Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Alexion C-Suite Overhaul (23 May 2017)

Posted 23 May 2017 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Alexion C-Suite Overhaul (23 May 2017)

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In Focus: US                                          

  • Sanofi and Regeneron: FDA Approval of Kevzara (sarilumab) for the Treatment of Moderately to Severely Active Rheumatoid Arthritis in Adult Patients (Press) (Endpoints) (Reuters)
  • Trump’s 2018 Budget Seeks Last-Minute Renegotiation of FDA User Fees (Focus) (WSJ-$)
  • Puma Biotech Shares Are Roaring On An FDA Review. Here's What Could Still Go Wrong (Forbes) (Fierce) (Briefing Docs)
  • FDA Ad com for Hospira’s proposed biosimilar to Epogen/Procrit (epoetin alfa) (Briefing Docs)
  • Different types of bills aimed at curbing high drug prices proceed in two states (Stat-$) (Fierce)
  • Alexion's C-suite overhaul continues as CFO, R&D chief exit, new commercial head enters (Fierce) (Press) (Endpoints)

In Focus: International

  • Japan to bring forward target for increased generic drug use: sources (Reuters)
  • India's Government Plans to Expand Its Drug Regulator (Bloomberg)
  • UK competition watchdog accuses Merck of obstructing biosimilars (Reuters)
  • EMA to Launch Revamped EudraVigilance (Focus)
  • NHS could lose more than 2,000 GPs through Brexit (PharmaTimes)
  • Australia Considers Allowing Marketing of Devices Approved Overseas (Focus)
  • US drug prices are so high that Canada wants other countries as reference points (Stat-$) (Focus)
  • EMA closed from 18:30 on Wednesday 24 May until 7:30 on Monday 29 May 2017 (EMA)
  • Merck's Gardasil preps for head-to-head with GSK’s Cervarix in China, with big sales targets ahead (Fierce)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • Bioverativ to buy True North for $400M upfront (Fierce) (Endpoints)
  • A new approach to Alzheimer’s treatment (Scientific American)
  • Bain Capital raises $720m life sciences fund (Mass Device) (Endpoints)
  • Should Everyone With Heart Failure Get Aggressive Treatment? (CardioBrief)
  • ACRO Opposes “Right to Try” in Policy Statement (Press)
  • 5 Key Debates Over FDA's Interchangeable-Biosimilar Views (Law360-$)
  • GE Looks to Single-Use Modular BioParks (BioPharma-Reporter)
  • Cerus lowers Intercept sales guidance after Fresenius Kabi supply snafu (Mass Device)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • Heart safety clouds hopes for Amgen, UCB bone drug approval (Reuters)
  • Merck says Afferent’s chronic cough drug clears mid-stage trial (PMLive)
  • FDA Grants Priority Review to Merck’s sBLA for Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Treatment of Recurrent or Advanced Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma (Press)
  • FDA Approval Summary for Pembrolizumab (The Oncologist)

Medical Devices

  • Proteus, Otsuka take another run at FDA approval for Abilify-smart pill combo (Mass Device) (Press)
  • Symic Bio raises $30m for peripheral vein graft failure therapy (Mass Device)
  • Novartis’ Ultibro Breezhaler tops corticosteroid for COPD in head-to-head study (Mass Device)
  • V60 Non-invasive Ventilator by Respironics: Class I Recall - Unexpected Device Shut Down (FDA)

US: Assorted and Government

  • White House dials back cuts to drug control office (Politico)
  • House to Examine Zika Virus and State of Public Health Response for Potential Outbreaks (E&C)
  • The Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Park Doctrine Case (FDA Law Blog)
  • FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA identifies no harmful effects to date with brain retention of gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRIs; review to continue (FDA)
  • FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA warns about risk of accidental overdosing of dogs with the drug Sileo (dexmedetomidine oromucosal gel) (FDA)
  • FDA to Drug Manufacturers: Beware Water-Borne Contaminants (Focus)

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General Health and Other Interesting Articles

  • German court favors vaccination of child in parents' dispute (Reuters)
  • $400 billion price tag for California single-payer bill (AP)
  • Scientific advice — is drug repurposing missing a trick? (Nature Reviews-$)
  • Kenyan medics say U.S. health aid cuts will mean more abortions (Reuters)

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