Regulatory Recon: FDA Staff Question New Lung Cancer Drug (8 April 2016)

Posted 08 April 2016 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: FDA Staff Question New Lung Cancer Drug (8 April 2016)

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In Focus: US

  • Off-patent drugs at brand-name prices: a puzzle for policymakers (Journal of Law and Biosciences)
  • Briefing Information for the April 12, 2016 Meeting of the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) (FierceBiotech) (Reuters) (FirstWord Pharma)
  • FDA Panel Backs Approval of Liver-Disease Drug (WSJ-$) (FierceBiotech) (SCRIP-$)
  • Request FDA to issue an immediate Class I recall of all BSC products made with counterfeit, Chinese resin (Petition)
  • Sen. McCaskill letter to FDA’s Califf on dietary supplements (Letter) (Tan Sheet-$)
  • ICER Draft Report on Drugs for Multiple Myeloma Posted for Public Comment (ICER)
  • Elizabeth Holmes’s Theranos under fire (FT Magazine)
  • The Scientific Swap Meet Behind the Gene-Editing Boom (MIT Tech Review)
  • Valeant: Why Moneyball Failed in the Pharmaceutical Industry (New Yorker)
  • FTC Wins Order Barring Japan Drug Co. From Generics Deals (Law360-$)
  • FDA Forms Cross-Center Combo Products Council To Resolve Reg Issues (InsideHealthPolicy-$)
  • New and Generic Drug Approvals by US FDA in April (FDA)

In Focus: International

  • EU approval for Revolade for children with rare blood disorder (PharmaTimes)
  • BMS' Opdivo gets two new indications in Europe (PMLive)
  • BMS' Opdivo Heading Towards Indian Debut? (SCRIP-$)
  • Time Of The Essence As 8th EU Regulatory Trilogue Makes Slow Progress (Clinica-$)
  • Japan's Astellas eyed to buy Kaketsuken's vaccine business (FiercePharmaAsia) (Nikkei Asian Review) (Pharma Japan)
  • Saudi Arabia's Pharma Market Is 'Open For Business' (SCRIP-$)
  • Minutes of the PRAC meeting on 08-11 February 2016 (EMA)
  • 8th Annual PQT Medicines Quality Assessment Training (WHO)
  • Form 483 Raises GMP Concerns About Sweden’s Apotek (FDANews-$)

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US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • Cashing In on Opioid War: Alkermes and Its $1,300-a-Month Shot (Bloomberg)
  • Drugs with no patents and no competition – list of new ‘price-gouging’ targets (PharmaCompass)
  • Juno Therapeutics and WuXi AppTec announce new company to develop novel cell-based cancer immunotherapies in China (Manufacturing Chemist) (BioCentury) (Fierce) (PR)
  • Effective Collaboration Leads to Better cGMP Outcomes in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (PharmaPro)
  • US aseptic packaging demand to reach US$6.4bn in 2020 (Manufacturing Chemist)
  • Valeant gets extra month to file annual report (Reuters)
  • Researchers watch biomolecules fold (C&EN)
  • After ZS Pharma buyout, Relypsa slated to be next on the hit list (FierceBiotech)
  • Obscure medical technician catches eye of Biden (Stat)

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

  • AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly move closely watched BACE Alzheimer's trial into PhIII (WSJ-$) (FierceBiotech) (PharmaFile) (Pharmaphorum) (EP Vantage) (Press Release)
  • Pioglitazone after Ischemic Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack (NEJM)
  • HIV overcomes CRISPR gene-editing attack (Nature News)
  • J&J Must Face Cherokee Risperdal Suit In State Court (Law360-$)
  • Ask Well: Do Pain Relievers Heal Tendinitis, or Just Ease Pain? (NY Times)
  • FDA Sends Warning Letters to CIs for Deviating from Protocols (FDANews-$)

US: Medical Devices

  • Abbott Prevails In $219M Whistleblower FCA Trial (Law360-$) (MassDevice) (Modern Healthcare)
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Star CV Surgeon Found Not Guilty in Myxo Ring Case (TCTMD)
  • Fed. Circ. Sets New IP Trial Over J&J Expert’s False Claims (Law360-$)
  • Focal Therapeutics Launches BioZorb LP, Expanding Utility of 3D Implant for Breast Cancer Patients (PR)
  • EmboMedics raises $4.3m for embolization microbeads (MassDevice)

US: Assorted and Government

  • FDA Extends Comment Period for Draft Environmental Assessment for Genetically Engineered Mosquito (FDA)
  • Tale of 2 Agencies: CDC Avoids Gun Violence Research But NIH Funds It (JAMA)
  • MedPAC Passes Part D Proposals That Could Save $10 Billion (InsideHealthPolicy-$)
  • CMS Delays New Medicaid Rebate Rules For 5i Drugs, But Rest Of Rule In Effect (InsideHealthPolicy-$)
  • Mississippi Right to Try bill advances (Bill)

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  • European Pharmacopoeia Reference Standards Training Session (EDQM)


  • How one lab challenged a grant rejection and won €5 million (Nature News)
  • England's pledge to recruit more GPs failing (PharmaTimes)
  • Government pushes on with junior doctor contract imposition (PharmaTimes)
  • France to ban some glyphosate weedkillers due to health concerns (Reuters)
  • MedDay Raises €34m For US Trial As EU Filing Of MS Drug Nears (SCRIP-$) (FierceBiotech)



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