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Regulatory Recon: New Treasury Dept. Rules Could Threaten Pfizer-Allergan Merger, FDA Posts Briefing Documents for Intercept's PBC Drug (5 April 2016)

Posted 05 April 2016 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: New Treasury Dept. Rules Could Threaten Pfizer-Allergan Merger, FDA Posts Briefing Documents for Intercept's PBC Drug (5 April 2016)

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In Focus: US

In Focus: International

  • ATMOSPHERE: Heart Failure Trial Poisoned By Controversy (CardioBrief) (NEJM) (Novartis, EU Regulator Reply)
  • Eisai's Halaven recommended for European approval (Pharmafile) (Press)
  • Better safety for patients through EU-funded research (EMA)
  • Draft Guidance for the Risk-based Classification System for In Vitro Diagnostic Devices (IVDD) (Health Canada)
  • Boston Scientific halts EU sales of next-gen Watchman FLX anti-stroke device (MassDevice) (Reuters)
  • EDQM's International API Convergence Efforts Encompass Generics Regulator Forum IGDRP, Monographs and Inspections (IPQ)
  • Mexican Official: Not Much Wiggle Room On Biologics In TPP (Law360-$)
  • Swiss To Offer More Data Protection For New Indications, Orphans, Pediatric Drugs (SCRIP-$)
  • Russia designs scheme for compulsory licensing of imported drugs (PharmaLetter-$)

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US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • The Future of the FDA: A Clinical Research Associate's Perception (MassDevice)
  • Harvard, Tufts med students stage protest at 'biased' $2.9B drug development figure (Fierce) (The Harvard Crimson)
  • FDA Differentiates Biosimilar Labeling from Generic Drug Labeling (National Law Review) (Focus)
  • Would Pfizer and AstraZeneca Both Revisit That $100 Billion Deal? (Forbes)
  • More People Should Consider Cholesterol Pills, Study Says (Forbes)
  • Antiarrhythmic drugs found beneficial when used by EMS treating cardiac arrest (NIH)
  • Additions To Interoperability Guidance Proposed By FDA Reviewer In Likely Internal Agency Recommendation (Gray Sheet-$)
  • Long-acting Opioid Addiction Treatment Reduces Relapse Risk (DD&D)
  • A family-run drug maker faces tough choices to stay afloat in the Shkreli era (STAT)
  • Academia And Industry Do Not Need To Be At Odds With Each Other (Forbes)
  • FDA Describes Emergency-Use Authorization Process In Draft Guidance (Gray Sheet-$)
  • Shire Targets SHP465 ADHD Resubmission 10 Years After Initial Filing (Pink Sheet-$)
  • UC Prof Fudged Painkiller Data, Drugmaker Alleges (Law360-$)

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

  • Pediatric data add to Shire's ADHD package (BioCentury)
  • New data from Zafgen's Prader-Willi study (BioCentury)
  • Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and Pfizer Announce First Patient Treated in Phase III Combination Study with Avelumab and INLYTA in Renal Cell Carcinoma (Press)
  • Pfizer Announces Positive Top-Line Results from the First Phase 3 Trial of Investigational Tofacitinib in Adults with Psoriatic Arthritis (Press)
  • Valeant and Progenics Announce PDUFA Date Extension for Oral RELISTOR (Press)
  • Motus' relamorelin hits anorexia, gastroparesis milestones (BioCentury)
  • ANI Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Oxycodone Capsules, 5mg (Press)
  • Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Reports Top-Line Data from Exploratory Phase IIa Study of IW-9179 in Diabetic Gastroparesis (Press)
  • Braeburn Pharmaceuticals and Camurus announce Enrollment goals reached in two pivotal Phase 3 Trials of CAM2038 for treatment of opioid dependence (Press)
  • Ongoing Phase II Study of Evenamide (NW-3509) May Suggest an Alternative Approach to the Treatment of Schizophrenia (Press)
  • Kiadis Pharma presents positive data on the primary endpoint of its single dose
  • Phase II trial with ATIR101 (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • FDA clears CardioFocus' HeartLight ablation system (MassDevice)
  • Three reasons to be optimistic about bioresorbable stents (MassDevice)
  • Will FDA Approve Edwards' Clinically Superior Sapien 3 Valve Faster? (MDDI) (WSJ-$)
  • ConforMIS yanks FDA clearance bid for iTotal hip, shares slide (MassDevice)
  • Navidea to seek rheumatoid arthritis indication for Lymphoseek (MassDevice)
  • Fire & Ice: Medtronic's Arctic Front ablation catheter as good as BioSense Webster's ThermoCool (MassDevice) (Press)
  • First-Ever Medtronic Harmony Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Data Shows Positive Procedural Success In Early Feasibility Study (Press)
  • Ekso GT Robotic Exoskeleton Cleared for Stroke Rehab, Spinal Cord Injuries (MedGadget)
  • DICOM Grid Announces FDA Approval Of Next Generation Cloud PACS And Zero-Footprint Diagnostic Viewer (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • If Healthcare Prices Emerge, Americans Won't Link To Quality (Forbes)
  • Biosimilar Notice Rule Isn't Absolute, Apotex Tells Fed. Circ. (Law360-$) (SCRIP-$)
  • Jury Finds Tyco Not Liable In $60M Drug Heist Trial (Law360-$)
  • Valeant Says No More Restatements, to File 10-K by April 29 (Bloomberg)
  • Making the Price Right: Ideas To Change Drug Costs Gain Momentum (Xconomy)
  • US patent lawsuit filed against Genmab and Janssen regarding Darzalex (PharmaLetter-$)
  • SAMHSA's Proposal to Increase Buprenorphine Patient Limit: Panacea or Placebo? (FDA Law Blog)
  • US to pay more to insurers who provide Medicare Advantage in 2017 (MassDevice) (WSJ-$)
  • A Perilous Proposal To Privatize Veterans' Care And End The VA (Forbes)
  • Bauman Personal Jurisdiction In-House Counsel Checklist (Drug and Device Law)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Points to be considered by applicants to the Horizon 2020 topic: New therapies for rare diseases (EMA)
  • Europeans spend 24 billion euros on narcotics each year: report (Reuters)
  • EU Medtech Reform: Device Makers Warned They May Need A New Notified Body (SCRIP-$)
  • Ukraine Device Conformity Assessment System On Track But Challenges Lie Ahead (SCRIP-$)
  • EU Notified Bodies Group Revises Code To Protect Clients, Support Harmonization (Clinca-$)
  • Russia's Pharmasyntez eyes US and EU expansion (PharmaLetter-$)
  • EU Council's Authorized Rep Liability Demands: Counter-Arguments, Alternatives, And Threat To TTIP (Clinca-$)
  • Catalent: Limited production begins at suspended French softgel plant (In-PharmaTechnologist)
  • Rusan Pharma plant still breaks GMP rules says UK MHRA (In-PharmaTechnologist)
  • EFPIA and CPIA Join Together to Host EU/China Regulation Event (EFPIA)


  • Health ministry issues Guidelines on 'Similar Biologics' to lay down regulatory pathway for marketing authorisation in India (PharmaBiz) (Focus)
  • SC seeks health ministry's response on adulteration allegations against Ranbaxy (Economic Times)
  • Indian drug firms to face challenges in US market: ICRA (Economic Times)
  • Drug ban: Inform states about relief to pharma companies, HC tells Centre (Economic Times)
  • India Pharma Stocks Bleed Amid Rising FDA Violations (PharmAsiaNews-$)
  • Mumbai-based Lupin looks at buyouts in Japan after Sun Pharmaceutical's entry (Economic Times)
  • Delhi High Court directs ESIC to provide treatment to 3 children with rare diseases free of cost (PharmaBiz)
  • Hyderabad-based drugmaker Gland Pharma attracts bids from Torrent Pharma and Baxter (Economic Times)
  • Aurobindo Pharma gets USFDA nod for generic anti-infective drug (Economic Times)
  • Form 483s issued last year show Indian companies had high level of data integrity issues (PharmaBiz)



  • Reasons for scheduling delegate's interim decision and invitation for further comment for the ACMS meeting, April 2016 (TGA)


  • Zika Vaccine Could Solve One Problem While Stoking Another (Scientific American)
  • CDC Adds Fiji to Interim Travel Guidance Related to Zika Virus (CDC)
  • CDC Adds Kosrae to Interim Travel Guidance Related to Zika Virus (CDC)

Other International

  • Yellow Fever Outbreak in Angola Strains Health Organizations (NYTimes)
  • Pharma in Indonesia: 11th economic stimulus package issued (PharmaLetter-$)
  • ISO Issues First Application-Specific Standard on Small Bore Connectors, Others In Pipeline (SCRIP-$)
  • Martindale Pharma expanding Middle East business (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Health standards for World Health Day (ISO)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Reproductive technology tied to higher risk of birth defects (Reuters)
  • The disturbing reason some African American patients may be undertreated for pain (Washington Post)
  • Climate change threatens hearts, lungs but also brains: U.S. study (Reuters)
  • Potential Pathway for Emergence of Zoonotic Malaria is Identified (ICT)

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