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Regulatory Recon: Pfizer Decides Not to Split Regeneron Gets Priority Review for Eczema Drug (26 September 2016)

Posted 26 September 2016 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Pfizer Decides Not to Split Regeneron Gets Priority Review for Eczema Drug (26 September 2016)

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In Focus: US

  • Pfizer Decides Not to Split, Ending Years of Speculation (Bloomberg) (Reuters) (WSJ)
  • Technology and Health Care: The View From HHS (WSJ)
  • ​Regeneron, Sanofi may win US approval of $3 billion eczema drug by March (WSJ) (Fierce) (Press)
  • FDA Licenses First HUMIRA Biosimilar; Denies AbbVie Petition on Fifth Amendment Takings (WSJ) (FDA) (Patent Docs) (Focus) (FDA Law Blog)
  • Endo International CEO steps down, Campanelli named successor (Reuters)
  • Beware the hype: Top scientists cautious about fighting cancer with immunotherapy (STAT)
  • FDA Lab-Developed Test Oversight Could Spur Gene Test Advances (Bloomberg)
  • Should clinicians prescribe treatments that are more affordable but possibly less effective? (Healio)
  • Recipe for ripoffs: Pricing drugs by their 'value' to sick people (Los Angeles Times)
  • ISO 13485: Ex-FDA Official Kim Trautman Gives Advice on Transitioning (Focus)
  • Doctors Dig for More Data About Patients (WSJ)
  • New Nuclear-Imaging Tests Show Promise in Locating Cancer (WSJ)
  • Physicians and Physicists Join Forces to Fight Pancreatic Cancer (WSJ)
  • GW's cannabis-derived drug succeeds in third epilepsy study (Reuters)
  • Drug-resistant bugs flourish in America's aging water systems (CBS)
  • Patient Advocacy With FDA Review Staff Will Be Tougher Post-Sarepta (Pink Sheet-$)
  • FDA approves expanded indications for Ilaris for three rare diseases (FDA) (Press)
  • Right-To-Try Laws For The Terminally Ill Are Bad Policy (Forbes)
  • Harvard-POLITICO poll: Americans blame pharma on costs (Politico)

In Focus: International

  • GSK files for approval of subcutaneous lupus drug (PharmaTimes)
  • Novartis leads way in new class oENf malaria treatments (PharmaLetter-$)
  • The Ebola crisis then and now: An interview with the UN's David Nabarro (McKinsey)
  • Building A Stronger Ecosystem to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (LifeSciVC)
  • Six in the running to be next World Health Organization leader (Reuters) (WHO)
  • Lilly's Sarcoma Drug Lartruvo Latest To Test EU Conditional Approval System (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Jim O'Neill Is "Free For Global AMR Role" After Leaving UK Government (SCRIP-$)
  • Glass Ceiling Cracked; Pharma Forges Path To Gender Equality By 2040? (SCRIP-$)
  • We're on your side, NICE boss Sir Andrew Dillon tells pharma (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Dublin The Odds: Ireland Plays On Strengths As It Prepares EMA Bid (Pink Sheet               -$)
  • Australian pharmaceutical market to grow to be worth $25 billion by 2020 (Pharmafile)
  • CytoSorbents enters Iran (MassDevice)
  • Polish police uncover 'world's largest' fake drug factory (Securing Industry)
  • Chinese FDA Adds to Medical Device Submission Document Requirements (Emergo)
  • The Challenge of Health-Care Innovation in Developing Nations (WSJ)
  • Attitudes to animal research in 2016 (GOV.UK)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Califf names Sherman deputy commissioner (BioCentury)
  • Optimizing Clinical Drug Product Performance: Applying Biopharmaceutics Risk Assessment Roadmap (BioRAM) and the BioRAM Scoring Grid. (Journal of Pharmaceutical Science)
  • Controversy Continues Over Muscular Dystrophy Drug, Despite FDA Approval (NPR)
  • Sick Children Face Potentially Deadly Danger: Medication Errors (WSJ)
  • Deep-sea microbes, simple medical diagnostic tools and complex computing win 2016 MacArthur 'genius grants' (Nature)
  • FDA Publishes Biosimilar Biological Product Reauthorization Performance Goals and Procedures Fiscal Years 2018 Through 2022 (FDA Lawyers Blog)

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

  • Biogen Completes Rolling Submission of New Drug Application to FDA for Nusinersen as a Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Press)
  • Medivir: Updated Interim Phase IIa Data Demonstrate That the Combination of Simeprevir, Odalasvir and AL-335 Has a High Level of Efficacy in HCV Patients (Press)
  • First Patient Dosed in CANbridge's CAN-008 Phase I/II Trial in Newly-Diagnosed Glioblastoma Multiforme in Taiwan (Press)
  • Cytori Partner Kerastem Completes Enrollment of US Phase II Trial for Early Stage Hair Loss (Press)
  • Exelixis Announces Collaborator Daiichi Sankyo's Initiation of Phase 3 Clinical Development for CS-3150, a Selective Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonist (Press)
  • Promising Tanibirumab Trial Boosts PharmAbcine's Confidence (SCRIP-$)
  • Alnylam Reports Positive Initial Results from Ongoing Phase 1/2 Study of ALN-GO1, an Investigational RNAi Therapeutic for the Treatment of Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1 (Press)
  • U.S. FDA Approves Labeling Update of REXULTI® (brexpiprazole) For Maintenance Treatment of Schizophrenia (Press)
  • Ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA®) Supplemental New Drug Application Submitted to FDA for Marginal Zone Lymphoma (MZL) (Press)
  • DURECT's Licensee Pain Therapeutics Receives Complete Response Letter from FDA for REMOXY® ER (oxycodone) Extended-Release Capsules CII (Press)
  • AbbVie's eight-week HCV regimen leads to 98% SVR12 (BioCentury)
  • J&J six-week combo cures all HCV patients in Phase II cohort (BioCentury)

US: Medical Devices

  • Medtronic opens diabetes HQ in Minn (MassDevice)
  • FDA Planning Board Unveil Priorities For Coordinating Center Overseeing Device Evaluation System (MDDI)
  • How to Apply FDA's 3-D Printing Guidance to Medtech Manufacturing (MDDI)
  • Vela Diagnostics Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Zika Virus Molecular Assay (Press)
  • Why We Must Apply Lean Startup Principles to Medical Devices (MDDI)
  • EarPods and EpiPens: The Design Dynamics Behind Permanent Adoption (MDDI)
  • FDA Purchasing Power is on the Line (Alliance for a Stronger FDA)
  • Glaukos touts 3-year iStent data (MassDevice)
  • FDA relabels RebiScan Pediatric Vision Scanner as Class II device (MassDevice)
  • St. Jude gets $4.4M from NIH for app to improve medication adherence in sickle cell anemia patients (MobiHealthNews)
  • UVLrx Therapy Lights Up Charlatans Dealing In Medical Devices (Forbes)
  • Draper Labs plans human study of neural implants (MassDevice)
  • BrainScope Announces FDA Clearance of the First Handheld Medical Device for Assessment of the Full Spectrum of Traumatic Brain Injury (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Rules Amendments Mean That Proportionality Limits Even MDL Discovery (Drug and Device Law)
  • Health Care Deserves More Attention on the Campaign Trail (NYTimes)
  • US politicians lament inaction over price-gouging drug companies (Financial Times)
  • Big Pharma urges acquittal for ex-Acclarent execs (MassDevice)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Pharma 2020 has activated Russian biomanufacturing tech market says GE Healthcare (BioPharmaReporter)
  • Invitation to participate in the EC-EUnetHTA Forum (EUnetHTA)
  • UK Recommends Double Emergency Contraceptive Dose To Counter Enzyme Inducers (SCRIP-$)
  • Medicines For Europe and GPhA Commit To Supporting Positive Developments of the Negotiations for TTP (GPhA)


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  • Singapore considers monitoring program for babies born to women with Zika (Reuters)
  • Adult, larval insecticides pack deadly punch to mosquitoes, Zika: U.S. (Reuters)
  • Doctors Brace for Zika Babies (NYTimes)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • People who improve their diets reduce diabetes risk (Reuters)

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