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Regulatory Recon: CFDA Review Finds 80% of Chinese Clinical Trial Data is Fabricated Teva Alleges Fraud in $2bn Acquisition (28 September 2016)

Posted 28 September 2016 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: CFDA Review Finds 80% of Chinese Clinical Trial Data is Fabricated Teva Alleges Fraud in $2bn Acquisition (28 September 2016)

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In Focus: US

  • Shire bails out of Baxalta biosimilars, ends Coherus, Momenta deals (Fierce) (BioCentury)
  • Biotech IPOs: Outliers, Value Creation, And The Dispersion Of Returns (LifeSciVC)
  • Furor Over Drug Prices Puts Patient Advocacy Groups in Bind (NYTimes)
  • Controversy Erupts Around Baby With Three Biological Parents (Forbes) (Harvard Bill of Health) (MIT Technology Review) (NYTimes)
  • Separating hope from hype in the latest cancer treatment 'revolution' (STAT)
  • NIH Funds Second Round Of Controversial Chelation Trial (CardioBrief)
  • The Proposed Federal 'Right-To-Try' Law Is Not The Answer For Critically Ill Patients (Health Affairs Blog)
  • Google Translate Star Leaves Venter's Human Longevity For Illumina-Backed Grail (Forbes)
  • US Government Agencies Have Placed A Value On An Extra Year of Life And It's Higher Than You Think (Forbes)
  • I Saw Alphabet's Health Watch (MIT Technology Review)
  • Zuckerberg appoints AstraZeneca's Cornelia Bargmann (Pharmafile)
  • Ask a MacArthur genius: Just how cheap can cancer diagnosis get? (Washington Post)
  • A Public Health Framework for Legalized Retail Marijuana Based on the US Experience: Avoiding a New Tobacco Industry (PLOS)
  • Pfizer Completes Acquisition of Medivation (Press)
  • Tenofovir Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women at Risk of HIV Infection: The Time is Now (PLOS, Study)
  • CDC whistleblower claims agency has been using wrong Zika test (Washington Post)
  • Americas Region Declared Free of Endemic Measles (NYTimes) (Reuters)
  • As hep C proves a 'flash in the pan' once again, Gilead's sales will 'erode massively': Analyst (Fierce)
  • A Tale Of Two Committees: Which Probed EpiPen Better? (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Boston Scientific to pay $210m for EndoChoice (MassDevice)

In Focus: International

  • The World Wakes Up to the Danger of Superbugs (NYTimes)
  • 80% of Chinese clinical trials' data fabricated (Pharmafile) (RadioFreeAsia)
  • Consultations on adoption of European Union guidelines in Australia (TGA)
  • Bluebird gene therapy granted EMA accelerated assessment status (BioPharmaReporter)
  • GSK offloads French drug discovery site, commits $40M to support transition (Fierce)
  • Mylan, Lupin Said to Weigh Bids for Bayer Dermatology Unit (Bloomberg)
  • Cipla aims to reach $1bn India sales through tie-ups (Economic Times)
  • What's A Fair Price for a Biosimilar in Europe? (SCRIP-$) (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Malaysian pharmaceutical market set to grow to $3.6 billion by 2020 (Pharmafile)
  • Japan To Become First Market For Troubled Brodalumab (SCRIP-$)
  • Teva Alleges Fraud In $2B Purchase Of Mexican Drug Co. (Law360-$)
  • Novartis Tests Global Manufacturing Process For CAR-T Therapy (Pink Sheet-$)
  • GSK's Immunology Strategy Edges Closer To Delivering (SCRIP-$)
  • NICE backs Bayer's Eylea to treat sight condition (PharmaTimes)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Novartis oncology vet to head up cancer I/O startup Neon (Fierce)
  • Interview: Strategies For Bio Manufacturing Partnerships (SCRIP-$)
  • The Role Of Value And Cost In Prescription Drug Pricing (Law360-$)
  • Drug Company Accused of Price-Gouging Has Developed Deep Capitol Network Since 2010 (National Law  Review)
  • Mast cuts back after Phase 3 miss (BioPharmaDive)
  • New Rockefeller Prez Takes Stock of "Wildly Underdeveloped" NY Bio Scene (Xconomy)
  • MIT Accelerator STEX25 Launches With Five Boston-Area Startups (Xconomy)
  • Researchers: unpublished adverse reactions a 'serious problem' (OutsourcingPharma)
  • FDA Encourages Pediatric Master Protocols With Bayesian Approach (Pink Sheet-$)
  • FDA Hiring Campaign Continues; Goal Is Addressing Pending ANDAs (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Teva Announces Launch of Generic Epzicom® Tablets in the United States (Press)
  • ProNAi buys rights to cancer drug for up to $328.5 million (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Galapagos CEO confirms Gilead standstill agreement is active, quashing takeover talk (Fierce)
  • Galectin routed by PhIIa NASH failure (Fierce)
  • Gilead donates $20 million to enhance access to treatment for often fatal neglected tropical disease (PharmaLetter-$)

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

  • Fast track status for Duchenne MD drug ezutromid (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Lilly to Present Latest Data for Taltz® (ixekizumab) in Psoriasis at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Annual Congress (Press)
  • Bayer To start phase III study with Vericiguat (Reuters)
  • Two New Trials of Merck's KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) as Monotherapy and in Combination with Chemotherapy for First-Line Treatment of Patients with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer to be Presented During Presidential Session at ESMO 2016 (Press)
  • Galera Therapeutics Announces Presentation of One-Year Follow-up Data from a Phase 1b/2a Study of GC4419 In the Reduction of Severe Oral Mucositis (Press)
  • Moberg Pharma Begins Patient Enrollment in North America and Europe in Two Phase 3 Studies of MOB-015 in Onychomycosis  (Press)
  • Updated Phase 1 Data Reinforce the Clinical Profile of Epacadostat in Combination with Keytruda® (Pembrolizumab) (Press)
  • Kitov Reports Successful Results for Additional KIT-302 Pharmacokinetic Bioequivalence Study (Press)
  • First FDA Approved Cross-Linking Procedures Are Performed on Patients in the U.S. with Progressive Keratoconus (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • FDA Finalizes Guidance Regarding Patient Preference Information for Medical Device Submissions (FDA Law Blog)
  • A Wireless Medical Device Manufacturer's Guide to Market Conformity (MassDevice)
  • Dialysis organizations team up with CDC to protect patients (CDC)
  • Medtronic touts 1st-in-human use of Sugar.IQ with Watson 'cognitive app' (MassDevice)
  • Siemens investors back Kaeser (MassDevice)
  • Phenox touts pREset thrombectomy device trial data (MassDevice)
  • Class 1 Device Recall Adaptor for SBD II (FDA 1, 2)
  • Abbott Receives FDA Approval for the FreeStyle Libre Pro™ System, a Revolutionary Diabetes Sensing Technology for Healthcare Professionals to Use with Their Patients (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Making Sure 'Healthy' Means What It Says on Food Packages (FDA Voice)
  • Another Slam Dunk Infuse Win – Preemption and More (Drug and Device Law)
  • California Right to Try Act signed into law (BioCentury)
  • Cracks Appear In Blue Cross' Obamacare Fire Wall (Forbes)
  • Maryland group attacks high cost of prescription drugs (Modern Healthcare)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Grünenthal research consortium receives €1.5m EU grant (PMLiVE)
  • Merck elects Isabel De Paoli as CSO (Pharmafile)
  • Plan to reduce health and care red tape burden (UK DOH)


  • Japan Approves Humira for Non-Infectious Uveitis (Press)
  • Japanese regulators approve Abiomed's Impella heart pumps (MassDevice)
  • Approval for Manufacturing and Marketing of "Micatrio® Combination Tablets," an Antihypertensive Drug -Japan's first ARB/CCB/diuretic three ingredients combination- (Press)
  • Astellas Receives Approval for Kiklin® Granules, a Treatment for Hyperphosphatemia, in Japan (Press)


  • Access to life saving medicines will be maintained: Govt (Economic Times)
  • Indian union plots mass protest against 'unfair' treatment of pharma sales reps (Fierce)


  • Performance statistics report: July 2015 to June 2016 (TGA)


  • Thailand rules out Zika link in two microcephaly cases; investigating two (Reuters)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Out of Africa: DNA Analysis Points to a Single Major Exodus (NIH Director's Blog)
  • Music therapy may help kids cope with immunization shots (Reuters)
  • CDC awards $13 million to establish the first Vector Control Unit in Puerto Rico (CDC)
  • Task force advises routine preeclampsia screening in pregnancy (Reuters)
  • WHO releases country estimates on air pollution exposure and health impact (WHO)

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