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Regulatory Recon: FDA OKs Allergan Glaucoma Stent, J&J's Darzalex for MM Novo, Sanofi Face Off After Diabetes Approvals (22 November 2016)

Posted 22 November 2016 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: FDA OKs Allergan Glaucoma Stent, J&J's Darzalex for MM Novo, Sanofi Face Off After Diabetes Approvals (22 November 2016)

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In Focus: US

  • Could the FDA be dismantled under Trump? (STAT)
  • Lawmakers close to finishing new Cures package (Politico)
  • The time to act is now: Bipartisan action will accelerate cures for Americans (The Hill)
  • Lawmakers must ask tough questions about the 21st Century Cures Act (The Hill)
  • Quick FDA approval for Darzalex in second-line MM (Press) (BioCentury) (FDA)
  • FDA clears Allergan's Xen gel stent for glaucoma (Drug Delivery) (Press)
  • Novo, Sanofi go head to head as FDA clears new diabetes drugs (Reuters) (Novo) (Sanofi)
  • Pharma Experts Cautiously Optimistic About Industry's Regulatory Challenges (Thomson Reuters)
  • Mylan refuses to testify at Senate hearing about EpiPen rebates to Medicaid (STAT)
  • Grassley Considers Subpoenaing Witnesses To Testify At EpiPen Hearing (IHP-$)
  • Mylan, Par, Others Rigged Divalproex Sodium ER Prices: Suit (Law360-$)
  • Final GDUFA Guidance Clarifies Penalties for Unpaid User Fees (FDANews-$) (FDA)
  • Another Worry for Compounding Pharmacies – The OIG Plans to Take a Look At Them! (Lachman Consultants)
  • FDA lifts hold on AstraZeneca head and neck cancer trials (Reuters) (PharmaTimes) (Fierce)
  • Drug combo may cause bleeding for patients with irregular heartbeat (Reuters)
  • Population Health Offers Three Critical Lessons For The Future Of Our Country, Part I (Forbes) (Washington Post)
  • Trump's Win Puts Medicaid Expansion On Hold In Red States (Forbes)
  • No sleep before San Diego: ASH late-breaking abstracts are released (BioWorld) (ASH)
  • FDA Begins Consultation On Update To ICH Pediatric Clinical Trials Guidance (Focus)
  • FDA Warns Boston Company For Selling Unapproved Biologic To Prevent Peanut Allergies (Focus)
  • Kickback Case Questions Whether Valeant Was Victim or Participant (NYTimes)
  • Transparency and Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Companies (Harvard Bill of Health)
  • Divorcing Reimbursement From Real-World Prices: Medicare Still Uses 2003 AWPs For Some Drugs (Health Affairs)

In Focus: International

  • Fears raised over Google's DeepMind deal to use NHS medical data (Financial Times)
  • EMA Offers New Guidance On Type II Variations And MA Extensions Of Orphan Drugs (Focus)
  • GSK Strategy Chief: No Major M&A Likely In 2017 (SCRIP-$)
  • Amid Brexit Chaos, UK PM Promises More R&D Funding, Lower Taxes, And Other Pro-Innovation Measures (SCRIP-$) (PharmaLetter-$) (Pharmafile)
  • In the Battle Against Zika, Researchers Prepare for a Marathon (MIT Technology Review)
  • Currency drop hits Egypt's medicine supplies, angering public (Reuters)
  • Global standards for Zika testing needed, doctors say (Reuters)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Purdue Hints At Large Acquisition In Coming Weeks (SCRIP-$)
  • The Convergence of Information Technology and the Life Sciences (Xconomy)
  • Five Important Themes to Watch in the Reform of FDA's Off-Label Communications Policy (National Law Review)
  • Precision medicine will increase drug prices and that's a good thing (MedCityNews)
  • Shire plots rare disease 'innovation hub' in Kendall Square (Fierce)
  • Basics of Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (National Law Review)
  • FDA's Sunscreen Guidance outlines safety and effectiveness data recommended for additional active ingredients (FDA) (Guidance)
  • Cantrell Drug Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Select Sterile Drug Products Due to Lack of Sterility Assurance (FDA)
  • Tri-Coast Pharmacy Sterile Products: Recall - Lack of Sterility Assurance (FDA)
  • Parents of children with cancer see income dips and loss of employment (Reuters)
  • US FDA Review Management Challenged After Spate Of Complete Response Letters (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Antibiotic Resistance Grows as Last-Line Drugs Fail (GEN)
  • Two vs Three Doses of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (JAMA) (Study)
  • How to regulate precision medicines (Healthcare Economist)
  • Stockwatch: The Post-Truth Biopharma Rally (SCRIP-$)
  • Ash delivers early for Selexys (EP Vantage)
  • AbbVie drops Halozyme formulation of blockbuster Humira after disappointing trial (Fierce)
  • Merck hopes ominous new Zostavax ad can scare up adult vaccination rates (Fierce)
  • ANDA Withdrawals Increase Faster Than Approvals (Pink Sheet-$)
  • MIT's Langer sells off excipients biotech to break into Biosimilar market (BioPharmaReporter)
  • Biotech breakthroughs that broke down (Fierce)
  • Another ANDA Submission Surge Begins (Pink Sheet-$)

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

  • New KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) Data in Blood Cancers to be Presented at 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (Press)
  • Viralytics' anticancer virus aces checkpoint inhibitor combo trials (Fierce)
  • Kite Pharma to Present Interim Results from the ZUMA-1 Pivotal Trial of KTE-C19 in a Late-Breaking Session at the 2016 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • Use Error Takes a Hit in New MDR Guidance (MDDI)
  • FDA Will Not Finalize Draft LDT Guidances in 2016 – But That's Not the End of LDT Regulation (FDA Law Blog)
  • FDA clears Ascensia's Contour Next One blood glucose monitor (MassDevice)
  • Medtronic shares slip on missed Q2 sales mark, lowered outlook (MassDevice)
  • SuperSonic Imagine wins expanded FDA nod for Aixplorer platform (MassDevice)
  • Devicemakers help hospitals save money in the OR and avoid lowering product prices (Modern Healthcare)
  • Baxter Presented Exploratory Research on the Removal of Inflammation-Related Molecules During Extracorporeal Blood Purification Therapy (Press)
  • NeuroStar launches real-world registry for TMS therapy in depression (MassDevice)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Kimberly-Clark Seeks To Freeze Gown Trial For Cert. Appeal (Law360-$)
  • If Republicans Repeal Obamacare, Ryan Has Replacement Blueprint (NPR)
  • Antitrust Trial for Anthem-Cigna Begins (WSJ)
  • Excellent TwIqbal Decision — Plaintiffs Need to Look for Some Enlightenment (Drug and Device Law)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • French Competent Authority Provides Roadmap for Manufacturers as European Notified Body Numbers Decrease (Emergo) (Focus)
  • Proposal to make Nasonex Allergy Control Nasal Spray available without prescription. (MHRA)
  • Introduction of safety features in the packaging of medicinal products by February 2019 (FIMEA)
  • New Report From DITTA Underlines Its Commitment To Cybersecurity (COCIR)
  • Funding for age-related macular degeneration research campaign (UK DoH)
  • EMA's Guido Rasi fears loss of expertise from Brexit but hopes for common framework with FDA (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Spectranetics wins CE Mark for smaller Stellarex DCB (MassDevice)
  • NICE recommends faecal immunochemical tests for colorectal cancer (EPR)
  • Marketing authorisations granted in October 2016 (MHRA)
  • Parallel import licences granted in October 2016 (MHRA)


  • Fixing drug prices helped consumers save Rs 5,060 crore: Government (Economic Times)


  • How Might Turkey Contain Its Rising Health Care Bill? (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Hervé Gisserot given newly-created Asia Pacific role at GSK (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Revisions of PRECAUTIONS (FY2016) (PMDA)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Telling Mosquitoes Apart With a Cellphone (NYTimes)

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