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Regulatory Recon: FDA Rejects Pfizer Epogen Biosimilar Over Warned Manufacturing Site Novartis, CSL Behring & Roche Pick Up US Approvals (23 June 2017)

Posted 23 June 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: FDA Rejects Pfizer Epogen Biosimilar Over Warned Manufacturing Site Novartis, CSL Behring & Roche Pick Up US Approvals (23 June 2017)

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

In Focus: US

  • Unpacking The Senate's Take On ACA Repeal And Replace (Health Affairs Blog) (KHN) (Forbes) (NYTimes) (NYTimes) (Politico)
  • Senate Health Bill Would Repeal Device Tax (Focus)
  • How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare' (AP)
  • US health sector hits record high on Senate bill, biotech rally (Reuters)
  • Health Bill Includes Opioid Funding, but May Not Satisfy Some GOP Senators (WSJ) (STAT)
  • Where Senators Stand on the Health Care Bill (NYTimes)
  • The Endpoints 100 CEO Survey: Execs offer a big thumbs up for Gottlieb and some suggestions for making the FDA a better agency (Endpoints)
  • Bluebird Bio's gene therapy for blood disorders yields some impressive results ― but also raises questions (STAT) (Xconomy) (Press)
  • FDA Approves CSL Behring's Self-Administered C1 Esterase Inhibitor HAE Prophylactic (GEN) (Endpoints) (Fierce) (PharmaTimes) (FDA) (Press)
  • FDA approves more convenient form of Roche blood cancer drug (Reuters) (Press)
  • FDA rejects Pfizer's Epogen biosimilar for the second time (Fierce) (Endpoints) (BioCentury) (Pharmafile) (Press)
  • Novartis' Tafinlar + Mekinist Combo Wins FDA Okay for BRAF V600E-Mutant NSCLC (GEN) (PharmaTimes) (Press)
  • Pharma's new justification for high drug prices, and other takeaways from #BI02017 (STAT)
  • Orphan drug market set to climb above $200B: Report (Fierce)
  • Mylan shareholders vote against executive pay, re-elect board (Reuters)
  • Blurred Lines: The Convergence of Med Device and Pharma in 2017 ( MDDI)

In Focus: International

  • German court rejects compensation claim over faulty breast implants (Reuters)
  • Small-cap focus: UK's booming biotech groups (Financial Times)
  • Samsung Is Poised to Sell More Drugs (The Street)
  • Chinese courts call for death penalty for researchers who commit fraud (STAT)
  • European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Tasks Working Groups With Redistributing Workloads in Run Up to Brexit (Focus)
  • NHS England re-opens innovation accelerator scheme (PharmaTimes)
  • NICE turnaround for AstraZeneca's COPD drug Daxas (PharmaTimes)
  • Drugmaker Astellas handed further ABPI suspension (Financial Times) (ABPI)
  • BIO Expands Cooperation with China-Based Pharma Group (BIO)
  • Canada Aims To Implement eCTD v4 By 2022 (Pink Sheet-$)
  • GSK's new CEO aims to divest sports nutrition brand: sources (Reuters)
  • Asia Executives To Watch: New FDA China Director Named Amid ICH Push (SCRIP-$)
  • Key Indian Panel Go-Ahead For Novartis' Kisqali (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Could Trump's NAFTA Renegotiation Hit Canadian Drug Price Controls? (Pink Sheet-$)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • 14 Years Old. Losing Muscle Every Day. (NYTimes)
  • The multiple sclerosis market (Nature)
  • Martin Shkreli, 'Pharma Bro,' Prepares for Trial: 'I'm So Innocent' (NYTimes)
  • Unleashing CAR-T Therapies on Solid Tumors: Are We There Yet? (BIO)
  • How to prepare for ICH E6 R2 implementation (OutsourcingPharma)
  • Seqirus first to reach large-scale manufacture of cell-based influenza vaccines (Fierce)
  • Rare cancers through the looking glass ( Pharmafile)
  • FDA's OPQ Emerging Tech Program Plans to Help Sponsors Avoid Manufacturing Quality Failure (FDA News-$)
  • Potassium Phosphate and Succinylcholine by Advanced Pharma: Recall - Potential Lack of Sterility Assurance (FDA)
  • BIO Notebook, Day 4: Annual Convention Winds Down With Oncology In The Spotlight (SCRIP-$)
  • Patients may buy idea of injectable meds with a little manipulation (Reuters)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • PhIII-focused Cara sees shares spike on its new 'breakthrough' status at the FDA (Endpoints)
  • Presentation confirms Venclexta/Venclyxto monotherapy benefit in certain patients with high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and its potential in other hard-to-treat blood cancers (Press)
  • Roche presents new data from GALLIUM study reinforcing clinical benefit of Gazyva/Gazyvaro in people with previously untreated follicular lymphoma (Press)
  • New data at EAN show Roche's OCREVUS (ocrelizumab) significantly reduced multiple measures of disease progression in relapsing and primary progressive multiple sclerosis (Press)
  • Indivior presents Phase III data on sustained-release opioid addiction therapy (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Takeda Presents Data from Phase 1/2 Studies for NINLARO™ (ixazomib) in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Patients and in the Maintenance Setting (Press)
  • Acceleron Provides Updated Results from Phase 2 Studies of Luspatercept in Beta-Thalassemia at the 22nd Congress of the European Hematology Association (Press)
  • Acceleron Provides Updated Results from Ongoing Phase 2 Study of Luspatercept in Myelodysplastic Syndromes at the 22nd Congress of the European Hematology Association (Press)
  • Alzheon says data backs potential of Alzheimer's candidate (PMLive)

Medical Devices

  • Was Bristol-Myers Squibb's assay to blame for Opdivo's first-line lung flop? (Fierce)
  • Aethlon looks fast-track FDA nod for Hemopurifier blood filter through EAP (MassDevice)
  • Bard wins FDA approval for LifeStream covered iliac stent (MassDevice)
  • FDA grants de novo clearance for Merit Medical's Embosphere (MassDevice)
  • Medtronic warns on button glitch with MiniMed 640G insulin pump (MassDevice)
  • Request for Nominations for Voting Members on Public Advisory Panels or Committees; Device Good Manufacturing Practice Advisory Committee and the Medical Devices Advisory Committee (FDA)
  • Philips picks up EEG dev Electrical Geodesics for $37m (MassDevice)
  • ClearFlow wins FDA 510(k) for FlowGlide (MassDevice)
  • FDA Approves First Companion Diagnostic Test to Simultaneously Screen for Multiple Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Therapies (Press)
  • Roche receives FDA approval for fourth-generation HIV combination antigen-antibody assay --allowing detection of infection with high sensitivity and specificity (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • U.S. sues to stop western hospital system from buying clinics (Reuters)
  • Humana out of individual market, with or without Obamacare repeal (Reuters)
  • AHRQ's potential move to the NIH could strengthen its work (Modern Healthcare)
  • IBM VP & Chief Health Informatics Officer Dr. Anil K. Jain Appointed to the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (IBM)
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Grants Summary Judgment on Hip Component Manufacturer's Negligence Claims But Denies Summary Judgment on Strict Liability Claims. (Drug & Device Law)
  • Another Request for a Stay and Reconsideration of the Final Nutrition Labeling Rule (FDA Law Blog)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • HIV cases in gay men fall for the first time in England (Pharmafile)
  • Vaccine Liability In Europe: A New Development (Harvard Bill of Health)
  • Ewopharma to commercialize Eisai drugs in Central Eastern Europe (PharmaLetter-$)
  • EuroBiotech: More Articles of Note (Fierce)
  • Swiss Kuros Biosciences wins CE Mark for NeuroSeal dural sealant (MassDevice)


  • DoP rejects Sun Pharma's review petition against ceiling price fixation of "Lithium 300 mg" (PharmaBiz)


  • Exactech wins Japanese nod for shoulder, knee, hip replacement systems (MassDevice)


  • Sommetrics wins Health Canada nod for non-invasive sleep apnea device (MassDevice)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • United States rejects U.N. call for access to safe abortions (Reuters)
  • Humanitarian Aid Is 'Broken,' Says Former U.N. Official (NPR)

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