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Regulatory Recon: Whistleblowers Say DEA Went Easy on McKesson Ultragenyx Sells PRV to Novartis for $130M (18 December 2017)

Posted 18 December 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Whistleblowers Say DEA Went Easy on McKesson Ultragenyx Sells PRV to Novartis for $130M (18 December 2017)

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

In Focus: US

  • The Winners and Losers in the Tax Bill (NYTimes)
  • Whistleblowers: DEA attorneys went easy on McKesson, the country's largest drug distributor(60 Minutes) (Washington Post) (STAT)
  • Ultragenyx Sells Priority Review Voucher to Novartis for $130 million (Press) (Endpoints)
  • In Opioid Battle, Cherokee Want Their Day in Tribal Court (NYTimes)
  • CRISPR in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You (MIT Technology Review)
  • Tiny stem cell companies close in on major heart disease goals (Reuters)
  • CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity (Washington Post) (NYTimes) (NPR) (PBS)
  • Allergan, Richter's bipolar depression drug succeeds in key trial (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • On a new deal spree, Regeneron buys into ISA in pursuit of a checkpoint combo (Endpoints)
  • Roche, Shire court fight escalates over hemophilia drug (Reuters)
  • This old drug was free. Now it's $109,500 a year. (Washington Post)
  • The New Price of Hope: Families Face Hurdles to Access SMA Drug Spinraza (Boston Globe)
  • In Election Year, Drug Industry Spent Big To Temper Talk About High Drug Prices (NPR)
  • NIH tweaks plan to award more grants to younger researchers (Science)
  • Teva plans 'risky' price rise on US medicines (Financial Times)
  • Teva rolls out exclusive generic of Gilead's Viread at the end of an awful week (Fierce)
  • What's Coming in 2018: FDA's Regulatory Agenda (Focus)
  • FDA Offers Two New Draft Guidances on Developing Targeted Therapies (Focus)
  • FDA to Begin Issuing Deficiency Review Letters to Generic Drugmakers (Focus) (FDA)

In Focus: International

  • Commission closes infringement procedure against Roche without penalty (European Commission)
  • Boehringer antes up on a €627.5M deal for rights to Autifony's schizophrenia drugs (Endpoints) (Fierce)
  • Drug Company Under Fire After Revealing Dengue Vaccine May Harm Some (NYTimes)
  • Ebola victims sue Sierra Leone government over mismanaged funds (Reuters)
  • Pharma's reach for post-Brexit harmony on medicines (Financial Times)
  • Small-cap focus: UK biotechs target Alzheimer's (Financial Times)
  • Another key Teva executive departs, leaving a generics experience void (Fierce)
  • EU Regulatory Review – What Pharma Should Remember From 2017 (SCRIP-$)
  • EU Initiative Flags Up Challenging Products For Regulators (Pink Sheet-$)
  • EMA: Amsterdam HQ Won't Be Ready in Time for Move (Focus)
  • Police Say Deaths of Apotex Founder and Wife Being Investigated as Homicides (WSJ) (Forbes) (The Guardian) (NYTimes)
  • MHRA awarded over £980,000 for collaboration with Gates Foundation & WHO (MHRA)
  • Gov't to Draw Up Plan to Strengthen Drug Discovery, Boosting Budgets to Improve R&D Environment (PharmaJapan)
  • Novartis loses top oncology executive Strigini to retirement (Fierce) (Pharmafile)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Consortium Outlines Clearer Path To Value-Based Drug Pricing (BioCentury) (Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy)
  • AbbVie vet John Leonard moves up to the helm at CRISPR/Cas9 pioneer Intellia, focused on looming human studies (Endpoints)
  • A New PARP Drug For Breast Cancer? I'm Thrilled! (Forbes)
  • Rare disease medicines access faces a perfect storm (Pharmafile)
  • Cancer Research UK agrees largest drug discovery collab to date (Pharmafile)
  • Electronic Submission of Postmarket Safety Reports (FDA)
  • Oncologists, Beware: Expensive Liquid Biopsy Tests Produce Conflicting Results (Forbes)
  • FDA Releases Draft Guidelines to Clarify Regulatory Framework Supporting Precision Medicine (GenomeWeb)
  • Aptinyx bags $70M to fund multidrug CNS trial strategy (Fierce) (Endpoints)
  • Challenges in Minimizing Post-Surgical Opioid Use (Medpage)
  • Few California pharmacists prescribing birth control (Reuters)
  • CRISPR biotech Intellia promotes R&D head to CEO post (Fierce)
  • Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Names Forsyth CEO (BioCentury)
  • Parabens and Phthalates: What Patients May Want to Know (Medpage)
  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Good Laboratory Practice Regulations for Nonclinical Studies (FDA)

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • US priority review for AZ' Tagrisso (PharmaTimes) (Press)
  • FDA Accepts Biologics License Application for Fremanezumab with Priority Review for Prevention of Migraine and Grants Fast Track Designation for Cluster Headache Development Program (Press)
  • Novocure Receives FDA IDE Approval for its PANOVA 3 Phase 3 Pivotal Clinical Trial in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer (Press)
  • NanOlogy Announces First Patient Enrolled in a Pancreatic Cancer Phase 2 Clinical Trial of NanoPac Adding to Trials in Prostate and Ovarian Cancers (Press)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Receives Positive CHMP Opinion Recommending Approval of Yervoy (ipilimumab) for the Treatment of Pediatric Patients 12 Years and Older with Unresectable or Metastatic Melanoma (Press)
  • IntelGenx gets green light to launch Ph2 Alzheimer's study in Canada (Drug Delivery)
  • SciFluor Announces Positive Top-Line Results of Phase 1/2 Study of SF0166 Eye Drops to Treat Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Press)
  • Galera Therapeutics Reports Statistically Significant Results in a 223-Patient Phase 2b Trial of GC4419 for Severe Oral Mucositis in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer (Press)
  • RXi Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Results from Phase 2 Trial with RXI-109 for Dermal Scarring (Press)

Medical Devices

  • 2017 Medtech Company of the Year: Readers' Choice (MDDI)
  • The Year Abbott Showed Us What It's Made Of (MDDI)
  • Vascular Dynamics taps ex-Ellipse Tech CEO Roschak as chief exec (MassDevice)h
  • CompactCath wins CE Mark for compact intermittent urinary cath (MassDevice)
  • A Bionic Hand Fit for the Last Jedi (MDDI)
  • Why It Is Crucial that CMOs, Suppliers, and Biologic Manufacturers Work Closely Together (MDDI)
  • XableCath Receives FDA Clearance for Broadly Effective Catheter Aimed at Peripheral Arterial Disease Market (Press)
  • Medical Devices; Ophthalmic Devices; Classification of the Tear Electrostimulation Device (FDA)
  • Medical Devices; Obstetrical and Gynecological Devices; Classification of the Fetal Head Elevator (FDA)
  • Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Prominent and Conspicuous Mark of Manufacturers on Single-Use Devices (FDA)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Litigation Is Not The Solution To The Opioid Epidemic  (Law360-$)
  • PTAB Invalidates Hologic Patent, Rejects Claim Fixes (Law360-$)
  • Mitsubishi Says Generics Co.'s ANDA Infringes Diabetes Med (Law360-$)
  • Bayer, Belmora Spar Over TM, Antitrust Bids In Flanax Feud (Law360-$)
  • Judge blocks Trump administration rules on contraceptive coverage (Reuters)
  • US employers say CVS-Aetna deal would affect health-benefits decisions: survey (Reuters)
  • Ni-Q, LLC v. Prolacta Bioscience, Inc. (D. Or. 2017) (Patent Docs)
  • Hamburger chain Wendy's to reduce antibiotic use in beef supply (Reuters)
  • Another State Drug Pricing Law… Another Legal Challenge; Trade Group Sues California in Latest Lawsuit against Drug Pricing Transparency Bill (FDA Law Blog)
  • Quasi Guest Post – 50 State Survey On General Jurisdiction Through Consent By Registration To Do Business: Putting Bauman And Baseball Back Together (Drug & Device Law)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • MHRA gender pay gap report (MHRA)
  • Semaglutide's CHMP Backing Stipulates Post-Approval Safety Studies (SCRIP-$)
  • Modified-release paracetamol-containing products to be suspended from EU market (EMA)
  • Concept paper for the revision of the guideline on the summary of product characteristics for anthelmintics (EMA)
  • ICH Guideline S3A: Note for guidance on toxicokinetics: the assessment of systemic exposure in toxicity studies - questions and answers (EMA)
  • ICH guideline E17 on general principles for planning and design of multi-regional clinical trials (EMA)


    • CDSCO, Maha FDA to conduct joint inspections of Schedule M units across state to verify GMP compliance (PharmaBiz)
    • Drug makers can now expect more regular checkups from USFDA (Economic Times)
    • SC for relook into 349 FDC medicines by drug advisory board (Economic Times) (PharmaBiz)
    • Aurobindo, Dr Reddy's Laboratories frontrunners to buy out bankrupt Orchid Pharma (Economic Times)
    • India and Morocco sign MoU for enhanced cooperation in healthcare (Economic Times)


    • Notice: Consultation on the Use of a Foreign-sourced Reference Product as a Canadian Reference Product (Health Canada)
    • Canada Vigilance adverse reaction online database (Health Canada)


    • Draft list of permitted indications - closed for comment (TGA)

    Other International

    • ICH Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, 11–16 November 2017 (Swissmedic)

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