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Regulatory Recon: Amgen's Blincyto Wins Full FDA Approval NICE Backs Three Drugs for Plaque Psoriasis in Children (13 July 2017)

Posted 13 July 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Amgen's Blincyto Wins Full FDA Approval NICE Backs Three Drugs for Plaque Psoriasis in Children (13 July 2017)

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In Focus: US

  • Sessions to Unveil Health-Care Fraud Crackdown This Week, Sources Say (Bloomberg) (Reuters)
  • Feds identify prescribers doling out too many opioids to Part D beneficiaries (STAT)
  • Amgen's Blincyto wins full US approval (PharmaTimes)
  • FDA Panel Votes Unanimously in Favor of First CAR-T Cancer Therapy (Focus) (Endpoints) (Financial Times) (Reuters) (NYTimes)
  • House Passes Bill to Reauthorize FDA User Fee Programs (Focus)
  • House Appropriators Send FDA Funding Bill To Floor By Voice Vote (IHP-$)
  • Ex-GSK CEO Andrew Witty goes biotech, taking a board seat at G1 (Endpoints)
  • FDA Considers Label Changes for Keytruda, Opdivo and Yervoy (Focus)
  • Feuding US Senate Republicans to get revised healthcare bill (Reuters) (NYTimes) (NPR)
  • Whichever Way 'Repeal And Replace' Blows, Pharma Is Due For Windfall (KHN)
  • Medicaid could torpedo repeal effort (Politico)
  • FDA Deal Would Relax Rules on Reporting Medical Device Problems (NYTimes)
  • Will Money-Back Guarantees Mitigate Drug Costs? (Medpage)
  • Valeant Shaves Another Chunk From Its Crushing Debt Load, Shares Continue March Higher (The Street)
  • Zimmer Biomet's Dvorak Out As CEO, Successor Search Underway (Xconomy)
  • FDA Collaborates to Promote Safety, Quality in Clinical Trials Done in India (FDA Voice)
  • FDA Spotlights Commitments to Precision Medicine, Biomarkers (GEN) (BioPharmaDive) (FDA Voice)
  • Threats to Information Security — Public Health Implications (NEJM)
  • SubHealth Reviews Legislation Addressing Medical Product Manufacturer Communications (E&C)

In Focus: International

  • NICE backs Humira, Enbrel and Stelara for plaque psoriasis in children (PharmaTimes)
  • Israel's Pharma Giant Teva Makes CEO Offer to French-born Exec Pascal Soriot (Haaretz) (Endpoints) (The Street) (Pharmafile) (Fierce)
  • GlaxoSmithKline woos Pfizer medicinal sciences chief Tony Wood to high-level R&D job (Endpoints) (Fierce)
  • UK, EU medicines trade groups lobby Barnier, Davis for medicines alignment (Politico) (PharmaTimes) (PMLive) (Financial Times)  (Pharmafile) (Financial Times) (ABPI)
  • Irish Health Minister Speaks About EMA Relocation, Drug Pricing, and Boosting Biosimilars (Pink Sheet-$)
  • 'Not What We Expected,' R&D Industry Says Of 'Onerous' EU Paediatric Regulation (Pink Sheet-$)
  • We'll See You In Court: UK Pharma Challenges Extra NHS Price Hurdle (Pink Sheet-$)
  • UK Government boosts NHS cyber security with additional £21 million (Pharmafile)
  • Examining Japan's 'Device Lag'—Part 2 (MDDI, Part 1)
  • Call for independent scientific experts to join EMA's Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) (EMA)
  • DNA Links Deadly Germs, Tainted Heart Surgery Devices To German Factory (KHN)
  • BASF unveils new mosquito net in battle against malaria (Reuters)
  • The Dutch bid for the European Medicines Agency (CBG-MEB)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • ICER Releases Draft Evidence Report Reviewing Olaparib, Rucaparib, and Niraparib for Ovarian Cancer (ICER)
  • FDA Releases Correspondence in Texas Death Penalty Drugs Case (FDA 1, 2, 3)
  • More People Are Making Mistakes With Medicines At Home (NPR)
  • Allergan CEO comes out against aesthetic treatments for teens in debate-sparking blog post (Fierce)
  • Is HIV/AIDS Progress Made By The Last 5 Presidents Being Undone By The Trump White House? (Forbes)
  • FDA Struggles with Sizing Up Abuse-Deterrent Opioids (Medpage)
  • 3 Takeaways From The FDA Head's New Opioid Rx Standards (Law360-$)
  • CRISPR 'kill-switch' wards off unwanted side effects (Fierce)
  • 10 Hospitals With 340B Contract Pharmacy Mega-Networks (Drug Channels)
  • First US all-cargo airline to earn CEIV certification (Pharmafile)
  • Antidepressants in pregnancy not tied to intellectual disability in kids (Reuters)
  • Biocon bounces back as FDA report hints at Herceptin biosimilar recommendation (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Fresenius Petitions FDA to Deny Second Indication for Keryx's Chronic Kidney Disease Drug (FDANews-$)
  • Catalent re-ups manufacturing deal for Pfizer Liqui-Gels (OutsourcingPharma)
  • Klick brings tiny, trash-talking wrestler to new Novartis disease awareness work (Fierce)
  • Hair Repigmentation During Immunotherapy Treatment With an Anti–Programmed Cell Death 1 and Anti–Programmed Cell Death Ligand 1 Agent for Lung Cancer (JAMA)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Allena Pharmaceuticals' Investigational Therapy for the Treatment of Primary Hyperoxaluria (Press)
  • FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to VT-1598 for Treatment of Valley Fever (Press)
  • Pfizer Announces FDA Accepts Supplemental New Drug Application for XELJANZ® (tofacitinib citrate) for the Treatment of Adult Patients with Moderately to Severely Active Ulcerative Colitis (Press)
  • Clearside Biomedical launches Phase II diabetic macular edema trial (Drug Delivery)

Medical Devices

  • Medtech venture funding total hits all-time high (EP Vantage)
  • House Report Asks FDA Not To Finalize Guidance On LDT Regulation (BioCentury)
  • Clinical Trial to Evaluate Medtronic Cryoablation as First-Line Treatment for Patients With Symptomatic Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (Press)
  • Philips receives U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance to market its Philips BlueControl, a wearable light therapy device to treat mild psoriasis at home (Press)
  • VR play Saebo wins FDA nod for SaeboVR rehab system (MassDevice)

US: Assorted & Government

  • FDA Faces Budget Crunch In 2023 Under User Fee Legislation (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Q&A: Former Obama science adviser John Holdren on the White House science office and Trump's science policy (Science)
  • New CDC chief partnered with Coke in state obesity program (Washington Post) (Fierce)
  • Martin Shkreli's Ex-Mentor Testifies About His Bad Behavior (NYTimes)
  • Drug Companies Lose Challenge To Alliance Of Private Lawyers And State Officials (Forbes)
  • What You Will See On Personal Jurisdiction Following BMS (Drug & Device Law)
  • Mylan and staff are big donors to CEO's dad, U.S. Sen. Manchin, but he says he had no idea (Fierce)
  • Lilly Reaches Settlement Agreement in U.S. Cialis Patent Litigation (Press)
  • Pfizer Assails Janssen Suit Over Remicade Biosimilar (Law360-$)
  • Off-Label Drug Bills Get Little Traction On Capitol Hill (Law360-$)
  • Court reaffirms Stryker's $248m enhanced damages win in Zimmer Biomet patent spat (MassDevice)
  • Animal Drug "Compounding": Criminal Indictment Against Pharmacy and Veterinarian Withstands Federal District Court's Scrutiny (FDA Law Blog)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Two new biosimilars 'could save NHS millions' (Pharmaceutical Journal)
  • Marketing authorisations granted in June 2017 (MHRA)
  • Parallel import licenses granted in June 2017 (MHRA)


  • India's New GST Tax A Game Changer For Pharma But Challenges Ahead (SCRIP-$)
  • PvPI registers 2.70 lakh adverse drug reactions through AMCs spread across 250 centres (PharmaBiz)
  • Addressing points raised by USFDA: Vista Pharma (Economic Times)
  • Pharma industry in Pondicherry faces big drop in business on account of GST, total production reduces to 50% (PharmaBiz)


  • Altona Diagnostics Zika Test Approved for Korean Market (GenomeWeb)
  • Astellas alliance with Kyoto University will focus on biomarkers (PharmaLetter-$)
  • TissueGene Therapy Gets Korean Approval For OA (BioCentury)


  • Health Canada wants to update the Assisted Human Reproduction Act Public invited to comment on the proposed changes to the Act (Health Canada)

Other International

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Scientists Used CRISPR to Put a GIF Inside a Living Organism's DNA (MIT Technology Review)
  • HIV hijacks surface molecule to invade cell (NIH)
  • Dark hair dye and chemical relaxers linked to breast cancer (Reuters)
  • Toxic bacteria often lurk in children's, dogs' sandboxes (Reuters)

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