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Regulatory Recon: Trump Taps Lobbyist for FDA Role During Transition Global Coalition Aims to Prevent Future Epidemics (19 January 2017)

Posted 19 January 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Trump Taps Lobbyist for FDA Role During Transition Global Coalition Aims to Prevent Future Epidemics (19 January 2017)

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In Focus: US

  • Trump taps longtime pharma lobbyist to help run FDA during transition (STAT-$)
  • Truthful and Non-Misleading: FDA Looks to Clarify Policies on Medical Product Communications (Focus) (Drug & Device Law) (FDA) (Pink Sheet-$)
  • California voters were promised cures. But the state stem cell agency has funded just a trickle of clinical trials (STAT-$)
  • Do FDA's Foreign Offices Help Keep US Drugs Safe? GAO Says Answer is Unknown (Focus)
  • Why Jay Bradner thinks Novartis can recharge drug discovery (BioPharmaDive)
  • How to Avoid a Post-Antibiotic World (NYTimes)
  • Why Patent Protection In The Drug Industry Is Out Of Control (Forbes)
  • What Trump's Libertarian Pals Don't Understand About The FDA – Or Reality (Forbes)
  • FDA Sketches Out Approach to Regulating Genome-Edited Products (GenomeWeb) (FDA Voice)
  • FDA's Approval of Generic Version of Jazz Pharma's Sleep Disorder Drug Raises Questions (Focus)
  • US Six-Month Drug Market Exclusivity Extensions Could Yield Nearly $100 Million (Health Affairs Blog)
  • How We Can Repeal The ACA And Still Insure The Uninsured (Health Affairs Blog)
  • The Republicans' Healthcare Answer -- The Purple Health Plan (Forbes)
  • Why Trump's 'Everybody' Health Plan Sounds Like Bernie's (Forbes)
  • FDA Requests Comments on Documents Related to Certain Biotechnology and Mosquito-related Products (FDA) (BIO)
  • Mystery Fungus Sparks NIH Crisis, Imperiling Trials, Patients and Its Boss (WSJ)
  • Mallinckrodt to Pay $100 Million to Settle Antitrust Allegations on Unlawful Drug Monopoly (WSJ) (DoJ)
  • Six US Senators Confronting Trump's HHS Cabinet Pick Own Health Care Stocks, Too (KHN)
  • Trump health pick defends stocks, says Americans won't lose insurance (Reuters)
  • Choice for Health Secretary Is Vague on Replacing Affordable Care Act (NYTimes)
  • Controversial patient-consent proposal left out of research-ethics reforms (Nature) (NPR)
  • Cancer reproducibility project releases first results (Nature) (Washington Post)
  • E&C Continues to Press for Accountability, Safety at Nation's Labs (E&C)

In Focus: International

  • Powerful Ideas for Global Access to Medicines (NEJM)
  • New global coalition launched to create vaccines, prevent epidemics (NYTimes) (Washington Post) (Reuters) (Nature)
  • The Q3C(R6) Step 4 presentation available now on the ICH Website (ICH) (Slides)
  • Access to one in five new drugs approved by NICE may be delayed (OnMedica)
  • Netherlands bids to hosts EU drugs agency, replacing Britain (Reuters)
  • Asia Regulatory Roundup: China Unveils Reforms to Simplify Supply Chains, Lower Drug Costs (Focus)
  • 7 Biosimilars, 2 ATMPs Among 81 Medicines That Got EMA Nod in 2016 (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Biosimilars a 'must-have' in cancer care, says ESMO president (PharmaLetter-$)
  • GSK snatches AZ Europe VP to replace exiting global head of pharma (Pharmafile) (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Counterfeit Harvoni Discovered in Nara Pharmacy, MHLW Investigating Route of Entry into Distribution (PharmaJapanWeb)
  • Ex-GSK rare disease head moves to Genenta (Fierce)
  • Why is Extensively Drug-Resistant TB on The Rise? (NPR) (Reuters)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • FDA Issues Guidance Regarding Interchangeability of Biosimilar and Biologic Drugs (Patent Docs) (Focus) (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Pfenex, Pfizer and Sandoz hail US FDA interchangeability guidelines(BioPharmaReporter)
  • FDA Issues Final Guidance Addressing Repackaging of Certain Human Drug Products by Pharmacies and Outsourcing Facilities (FDA Law Blog)
  • Rebooted Merrimack names Sanofi Genzyme SVP as CEO (Fierce)
  • FDA Warns One Japanese, One Chinese Drugmaker (Focus)
  • CBER Announces Planned Guidance for 2017 (Focus)
  • How Precision Medicine Could Be A Lifesaver For Kids With Brain Cancer (Forbes)
  • FDA Finalizes Guidance on Assessing Abuse Potential of Drugs (Focus)
  • Faster FDA adds a positive spin to 2016's disappointing approval record (EP Vantage)
  • Alzheimer's Research: Diversity Now (LifeSciVC)
  • Interview with Janssen's Dr Amrit Ray: One Company's Efforts To Bring Order To The Challenging Area of Compassionate Use (Pink Sheet-$)
  • FDA Warns of Illnesses and Deaths in Pets Exposed to Prescription topical (human) cancer treatment: Fluorouracil (FDA)
  • PhRMA to apply big bucks to new theme in 2017 marketing campaign (Fierce)
  • Paragon Bioservices secures NIAID contract for preclinical work (OutsourcingPharma)
  • Irvine Scientific introduces xeno-free T cell growth medium (BioPharmaReporter)
  • Maryland biotechs PharmAthene and Novartis-backed Altimmune pen merger deal (Fierce)

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

  • Allergan Announces FDA Approval Of RHOFADE™ (Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride) Cream, 1% For The Topical Treatment Of Persistent Facial Erythema Associated With Rosacea In Adults (Press)
  • Opdivo (nivolumab) Demonstrated Efficacy and Improved Survival in Patients with Previously Treated Advanced Gastric Cancer in a Randomized Phase 3 Study (Press)
  • U.S. FDA Approves IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) as First Treatment Specifically Indicated for Relapsed/Refractory Marginal Zone Lymphoma (MZL) - a Rare Type of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (Press)
  • U.S. FDA Acknowledges Receipt of Shire's New Drug Application for SHP465 for ADHD (Press)
  • Catabasis Pharmaceuticals Phase 1 Data on Edasalonexent (CAT-1004), a Potential Disease-Modifying Therapy Being Developed for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • 14 Ways That Non-Profits Contribute to the Medical Device Industry (MDDI)
  • Orthofix to pay $14 million to settle charges it paid off doctors: U.S. SEC (Reuters)
  • Class 1 Device Recall for Bard's Halo One Thin Walled Guiding Sheath (FDA 1, 2, 3)
  • Class 1 Device Recall on CareFusion Alaris Pump Module 8100 (FDA)
  • What Polymer Is Best for My New Implantable Device? (MDDI)
  • Donald Trump: 5 questions medtech needs to ask (MassDevice)
  • Biogen, Siemens Healthineers to quantify MRI analysis for multiple sclerosis (Fierce)
  • Wearable Sensors Spot Lyme Disease (IEEE)
  • Modulated Imaging Receives FDA Clearance for Ox-Imager CS System (Press)
  • Theranos Investor Claims There's A Conspiracy To Take Down Elizabeth Holmes (Vanity Fair)

US: Assorted & Government

  • New 2017 Part D Enrollment Data: Walgreens and Walmart Trounce CVS in Preferred Networks (Drug Channels)
  • New First-of-Its-Kind Study Shows Growing Share of Medicine List Prices Going to Rebates and Supply Chain (PhRMA) (Berkeley Research Group)
  • Senators demand better information from DEA on opioid campaign (Washington Post)
  • Vape companies try to galvanize Trump administration to ease FDA rules (Reuters)
  • Fish is Good for You, But Apparently, Not Too Much! (Lachman Consultants)
  • FDA Adverse Event Data Release May Mean More Lawsuits (Law360-$)
  • David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump's science adviser (Washington Post)
  • New Claim Of Death Emerges In Xarelto MDL (Law360-$)
  • One Foot Out the Door, Medicare Chief Launches His Own Twitter Barrage (KHN)
  • Mayor seeking to sue maker of OxyContin over opioid epidemic (CBS)
  • National Academy Of Sciences Pushes For Rescheduling Of Marijuana (Forbes)
  • Unusual Removal Situation Yields Favorable Result (FDA Law Blog)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • AbbVie's Humira IP strategy having 'chilling effect on competition,' UK judge (BioPharmaReporter)
  • Clinical Drug Trials submitted within the Pilot Phase to ANSM (French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety) and the CPP (French Ethics Committee) (ANSM)
  • Drug Safety Update: monthly PDF newsletter (MHRA)
  • VulnerABLE: Improving the health of those in isolated and vulnerable situations (EC)
  • Edwards Lifesciences wins CE Mark for HemoSphere blood flow monitor (MassDevice)
  • Trouble At Europharma: Danish Regulators Call For New CEO (Pink Sheet-$)
  • The Qualified Person: also responsible for Distribution Activities? (ECA)
  • Servier universal CAR-T therapy outsourced to Belgian CDMO (BioPharmaReporter)
  • Medical marijuana chewing gum to treat IBS in Dutch trial (InPharmaTechnologist)


    • NPPA makes registration on IPDMS mandatory for coronary stent manufacturers, importers and marketers (PharmaBiz)
    • NPPA will maintain its mandate: Minister (Economic Times)
    • Pharma industry grows 29% to Rs 2.04 lakh crore in 2015-16 (Economic Times)
    • Gujarat govt signs 249 MoUs with pharma cos attracting investments worth Rs. 15,000 cr at Vibrant Gujarat Summit (PharmaBiz)
    • Cipla arm to sell stake in Four M Propack to Shriji Polymers (Economic Times)


    • Folate and folic acid for use in listed medicines (TGA)
    • Metformin extended release tablets (TGA)


    • Notice to Stakeholders – Release of Guidance Documents for Consultation: Various good manufacturing practices and drug establishment licensing guidance documents (Health Canada)

    Other International

    • Do you know the Saudi GDPs? And the Role of the Responsible Person? (ECA)

    General Health & Other Interesting Articles

    • Blood pressure care in U.S. improving, but disparities remain (Reuters)
    • Migraines tied to increased stroke risk after surgery (Reuters)

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