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Regulatory Recon: J&J Halts Two Drugs in Development Novartis to Close Colorado Manufacturing Site (17 October 2017)

Posted 17 October 2017 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: J&J Halts Two Drugs in Development Novartis to Close Colorado Manufacturing Site (17 October 2017)

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In Focus: US

  • Allergan Brings the Roof Down On Its Head (In the Pipeline) (NY Times) (Focus) (Patent Docs)
  • Senator introduces repeal of 2016 law after "60 Minutes" opioid epidemic report (CBS News)
  • The secretive family making billions from the opioid crisis (Esquire)
  • Trump tweets that Marino is out of consideration for drug czar (CNN) (Bloomberg) (NY Times)
  • Trump says opioid emergency will be declared next week (Stat)
  • 450 jobs will be lost in shutdown of Novartis division in Broomfield (Denver Post) (In-Pharmatechnologist)
  • J&J is jettisoning two of its promised blockbuster drugs, and it couldn’t come at a worse time (Endpoints) (Fierce) (Reuters) (GEN)
  • Flurry of New Guidances from CDRH and Notable Changes to the Pre-Submission Process (FDA Law Blog)
  • The Cost Of Developing Drugs Is Insane. That Paper That Says Otherwise Is Insanely Bad
  • Trump’s new talk on US drug prices sends biotech stock index down (Bloomberg) (Politico)
  • Trump discussing pharmaceutical prices (NBC News)

In Focus: International

  • EMA Plots Out Priorities to Deal With Brexit Uncertainties (Focus)
  • European Ombudsman concludes her inquiry into the HPV vaccines referral (EMA)
  • EMA counters the academics who criticized the cancer drug approval process (Endpoints)
  • EMA says impending EudraVigilance launch benefits MAHs (In-PharmaTechnologist)
  • Drug companies in the crosshairs of China’s Cybersecurity Law (BioWorld-$)
  • How the University of California Is Fighting Proxy Patent Battle for Expensive Cancer Drug in India (The Wire)
  • Increase of antibiotic resistance - Antibiotic Awareness Week highlights the risks (SwissMedic)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Impax Laboratories and Amneal Pharmaceuticals Near Merger Agreement (WSJ-$)
  • Mass. biotech jobs hit all-time high as drug pipeline swells (Boston Business Journal)
  • HELP takes another stab at drug prices (Politico)
  • Pfizer, NEA back Cydan II’s plans to launch a fresh slate of biotech startups focused on rare genetic diseases (Endpoints)
  • Sanofi cancer executive jumps ship to Silicon Therapeutics (Fierce)
  • Orexigen posts a ‘for sale’ sign in the yard as weak Contrave sales raise concerns (Endpoints)
  • Biopharma Firms Seek Clarity on FDA Draft Guidance on CMC Annual Reports (Focus)
  • Fresenius Can't Duck FCA Claims Over Hepatitis B Tests (Law360-$)
  • Preferred Pharmacy Networks Will Dominate 2018 Medicare Part D Plans (Plus: We Review the Top Plan Sponsors) (Drug Channels)
  • New gene therapy treatment could hit $1M per patient because of additional costs (Kaiser Health News)
  • KEI finds University of Pennsylvania failed to disclose government rights in five CAR T patents (KEI)
  • FDA Finding Doesn't Absolve Forest Labs, Parents Say (Law360-$)
  • Spark Therapeutics’s success is lifting all gene therapy stocks even though risks remain (Stat-$)
  • Gemini raises $42.5m in Series A (Biocentury-$)
  • CVS Health and Epic Announce Initiative to Help Lower Drug Costs for Patients by Providing Prescribers with Expanded Visibility to Lower Cost Alternatives (Press)
  • Gilead Sciences Announces Promotion of Alessandro Riva to Executive Vice President, Oncology Therapeutics (Press)
  • Vertex Announces 10-Year, $500 Million Corporate Giving Commitment (Press)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Clinical Study Results, Filings & Designations

  • One Scientist’s Marathon Quest for the Exercise Pill (Bloomberg)
  • Promising data for Sanofi, Regeneron’s dupilumab (PharmaTimes)
  • AstraZeneca lung cancer drug proves able to shrink EGFR mutation-positive tumours (Pharmafile) (PharmaTimes)
  • Chi-Med, AstraZeneca lung cancer drug shrinks resistant tumors (Reuters)
  • Teva Announces Submission of Biologics License Application for Fremanezumab to the U.S. FDA (Press)
  • Richard Lehman’s journal review (BMJ)
  • US FDA Accepts Supplemental Biologics License Application for Imfinzi (durvalumab) in Locally Advanced, Unresectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (Press)
  • FDA Accepts Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Application for Opdivo (nivolumab) in Patients with Resected High-Risk Advanced Melanoma and Grants Priority Review (Press)

Medical Devices

  • Center for Devices and Radiological Health: Experiential Learning Program (Federal Register)
  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Medical Devices; Device Tracking (Federal Register)
  • Medical Devices; Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology Devices; Classification of the
  • Organophosphate Test System (Federal Register)
  • Patient Engagement in Device Trials: FDA Meeting Discusses Challenges and Opportunities (Focus)
  • J&J’s DePuy launches Maxframe limb correction system (Mass Device)
  • Illumina Ventures Founder talks about investment priorities for first $230M fund (MedCity News)
  • OptiNose IPO pulls in $120m (Drug Delivery)
  • FDA Looks For Diverse CMMI 'Maturity' Pilot Enrollees; Device-Makers Expect Big Savings (MedTech Insight)

US: Assorted & Government

  •  Senator introduces repeal of 2016 law after "60 Minutes" opioid epidemic report (CBS News) (PhRMA)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Batavia adding 50 jobs in US viral vector and EU cleanroom expansion (BioPharma-Reporter)
  • South London man convicted for large number of unlicensed medicines (MHRA)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • New Imaging Approach Reveals Lymph System in Brain (NIH Director’s Blog)
  • Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility (NY Times-$)
  • 7 Million American Men Carry Cancer-Causing HPV Virus (NY Times-$)

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