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Regulatory Recon: FDA's Pazdur Says Too Many Companies Chasing Same Cancer Strategy Merck C. Diff Drug Backed by AdComm (10 June 2016)

Posted 10 June 2016 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: FDA's Pazdur Says Too Many Companies Chasing Same Cancer Strategy Merck C. Diff Drug Backed by AdComm (10 June 2016)

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In Focus: US

  • Therapy focus – First-line lung cancer is an Opdivo vs Ketruda showdown (EP Vantage)
  • FDA's Pazdur: too many drugmakers chasing same cancer strategy (Reuters)
  • US Panel Backs Approval for Merck C. Diff drug (Reuters) (Press) (BioCentury)
  • FDA, International Authorities Shutter Thousands of Illegal Online Drug Stores (Focus)
  • FDA Offers New Draft Guidance on How Device Manufacturers Can Share Data With Patients (Focus)
  • Drugs for schizophrenics regularly dispensed to foster kids (Reuters)
  • Medtronic Wins $1.4Bn U.S. Tax Case (WSJ-$) (MassDevice)
  • Why Do Health Costs Keep Rising? These People Know (NYTimes)
  • Is This the Diagnostic Tool We've Been Waiting for in Concussion Testing? (MIT Technology Review)
  • Merck to Acquire Biotech Company Afferent (WSJ-$) (BioCentury) (Press)
  • US to send rapid-response teams when Zika hits here (Washington Post)
  • Valeant pays $54 million to settle U.S. kickback, fraud claims (Reuters)
  • Senate Appropriations Bill Targets FDA Rulemaking Agenda (National Law Review)

In Focus: International

  • NZ's PHARMAC to Fund Opdivo, Five Other Treatments (PharmaLetter-$) (Fierce) (Pharmac)
  • Delay Pregnancy in Areas With Zika, WHO Suggests (NYTimes)
  • The Netherlands to track switching of biologicals (GaBI)
  • Two-hour test boosts HIV care in rural Africa (Reuters)
  • In yellow fever war, WHO readies plan to stretch vaccine supply (Reuters)
  • Eurasian Governments Issue New Harmonized Medical Device Regulations (Emergo)
  • EMA Warns of Possible Chemotherapy Shortage in Four Countries Due to Sanofi Manufacturing Snafu (Focus)
  • European Regulatory Roundup: EMA to Waive Some Scientific Advice Fees for Accelerated Access Program (Focus)
  • Tackling antimicrobial resistance (OECD)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Who defines value? Quintiles talks changing reimbursement landscape (Outsourcing-Pharma)
  • Digital Health in Clinical Trials (LifeSciVC)
  • With tens of millions on hand, drug makers fight state efforts to force down prices (STAT)
  • Research Traces Link Between Combat Blasts and PTSD (NYTimes) (IEEE Spectrum)
  • Silicon Valley joins the search for cures in medicine (MedCityNews)
  • BIO 2016 Notebook: Patient Perspectives, Risk-Sharing, Microbiomes and Incubating Success (SCRIP-$)
  • Lilly and American Migraine Foundation Announce $1 Million Grant for Launch of First Patient Registry to Advance Research and Development in Migraine (Press)
  • CRISPR/Cas9 already is a revolution in molecular biology (MedCityNews)
  • Decoding The Immune System To Speed Vaccine/Immunotherapy R&D (SCRIP-$)
  • Sandoz Enbrel Copycat Next Biosimilar To Get Panel Treatment (SCRIP-$)
  • Here Is Why Big Pharma Stock Pfizer Is the Best Bet in the Sector (The Street)
  • Sell Valeant's Dead-Cat Bounce (The Street)
  • Developing gene therapy to treat cystic fibrosis: challenges and successes (Pharmaceutical Journal-$)
  • Celltrion/Pfizer Agree To Wait For Mid-September Inflectra Launch (SCRIP-$)
  • Social Media And Clinical Trial Recruitment: Be Careful What You Ask For (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Study finds biosimilar switching not suitable for all patients (EPR)
  • The Martin Shkreli Musical No One Wanted Is Happening (Vanity Fair) (SCRIP-$)
  • Determination of Regulatory Review Period for Purposes of Patent Extension; POMALYST (FDA)
  • Determination of Regulatory Review Period for Purposes of Patent Extension; TANZEUM (FDA)

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

  • Janssen says its immunotherapy daratumumab extends progression-free survival in combination study to treat multiple myeloma (Pharmafile)
  • Teva's biological drug improves chronic migraine symptoms (Pharmaceutical Journal)
  • Amgen's erenumab passes Phase II chronic migraine test (BioCentury)
  • Novartis presents strong results in rare blood disorder trials (Pharmafile)
  • Data in The Lancet Show Olaratumab Plus Doxorubicin Offered 11.8-Month Increase in Overall Survival in Patients with Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma, as Reported by Lilly and Memorial Sloan Kettering Researchers (Press)
  • New high-risk treatment can halt MS, claim researchers (Pharmafile)
  • ViiV Healthcare Announces FDA Approval to Lower the Weight Limit for dolutegravir in Children and Adolescents Living With HIV (Press)
  • Acceleron and Celgene Announce Updated Results from an Ongoing Phase 2 Study of Luspatercept in Myelodysplastic Syndromes at the 21st Congress of the European Hematology Association (Press)
  • Acceleron and Celgene Announce Updated Results from an Ongoing Phase 2 Study of Luspatercept in Beta-Thalassemia Presented at the 21st Congress of the European Hematology Association (Press)
  • Ra Pharmaceuticals Presents Clinical Data on Complement C5 Inhibitor RA101495 at the 21st Congress of the European Hematology Association (Press)
  • GlycoMimetics' GMI-1271 Yields High Remission Rates and Favorable Tolerability in Phase 1 Portion of Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial for AML (Press)
  • New Data on Bristol-Myers Squibb's Opdivo (nivolumab) Indicate Benefit in Heavily Pre-Treated Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients in Phase 2, Single-Arm Pivotal Trial (Press)
  • New Phase 3 Data Show Jakafi (ruxolitinib) is Superior to Best Available Therapy in Patients with Polycythemia Vera (PV) (Press)
  • Upsher-Smith Granted Tentative FDA Approval For Qudexy XR (topiramate) Extended-Release Capsules For Prophylaxis Of Migraine Headache In Adults (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • Medical Devices; Ophthalmic Devices; Classification of Nasolacrimal Compression Device (FDA)
  • FDA reinstates clearance process for Iradimed's MR-safe MRidium 3860 infusion pump (MassDevice)
  • Struggling GlaxoSmithKline bets big on neural implants to fuel turnaround (MassDevice)
  • Q1 Snapshot: Device Recalls Fell Over Past Two Quarters; Troubles With Quality, Labeling Top List Of Recall Causes (Gray Sheet-$)
  • Diasend, Abbott ink diabetes data management pact (MassDevice)
  • Endocure Technologies Gets 510(k) Clearance For The Manufacture Of Its New Endocure Model EUR078A Urology Endoscope (Press)
  • Sandstone Diagnostics Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance for the Trak Male Fertility Testing System (Press) (MobiHealthNews)
  • FIRE AND ICE Data Show Fewer Repeat Ablations and Hospitalizations for AF Patients Treated with Medtronic Cryoballoon (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Developments in Compassionate Use and Right To Try Laws (Drug and Device Law)
  • U.S. Files Antitrust Case Against North Carolina's Largest Health System (WSJ-$)
  • California Supreme Court To Consider Innovator Liability (Drug and Device Law)
  • Who May Die? California Patients and Doctors Wrestle With Assisted Suicide (NYTimes)
  • FDA, CMS, IDEs, an IA, and an MOU…Hopefully Lead to YES, You're Covered! (FDA Law Blog)
  • Legislation to Reduce Consumer Cost-Sharing Takes a Back Burner in the Drug Pricing Debate (National Law Review)
  • Dismissing Drug Design Defect Based on Preemption (Drug and Device Law)
  • Off-Label Use Was Focus Of Training At Acclarent, Rep Says (Law360-$)
  • Novartis Gets No Fees Despite 'Exceptional' Patent Case (Law360-$)
  • Calif. High Court To Review Novartis Generic Drug Suit (Law360-$)
  • Medicare Fee-For-Service: Opportunities Remain to Improve Appeals Process (GAO)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Meeting highlights from the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) 6-9 June 2016 (EMA)
  • UK drug industry output grew in April according to latest ONS data (In-PharmaTechnologist)


  • Hovione aims to be big in Japan, citing growing demand for generic APIs (In-PharmaTechnologist)
  • Takeda licenses global rights to Theravance Biopharma's TD-8954 (PharmaLetter-$)
  • AstraZeneca off-loads anesthetic portfolio to Aspen (BioSpectrum)
  • Probiodrug's Alzheimer's drug secures two patents in Japan (BioSpectrum)


  • National reference standards for vaccines released in India (PharmaLetter-$)
  • India's pharma market dips to a 2-year low in May (Economic Times)
  • Government weighs relaxing FDI norms in brownfield pharma companies (Economic Times)
  • FDA approves Aurobindo's generic Dilaudid (DSN)
  • Drug regulators need to support pharmacovigilance to keep up safety of patients: Dr V Gopal (Pharmabiz)


  • Sequenom files patent infringement lawsuit in Australia (BioSpectrum)


  • U.S. researcher contracts Zika during experiment: media (Reuters)

Other International

  • Valeant May Sell Egyptian Drugmaker Amoun (Pharmaceutical Manufacturing)
  • UNAIDS and PEPFAR Announce Dramatic Reductions In New HIV Infections Among Children In The 21 Countries Most Affected By HIV In Africa (UNAIDS)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Against Parkinson's, Muhammad Ali Proved Himself Again (NYTimes)

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