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Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves New Medtronic Pacemaker Pfizer, Allergan Seek New Deals (7 April 2016)

Posted 07 April 2016 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves New Medtronic Pacemaker Pfizer, Allergan Seek New Deals (7 April 2016)

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In Focus: US

  • FDA Approves Medtronic Pacemaker That Attaches Directly to Heart (WSJ-$) (Mass Device) (Medscape) (EP Vantage) (FDA) (PR)
  • We Can’t All Have It All: The Economic Limits of Pharmaceutical Innovation (JAMA)
  • Bezos, Gates Chase Dream of a Blood Test That Detects Cancer (Bloomberg News)
  • Google’s Biotech Venture Hit by Ethical Concerns (Stat)
  • FDA’s Permanent Injunction Authority: Is There a Crack in FDA’s Resolve to Shut Down a Facility’s Operations? (FDA Law Blog)
  • Pfizer, Allergan to Hunt for Deals of Their Own (WSJ-$) (Washington Post) (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Solo again, Allergan strikes a $3.3B deal on Heptares' Alzheimer's portfolio (FierceBiotech) (In the Pipeline) (WSJ-$) (EP Vantage)
  • Pfizer’s Read: Treasury Is Wrong About Our Merger and Growth (WSJ-$)
  • Senate 'Cures' Companion Advances; Funding Unclear (Focus) (Detroit News) (SCRIP-$) (InsideHealthPolicy-$)
  • Hatch Says He Can Find Offsets For Senate 'Cures' Package But Doesn't Offer Details (InsideHealthPolicy-$)
  • Obama Administration to Transfer Ebola Funds to Zika Fight (NY Times)
  • Second U.S. Biosimilar Approval Shows FDA's Confidence (Bloomberg)
  • Patent Settlements Blocking Authorized Generics May Get US Supreme Court Review (SCRIP-$)
  • FDA Calls Retroactive Exclusivity Unfair To Generics Makers (Law360-$)

In Focus: International

  • Zika Situation Report (WHO)
  • US FDA actions hurting exports, need govt intervention: Dr Reddy's Laboratories (Economic Times)
  • Sun to Close Ranbaxy’s Ireland Plant This Year (In-Pharma Technologist)
  • Pharmstandard to produce drugs for Eisai in Russia (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Clinical Trial Involving Regenerative Cell Treatment for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury Permitted in Japan (PR)
  • IPRF Suggests Global Template for Sharing Biosimilar Assessment Data (SCRIP-$) (IPRF)
  • Collecting high-quality data on antibiotic use in animals in support of the fight against antimicrobial resistance (EMA)

US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • Pfizer beats hundreds of lawsuits alleging Zoloft birth defects (Reuters)
  • Amgen Balks Over Meeting to Review Cost of Bone Cancer Drugs (Stat) (Drug Wonks)
  • Insulin’s surging price turns diabetes staple into luxury good (Bloomberg)
  • Drug dosing goes digital with software to personalize medication (Stat)
  • As Rivals Make News, Intercept Heads To Daylong Hearing For Liver Drug (Xconomy)
  • Heat Biologics to slash staff by a fifth, cut more than half of patients in cancer trial (FierceBiotech)
  • Bind Therapeutics looks for big immuno-oncology partner as CEO mulls selling the company (FierceBiotech)
  • Three Pfizer Presidents Still Get $1 Million After Failed Deal (Bloomberg)
  • Commentary: Drug-import proposal would compromise safety (Philly Inquirer)
  • Despite Second Biosimilar Approval, ‘Hamlet Moments’ Still Loom at FDA (Pharmacy Practice News)
  • New tax inversion curb won't affect Baxalta deal, says Shire (PharmaTimes)
  • U.S. drug developer Raptor Pharmaceuticals explores sale –sources (Reuters)
  • Ackman says Valeant may find new CEO in weeks, not months (Reuters)
  • Continuous Pharmaceutical Processes and Their Demands (Contract Pharma)
  • How National Policies Impact Global Biopharma Innovation: A Worldwide Ranking (ITIF)
  • Pharmaceutical doses of the banned stimulant oxilofrine found in dietary supplements sold in the USA (Drug Testing and Analysis)
  • Gilead antiviral API supplier expanding after Descovy OK (In-Pharma Technologist)
  • Drug-Price Policy Discussions Are Focus Of MedPAC, Pew, Oncologists (InsideHealthPolicy-$)
  • 6 Takeaways From Novartis FCPA Case (Law360-$)
  • Gilead keeps Martin's pay going strong at $18.8M in his last year as CEO (FiercePharma)

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

  • Drug for Rare Disorder Linked to Reducing Cholesterol Plaque (WSJ-$)
  • Broad Institute partners with Amazon, Google, IBM to bring genome analysis software to the cloud (MedCity News)
  • Raising Capital As A Private Biotech: Insights From Unum Therapeutics’ Series B Round (Life SciVC)
  • AZ and VentiRx team up for PDL1-oncology vax trial in ovarian cancer (FierceBiotech)
  • Samsung Bioepis files lawsuit against AbbVie on Humira patents (Korea Herald)
  • Valeant Gets Lender OK to Amend Debt Terms (WSJ-$)
  • IBM and Pfizer are Partnering to Study Parkinson’s (Business Insider) (PR)
  • Ionis Pharmaceuticals Provides Update on IONIS-TTRRX Program (PR)
  • Roche steps in to help fund $34M Lumos round for rare disease R&D (FierceBiotech)
  • Mysterious antidepressant target reveals its shape (Nature News)
  • Means of Activating Latent Limb-Regenerating Genes Could Be Within Reach (GEN)
  • Lilly returns Jakafi rights to Incyte, which now amends deal with Novartis (PharmaLetter-$)

US: Medical Devices

  • Transcript From 2016 Meeting of the Circulatory System Devices Panel (FDA)
  • Johnson & Johnson’s $5m mesh settlement could push costs higher (Mass Device) (Bloomberg)
  • Report: Baxter to shutter Colorado plant (Mass Device)
  • US regulators launch online tool for mobile medical app developers (Mass Device) (Focus)
  • ReCor Medical launches trial for Paradise renal denervation device (Mass Device)
  • McKesson Awarded $139M Department of Defense Contract for Patient Engagement and Interoperable Secure Messaging Solutions (PR)
  • Meet PRIME, the New App That Wants to Help End Schizophrenia (Pacific Standard)

US: Assorted and Government

  • Guidance for Industry on How To Submit Information in Electronic Format to the Center for Veterinary Medicine Using the FDA Electronic Submission Gateway (Federal Register)
  • CMS Releases Final Summary Of Benefits And Coverage Template, Accompanying Materials (Health Affairs)
  • White House, Allergan Spar Over 'Un-American' Claim (SCRIP-$)
  • Alliance for Regenerative Medicine Letter to Sen. Kirk (Letter)

Upcoming Meetings and Events              


  • New EU lung cancer indication for Boehringer's Giotrif (PharmaTimes)
  • World Health Day: Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis highlights the Potential for the Prevention of Diabetes (EC)
  • Eli Lilly to invest €35m in Kinsale plant (Irish Times)
  • Medicines: new manufacturing and wholesale dealer licences (MHRA)
  • Medicines: terminated and cancelled manufacturing and wholesale dealer licences (MHRA)



  • China biotech Essex Bio signs $3.5M antibodies deal with U.S. antibody specialist Abpro (FiercePharmaAsia)

Other International

  • Statement by the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment on GlaxoSmithKline’s plans to license its patents on anti-cancer medicines to the Medicines Patent Pool (PR)
  • AusBiotech offers clarification on tax incentives to keep research within Australia (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Scientists seek crowdfunding to test 'chemical castration' of pedophiles (Reuters)


  • Robbing Ebola To Pay For Zika: Playing With Fire? (SCRIP-$)
  • Mouse model to aid Zika vaccine testing (Outsourcing-Pharma)
  • Immunovaccine and Leidos Join Forces to Develop a Zika Virus Vaccine Candidate (PR)


  • In high-tech hub, this scientist hunts for cures in a greenhouse (Stat)
  • Conjoined Twins, a Trip to Saudi Arabia and a Risky Operation (NY Times)
  • Flu Shot During Pregnancy May Reduce Risk of Stillbirths (NY Times)
  • 'Anti-vax' mother's regret over whooping cough 'nightmare' (BBC)
  • Advancing the understanding of autism disease mechanisms through genetics (Nature Medicine)

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