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Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves Keytruda in Combination with Chemo for Lung Cancer Pfizer and Sangamo Strike Hemophilia Deal (11 May 2017)

Posted 11 May 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves Keytruda in Combination with Chemo for Lung Cancer Pfizer and Sangamo Strike Hemophilia Deal (11 May 2017)

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In Focus: US

  • Merck boosted by FDA approval for Keytruda use with chemo (Financial Times) (Reuters) (Press)
  • How Big Pharma Might Be Cut Down To Size (Forbes)
  • Pfizer strikes deal with Sangamo, broadening hemophilia pipeline (Reuters) (Fierce) (Endpoints)
  • GSK escapes Advair hit for now as second generic bid fails (Reuters) (PharmaTimes) (Financial Times)
  • FDA warning letter to IONIS-TTRrx trial site hits Ionis stock (Fierce)
  • White House names new members of opioid commission (STAT)
  • Can importing drugs bring down prescription prices for Americans? Yes and no (STAT)
  • Shares soar as 'breakthrough' news in biotech continues to run hot this week (Endpoints)
  • Aetna exiting all ACA insurance marketplaces in 2018 (Washington Post) (Politco)
  • Efficient Trial Design — FDA Approval of Valbenazine for Tardive Dyskinesia (NEJM)
  • First Imaging Agent For Brain Tumor Surgery Gets US FDA Panel Backing (Pink Sheet-$)
  • User Fee Bill Caught In Comey Firing Tidal Wave (Pink Sheet-$)
  • 5 Top Priorities As Gottlieb Takes Reins At FDA (Law360-$)
  • Mylan Takes Issue With FDA Over 'Major' CRL For Advair Generic (SCRIP-$)
  • How the Senate is grappling with health care (Politico)
  • America's 10 most expensive prescription drugs (CNBC)
  • Eli Lilly raised prices on 9 drugs last week (CNBC)
  • NIST issues draft of cybersecurity guidance for wireless infusion pumps (Fierce)
  • Vape Shops Want to Do Good, but Fear FDA Won't Let Them Do Well (NYTimes)

In Focus: International

  • Teva to Sell Assets Such as Women's Health Unit to Cut Debt (Bloomberg)
  • In Europe, U.S., modern AIDS drugs add extra 10 years of life expectancy (Reuters)
  • New Law Could Bring Surge in Clinical Trials to Brazil (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Siam Bioscience Readies Europe Launch Pad For Biosimilars (SCRIP-$)
  • Brexit Impact On Pharmacovigilance Depends On UK MHRA's Access To EU Databases And Systems (Pink Sheet-$)
  • EMA Report on 2016: 27 New Drugs, New Priority Scheme, Trial Transparency (Focus)
  • UK Patients to Get Early Access to AbbVie's HCV Combo (Focus)
  • AbbVie disappointed as NICE issues negative draft appraisal on venetoclax (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Insider Interview: The battle to defeat antimalarial drug resistance (Pharmafile)
  • Astellas scraps NSCLC program after look at phase 3 data (Fierce) (Press)
  • Daiichi cuts 6 meds in last quarter, including Pieris candidate (Fierce)
  • Oxford Genetics licenses CRISPR tech to power synbio push (Fierce)
  • Pharnext surge levels off as investors take in 20 million euro Chinese medicine deal (PharmaLetter-$)

US: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Human Antibody Discovery: Of Mice And Phage (Forbes)
  • Cell particles may help spread HIV infection, NIH study suggests (NIH)
  • Abuse-Deterrent Opioids: ICER Value Analysis Could Reinforce Coverage Restrictions (Pink Sheet-$)
  • ANDA Submissions Continue Yo-Yo Pattern, Unlike Approvals (Pink Sheet-$)
  • US FDA's Program Alignment: Where Should Form-483 Responses Go After May 15? (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Argos Says FDA Willing To ADAPT To Longer Follow-Up For Immunotherapy (Pink Sheet-$)
  • What I Told HHS Secretary Tom Price About the 340B Drug Pricing Program (Drug Channels)
  • Vikshara says plant banned by US FDA has stopped making APIs (InPharmaTechnologist)

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

  • Peloton Therapeutics Initiates Patient Dosing in Phase 2 Study of PT2385 for von Hippel-Lindau Disease-Associated Kidney Cancer (Press)
  • Ocular Therapeutix™ Presented Phase 3 Data for DEXTENZA™ at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting (Press)
  • Sage highlights 'signal of activity' in Parkinson's data, but questions linger (Fierce)
  • SYN-004 (Ribaxamase) Receives Breakthrough Therapy Designation from U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Prevention of Clostridium difficile Infection (Press)
  • Xencor's Lead Drug Candidate, XmAb5871, Receives Orphan Drug Designation from FDA for Treatment of IgG4-Related Disease (Press)
  • Aimmune Therapeutics Enrolls First Patient in RAMSES (ARC007), a Phase 3 Clinical Trial of AR101 for the Treatment of Peanut Allergy (Press)
  • Roche to present new data on personalised medicines and cancer immunotherapies at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting (Press)

US: Medical Devices

  • Case Study: How Agile Marketing Can Help a Global Device Launch (MDDI)
  • Cardiff Int'l to acquire medical device maker MedicaMetrix (MassDevice)
  • Cook Medical sells vertebroplasty portfolio to IZI Medical (MassDevice)
  • Medtronic wins 1st FDA approval for MRI-safe quad pacers (MassDevice)
  • HRS 2017: Medtronic's Micra leadless pacer performs well in post-approval registry (MassDevice)
  • HRS 2017: Two-year registry data on Boston Scientific's S-ICD (MassDevice)
  • NxStage wins FDA nod for next-gen System One hemodialysis system (MassDevice)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Poll: Doctors Hate Trumpcare Much More Than Obamacare (Forbes)
  • Buffett Says U.S. 'Out Of Whack' On Healthcare More Than On Taxes (Forbes)
  • NIH announces 2017-2018 Medical Research Scholars Program Class (NIH)
  • Another Accutane Verdict Vacated in New Jersey (Drug & Device Law)
  • Astellas Sues Roxane Over Generic Cancer Drug ANDA (Law360-$)
  • To Reduce Regulatory Burdens, Citizen Petition Asks FDA to Permit Interstate Sales of Raw Milk (FDALawBlog)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Irish ayes: Lilly goes ahead with bioproduction expansion, adding 130 jobs (BioPharmaReporter)
  • EMA Asks for feedback on its communications (EMA)
  • Italian regulators find problems at Kores' API plant in Roha (InPharmaTechnologist)


  • China Researchers Identify Potential NASH Target (BioCentury)
  • Improving Profitability A Key Mid-Term Focus For Takeda (SCRIP-$)
  • Japan approves Varian Medical's ProBeam proton therapy (MassDevice)
  • The Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo, and Astellas Enter into an Agreement for Expansion of the Scope of Collaborative Research Utilizing Rice-Based Oral Vaccine"MucoRice" Technology (Astellas)


  • Focus shifts to expensive pacemakers, lenses, catheters (Economic Times)
  • IDMA cautions govt against weakening pharma industry with its emphasis on generics (PharmaBiz)
  • Govt should remove anomalies in duty structure to boost growth of domestic IVD industry: Khushroo Pastakia (PharmaBiz)
  • US FDA sends Biocon Bangalore plant 483 with 8 observations (Economic Times) (InPharmaTechnologist)


  • Hazard Alert - Medtronic SynchroMed II implantable infusion pump (TGA)

Other International

  • Chilean pharmacies begin marijuana medicine sales in first for Latam (Reuters)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • He Was on Blood Thinners and Supplements. Could He Still Have Had a Stroke? (NYTimes)
  • Too little focus on lifestyle, preventing symptoms in peripheral artery disease (Reuters)

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