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Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves Lexicon's Xermelo GRAIL Raises $900M to Develop Cancer Tests (1 March 2017)

Posted 01 March 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves Lexicon's Xermelo GRAIL Raises $900M to Develop Cancer Tests (1 March 2017)

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In Focus: US

  • Trump Criticizes 'Slow and Burdensome' FDA Approval Process (Focus) (STAT) (Fierce)
  • 'Burdensome' FDA Drug Approval Process Fuels Innovation, Saves Lives (Forbes)
  • Former FDA Commissioners Califf, McClellan Talk Healthcare's Future (Xconomy)
  • A patient with a rare disease will get a private meeting with Trump (STAT)
  • Why the Trump Agenda is Moving Slowly: The Republicans' Wonk Gap (NYTimes)
  • Democrats Revive Canada Drug Import Bill as Safety Questions Linger (Focus)
  • The Future of Precision Medicine: Great Promise, Significant Challenges (Health Affairs Blog)
  • Median cost per patient for orphan drugs is 5.5 times higher, report says (PharmaLetter-$)
  • FDA Approves Lexicon's Xermelo for Carcinoid Syndrome Diarrhea (FDA) (BioCentury) (Reuters) (Press)
  • Genentech v. Amgen: Amgen Seeks Dismissal Under Amgen v. Sandoz (Big Molecule Watch)
  • Longer survival seen with Amgen's Kyprolis vs Velcade in myeloma study (Reuters)
  • Sarepta's Exondys 51 Guidance Well Below Expectations (BioCentury)
  • Ten Years On, FDA Still Has Not Eased The Medical Device Reporting Regulatory Burden As Directed by Congress  (FDA Law Blog)
  • AdvaMed wants HMS to change kickback rules for value-based healthcare (MassDevice) (AdvaMed)
  • Instead Of Trashing A $600 EpiPen, Some Patients Get A Refill (KHN)
  • FDA asks Titan for more info before clinical trial of ropinirole implant (Drug Delivery) (Reuters)
  • Trump's Plan To Sell Insurance Across State Lines Doesn't Mean Lower Costs (Forbes)
  • GOP Divide Widens On Obamacare Repeal (Forbes) (Politico) (NYTimes)
  • Health Care is Front and Center in Democrats' Response to Trump Address (NYTimes)
  • Trump gives nod to Republican tax-credit proposal on Obamacare (Reuters)
  • Obamacare plans' drug spending rose faster than other plans in 2016: Express Scripts (Reuters)
  • GRAIL Raises $900M to Develop Early Blood Tests for Cancer (GEN) (Press)
  • In liquid biopsy race, Freenome lands $65 million, led by Andreessen Horowitz (TechCrunch)

In Focus: International

  • WHO Releases Draft Update of Stability Testing Guidelines (FDANews-$)
  • Hepatitis C drugs re-energize global fight over patents (Nature)
  • Amicus kicks off launch of Galafold in the UK (PharmaTimes) (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Novartis cancer division races to catch up with rivals (Reuters)
  • Japan next target for Novo Nordisk in semaglutide submissions (PharmaLetter-$)
  • NICE knocks back MSD's Keytruda for lung cancer indication (Pharmafile) (PharmaLetter-$) (BioCentury) (Reuters)
  • EFPIA Japan to Compile Policy Proposal on Pricing Reform by Early April: New Chair (PharmaJapanWeb)
  • WHO stresses urgent need for R&D for drug-resistant TB alongside newly-prioritized antibiotic-resistant pathogens (WHO)
  • EC Unveils Revised Guideline on Pharmaceutical Excipients (Focus)
  • EMA Fees to Rise Beginning on 1 April (Focus)
  • Asia Regulatory Roundup: J&J, Novartis and Pfizer Comment on Australian Risk Management Proposals (Focus)
  • Bayer sells 11 percent of Covestro for 1.46 billion euros (Reuters) (Press)
  • South African launch for breast cancer drug Halaven (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Stada opens its books to private equity bidders (Financial Times)
  • Valeant shares drop 14% as drugmaker cuts guidance (Financial Times) (WSJ)
  • Perrigo slashes 750 jobs, bids farewell to CFO and rolls out ghastly guidance (Fierce)
  • Pharmaceutical industry and patient group collaboration 'absolutely appropriate' (ABPI)
  • New project: success and failure in the development and commercialisation of ATMP products (EFPIA)
  • Malaysia Device Registration: Classify Before You Register (Pacific Bridge Medical)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Novo Nordisk's Head of North America resigns (Pharmafile)
  • FDA Finally Addresses Interchangeable Biosimilars (Law360-$)
  • Why Biosimilar Drug Names Contain Unhelpful Gibberish (Forbes)
  • BioMarin building CA plant to support Factor VIII gene therapy candidate (BioPharmaReporter)
  • PhRMA Sets In Motion Massive Campaign Launching New Era In Medicine (Forbes)
  • Complying With Expanded Access Policy Drug Laws (Law360-$)
  • First Generic Approvals Decline For Fourth Straight Year At US FDA (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Good Review Practices MaPP Recertification (Lachman Consultants)
  • Why drug importation threatens patient safety (PhRMA)
  • CDC review finds acceptable air quality supplied by air hoses in laboratories (CDC)
  • Former Teva CEO leads 'field of dreams' strategy at Ovid Therapeutics (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Asthma drugs may have alternative function as pneumonia treatment (Pharmafile)
  • Promising anti-cocaine treatment aims for human trials within a year (Pharmafile)
  • Bio CDMO space: Fujifilm looking to challenge Lonza and B-I (BioPharmaReporter) (Press)

US: Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Clinical Study Results, Filings & Designations

  • Sangamo Therapeutics Receives Orphan Drug Designation from the FDA for SB-913 Genome Editing Treatment for MPS II (Press)
  • Exelixis links with BMS to test potential cancer combo (PharmaTimes)
  • Serelaxin as a potential treatment for renal dysfunction in cirrhosis: Preclinical evaluation and results of a randomized phase 2 trial (PLOS)
  • Aerie Pharmaceuticals Announces Resubmission of NDA for RhopressaTM (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02% (Press)
  • Celgene, Agios gain FDA speedy review for AML med enasidenib (Fierce) (Press)
  • Lilly to Present New Data for Taltz (ixekizumab) in Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting (Press)
  • Perrigo Announces FDA Final Approval For The Generic Version Of Axiron Topical Solution, 30 mg/1.5 mL (Press)
  • Viamet Announces RENOVATE Phase 2b Onychomycosis Results to be Presented at the American Academy of Dermatology 2017 Annual Meeting (Press)
  • New Animal Drugs; Approval of New Animal Drug Applications; Withdrawal of Approval of a New Animal Drug Application; Change of Sponsor; Change of Sponsor's Name (FDA)

US: Medical Devices

  • Q&A: Labceutics' Jordan Clark on Industry, FDA Gap on Rx/Dx Codevelopment Principles (GenomeWeb)
  • 5 mistakes found in cloud-connected medical devices (MassDevice)
  • CeloNova Biosciences Receives FDA Approval of COBRA PzF™ Stent System (Press)
  • Elixir Medical's DeSyne stent tops Medtronic's Endeavor after 5 years (Drug Delivery)
  • Surgical Nav group Scopis wins FDA, Health Canada nod for ENT nav system (MassDevice)
  • Insulet slides on Q4 earnings miss (MassDevice)
  • Integer Holdings shares dip on Q4 (MassDevice)
  • Globus shares dip on mixed-bag Q4, FY2016 earnings (MassDevice)
  • Gamida Cell touts first patient treated in Phase III NiCord trial (MassDevice)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Pfizer Sues Ex-Marketing Director Over Trade Secret Theft (Law360-$)
  • President Trump And I Take The Same Drugs — Except One (KHN)
  • Open Science Prize announces epidemic tracking tool as grand prize winner (NIH)
  • Moderate Dems send letter pleading with Trump: "we implore you to begin focusing" (Vox)
  • How The Courts Review Executive Orders (Law360-$)
  • The trials and tribulations of pharmaceutical IP management (Law360-$)
  • Litigation Tourism Ended In Missouri (Drug & Device Law)

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  • WuXi AppTec Lab Testing Division's Bioanalytical Service Unit Passed FDA Inspection (Press)
  • China Struggling to Sustain Digital Health Initiatives (Medpage)
  • As H.I.V. Soars in Philippines, Conservatives Kill School Condom Plan (NYTimes)


  • Sanofi, Boehringer Ingelheim close business swap in India (Economic Times)
  • CDSCO Issues Notice on Phase IV Studies for Fixed-Dose Combiantion Drugs (CDSCO)
  • NPPA to look into diabetes drug price-fixing allegations (Economic Times)
  • MicroPort, undaunted by price caps, enters India's stent market (MassDevice)
  • Pharma heads say no compromise on quality in Indian mfg plants in response to US FDA concerns (PharmaBiz)
  • Maha FDA orders hospital pharmacies without pharmacists in Wardha, Nagpur to shut (PharmaBiz)
  • Health ministry revokes ban on drug letrozole, for induction of ovulation in anovulatory infertility (PharmaBiz)
  • Lupin launches cream in US to treat skin inflammation (Economic Times)
  • India issues fresh antibiotic guidelines to tackle superbug menace (Economic Times)


  • Medical Devices Safety Update, Volume 5, Number 2, March 2017 (TGA)


  • Acerus Files a New Drug Submission for GYNOFLOR™ in Canada (Press)
  • Elekta wins Health Canada nod for Leksell Gamma Knife Icon SRS system (MassDevice)
  • Regulatory decision summary for CUVITRU (Health Canada)

Other International

  • WHO says bird flu outbreaks raise alarm, but human risks still low (Reuters) (STAT)
  • The potential benefit of scaling up malaria prevention to reduce low birth weight in Africa (PLOS) (Study)
  • Hope for HIV control in southern Africa: The continued quest for a vaccine (PLOS)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Colon and Rectal Cancers Rising in Young People (NYTimes)
  • Renewing PLOS Medicine's editorial board in times of global distraction (PLOS)
  • Youth with type 2 diabetes develop complications more often than type 1 peers (NIH)
  • Breast cancer costs low-income women more jobs (Reuters)

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