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Regulatory Recon: US Supreme Court Sends Obamacare Contraceptive Challenge to Lower Court Pfizer Acquires Anacor for $5.2B (16 May 2016)

Posted 16 May 2016 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: US Supreme Court Sends Obamacare Contraceptive Challenge to Lower Court Pfizer Acquires Anacor for $5.2B (16 May 2016)

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

In Focus: US

  • Supreme Court sidesteps major ruling on Obamacare contraception coverage (Politico) (NPR) (Reuters) (TPM)
  • Pfizer to Buy Anacor for $5.2 Billion (PR) (WSJ-$) (NY Times-$) (Fierce) (Reuters)
  • As prices soar, US drugmakers say they bear an unfair burden (FT-$)
  • Vermont to require drug makers to explain price increases (AP)
  • Price spikes for life-saving drug (Politico)
  • Scientists Talk Privately About Creating a Synthetic Human Genome (NY Times-$)
  • In major shift, medical journal to publish protocols along with clinical trials (Retraction Watch)
  • FDA Finalizes Guidance on Postmarket Device Surveillance (Focus)
  • Why an FDA plan to find compassionate-use drugs may be a Band-Aid (STAT)
  • Valeant Outlines Heart Drug Discounts After Heavy Scrutiny (WSJ-$) (Bloomberg) (Reuters) (House Oversight)
  • Eisai's Lenvima approved in the US for kidney cancer (Pharma Times)
  • Custom Ultrasonics' AERs to Remain in Field (PR)
  • Medicare Payment Demo Would Put Often-Prescribed Cancer Drugs ‘Underwater’ (Pink Sheet-$)

In Focus: International

  • EMA's PRIME: Helpful But Not A Panacea (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Generic drug market in Central Europe to develop by 3%-6% pa between 2016 and 2021 (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Scheduling delegate's final decisions: Paracetamol / Ibuprofen, May 2016 (TGA)
  • Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals (NY Times-$)
  • EU regulators approve Biogen/Sobi's Alprolix (Pharma Times)
  • European Commission Publishes New Harmonized Standards for Devices, Implants, IVDs (Focus)
  • Summary Safety Review - SGLT2 Inhibitors (canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, empagliflozin) - Assessing the Risk of the Body Producing High Levels of Acids in the Blood (Health Canada)
  • Health Canada to propose regulatory change to allow access to diacetylmorphine (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Counterfeit Viagra seizures triple, says MHRA (Securing Industry

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US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • Editorial: Congress Wakes Up to the Opioid Epidemic (NY Times-$)
  • Choice Of Regulatory Pathway Is Key Inflection Point In Drug Reviews (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Electronic Medical Records May Play Bigger Role In Future REMS Assessments (Pink Sheet-$)
  • REMS Assessment Challenges Shine Through In Opioids Review (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Wal-Mart expands generics procurement with McKesson (Reuters) (PR)
  • Amgen Sues Sandoz Over Biosimilar Version of Neulasta (Big Molecule Watch Blog) (Law360-$)
  • Sanofi Says Evidence Doesn't Justify Verdict In Patent Suit (Law360-$)
  • Pfizer Blocks the Use of Its Drugs in Executions (NY Times-$)
  • C&EN talking with Jay Bradner, physician-scientist turned R&D chief (C&EN-$)
  • New Scheduling Schedule: DEA Meets 90-Day Deadline For UCB’s Briviact (RPM Report-$)
  • There's A Pharma Waiting In The Sky: Lilly In Space (SCRIP-$)
  • Biogen enlists gene therapy stars, adds vectors for eye disease pipeline (Fierce) (PR)
  • UPS teams with Zipline, Gavi to deliver medical supplies using drones (Fierce)
  • ISSCR Releases Updated Guidelines on Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)
  • George Church has a wild idea to upend evolution. Here’s your guide
  • Will new gene editing tech NgAgo challenge CRISPR? (IPSCell)
  • Katrine Bosley's Race To Make Gene Editing A Medical Reality (Fast Company)
  • Will Smith to Deliver Keynote at 2016 BIO International Convention (BIO)

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

  • Aduro's pancreatic cancer drug fails in mid-stage study (Reuters) (Fierce)
  • New findings expand potential of cancer drug cetuximab (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Mundipharma and Purdue reach new deal to in-licence product from Esteve (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Merck to present new data on Keytruda at ASCO 2016 (PharmaLetter-$) (PR)
  • Teligent Announces FDA Approval Of Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment USP, 0.1% (PR)
  • Gene editing player Caribou raises $30M B round (Fierce) (PR)
  • Trevena flubs heart failure trial, will now focus on ‘Breakthrough’ pain candidate (Fierce)
  • Sarepta's AdCom Needs FDA's Permission To Speak Freely (Forbes)
  • Weighing The Risks And Benefits Of A Drug Prescribed To Pregnant Women For Extreme Morning Sickness (Forbes)

Medical Devices

  • Theranos Is Wrong: We Don’t Need More Blood Tests (538)
  • AdvaMed Supports House Legislation to Preserve Medicare Patient DME Access (AdvaMed) (Bill)
  • Allergan’s Occuleve on track for FDA submission this year (Mass Device)
  • Impulse Dynamics secures $30m for novel heart implant (PharmaPhorum) (Mass Device)
  • Bone Index Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for the Bindex Point-of-care Instrument to Help Physicians in Diagnosing Osteoporosis (PR)
  • First Ray Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for CortiClamp Small Bone Fixation System (PR)

US: Assorted and Government

  • FDA Issues Final Guidance for Medical Foods Largely Ignoring Comments (FDA Law Blog)

Upcoming Meetings and Events              


  • Slight increase in sales of veterinary antimicrobials (Fimea)
  • Report: ConvaTec preps $1B IPO (Mass Device)


  • India's New IPR Policy (SCRIP-$)
  • A strange project to ‘revive’ the brain dead (The Hindu)
  • Government’s Patent Grant to Gilead Challenged (Economic Times)
  • Roche looks to block copies of Avastin in India (Economic Times)
  • Govt should improve health infrastructure to ensure access to quality medicines rather than controlling drug prices: OPPI (PharmaBiz)
  • Government implements polio immune strategy despite IPV shortage in India (PharmaBiz)


  • Senate reaches deal on Zika funding; House Republicans ready proposal (Boston Globe) (AP) (CNN)
  • Puerto Rico Reports First Microcephaly Case Linked to Zika (NY Times-$)
  • Yes, Zika will soon spread in the United States. But it won’t be a disaster (Science)
  • Tracing Zika Back to Patient Zero (Atlantic)

General Health and Other Interesting Articles

  • ‘Swine flu’, H1N2v reported in Minnesota (Outbreak News)
  • Q&A: Universal Health CEO believes Obamacare is here to stay (Modern Healthcare)
  • Study of Telemedicine Finds Misdiagnoses of Skin Problems (WSJ-$)
  • First penis transplant surgery in the US carried out in Boston (STAT)
  • Defective ‘breast cancer’ genes aren’t just dangerous for women. They’re also linked to aggressive cancer in men. (Washington Post)

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