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Regulatory Recon: FDA Panel Cautiously Backs Acadia Parkinson's Drug, NICE Looks for New Ways to Pay for Cell Therapies (30 March 2016)

Posted 30 March 2016 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: FDA Panel Cautiously Backs Acadia Parkinson's Drug, NICE Looks for New Ways to Pay for Cell Therapies (30 March 2016)

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In Focus: US

  • FDA panel backs Acadia drug for psychosis linked to Parkinson's (Reuters) (SCRIP-$) (Pink Sheet-$) (WSJ-$) (Tarius) (Press)
  • Bernie Sanders' Bad Medicine for Drug Prices (Bloomberg)
  • Springtime in DC Means Mosquitoes - And Zika (Foreign Policy)
  • Obama Expands Buprenrphine, Naloxone Use to Fight Opioid Epidemic (Focus) (PharmaLetter-$)
  • The price of health: the cost of developing new medicines (The Guardian)
  • Medical Device Hackers Now Deemed Allies By FDA, Industry (Gray Sheet 1, 2-$)
  • Newest Policyholders Under Health Law Are Sicker and Costlier to Insurers (NYTimes) (WSJ-$) (Forbes)
  • Only Two Out of Ten Drugs? Really? (In The Pipeline)
  • Shire Gives CEO 422% Pay Boost to Allay Defection Concerns (Bloomberg)
  • Anthony Fauci on Mosquitos: Kill Them (STAT)
  • The great mosquito debate: Keep them (STAT)

In Focus: International

  • Emergency Over Ebola Has Ended, WHO Says (NYTimes) (WHO)
  • Baby's Death Shows Global Threat From Wonder Drug's Demise (Bloomberg)
  • Facing further price cuts, Chinese companies look to diversification (In-PharmaTechnologist)
  • Chinese Market Offers New Life to Many Drugs (WSJ-$)
  • NICE eyes alternative payment models for cell therapies (BioCentury) (PharmaPhorum)
  • Superbugs and Superdrugs, Pushing Financial Incentives and Collaborative Incentives to Accelerate Clinical Success (LifeSciencesConnect)
  • Ecuador is first country to use mobile devices to measure risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (PAHO)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Gleevec: A Successful Life and Impact of Generics (LifeSciencesConnect)
  • Analysts: Xtandi March-In Demands 'Noise,' 'Misguided' (SCRIP-$)
  • Valeant's Accounting Error a Warning Sign of Bigger Problems (NYTimes)
  • ValueAct Pays a Price for Its Supporting Role at Valeant (NYTimes)
  • Explaining Valeant: The Main Theories (NYTimes)
  • Is FDA Biosimilar Regulatory Process Defeating Purpose Of BPCIA? (BioProcessOnline)
  • TREND: Rare disease, cancer drugs will drive pharma M&A's, growth (Pharmafile)
  • Sandoz disputes AbbVie's interchangeability argument (BioCentury)
  • Create Pharmaceutical Commercial Boards To Meeting Developing Brand Needs (Cutting Edge Info)
  • Puma slips on neratinib NDA delay (BioCentury)
  • Cycle For Survival Is Both Hope-Raiser And Fund-Raiser In The Fight Against Rare Cancers (Forbes)
  • Are stem-cell therapies for parkinson's disease ready for clinical trials? (MNT)
  • Cancer And The Presidency: Why This CEO Says Each Candidate Needs A Plan (Forbes)
  • Gliptin Game May Get More Crowded in 2016 (MedpageToday)
  • B. Braun Medical Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Lot J5J706, 5% Dextrose Injection USP in PAB Container Due to Leakage and/or Particulate Matter Identified To Be Microbial Growth (FDA)
  • The Xconversation: Vaccine Developer Meets Energy Innovator, Part II (Xconomy)
  • With New Execs, Sanofi Backing, ImmuneXcite Begins Clinical Push (Xconomy)
  • How Did Martin Shkreli Ever Become A Pharmaceutical CEO? (Forbes)
  • GSK Reaffirms Its Commitment To Oncology Research But The Strategy Is Unclear (Forbes)
  • New Drug Combinations Could Significantly Improve Tuberculosis Treatment (ICT)
  • Stockwatch: Natural History Confounds Surrogate Endpoints (SCRIP-$)
  • One New Request Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Are Asking For (BioProcessOnline)

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

  • Newron Receives Complete Response Letter from US FDA for Xadago (safinamide) (Press) (BioCentury)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Announce Global Real-World Data Program and Present New Analyses of Eliquis (apixaban) at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session (Press)
  • Sanofi And Regeneron To Present Phase 3 Praluent (Alirocumab) Injection Clinical Trial Data At ACC.16 (Press)
  • Keryx says anemia drug succeeds in study of kidney patients (Reuters)
  • FDA Approves sNDA for Boehringer Ingelheim's COPD Drug (DD&D)
  • OPKO Receives Complete Response Letter from FDA for RAYALDEE New Drug Application (Press)
  • Phase III enzalutamide trial initiated in mHSPC (EPR)
  • SpinalCyte, LLC Announces New Results from Phase II Animal Trials of Cell Therapy to Regenerate the Spinal Disc (Press)
  • Tokai Announces Dosing of First Patient in Phase 2 Expansion Study of Galeterone in Enzalutamide-Refractory mCRPC Patients (Press)
  • Merck to Present New Findings from Chronic Hepatitis C Clinical Development Programs at The International Liver Congress 2016 (Press)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Announce Global Real-World Data Program and Present New Analyses of Eliquis (apixaban) at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • 3 Steps To Prepare For FDA's Final Quality Metrics Guidance (BioProcessOnline)
  • US FDA Expands UDI Training Resources for Medical Device Companies (Emergo) (FDA)
  • Cases continue against Bayer's Essure birth control device, based on a ruling from a federal judge (MedCityNews)
  • ISO 9001:2015 - A Powerful Addition to Your Professional Tool Kit (GxP Lifeline)
  • Automated Ebola blood test performs well in field evaluation (MNT)
  • Philips Inks $77 Million Medical Equipment Deal With U.S. Defense Department (MedDeviceOnline)
  • FDA clears Corindus Vascular Robotics CorPath for peripheral interventions (MassDevice)
  • Labeling, Packaging Front-And-Center As Unique Device Identifiers Move Forward, Survey Shows (Gray Sheet-$)
  • Study results: cost savings associated with robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (MNT)
  • Precision Biopsy Submits Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Application to the FDA to Expand Clinical Trial of Its ClariCore™ Biopsy System in Prostate Cancer Patients (Press)
  • Tenex Health wins 510(k) for TX2 MicroTip (MassDevice)

US: Assorted & Government

  • FDA Warns Shower Product Company Over Bacterial Contamination (FDA)
  • First Circuit Upholds Defense Verdict in Diet Drug Case (Drug and Device Law)
  • Medicare Advantage Makes It Easier For People To Achieve Their Best Health (Forbes)
  • Court seeks new way to decide birth-control cases (SCOTUS Blog) (Reuters) (Harvard Bill of Health)
  • Four Distinct Federal and State Policies Addressing Prescription Opioid Abuse (National Law Review)
  • US DOJ Expands Investigation Into Phony Novartis Speaking Events (CardioBrief)
  • FTC backs provision advancing telemedicine services in Alaska (Fierce)
  • Compounding the Dilemma over the Permissibility of Office Use Compounding: Congressman Requests Answers to Questions from HHS Secretary Burwell (FDA Law Blog)
  • EMED seeks injunction against ReproMed (MassDevice)
  • Some Good Georgian Res Judicata (Drug and Device Law)
  • Feds Still Investigating Whether Biomet Broke Rules Abroad (Law360-$)
  • Pharma Groups Back Pfizer In 3rd Circ. Pay-For-Delay Case (Law360-$)
  • FDA and Health Canada announce first simultaneous review and approval of a veterinary drug for food-producing animals (FDA)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Labeling Changes Possible For HCV Direct-Acting Antivirals As EMA Probes HBV Reactivation (SCRIP-$)
  • Debt-ridden NHS trusts face £600m in fines this year (OnMedica)
  • Life sciences strength will drive UK pharma sector growth (Pharmafile)
  • Retina Implant wins CE Mark for next-gen blindness implant (MassDevice)
  • St. Jude wins CE Mark for expanded suite of cardiac leads (MassDevice)


  • Sun Enters Japan Through Divested Novartis Portfolio (SCRIP-$) (BioSpectrum
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  • GSK receives marketing authorization for Nucala in Japan (BioSpectrum)
  • Indonesia pushes to unshackle victims of mental illness (Reuters)
  • After China vaccine scare, Hong Kong to limit inoculations for non-resident children (Reuters)


  • Indian plans to develop biotechnology sector (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Lupin gets 3 observations from USFDA for Mandideep plant (Economic Times)
  • Aurobindo Pharma gets USFDA nod for antibiotic drug (Economic Times)
  • Antibiotic resistance in India alarming but not shocking as US: Dr BV Ravi Kumar (PharmaBiz)
  • New ayurvedic drugs to face tough clinical trials (Economic Times)


  • Don't screen all kids for developmental delays, Canadians say (Reuters)


  • New Australian recommendations for Hep C management (MNT)
  • Medical Devices: how to stay included (TGA)


  • WHO Drafts 'Desired Characteristics' For Zika Virus Diagnostics (SCRIP-$)
  • Brazil's confirmed, suspected microcephaly cases rise to 5,235 (Reuters)

Other International

  • Giant rats to sniff out tuberculosis in Tanzania, Mozambique prisons (Reuters)
  • U.S. firms target investment in Israeli cannabis R&D (Reuters)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Painful uterus condition may boost risk for heart disease (Reuters)
  • Student-built exoskeleton mimics human knee (Reuters)

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