Regulatory Recon: Zika Case in Florida Could be First Locally Acquired Case (20 July 2016)

Posted 20 July 2016 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: Zika Case in Florida Could be First Locally Acquired Case (20 July 2016)

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In Focus: US                                      

  • Zika case in Florida could have come from local mosquito, a first in continental US (STAT) (AP) (NPR) (Miami Herald)
  • Theranos: looking ahead (The Hill)
  • America’s health care prices are out of control. These 11 charts prove it. (Vox)
  • FDA warns Oscor on process control records (Mass Device)
  • GMO Labeling Bill Is A Pen Stroke Away From Becoming Law: What Comes Next? (FDA Law Blog)
  • Valeant wins first round in $445M gamble on brodalumab approval (Endpoints) (PharmaTimes)
  • Once-promising obesity drug is scrapped after patient deaths (STAT) (Reuters)
  • FDA approves Progenics and Valeant’s oral Relistor for OIC (PharmaLetter-$)
  • The trouble with the Cancer Moonshot (Modern Healthcare)
  • Medtronic wins 1st FDA nod for cement-augmented spine screws (Mass Device)
  • Ex-Acclarent Execs Beat Felony Off-Label Fraud Charges (Law360-$)

In Focus: International

  • EU clears AZ's FDA-rejected diabetes combination (PMLive)
  • EU clears Gilead’s pan-genotypic hepatitis C therapy (PharmaTimes)
  • New Irish pharma deal to save €750 million, says minister (Pharmafile)
  • Pricing dispute hits supply of TB drugs in Pakistan (Reuters)
  • Biocon partner Fujifilm launches its insulin glargine in Japan (PharmaLetter-$)
  • African study exceeds U.N. 'test and treat' goal for ending HIV pandemic (Reuters)
  • Pfizer's multidose Prevenar 13 wins WHO backing; early 2017 launch planned (Fierce)
  • UK Human Medicines Regulations 2012; Advisory Bodies annual report 2015 (MHRA)
  • WHO encourages countries to act now to reduce deaths from viral hepatitis (WHO)

US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • Gene Therapy Trial Wrenches Families as One Child’s Death Saves Another (MIT Tech Review)
  • BioRegnum: Another great reason emerges for AstraZeneca to target new biotech deals (Endpoints)
  • Synthorx lines up some big synthetic biology R&D goals after grabbing a $10M round (Endpoints)
  • Merck KGaA blueprints a $115M ‘collaboration campus’ for Massachusetts (Endpoints)
  • Biotech vet Gould lands $55M startup round for a new Third Rock platform biotech (Endpoints)
  • Lonza: Biologic APIs boosted H1 revs and CAR-T deal will help sustain growth in H2 (InPharma-Technologist)
  • Merck, Amgen Invest in Akili as Therapeutic Video Game Moves Ahead (Xconomy)

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

  • Johnson & Johnson Raises Guidance, Buoyed by Pharma Growth (WSJ-$)
  • Teva Settles Drug Patent Row With Celgene, Astellas (Law360-$)
  • Jounce bags $225m upfront in Celgene immuno-oncology deal (PMLive)

Medical Devices

  • Abbott sales beat on higher demand for medical devices (Reuters)
  • Eurofins Zika Test Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization (GenomeWeb)
  • Boston Scientific to settle IRS beef for $275m (Mass Device)
  • FDA readies panel on diabetes dosing label for Dexcom’s G5 CGM (Mass Device)
  • Your inhaler’s watching you: drugmakers race for smart devices (Mass Device)
  • US medical device market path defined in 10 key terms (Mass Device)

US: Assorted and Government

  • FDA Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Evaluation of the Program for Enhanced Review Transparency and Communication for New Molecular Entity New Drug Applications, etc., in Prescription Drug User Fee Acts (Federal Register)
  • In convention speech, McConnell blames Democrats for Zika standoff (STAT)
  • White House Summit on Global Development: Reflecting on Real Progress (White House)

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  • CFDA Vice Minister Jiao Hong meets Inspector General of the Netherlands Health Care Inspectorate (CFDA)

General Health and Other Interesting Articles

  • Suboxone Underused, Opioids Overused in Medicare (MedPage Today)
  • High rates of injection drug use increases gay teens’ HIV risk (STAT)
  • Genetically Attenuated Parasite Boosts Malaria Immunity (GEN)

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