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Regulatory Recon: GW Set to File Cannabis-Based Epilepsy Drug Roche, Biogen Looking Into Report of Rare Brain Infection in MS Patient (25 May 2017)

Posted 25 May 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: GW Set to File Cannabis-Based Epilepsy Drug Roche, Biogen Looking Into Report of Rare Brain Infection in MS Patient (25 May 2017)

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In Focus: US

  • 26 die after attempting to replace Abbott's blood pump controller themselves (Pharmafile) (MassDevice) (FDA 1, 2, 3)
  • Accelerated Approval and Expensive Drugs — A Challenging Combination (NEJM)
  • GW to file cannabis drug as journal confirms epilepsy success (Reuters) (Fierce) (PharmaTimes) (Forbes) (Washington Post)
  • Drug approvals bounce back as R&D labs churn out new winners (Reuters)
  • McConnell frets about healthcare, hopeful on tax overhaul (Reuters)
  • McConnell expects bipartisan support for bill reauthorizing FDA user fees (Reuters)
  • Millions Of Ill People May Face ‘Extremely High Premiums’ Under House Bill, CBO Says (KHN) (Reuters) (NYTimes) (Health Affairs Blog)
  • Rare Gene Mutations Inspire New Heart Drugs (NYTimes) (NEJM 1, 2)
  • FDA Cracks Down on TV Ad for Prescription Weight Loss Drug (Focus)
  • Amy Reed, Doctor Who Fought a Risky Medical Procedure, Dies at 44 (NYTimes)
  • Senator Seeks More Info From Mallinckrodt on Price Increases of Acetaminophen Injection (Focus)
  • Sanofi exec lays out case for taxpayer funding—and exclusive licensing—on Zika vaccine R&D (Fierce)
  • Inovio’s NIH-backed HIV vaccine shows near 100% immune response rate in early test (Fierce) (Pharmafile)
  • FDA Medical Device Cybersecurity Workshop: Potential Solutions but No Silver Bullets (Emergo)
  • Miami's Zika Outbreak Began Months Before It Was First Detected (NPR) (NIH)
  • Getting Struck Twice: Acquisitions & Spinouts In Biotech (LifeSciVC)

In Focus: International

  • Deadly brain infection in German MS patient prompts Roche investigation (Reuters) (Fierce)
  • Commission Delays EU GMP Guide For Advanced Therapies To Address Inspectorates’ Concerns (Pink Sheet-$)
  • French drugmaker Servier to face trial over weight-loss Mediator (Reuters)
  • Sharing Clinical and Genomic Data on Cancer — The Need for Global Solutions (NEJM)
  • WHA Approves WHO Biennial Budget (WHO)
  • European Regulatory Roundup: Merck Accused of Blocking Remicade Biosimilars (Focus)
  • Challenges Providing Pharmaceutical Products to Syrian Refugees (Focus)
  • Strength in clinical trials set to grow with funding boost from Australian govt (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Pierre Fabre sets sights on bigger I-O business (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Celltrion Gets Go-Ahead For Remsima Trials In China, Mulls JV (SCRIP-$)
  • Getting On – And Staying In – the EMA’s PRIME Scheme (Pink Sheet-$)
  • EU regulators widen approval for Zebinix (PharmaTimes)
  • UK biotech takes pole position in Europe (PharmaTimes) (Fierce)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Korean Pharma Spawns US Cancer Biotech Startup (SCRIP-$)
  • Amid Budget Concerns, NIH Preps Beta Test for Precision Medicine Plan (Xconomy)
  • Months after trial setbacks, Merck licenses Teijin Alzheimer’s candidate (Fierce)
  • Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Gets Panel Nod Despite Efficacy Concerns (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Opioid Prescriber Training: US FDA Still Debating Mandate; CMS Policies Having Impact Now (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Opioid REMS: New CME 'Blueprint' To Include Immediate-Release Drugs (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Claims Data Can't Substitute for Adjudication in CV Trials (Medpage)
  • Estimation of the cost-effectiveness of HIV prevention portfolios for people who inject drugs in the United States: A model-based analysis (PLOS)
  • ​​​​​​​Cel-Sci, in trying to escape clinical hold, creates new problems for Multikine R&D program at the FDA (Fierce)
  • Which pharma execs win the popularity contest? Roche grabs two top-3 slots, for one (Fierce)
  • GSK Researchers Identify Dual-Stage Antimalarials (BioCentury)
  • Pharmaceutical companies and patient advocacy groups: Natural allies in the support of patients (Pharmafile)
  • A Bioactive Chemical Markers Based Strategy for Quality Assessment of Botanical Drugs: Xuesaitong Injection as a Case Study (Nature)
  • Granules India confirms $35m US plant expansion will create jobs (InPharmaTechnologist)
  • BioCorRx to meet with the FDA for injectable, sustained-release opioid addiction therapy (Drug Delivery)
  • Merck rolls out cost cutting high density perfusion media (BioPharmaReporter)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • Roclatan successfully achieves primary efficacy endpoint in Mercury 2 Study (PharmaLetter-$)
  • CalciMedica Receives Fast-Track Designation for CM4620, a Novel CRAC Channel Inhibitor to Treat Acute Pancreatitis (Press)
  • GlycoMimetics’ GMI-1271 Receives EU Orphan Drug Designation for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (Press)
  • X4 Pharmaceuticals Announces Initiation of the Phase 2 Expansion of Its Phase 1/2 Study of X4P-001 in Patients with Advanced Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma (Press)
  • BMS, leading I-O in liver cancer, nabs Opdivo 'priority' tag and nears Bayer showdown (Fierce) (Press)

Medical Devices

  • LivaNova snags former J&J exec Huston as CFO (MassDevice)
  • FDA Issues 483 to Repro-Med Over Reporting, Quality Systems Issues (Focus)
  • Interview with Rupa Basu, BIOTRONIK’s Senior VP of Marketing, Corporate Accounts and Strategy (MedGadget)
  • Boston Scientific’s post-approval Alair study shows long-term asthma improvement (MassDevice)
  • Medtronic Enrolls First Patient in Study of IN.PACT(TM) AV Access Drug-Coated Balloon in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Former Heritage Pharma executives settle with states (Reuters)
  • DEA Administrative Decisions Update: Has DEA Established New Grounds for Summary Disposition? (FDA Law Blog)
  • Picking Up the Post-Preemption Pieces (Drug & Device Law)
  • Citizen Petitions to Come Front and Center (Policy & Medicine)
  • A Year Later, FDA Is Better and Stronger in Protecting Consumers from Unsafe Foods (FDA Voice)
  • UC, Medivation Settle Drug Royalty Row On Eve Of Trial (Law360-$)
  • Theranos Dodges Investors’ ‘Boundless’ Docs Bid, For Now (Law360-$)
  • Bristol-Myers, Pfizer Made Faulty Blood Thinner, Suit Says (Law360-$)
  • Johnson & Johnson sold us the talc product, Valeant CEO says. Now it should cover our legal defense (Fierce)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Gore wins Japanese regulatory nod for Gore Excluder IBE (MassDevice)


  • Coming soon: Clinical trials transparency (Economic Times)
  • US Price Pressure Clouds Lupin Outlook – Can Its Pipeline Deliver? (SCRIP-$)
  • Karnataka pharma industry and pharmacy trade do not see any long-term impact under GST regime (PharmaBiz)
  • CDSCO recommendation awaited to issue fresh certifications after state FDA cancels WHO-GMP licenses of 2 firms (PharmaBiz)

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