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Regulatory Recon: Neurocrine Biosciences' Ingrezza Approved for Tardive Dyskinesia FDA's Pazdur Discusses New Oncology Center (12 April 2017)

Posted 12 April 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Neurocrine Biosciences' Ingrezza Approved for Tardive Dyskinesia FDA's Pazdur Discusses New Oncology Center (12 April 2017)

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In Focus: US

  • Neurocrine Biosciences gets FDA's OK for movement disorder drug (Reuters) (FDA) (Medpage) (Press)
  • FDA's revolving door sweeps top regulators into pharma consulting firm (STAT)
  • California Presses Forward In Fight To Regulate Pharma (KHN)
  • Trump ends hiring freeze, but aims to restructure government (SNL) (NYTimes)
  • Enforcing unmet trade obligations protects US innovation (PhRMA)
  • Should the FDA Relax Rules on Compassionate Access to New Drugs? (WSJ)
  • Oncology Center of Excellence Open For Business: Podcast With US FDA's Richard Pazdur (Pink Sheet-$) (Audio)
  • What They Said – Press Releases 1st Quarter 2017 (Eye on FDA)
  • Price restraint talks hit reality bump (EP Vantage)
  • Pharmaceutical Theft (FBI)
  • FDA Extends Deadline for Comments on Gene Edited Plants and Animals Guidances (FDA)
  • Scientific Research Needs Better Oversight, Report Says (Medpage)
  • To boost diversity in clinical trials, researchers seek out allies — starting with black pastors (STAT)
  • ACMG Guidelines at Odds With FDA Green Light for 23andMe Health Risk Tests (GenomeWeb)
  • In 'Stealth Move,' Mich. Refines Vaccine Waivers, Improves Rate Among Kids (KHN)
  • Democrats Propose A $2 Billion Prize Fund For New Antibiotics (Forbes)
  • FDA Warns Mylan Over Quality System Failures (Focus)
  • Release of New FDA Guidance Declines Sharply Following Trump's Inauguration (Focus)
  • AdvaMed CEO Confident of Device Tax Repeal This Year (Focus)
  • PhRMA Seeks More Transparency on FDA Inspections to Speed First-Cycle Approvals (Focus)
  • SV Health closes $400M early biotech, med dev and digital health fund (Fierce)
  • How Patent Trolls Sparked a Failed Assault on High Drug Prices (Bloomberg)
  • What Trump Can Do Without Congress to Dismantle Obamacare (NYTimes) (Forbes)
  • The number of Americans without health insurance rose in first quarter 2017 (CNBC)
  • Antibacterial Drugs: FDA Panel To Explore Approval Path For Single-Species Agents (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Real-world evidence for medtech: what you need to know (Medical Design & Outsourcing)

In Focus: International

  • Update of EMA recommendations for 2017/2018 seasonal flu vaccine composition (EMA)
  • India's Strand Life Sciences launches blood test to detect cancer (Reuters)
  • Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Increases Drug Regulation Budget by 31% (Focus)
  • UK starts handing out £4.7B boost to science funding (Fierce)
  • Indian regulator clears first autologous dendritic cell-based I-O product (BioWorld)
  • Multinationals, Patients Benefit From New Approvals As China Speeds Reviews (SCRIP-$)
  • Japan automakers look to robots to keep elderly on the move (Reuters)
  • Samsung Bioepis's Biosimilar Enbrel 'Substitutable' In Australia As Pfizer Patent Case Is Rebuffed (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Malaysia calls for phase 4 Dengvaxia study before considering full approval (Fierce)
  • Mexican regulator undermines Teva's Rimsa fraud claims with 'all clear' memorandum (Fierce)
  • GSK vaccine R&D exec: Get to work now on the next emerging disease outbreak (Fierce)
  • Cellular Biomedicine, GE in China Cell Manufacturing Deal (BioCentury) (BioPharmaReporter)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Discovery of predictive protein signature births new leukaemia treatment hopes (Pharmafile)
  • Sanfilippo syndrome gene therapy could be filed in US next year, Abeona (BioPharmaReporter)
  • US biosimilars: Quality trumps manufacturing location, say physicians (BioPharmaReporter)
  • Smithfield makes move on market for pig-human transplants (Reuters)
  • Pfizer's Prevnar conundrum: How to convince 'invincible' baby boomers they need a shot? (Fierce)
  • Study finds genetic basis for drug response in childhood absence epilepsy (NIH)
  • Could organs-on-a-chip one day replace animals in medical testing? (STAT)
  • JLabs's Tom Luby Talks About Houston's Potential as a Biotech Hub (Xconomy)
  • With Ovid IPO, Ex-Teva CEO Levin Pitches Neuro Drug Plan to Wall Street (Xconomy)
  • Komodo dragon blood could hold secret to new antibiotic (Pharmafile)
  • CRISPR uncovers drug compounds in bacterial genome (Drug Delivery)
  • Generic Drug Puzzle: Why Did ANDA Submissions Spike Again? (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Can Drugs Really Treat Sarcopenia? Some Patients Are Doubtful (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Emerging Pharmaco's dilemma: 'Go it alone' or partner? (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Cirius Suspects Insulin Resistance Is Underlying Key To NASH (SCRIP-$)
  • Marinus Pharmaceuticals appoints Lorianne Masuoka as chief medical officer (PharmaLetter-$)

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

  • Synergy Pharmaceuticals Announces Issuance of Three New Patents Expected to Extend TRULANCE (Plecanatide) Patent Protection Until 2032 (Press)
  • FluGen Raises $2M More, Provides Update on Phase 1 Trial (Xconomy)
  • Ironshore Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive HLD100 Results from Open-Label Tolerability Study in Pediatric ADHD Patients (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • Why Medtech Needs to Get out of the ′80s (MDDI)
  • Digital Health: Moving from Big Ideas to the Practical Issues of Adoption (MDDI)
  • Roche warns on bolus advisor issues with Accu-Check Connect app (MassDevice)
  • FDA Authorizes Nanobiosym Zika Test (GenomeWeb)
  • This is why modern device engineers need a new approach to medical training (MedCityNews)
  • FDA clears Mazor X Align spinal surgical planning software (MassDevice) (Press)
  • Adgero touts data for photodynamic drug-device combo (MassDevice)
  • United Orthopedic Corporation Receives U.S. FDA Clearance For Company's Polyethylene Knee Insert (Press)
  • Ventec Life Systems Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance of VOCSN, the First Portable Unified Respiratory System for Patients on a Ventilator (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Bristol-Myers, Pfizer Sue To Halt Generic Blood Thinner (Law360-$)
  • Medicaid Responds To The Opioid Epidemic: Regulating Prescribing And Finding Ways To Expand Treatment Access (Health Affairs Blog)
  • Opportunities to Comment Closing - April 2017 (FDA)
  • When Precedents Collide (Drug & Device Law)
  • DEA Administrative Decisions Update: Sex, Drugs, and . . . Rocky Agency Precedent (FDA Law Blog)
  • PTAB Life Sciences Report -- Part IV (Patent Docs)
  • Shire, Actavis Say Intuniv Settlement Not Reverse Payment (Law360-$)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • The evaluation of new scientific information on the safety of PIP breast implants and on The state of scientific knowledge on a possible association between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (EC)
  • Sotio Picks Up Rights To Cancer Metabolism Program (BioCentury)
  • NICE says new prisoners should be tested for infections (OnMedica)
  • Draft guideline on good -clinical -practice compliance in relation to trial master file (paper and/or electronic) for content, management, archiving, audit and inspection of clinical trials (EMA)
  • List of centrally authorised products requiring a notification of a change for update of annexes (EMA)
  • Harnessing AI For Drug Development – UK's BenevolentAI And MRCT Link (SCRIP-$)


  • China's H7N9 bird flu death toll at 47 in March: government data (Reuters)
  • Sumitomo Dainippon buys cell therapy processing tech from Hitachi (InPharmaTechnologist)
  • ShangPharma Innovation appoints new CEO (BioSpectrum)
  • DHL strengthens in China (BioSpectrum)
  • PMDA-ATC GMP Inspection Seminar 2017 (PMDA)


  • Torrent Pharma to buy certain generic drugs from Novartis (LiveMint)
  • Taking steps to discourage import of bulk drugs: Government (Economic Times)
  • Drug to treat MDRTB to be made available across the country: Government (Economic Times)
  • DCGI begins registration of notified bodies to carry out audit of mfg sites of Class A & Class B medical devices (PharmaBiz)
  • US FDA hands Neuland Laboratories with Form 483 after plant inspection (InPharmaTechnologist)
  • US FDA OKs Cadila Healthcare topicals plant (InPharmaTechnologist)
  • Centre's move to merge NPPA & DoP with health ministry receives mixed response (PharmaBiz)
  • Indian pharma market clocks growth of 9.6% in March 2017 (PharmaBiz)


  • Stimwave wins Australian regulatory nod for Freedom SCS (MassDevice)

Other International

  • Caribbean-wide drug regulatory system 'will help fight fakes' (Securing Industry)
  • A new cascade of HIV care for the era of "treat all" (PLOS)
  • Community-based strategies to strengthen men's engagement in the HIV care cascade in sub-Saharan Africa (PLOS)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Risk factors for heart disease and stroke also tied to Alzheimer's (Reuters)
  • NIH researchers trace origin of blood-brain barrier 'sentry cells' (NIH)
  • Seeing Outside the Disability Box (NYTimes)
  • Spine manipulation might help with low back pain (Reuters)

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