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Regulatory Recon: Sage Shares Soar After Postpartum Depression Drug Meets Phase III Goals FDA Approves Merck Drug to Prevent Post-Stem Cell Transplant Infections (9 November 2017)

Posted 09 November 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Sage Shares Soar After Postpartum Depression Drug Meets Phase III Goals FDA Approves Merck Drug to Prevent Post-Stem Cell Transplant Infections (9 November 2017)

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In Focus: US

  • Trump says he and China's Xi to try to end opioid crisis (Reuters)
  • Despite Trump's Pleas, China's Online Opioid Bazaar Is Booming (NYTimes)
  • The White House punted to Congress on opioids funding. Congress doesn't have a plan (STAT)
  • FDA OKs Merck drug that prevents infection post-stem cell transplant (Reuters) (Press) (Endpoints)
  • Sage Therapeutics shares soar after postpartum depression drug meets main goal (Reuters) (STAT) (Endpoints)
  • FDA Accepts Otsuka's Resubmission of Tolvaptan (Press)
  • Ex-pharma exec Azar is top choice to run US health agency: Sources (Reuters) (Bloomberg)
  • The Medicines Company PCSK9 Inhibitor Strategy: More Heart Patients Via Lower Pricing (Forbes)
  • FDA Awards Funding to Support Pediatric Clinical Trials Research (FDA Voice)
  •  The FDA Is Open To Medical Marijuana For Vets, But Other Agencies Stand In The Way (Forbes)
  • Maine governor says he will not expand Medicaid despite vote (Reuters)
  • Repeal of individual mandate would increase uninsured, premiums: CBO (Reuters)
  • Under Trump, Biologists Seek a Low Profile for Controversial Research (MIT Technology Review)
  • Congress Weighs Repeal of Tax Credit for Rare Disease Drugs (NYTimes)
  • Shopping for Prescriptions: How Deductibles Will Reshape the Pharmacy Industry (Drug Channels)

In Focus: International

  • AstraZeneca rides China wave as rival GlaxoSmithKline struggles (Reuters) (Financial Times)
  • Sanofi pays $40M, commits $765M more for preclinical MS drug (Fierce) (Endpoints)
  • EFPIA member survey on the implications of Brexit on medicines supply (EFPIA) (ABPI) (PharmaTimes)
  • Thousands of drugs face Brexit risk, makers to duplicate testing (Reuters)
  • Relocation of the UK-based EU agencies - Frequently asked questions (EU Council)
  • The notified body conundrum (MedicalDevicesLegal)
  • MRC spin out Bicycle Therapeutics announces partnership with AstraZeneca in £1bn deal (MRC)
  • Gene-Therapy Grafts Have Repaired a Child's Devastating Skin Disorder (MIT Technology Review) (NPR) (NYTimes) (Nature)
  • EU CHMP To Review July Rejection Of Drugs For Schizophrenia, Metastatic Breast Cancer (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Hikma cuts forecasts, key new drug hits fresh FDA barrier (Financial Times 1, 2) (Reuters)
  • Merck KGaA has contacted prospective buyers of consumer health (Reuters)
  • Germany's Merck posts flat 3rd-qtr sales and earnings decline (PharmaLetter-$)
  • BMS adds another EU indication to Opdivo's growing list (PMLive)
  • NHS England seals access deals with big pharma for breast cancer and MS (Pharmafile) (EPR)
  • NICE brings on board Sigma to boost med tech uptake (PharmaTimes)
  • Novartis ties with Royal Marsden to boost cancer care (PharmaTimes)
  • Pakistan shuts down last MSF facility in tribal areas (Reuters)
  • Hearing aid maker William Demant trusts in hearing quality, not smart features (Reuters)
  • Russia Floats Conditions To Approve Bayer-Monsanto Deal (Law360-$)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Relief (NYTimes)
  • Walid Gellad: A Unique Voice in the Drug Pricing Debate (GEN)
  • New report and event examine the new era of vaccines (PhRMA)
  • Adjuvant Melanoma Therapy — Head-Spinning Progress (NEJM)
  • Anthem Sets Conditions for Covering Exondys 51 (Anthem)
  • EPA Approval Of Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes Caps Long Quest (NPR)
  • Creative Minds: Building a CRISPR Gene Drive Against Malaria (NIH)
  • Selecta feels the pain of gout (EP Vantage)
  • Ex-Shire exec Phil Vickers joins the migration to startups, taking the reins at an immuno-oncology biotech (Endpoints)
  • Pre-Submission Facility Correspondence Session at AAM Fall Tech Strikes a Nerve (Lachman Consultants)
  • One in six facilities fail to pay FDA's user fees — is the US generic supply chain at risk? (PharmaCompass)
  • Otonomy's renaissance starts as Ménière's disease drug clears trial (Fierce) (Press)
  • Improving cancer immunotherapy by harnessing new technology (Fierce)
  • Cambrex's small scale API expansion open in Iowa, US (InPharma)
  • Chasing Alexion, Apellis hits the start button for $150M IPO (Fierce)
  • Novartis strengthens autoimmune indications for Cosentyx (PMLive)
  • Keryx looks to boost 'disappointing' Auryxia with new iron deficiency launch (Fierce)
  • After asthma success, AstraZeneca and Amgen's tezepelumab misses in atopic dermatitis (Fierce)
  • Editas-backer Partners taps Lilly to help raise $171M fund (Fierce)
  • IRB consolidation continues as Chesapeake and Schulman merge to form Advarra (OutsourcingPharma)

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb and Five Prime Present Phase 1a/1b Data Evaluating Cabiralizumab (anti-CSF-1 receptor antibody) with Opdivo (nivolumab) in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors (Press)
  • Astellas and Seattle Genetics Initiate Phase 1b Trial of Enfortumab Vedotin in Combination with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapies in Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer (Press)
  • vTv Therapeutics Initiates Phase 1b/2 Study Evaluating TTP399 for the Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes (Press)

Medical Devices

  • Heart valve replacement success may depend on age, valve type (Reuters)
  • IUDs linked to lower risk of cervical cancer (Reuters)
  • Stryker receives US FDA HDE approval for the Neuroform Atlas Stent System to treat wide neck aneurysms (Press)
  • Medtronic shares up on Q2 prelims, limited Hurricane impact (MassDevice) (Press)
  • FDA puts Second Sight Medical's next-gen Orion 'bionic eye' on the fast track (MassDevice)
  • Clearside Biomedical misses Q3 earnings estimates (Drug Delivery)
  • Glaukos shares fall despite Q3 beat (MassDevice)
  • 5 Reasons Big Medtech Companies Can (and Should) Innovate (MDDI)
  • Initiatives to Reduce Catheter-Related Complications Drive U.S. Vascular Access Devices and Accessories Market (MDDI)
  • DT MedTech Announces 510(k) FDA Clearance for Hintermann Series H2 Total Ankle Replacement System (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Ohio Claimed Unallowable Federal Reimbursement for Some Medicaid Physician-Administered Drugs (HHS OIG)
  • Genentech Opposes Transfer Of Delaware Mvasi (Bevacizumab-Awwb) Litigation To California (Big Molecule Watch)
  • Actavis Ruling Bolsters Insurers In Opioid Coverage Battles (Law360-$)
  • Big Pharma Faces Insurance Hurdles In Opioid Suits (Law360-$)
  • Affiliate Drug Discount Exempt From Antitrust Law, FTC Says (Law360-$)
  • Amneal Gets OxyContin Patent Nixed At PTAB (Law360-$)
  • Nevada Scares Diabetes Drug Industry With Halloween List of "Essential Diabetes Drugs" (FDA Law Blog)
  • Here Is Why The False Claims Act Is An "Awkward Vehicle" In Pharma Cases (Drug & Device Law)
  • Ending Medical Tax Break Could Be a 'Gut Punch' to the Middle Class (NYTimes)
  • Marijuana Won Tuesday's Election (Forbes)
  • Monthly Round-Up of What to Read on Pharma Law and Policy (Harvard Bill of Health)
  • Medtronic, Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical escape catheter patent suit (MassDevice)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • NHS Chief in high-stakes gambit to boost funding in autumn budget (Pharmafile)
  • Seqirus announces £40m UK fill-and-finish flu vaccine facility (Pharmafile)
  • ABPI welcome appointment of Dr Patrick Vallance as Chief Scientific Adviser (ABPI)
  • Danes Shutter Drug Importer Over Quality Issues (FDANews-$)
  • WP4 PTJA01 on "Midostaurin (Rydapt©) with standard chemotherapy in FLT3 positive Acute Myeloid Leukaemia" is now available. (EUnetHTA)


  • Sosei eyes opportunity, takes back Japanese rights to dementia candidate (PharmaLetter-$)


  • CDSCO soon to begin inspections on drug testing labs to ensure compliance of D&C Rules (PharmaBiz)


  • Australia's TGA progresses Provisional Approval pathway for medicines (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Australian pharma industry welcomes government's approach to reforms (PharmaLetter-$)

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