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Regulatory Recon: Alexion to Lay Off More Than 200 FDA Approves Novartis Breast Cancer Treatment (14 March 2017)

Posted 14 March 2017 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: Alexion to Lay Off More Than 200 FDA Approves Novartis Breast Cancer Treatment (14 March 2017)

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In Focus: US                                      

  • FDA approves Novartis drug as first-line treatment for breast cancer (Reuters) (PMLive) (FiercePharma) (FDA)
  • Alexion to Eliminate 7% of Workforce (GEN) (FierceBiotech)
  • Senate Confirms Verma to Head CMS (MedPage Today) (Modern Healthcare)
  • FDA Considers New Office of Patient Affairs (Focus)
  • FDA Drafts List of Class II Devices to be Exempt From Premarket Notification (Focus)
  • FDA Extends Comment Period on Biosimilar Interchangeability Draft Guidance to May (Federal Register)
  • Can a Statistical Method Speed Drug Approvals? (MedPage Today)
  • No Magic in How G.O.P. Plan Lowers Premiums: It Penalizes Older People (NY Times-$) (NPR)
  • CBO: Full Repeal Would Cover More People than House GOP’s ObamaCare-Lite Bill (Cato Institute)
  • Medicaid cuts, more uninsured: 3 takeaways from new estimates of the GOP’s health plan (Stat)

In Focus: International

  • EU IVD Regulation: A New Scrutiny System For Diagnostics (MedTech Insight)
  • Sanofi’s dupilumab joins UK’s early access scheme (PharmaTimes) (MHRA)
  • England Says No to Drugs That Cost More Than Your Car (or Home) (Bloomberg)
  • Health Canada aims to release secret drug records (Toronto Star)
  • Canada to Require Drugmakers to Publicly Disclose Shortages (Focus)
  • In a remote West African village, a revolutionary genetic experiment is on its way — if residents agree to it (Stat)
  • $62m injection in Hungary is latest boost for GSK vaccine production (BioPharma-Reporter)
  • If not now, when? Time for the European Union to define a global health strategy (The Lancet)
  • EMA Picks Valproate For First Public Hearing On Safety Of Marketed Medicines (Pink Sheet-$)

US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • Allergan signs deal with Editas for gene-editing-based eye treatments (Reuters) (Xconomy)
  • Vaccine Makers Ranked on Pricing and Research (NY Times-$)
  • AstraZeneca Gives Rejected Drugs a Second Life (WSJ-$)
  • Ackman Sells Valeant Stake After at Least $2.8 Billion Loss (Bloomberg) (Reuters) (WSJ-$)
  • Sanders' next price-fighting tactic? Get the debate on TV screens (FiercePharma)
  • FDA lifts block on Sun Pharma facility (Pharmafile)
  • Pfizer runs away with pharma brand ad-spending crown, Nielsen data shows (FiercePharma)
  • New drug for one in five breast cancers (BBC)
  • CRISPR & Bayer acquire license to cell engineering technology (PharmaLetter-$)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • Review of the Drug Trials Snapshots Program of the US Food and Drug Administration (JAMA)
  • One and done: Reasons principal investigators conduct only one FDA-regulated drug trial (Study)
  • US FDA orders Scynexis not to start new trials of injectable antifungal (InPharma-Technologist)
  • ‘Stunning’ gap: Canadians with cystic fibrosis outlive Americans by a decade (Stat) (Reuters) (Study)
  • Hope For Nonaddictive Opioid Painkillers (In the Pipeline)
  • Keeping the Future in Mind: Alzheimer’s Treatments and Bacteria That Can Cure (Scientific American)
  • CV Comparisons Between New and Older Diabetes Drugs Needed (Medscape)
  • Hot and cold? Analysts unpack CRO market expectations (Outsourcing-Pharma)
  • Peloton Therapeutics Completes $22.2 Million Private Financing (Endpoints) (Press)
  • Aurinia Prices US$150.5 Million Public Offering of Common Shares (Press)
  • TiGenix Announces Top-Line Phase I/II Results of AlloCSC-01 in Acute Myocardial Infarction (Press)

Medical Devices

  • U.S. medtech shares gain as investors seek shelter from drug price debate (Reuters)
  • Autonomic Technologies wins expanded CE Mark for migraine-treating microstim (Mass Device)
  • Vertiflex raises $25m (Mass Device)
  • Cartiva touts 5-year synthetic cartilage study data (Mass Device)
  • Researchers develop sweat-based glucose monitoring & maintenance device (Mass Device)
  • Minimally-invasive migraine treatment for adults works on kids, too (Mass Device)

US: Assorted and Government

  • Charles River Laboratories International Inc. Agrees to Pay US $1.8 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations (DOJ)
  • Pharma-Related Probes Could Be Impacted By Departure Of US Attorneys (Pink Sheet-$)
  • FDA Panel Weighs Safety Issues Of Endo Opioid Painkiller (Law360-$)
  • Judge Skeptical Of FDA Fraud In Meningitis Murder Trial (Law360-$)
  • It's a 'bad deal,' Sanders says of U.S. Army's planned Zika vax license to Sanofi (FiercePharma)
  • GAO Issues Report on Qualified Infectious Disease Products (FDA Law Blog)
  • Important Information for Human Cell, Tissue and Cellular and Tissue-based Product (HCT/P) Establishments Regarding Zika Virus (FDA)
  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Safety Assurance Case (Federal Register)
  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Focus Groups About Drug Products as Used by the FDA (Federal Register)
  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Guidance for Industry on Special Protocol Assessment (Federal Register)
  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Guidance for Industry on Expedited Programs for Serious Conditions--Drugs and Biologics (Federal Register)
  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Guidance for Industry on Planning for the Effects of High Absenteeism to Ensure Availability of Medically Necessary Drug Products (Federal Register)
  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Recommended Glossary and Educational Outreach to Support use of Symbols on Labels and in Labeling of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices Intended for Professional Use (Federal Register)
  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Medical Devices; Pediatric Uses of Devices; Requirement for Submission of Information on Pediatric Subpopulations That Suffer from a Disease or Condition That a Device is Intended to Treat, Diagnose, or Cure (Federal Register)
  • Proposed Collection; Comment Request; FDA Safety Communication Readership Survey (Federal Register)
  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Testing Communications on Medical Devices and
  • Radiation-Emitting Products (Federal Register)
  • Gottlieb to Face User Fees, De-Regulation Pressures (BioPharm International) (Drug Channels) (Pink Sheet-$)
  • FDA Targets Infar over Testing, Records, Sanitation (FDANews-$)
  • Updated final guidance for Industry Hypertension Indication: Drug Labeling for Cardiovascular Outcome Claims (FDA)

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