclusivity (Law360-$)
  • When is a REMS Necessary: FDA Explains in Draft Guidance (Focus)
  • FDA Is Redefining The Term 'Healthy' On Food Labels (NPR)
  • Q7 Good Manufacturing Practice Guidance for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Final Guidance for Industry (FDA)
  • Short-Term PRV Authorization Signed, Program User Fees Drop (InsideHealthPolicy-$) (White House)
  • FDA Seeks Methods to Better Regulate NGS Products (GEN)
  • FDA letter prompts Tute to cancel genome sequencing crowdfunding campaign (FierceBiotech)
  • FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels (FDA) (Reuters)
  • Potential Signals of Serious Risks/New Safety Information Identified by the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) April - June 2016 (FDA)

In Focus: International

  • UK pledges £220m tech fund for life science and university sectors (PMLive) (ABPI)
  • Chinese FDA Update List of Medical Devices Exempt from Clinical Trial Requirements (Emergo)
  • Medicine Nobel for cell recycling work (BBC News) (NY Times) (Nobel PR) (JAMA)
  • Thailand considers Zika tests for all pregnant women (Reuters)
  • WHO to Add $20m in Industry Fees to Keep Prequalification Program Sustainable (Focus)
  • Ukraine’s Competition Authority Issues Major Decision on Drug Pricing Practices (National Law Review)

US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • J&J’s Skin Drug Beats Humira in Final-Stage Psoriasis Study (Bloomberg) (Endpoints) (Reuters)
  • Novo Nordisk Bets on Riskier Insulin Research (WSJ-$)
  • Gene therapy offers hope for treatment of sickle cell anaemia (Guardian)
  • Depomed Gets Favorable Nucynta Patent Decision (WSJ-$)
  • Cellular Dynamics Spinoff Aims to Develop Vision-Restoring Therapies (Xconomy)
  • CTI BioPharma Announces Retirement Of President And CEO (Press)
  • Blockbuster performance: Regeneron, Sanofi add stellar PhIII dupilumab data on display at EADV (Endpoints) (Fierce) (Press) (NEJM)
  • Presto! Wall Street magician Vivek Ramaswamy has another instant biotech IPO to sell you (Endpoints)

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

  • FDA approval of 44 new drug applications (NDAs) and 158 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) from multiple applicants as products are no longer marketed (FDA)
  • AbbVie's Investigational HCV Regimen Receives U.S. FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation (Press)

Medical Devices

  • Manufacturer failed to disclose faulty device in rivaroxaban trial (BMJ)
  • Microbiology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting (FDA)
  • Classification of the Evoked Photon Image Capture Device (Federal Register)
  • Mergers, IP, risk assessment among trends in medtech (Mass Device)
  • FDA Grants Valencia Technologies IDE Approval for U.S. Pivotal Study of Bioelectronic Device for Hypertension (Press)
  • BD’s CareFusion lands $100m contract with U.S. Defense Dept. (MassDevice)

US: Assorted and Government

  • Emergent BioSolutions gets $1.6 billion BARDA contract for NuThrax development (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Pharma CEO Charged in $100 Million Fraud Scheme (Department of Justice)

Upcoming Meetings and Events             


  • India Specifies Terms For Ceasing Supplies Of Essential Drugs (SCRIP-$)
  • Phase III success for Sun Pharma and Almirall’s tildrakizumab in psoriasis (PharmaLetter-$)
  • AstraZeneca Cuts 50 Sales Reps in India (Economic Times)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Expands Global Footprint to Support Cell and Gene Therapy Clinical Trials in Japan (Press)


  • $95M mega-round in hand, Elaine Sullivan sets out to build a European oncology player (Endpoints)
  • Does breast cancer care in Europe include psychological support? (European Commission)
  • EMA Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products Minutes of the meeting on 11-12 July 2016 (EMA)

General Health and Other Interesting Articles

  • Report: Medical Record Mix-ups Are A Common Problem (NPR)
  • Children Who Get Zika After Birth Tend Not to Fall Seriously Ill, Study Finds (NY Times)
  • Inside Venezuela’s Crumbling Mental Hospitals (NY Times) (NY Times)
  • MSF urges world leaders to act over bombing of hospitals in Aleppo (BMJ)

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