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Regulatory Recon: Theranos Under SEC, Criminal Investigation India Formally Separates Drug and Device Rules (19 April 2016)

Posted 19 April 2016 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Theranos Under SEC, Criminal Investigation India Formally Separates Drug and Device Rules (19 April 2016)

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In Focus: US

  • Progress Toward Stem Cell Treatment for Diabetes (NIH)
  • Dirty Devices Are Killing Patients. Can Congress Stop It? (Bloomberg)
  • Theranos Is Subject of Criminal Probe by US (WSJ-$) (Reuters)
  • Panel Would Make Insurers Help Contain Rising Drug Costs (NYTimes)
  • Muscular dystrophy drug advocates plan to pack crucial meeting (Boston Globe)
  • FDA approps: it's rider time (Politico)
  • Perhaps there is a drug that can prolong your life. It's called money (PLOS)
  • Grinding Up The Leaves and Roots (In the Pipeline)
  • Valeant CEO Deposed for at Least Nine Hours by Senate Committee (Bloomberg)
  • Final Guidance: Technical Performance Assessment of Digital Pathology Whole Slide Imaging Devices (FDA)

In Focus: International

  • Indian Regulators to Formally Separate Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Rules (Emergo)
  • How the World Health Organization's cancer agency confuses consumers (Reuters)
  • Gene-editing research in human embryos gains momentum (Nature)
  • Roche 'very optimistic' on prospects for new cancer drugs (Financial Times)
  • Clouds gather over Novartis as it battles series of setbacks (Financial Times)
  • Evidence Generation – on the road to standardisation along the life-cycle of health technology (EUnetHTA)
  • China probes drugmakers over production methods (Reuters)
  • Uganda's only cancer treatment machine breaks, patients left waiting (Reuters)
  • Indian Drugmakers Target Niche Markets (WSJ-$)
  • WHO Director-General briefs UN on antimicrobial resistance (WHO)

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US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • NCI opens online platform to submit ideas about research for Cancer Moonshot (NIH)
  • Ready Or Not: Next Alzheimer's Drugs Might Strain Health Systems (Xconomy)
  • Patient Registries Prove Value As Drug Development Tools (SCRIP-$)
  • FDA Ends Niacin and Fenofibric Acid Combinations With Statins (CardioBrief)
  • Opioid Addiction: A Call to Action (Senator Blumenthal)
  • Form 483 Hits Specialty Drugmaker Over Adverse Event Reporting (FDANews-$)
  • Building a better biomedical knowledgebase (Outsourcing-Pharma)
  • Startup Aims to Revive Failed Drug (WSJ-$)
  • Rise in Oncologists Working for Hospitals Spurs Higher Chemo Costs: Study (Medpage)
  • Hope for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes (NYTimes)
  • Stigma keeps some cancer patients from getting palliative care (Reuters)
  • Watch your co-pays. Your pharmacy may be overcharging you. (Washington Post)
  • Public Citizen Study Shows Significant Reduction in Pharmaceutical Settlements 2014 – 2015 (Policy and Medicine) (Public Citizen)
  • A Basic Geometry Lesson - FDA's Off-label Losses (Policy and Medicine)
  • NIH launches research program to reduce health disparities in surgical outcomes (NIH)
  • The Importance of Applying Risk-based Design Control to Process Validation (GxP Lifeline)
  • Predictive biomarkers linked to cytokine release syndrome (BioCentury)
  • Ironwood CEO sees pay double, control strengthen as financial losses mount (Boston Business Journal)
  • A "Precedent-Setting" OTC Switch – And A Case Study In Disregarding FDA's Advice (RPM Report-$)

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

  • Pfizer Announces Positive Top-Line Results for Phase 3 PALOMA-2 Clinical Trial of IBRANCE (palbociclib) (Press)
  • Heron Therapeutics Provides Update on FDA Review of SUSTOL NDA (Press)
  • Jardiance (empagliflozin) to be studied for the treatment of people with chronic heart failure (Press)
  • Metformin lowers cardiac deaths better than other drugs (OnMedica)
  • ARCA biopharma Announces 75th Patient Enrolled in GENETIC-AF Phase 2B/3 Clinical Trial (Press)
  • Acucela Announces End of Treatment Period in Phase 2b/3 Clinical Trial of Emixustat Hydrochloride (Press)
  • Hansa Medical: Patient recruitment completed in Phase II clinical study with IdeS in kidney transplantation (Press)
  • Cerulean Announces Presentation at 2016 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting of Stage 1 Data from Phase 2 Trial in Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancer (Press)
  • New Data Suggesting Positive Effects of Sanofi Genzyme's Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) on Brain Volume Loss and Retinal Nerve Fibers to be Presented at AAN (Press)
  • ZEMBRACE SymTouch (Sumatriptan Injection) 3 mg, Approved by the FDA in January 2016 for the Acute Treatment of Migraine with or without Aura in Adults, is Now Commercially Available in the U.S. (Press)
  • Avedro Receives FDA Approval for Photrexa Viscous, Photrexa and the KXL System for Corneal Cross-Linking (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • Make Sure Process Validation Is Conducted By 'Qualified' Personnel, Experts Say (Gray Sheet-$)
  • Injured Patients' Attack on CDRH Chief Moves to Capitol Hill (MDDI)
  • ISO 13485 Tops List Of Latest Standards Out (Clinica-$)
  • Varian backs Phase III non-small cell lung cancer trial (MassDevice)
  • Special Controls Set By FDA For External Pacers, Analyzers (Gray Sheet-$) (Focus)
  • Sen. Durbin blasts Abbott over layoffs, separation agreement (MassDevice)
  • Nevro gets FDA pre-market approval for spinal cord stimulation device (MedCiityNews)
  • Class 1 Device Recall Boston Scientific Fetch 2 Aspiration Catheter (FDA)
  • New Sensor Detects Disease Biomarkers in Exhaled Breath (MedGadget)
  • First computer program developed to detect DNA mutations in single cancer cells (MNT)
  • GSK kicks off hand osteoarthritis trial (PharmaTimes)
  • Silk Road Medical Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance And First Patients Treated In the US with the Next Generation ENROUTE Transcarotid Neuroprotection System (MedDeviceOnline)
  • MammaPrint genetic test can reduce use of post-surgery chemotherapy among early-stage breast cancer patients (MNT)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Can 'Cures' be cured? (BioCentury)
  • Bill Calls for FDA to Require Advisory Panel for Non-Abuse Deterrent Opioids (Congress)
  • Senators Call on FDA to Finalize Tobacco Rule (Letter)
  • FDA Announces 2016 Public Meetings and Comment Period on Reauthorization of Two Animal Drug User Fee Programs (FDA)
  • Obamacare's Striking Effect on America's Least Fortunate (NYTimes)
  • Spending Bill Pushes FDA Approval Of Drug Label Changes (Law360-$)
  • Court Dismisses Medical Device Claims That Named Many Defendants But Picked None Of Them
  •  (Drug and Device Law)
  • AbbVie As Patent Enemy: Suit vs. MedImmune Aims To Halt Humira Royalty (Pink Sheet-$)
  • NIST to release new standards for hospitals to increase cybersecurity (Fierce)
  • LGBT Backlash Legislation and the Politics of Biology (Harvard Bill of Health)
  • Drug Cos. Wants Chicago Opioid Suit Paused For FDA Results (Law360-$)
  • FDA Holding Public Meeting in Preparation for International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulatory Meeting (FDA)
  • 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties (HHS)
  • Why An Anthropologist, Not A Technologist Was The Best Choice For HHS CTO Role (Forbes)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Germans Plan Petawatt Laser to Zap Brain Tumors (IEEE Spectrum)
  • How To Avoid Your Company Being 'Orphaned' During The Notified Body Redesignations (Clinca-$)
  • Joint Procurement Agreement - List of EU countries (EC)
  • Batch recall - Taxotere, Konzentrat zur parenteralen Anwendung Docetaxel Zentiva, Konzentrat zur parenteralen Anwendung (Co-Marketing-Präparat) (SwissMedic)
  • New Diabetes Device Wins CE Mark (MDDI)
  • EMA's Early Pediatric Advice Pilot Has Mixed Results (Pink Sheet-$)
  • LifeBond wins CE Mark, FDA fast track for LifeSeal surgical sealant (MassDevice)
  • Sanofi invests €300 mn to expand biologics site in Belgium (BioSpectrum) (Pharmafile)
  • The European Commission's Digital Plan is Much Needed for the Uptake of New Technologies in the Healthcare Sector (EFPIA)
  • Revised: European Medicines Agency post-authorisation procedural advice for users of the centralised procedure (EMA)


  • Bangladesh Market On Uptrend Amid Hep C Build-up (SCRIP-$)


  • Indian drug control weakest in the world, need to bolster it: Subburaj, Pharma Secretary (Economic Times)
  • India reflects on ramifications of joining Trans-Pacific Partnership (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Indian pharma to comply with track & trace technology as EMA mandates total adherence by April 2019
  •  (PharmaBiz)
  • India an FDC dumping ground: Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain (Economic Times)
  • Government working on recommendations to reduce bulk drug imports (Economic Times)
  • Alembic Pharma gets 4 USFDA observations for Panelav plant (Economic Times)
  • Drug haul: Avon Lifesciences denies any wrongdoings (Economic Times)


  • TGA approves combination treatment for PAH treatment (PharmaLetter-$)


  • CDC adds Belize to interim travel guidance related to Zika virus (CDC)
  • Bennet, Colleagues Call for Immediate Passage of Emergency Funding Request to Help Stem Spread of Zika Virus (Bennet)
  • Clinton aides traveling to Puerto Rico for Zika meetings (Reuters)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Poll: Are Unvaccinated Children a Public Health Hazard? (Medpage)
  • 'Nonurgent' patients might still end up being hospitalized (Reuters)

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