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Regulatory Recon: Valeant to Sell Sprout Back to Former Owners Novartis Submits Kymriah for EU Review (6 November 2017)

Posted 06 November 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Valeant to Sell Sprout Back to Former Owners Novartis Submits Kymriah for EU Review (6 November 2017)

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In Focus: US

  • Valeant to hand back maker of 'female Viagra' to former owners (Financial Times) (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • Earnings Preview: What To Expect From Valeant Pharmaceuticals On Tuesday (Forbes)
  • Amgen is shaking up R&D (again), chopping 200 as Genentech targets 130 layoffs (Endpoints)
  • CVS to offer nationwide next-day delivery in preemptive shot at Amazon (USA Today)
  • The Promise of Ecstasy for PTSD (NYTimes)
  • J&J's Stelara shows promise against lupus in study (Reuters)
  • TherapeuticsMD to Resubmit Menopause Pain Drug (Fierce) (Endpoints) (Press)
  • US House approves funding for children's healthcare program (Reuters)
  • Ryan says Obamacare mandate repeal on table in tax debate (Reuters)
  • CDC Reports a Record Jump in Drug Overdose Deaths Last Year (NYTimes)
  • Mumps Makes a Comeback, Even Among the Vaccinated (NYTimes)
  • Drug price regulations are coming state-by-state. Is the industry exposed? (MedCityNews)
  • How science is moving toward diagnosing and treating the NFL's biggest problem: Brain injuries (CNBC)
  • Mylan shares trade higher after full-year forecast raised, shrugging off lower third-quarter sales (CNBC)
  • Current FDA approach to genetically engineered animals is flawed (The Hill)
  • Trump takes on hospitals: the facts behind fight over 340B drug discounts (STAT)

In Focus: International

  • Novartis seeks European approval for cell therapy Kymriah (Reuters) (Pharmafile)
  • Bayer in bid to broaden use of anti-clotting drug Xarelto (Reuters)
  • Speedy EMA review for Jazz' high-risk AML chemo (PharmaTimes)
  • Merck, Pfizer launch Bavencio in UK for rare skin cancer (PharmaTimes)
  • Johnson & Johnson break ground on Chinese factory (MassDevice)
  • Celgene gains French reimbursement for Revlimid in multiple myeloma (PMLive)
  • Teva Seeks Tie Up With Producer of Chinese Viagra (Bloomberg)
  • China's Annoroad Raises Series C Round (BioCentury)
  • WHO Director Address to the G7 Health Ministers (WHO)
  • Briton held in Egypt over drugs made 'honest mistake' (BBC)
  • Roche gives free access to cancer drug after clash with Greek government (PharmaLetter-$)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Fresenius investing in US to prep for injectables surge (InPharmaTechnologist)
  • Bill Gates and rich allies help fund an alt-biotech startup path for the gene expression experts at Exicure (Endpoints)
  • Many drivers ignore or don't receive warnings about prescription meds (Reuters)
  • Collegium Notified that FDA Will Not Meet PDUFA Goal Date for sNDA for Xtampza® ER (Press)
  • Pfizer's Staph Vaccine: Can Narrow Trial Population Support Broader Claim? (Pink Sheet-$)
  • The atopic dermatitis market (Nature)
  • New Biotech Viscient Partners with Organovo on Fatty Liver Disease (Xconomy)
  • NousCom bags €42M to trial off-the-shelf cancer vaccine (Fierce)
  • Ann Barbier says adios to Agios as she takes up Translate Bio role (Fierce)
  • Allergan CEO Saunders claims 'tenacity' led company into tribal licensing deal (Fierce)
  • JAK inhibition as a therapeutic strategy for immune and inflammatory diseases (Nature)
  • Orphan Drug Pricing Doesn't Drive Healthcare Costs, NORD Argues (Pink Sheet-$)
  • AmerisourceBergen sees end in sight for industrywide generics woes (Fierce)
  • Data Integrity is 'Mission Critical,' FDA Enforcer Says (FDA News-$)
  • Gut bacteria may be key to efficacy of immunotherapies (Pharmafile)
  • Unlocking the Secrets of the Microbiome (NYTimes)
  • Clinical trial transparency: Letting the light in (Pharmafile)
  • Fujifilm Expands Biopharmaceutical Contract Development and Manufacturing Business, Increasing Monoclonal Antibody Capacity for Process Development and GMP Production at U.S.A. and U.K. Sites (Press)
  • Fresenius Kabi Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Midazolam Injection, USP, 2 mg/2 mL Due to Reports of Blister Packages Containing Syringes of Ondansetron Injection, USP, 4 mg/2 mL (FDA)

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • Merck KGaA posts promising osteoarthritis data (Pharmafile)
  • GlaxoSmithKline's Anoro tops Boehringer's Stiolto in head-to-head COPD tilt (Fierce)
  • Efficacy and safety maintained in patients who switched from Humira® to biosimilar Cyltezo® (Press)
  • UCB's VIMPAT® (lacosamide) now approved by FDA to treat partial-onset seizures in pediatric epilepsy patients (Press)
  • Opdivo (nivolumab) Demonstrates Superior 3-Year Survival Benefit for Patients with Previously Treated Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma (Press)
  • Artemis Receives Orphan Drug Designation From FDA For Artemisone For The Treatment Of Malaria (Press)
  • Otsuka Announces Phase 3 Results for Tolvaptan in Patients with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (Press)
  • ACR/ARHP 2017: New Analysis Shows Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Treated with Baricitinib Reported Greater Improvements in Pain Compared to Adalimumab or Placebo (Press)
  • Six Clinical Presentations on Novocure's Phase 3 Pivotal EF-14 Trial Data in Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma (Press)
  • ACADIA Presents Data from the Phase II Study of Pimavanserin in Alzheimer's Disease Psychosis (Press)
  • Alcresta Therapeutics, Inc. Presented Results from the ASSURE Study: An Evaluation of the Long-Term Use of RELiZORB® (Press)
  • Phase 3 Studies of the Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor Combination Treatment in People with Cystic Fibrosis Ages 12 and Older Published in the NEJM (Press)
  • Concert Pharmaceuticals Announces Completion of Enrollment in First Cohort of CTP-543 Phase 2a Trial (Press)
  • Flex Pharma Reports Positive Topline Data from Exploratory Phase 2 Trial of FLX-787 in ALS (Press)
  • The Medicines Company and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Announce Initiation of Phase III Clinical Trials of Inclisiran (Press)
  • AVEO Oncology and EUSA Pharma Announce Promising Phase 1 Results from the Phase 1/2 TiNivo Study of Tivozanib and Nivolumab in Renal Cell Carcinoma (Press)
  • Quark Pharmaceuticals Presents Results from a Positive Ph 2 Study of QPI-1002 for Prevention of Acute Kidney Injury Following Cardiac Surgery (Press)

Medical Devices

  • Should Medical Devices Come with Expiration Dates? (MDDI)
  • Wearable Tech Emerging For Chronic Pain Relief (Forbes)
  • First US FDA Submission of Wearable Drug-Device Combination Product Based on Sensile Medical's SensePatch Drug Delivery Technology (Press)
  • Neovasc surges on news of appeal, FDA nod for clinical trial (MassDevice) (Press)
  • Medacta wins FDA nod for 3DMetal knee revision implants (MassDevice)
  • Masimo crushes the Q3 earnings forecast, raises outlook (MassDevice)
  • Hill-Rom's Q4, 2017 earnings top estimates, sales miss (MassDevice)
  • Intersect ENT beats Q3 sales estimates, raises full-year forecast (Drug Delivery)
  • Medtronic Receives CE Mark for the World's Smallest Fully Implantable Spinal Cord Stimulator and Announces European Launch of the Intellis Platform (Press)
  • Baxter Highlights New Clinical Data Showing HDx Enabled By THERANOVA Removed Mid-Sized Uremic Toxins During Dialysis (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Off-Label Promotion FCA Case for Lack of Rule 9(b) Specificity (FDA Law Blog)
  • Standing Out (Drug & Device Law)
  • AbbVie Says Evidence Doesn't Back $140M AndroGel Verdict (Law360-$)
  • Janssen, Marketing Co. Can't Escape TCPA Suit After Spokeo (Law360-$)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Alexion Receives New Japanese Patent for Soliris® (eculizumab), Extending Patent Protection Into 2027 and Strengthening Global Patent Portfolio (Press)


  • Price caps to keep Abbott's Xience Sierra off the Indian market (Drug Delivery)
  • Torrent Pharma gets green nod for Rs 300 crore project (Economic Times)
  • Health ministry notifies Rules to make licences for manufacture and sale of drugs valid for ever (PharmaBiz)
  • DCGI issues classification of medical devices & in vitro diagnostics under provisions of Medical Devices Rules, 2017 (PharmaBiz)


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