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Regulatory Recon: Highly-Valued Moderna Hits Safety Problems with Lead Drug HHS Secretary Calls for Medicare to Negotiate Drug Prices (10 January 2017)

Posted 10 January 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Highly-Valued Moderna Hits Safety Problems with Lead Drug HHS Secretary Calls for Medicare to Negotiate Drug Prices (10 January 2017)

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In Focus: US

  • Lavishly funded Moderna hits safety problems in bold bid to revolutionize medicine (STAT) (Forbes) (EP Vantage) (Fierce)
  • Sarepta Opens Up About Duchenne Drug Launch, Allays Investors' Worst Fears (The Street)
  • HHS Secretary: Give Medicare Authority To Negotiate Drug Prices (KHN)
  • Sen. McCain Submits Bill to Allow Drug Re-Importation from Canada (
  • FDA, DOJ Investigate Galena Biopharma's Former Promotions of Fentanyl (Focus)
  • Study: Drug development is no faster now than 20 years ago (STAT)
  • Johnson & Johnson to Report Average Increases in List Prices for US Drugs (WSJ)
  • Regeneron CEO says Amgen not putting patients first in patent dispute (Reuters)
  • Egalet painkiller wins FDA approval but label disappoints (Reuters) (Pharmafile) (Press)
  • Rethinking Pharma Productivity (McKinsey)
  • How to successfully launch a rare disease drug in a patient-centric world (McKinsey)
  • Illumina Promises To Sequence Human Genome For $100 -- But Not Quite Yet (Forbes) (STAT)
  • Illumina Adds IBM Watson To DNA Test For Cancer Patients (Forbes)
  • Potential Breakthrough Option For Parkinson's: LTI Partners With Allergan (LifeSciVC)
  • 'File Over Protest' At US FDA: PTC To Pursue Rarely-Used Pathway For DMD Drug (Pink Sheet-$)
  • ANDA Stress Test: End-Of-Year Submission Bolus Pressures US FDA Review System (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Supreme Court Rejects Merck Bid To Eye On-Sale Bar's Reach (Law360-$)
  • Supreme Court Won't Hear ANDA Venue Case (Law360-$) (Big Molecule Watch)
  • Takeda's Bid for Cancer Drug Maker Looks Expensive (NYTimes) (EP Vantage) (Financial Times)
  • A quiet year for mid-size medtech (EP Vantage)

In Focus: International

  • Innovative access to medicines strategies in lower income countries (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Kite Pharma partners with Japan's Daiichi for cancer therapy (Reuters) (EP Vantage)
  • Kite, Fosun Pharma form JV in China for cancer treatment (Reuters) (Press)
  • International Generic Drug Regulators Outline Plans for Collaboration Through 2020 (Focus)
  • Smoking costs $1 trillion, soon to kill 8 million a year: WHO/NCI study (Reuters)
  • Japanese Regulators to Reduce Some QMS Assessment Fees 30% in 2017 (Emergo)
  • Valeant Agrees to Sell Dendreon to Sanpower for $820 Million (WSJ) (Pharmafile) (Financial Times)
  • Abbott, Alere Offer EU Antitrust Fixes For $5.8B Deal (Law360-$)
  • Interview – German Merck unveils its secret weapon (EP Vantage)
  • EMA Releases Q&A on Exposure Limits and Hazardous Compounds (Focus)

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US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • In Search Of A Vaccine To Vanquish The Plague (KHN)
  • Novartis' Jimenez gives biosimilar update (BioCentury)
  • FDA Offers Draft Q&A on Reporting Requirements for Wholesalers, Third-Party Logistics (Focus)
  • PCSK9 Drug Could Be in Legal Limbo into 2018 (Medpage)
  • Biden outlines steps to pursue post-Obama 'cancer moonshot' (CNBC)
  • GAO: FDA's White Oak Campus Poses Security Risk (Focus)
  • The 20-year journey yielding a new weapon against cancer (PhRMA)
  • FDA Encourages More Participation, Diversity in Clinical Trials (FDA)
  • How Google Ventures Is Thinking About Biotech (The Information)
  • Pharma Strategizes On Drug Pricing On Day One Of J.P. Morgan (SCRIP-$)
  • J.P. Morgan Notebook Day 1: PCSK9 Face-Off, Teva's Slowed Growth, Merck's Keytruda Wins, Lilly's CDK4/6 Hopes And More (SCRIP-$)
  • Vertex Pharma Will Use Deals to Diversify Beyond Cystic Fibrosis (The Street)
  • Research finds cancer cells spread even before tumour development (Pharmafile)
  • Public Variant Databases: Data Share with Care (Harvard Bill of Health)
  • Drug discovery collaboration could lead to a long-term clinical development effort (Outsourcing Pharma)
  • Cumberland and Clinigen enter Totect US commercialization pact (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Mast Therapeutics, Savara ink merger deal (Drug Delivery)
  • Can CRISPR Technology Help Us Meet the Goals of "One Health"? (BIO)
  • Targeting SAMHD1 with the Vpx protein to improve cytarabine therapy for hematological malignancies (Nature)
  • BioMarin eyeing pivotal hemophilia gene therapy trial (BioCentury)
  • Arrowhead Nets $9.6M Investment From U.K.-Based Silence Therapeutics (Xconomy)
  • FDA's Rx Promo Citations Rise Slightly In 2016; Investigational Drug Promos Scrutinized (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Easing The Process For Requesting Experimental Drugs (Law360-$)
  • Comparing Significant Risk Vs. Non-Significant Risk Studies (imarc)
  • Recommendations for Assessment of Blood Donor Eligibility, Donor Deferral and Blood Product Management in Response to Ebola Virus; Guidance for Industry; Availability (FDA)

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

  • ViraCyte Granted U.S. FDA Fast Track Designation for Viralym-C (Press)
  • NeuroGenetic Pharmaceuticals Completes Phase 1 Clinical Trials for NGP 555 to Treat and Prevent Alzheimer's Disease; Shown as Safe and Well-Tolerated in Healthy Volunteers (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • An Interview with Biotronik's Marlou Janssen (MDDI)
  • FDA approves Roche's assay to assess ovarian reserve (EPR)
  • One In Three Women With Breast Cancer Treated Unnecessarily, Study Concludes (KHN) (NPR) (Reuters)
  • FDA Finalizes its Guidance Regarding Medical Device Accessories (FDA Law Blog)
  • Orthofix wins FDA nod, CE Mark for bone growth stimulators (MassDevice)
  • Medicrea submits 510(k) app for 3D-printed spinal interbody device (MassDevice)
  • Arterys Receives FDA Clearance For The First Zero-Footprint Medical Imaging Analytics Cloud Software With Deep Learning For Cardiac MRI (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Donald Trump Pressures Republicans to Repeal, Replace Health Law at Same Time (WSJ)
  • Why key Senate Republicans want to slow down on Obamacare repeal (Politico)
  • Muted Response From Health Lobby as Affordable Care Act Faces Repeal (NYTimes)
  • Phigenix, Inc. v. ImmunoGen, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) (Patent Docs)
  • "Regulatory Causation" Roundup (Drug & Device Law)
  • Specialty Pharmacies Say Benefit Managers Are Squeezing Them Out (NYTimes)
  • Meningitis Outbreak Was Murder, Feds Tell Jury (Law360-$)
  • Top 5 Drug And Device Developments Of 2016 (Law360-$)
  • $337M Has GSK Research Complex Trading Hands (Law360-$)
  • UnitedHealth's Optum to Acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for $2.3 Billion (WSJ)
  • Size matters: Study shows big difference in office visit reimbursements (Reuters)

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  • NeuroVive pipeline rebuild continues with Karolinska pact (Fierce)
  • OptiScan wins CE Mark for OptiScanner ICU CGM, lactate monitor (MassDevice)


  • AbbVie reports positive results from Phase III HCV drug trial in Japan (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Astellas Terminates Agreement with UMN Pharma for Cell Culture Based Influenza Vaccine Programs (Press)


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  • Aurobindo Takes Pole Position In Less Genericized Portuguese Market (SCRIP-$)
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