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Regulatory Recon: Woodcock: Sponsors Need Evidence FDA Can Trust, Brexit Could Move EMA to Sweden (26 February 2016)

Posted 26 February 2016 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Woodcock: Sponsors Need Evidence FDA Can Trust, Brexit Could Move EMA to Sweden (26 February 2016)

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In Focus: US

  • On precision medicine, Obama is playing the long game (STAT) (SCRIP-$) (NYTimes) (WSJ) (YouTube) (White House)
  • Tragic Patient Stories Don't Trump Weak Data, FDA Official Says (Bloomberg)
  • OGD Director Uhl Provides the Lowdown on GDUFA Implementation (FDA Law Blog) (Slides)
  • FDA Taps Siemens Quality VP To Finally Fill CDRH Compliance Director Job (Gray Sheet-$)
  • Pharmaceutical Policy Reform — Balancing Affordability with Incentives for Innovation (NEJM) (Interview)
  • Report: Pfizer dodging $35B in taxes (USA Today) (The Hill) (Report)
  • NIH vowed to move its research chimps from labs, but only 7 got safe haven in 2015 (Washington Post)

In Focus: International

  • Swedish industry wants European medicines agency if UK quits EU (Reuters)
  • Bial cannot rule out link between BIA 10-2474 and lung lesions in study dogs (In-PharmaTechnologist)
  • More Notified Bodies Bite The Dust - But Are Products Any Safer? (Clinica-$)
  • New NHS cancer drugs fund approved (BBC) (BioCentury)
  • Malaysia's Medical Device Authority Clarifies Declaration of Conformity Rules (Emergo)
  • CFDA's Order On Chinese Pharmacopoeia Could Lead To Greater Testing Of Imported Medicines (SCRIP-$)

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Precision Medicine

  • President Urges Breaking Down Of Drug, Device Distinctions, Regulatory Barriers (Gray Sheet-$)
  • Obama Is Using The Bully Pulpit To Set Patient Data Free (Forbes)
  • Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative Is The Ultimate Big-Data Project (Fast Company)
  • Personalized Medicine Considers Which Would-Be Stem Cells to Cultivate, and When (GEN)
  • Economics Of Precision Medicine: Will It Lower Drug Costs? (SCRIP-$)
  • IBM and New York Genome Center's new cancer tumor repository aims to revolutionize treatment (Washington Post)
  • Verily, Vanderbilt to test enrollment in U.S. Precision Medicine pilot (Reuters)
  • Intel hops on the precision medicine bandwagon with new projects for 2016 (Fierce)
  • Inova unveils $100 million venture fund focused on precision medicine (Washington Business Journal)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • 'Seriously flawed' study linking behavioral problems to Gardasil retracted (Washington Post)
  • CardioBrief: New FDA Chief Will Champion Clinical Trials (MedpageToday)
  • FDA Budget Request Reminds Congress: OTC Rulemakings Take Time (Tan Sheet-$)
  • Despite Globalization, Three Quarters of Serious Issues FDA Found Were in US (Gold Sheet-$)
  • USFDA Denies Citizen Petition For Amedra's Albenza – Generic Entry On Horizon (24 Insight)
  • Soon-Shiong Makes Case for "Cancer MoonShot" at Biocom Conference (Xconomy)
  • Going Germline: Mitochondrial Replacement as a Guide to Genome Editing (Cell)
  • Targeted Therapy Works in Triple-negative Breast Cancer Models (Thomson Reuters)
  • FDA Feels Heat On Drug Pricing And Generic Labeling Rule (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Curing Document Control Conundrums: A Checklist for Sustained Efficiency and Audit Readiness (GxP Lifeline)
  • Clinical Trials for Childhood Cancer Drugs are Critical, But Parents Don't Always Understand Them (DD&D)

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

  • Allergan Announces FDA Approval of ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel, 7.5% for Treatment of Acne Vulgaris (Press)
  • Heat Biologics stops enrolment in trial arm testing HS-410 as a bladder cancer monotherapy (BioPharma-Reporter)
  • Cara Therapeutics Provides Update on CLIN3001 Postoperative Pain Trial for I.V. CR845 (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • Alfred E. Mann, entrepreneur behind the rechargeable pacemaker and an artificial retina, dies at 90 (LA Times) (MassDevice)
  • Cook Medical expands beacon tip cath recall (MassDevice) (FDA)
  • Class 1 Device Recall Draeger Critical Care Ventilator (FDA)
  • FDA Highlights Human Factors In Three Recently Issued Guidance Documents (National Law Review)
  • APN Health Receives FDA Clearance for Innovative Cardiac Mapping System (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Congressional Hearings Focus on Compassionate Use, FDA Issues (Focus)
  • Why America pays so much more for drugs (Washington Post)
  • Finally letting FDA be FDA (The Hill)
  • Big verdict doesn't assure more wins for plaintiffs in talc-cancer cases (Reuters)
  • More Overdose Deaths from Anxiety Drugs (NYTimes)
  • To require the Secretary of Health and Human Service to develop a voluntary patient registry to collect data on cancer incidence among firefighters (Congress)
  • More than 200 patients at NJ hospital possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis (Reuters)
  • The Multibillion-Dollar Epidemic: 5 Takeaways From PBS' 'Chasing Heroin' (Forbes)
  • Solid Affirmances: Avandia Summary Judgment, and Westminster (Drug and Device Law)
  • Kannalife eyes share float to fund cannabis-based medicine (Reuters)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Gilead's HIV drug gets closer to getting Europe approval (Reuters)
  • European Regulatory Roundup: Brexit Could Lead to New Regulatory Burdens (Focus)
  • Google's UK AI subsidiary DeepMind partners with NHS to develop medical apps (MobiHealthNews)
  • Shining a light on drug company payments to healthcare professionals (PharmaceuticalJournal-$)
  • Expert: Prepping Suppliers For Surprise Audits Imperative For Device Firms Under EU Unannounced Inspection Scheme (Gray Sheet-$)
  • Medicines marketing authorisation: Change of ownership application (MHRA)
  • Genomics England partners with ICON for 100,000 Genome Project (BioSpectrum)
  • BSG guidance recommends switching to biosimilar infliximab (GaBI)
  • Clinical trials – a rigorous framework for trial authorisation and patient safety monitoring (EPR)
  • Sobi and Biogen Receive Positive Opinion from CHMP for Alprolix (rFIXFc) for the Treatment of Hemophilia B (Pharmiweb)
  • AbbVie Receives EMA Orphan Drug Designation for Investigational Compound Venetoclax for the Treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) (Press)
  • Bio-Rad Gets CE IVD Mark for Droplet Digital PCR System (Genomeweb)
  • Gilead's MAA for TAF in hepatitis B now under assessment by the EMA (EPR)
  • Lilly Receives Positive CHMP Opinion for Ixekizumab for the Treatment of Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis (Press)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Receives Two Positive CHMP Opinions for Opdivo® (nivolumab) for Patients with Previously Treated Advanced Non-Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and Renal Cell Carcinoma (Press)
  • Orphan Drug Designation in the European Union for TNT009 for the treatment of autoimmune hemolytic anemia, including Cold Agglutinin Disease (MNT)


  • South Korea approved more clinical trials in 2015 (Fierce)
  • Japan's Daiichi Sankyo doses first patient in Duchenne trial (Fierce)
  • Novartis cooperating with South Korean authorities after raid (In-PharmaTechnologist)


  • Government approves scheme to strengthen drug regulatory system (Economic Times)
  • India Quality Forum: What Regulators Really Want (SCRIP-$)
  • Drug price regulator finds 4,700 medicines illegally over-priced (Economic Times)
  • Sunovion Overcomes Section 3(d) Objections To Obtain Patent In India For Novel Tetralone-Based Amines (24 Insight)
  • Government in talks with manufacturers to lower prices of stents (Economic Times)
  • Duty exemption withdrawal on drugs to boost Make in India: Government (Economic Times)
  • Sun Pharma medical representative on two day strike (Economic Times)
  • CDSCO to bring in uniformity inspections of Sch M units across country (PharmaBiz)


  • ConceivePlease one step hCG urine pregnancy test (TGA)

Zika Virus

  • Zika Virus Vector (Aedes aegypti): Genomic Sequence (Patent Docs)
  • Disease Detectives In Brazil Go Door-To-Door To Solve Zika Mystery (NPR)
  • Zika infection may cause stillbirth, loss of brain tissue: report (Reuters)
  • There is 'promising pathway' for vaccine against Zika: Obama (Reuters)
  • 3 pregnant women diagnosed with Zika in Florida (CBS News)
  • Bacteria-Laden Mosquitoes May Be the Cheapest Way to Stop Dengue and Zika
  • Some Latin American cities could so (MIT Technology Review)
  • Why Scientists Hope To Inject Some People With Zika Virus (NPR)

Other International

  • One in five African children denied access to vaccines: report (AFP)
  • Health experts press for urgent, integrated approach to tackle dengue (Reuters)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Flu Vaccine Nearly 60 Percent Effective According to Preliminary CDC Data (ICH)
  • First Uterus Transplant in U.S. Bolsters Pregnancy Hopes of Many (NYTimes)

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