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Regulatory Recon: Mitsubishi Tanabe Buys NeruoDerm for $1.1B FDA Reviewers Raise Concerns About Intelli's Long-Acting Opioid Ahead of Panel (24 July 2017)

Posted 24 July 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Mitsubishi Tanabe Buys NeruoDerm for $1.1B FDA Reviewers Raise Concerns About Intelli's Long-Acting Opioid Ahead of Panel (24 July 2017)

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In Focus: US

  • Trump's FDA Chief Takes Wide Aim at Opioid Addiction Crisis (Bloomberg)
  • FDA staff raise concerns about Intellipharma's opioid painkiller (Reuters)
  • The unnecessary risk with over-the-counter drugs (Politico)
  • Drug spending in U.S. tops the world. Translation: No pricing-headache relief soon (Fierce)
  • Democrats take aim at big business and drug prices in new economic campaign (CNBC) (STAT) (CNN)
  • The drug industry is lobbying the federal government at a record-setting pace so far this year (STAT) (KHN)
  • Companies Rush to Develop 'Utterly Transformative' Gene Therapies (NYTimes)
  • President Trump to deliver statement on health care on Monday (CNBC)
  • Senate Republicans plan to plow ahead with health-care vote this week (Washington Post) (Reuters)
  • Republicans' push to roll back Obamacare faces crucial test (Reuters) (Politico)
  • Eli Lilly offers $400M-plus deal to bag an early-stage autoimmune drug from Nektar (Endpoints) (Fierce) (EPVantage) (Press)
  • Gilead details its case for a new HIV flagship triple, with megablockbuster potential (Endpoints) (STAT) (Press)
  • 'Mosaic' HIV vaccine from J&J and partners passes early test (Fierce) (NIH)
  • A new wave of pharma mergers could put innovative drugs in the pipeline (STAT)
  • Samsung Bioepis launches U.S. sales of Remicade biosmiliar (Reuters) (Press)
  • FDA Approves Subcutaneous Benlysta Formulation (BioCentury) (Press)
  • FTC approves Baxter's $625m Claris buyout, with conditions (Drug Delivery)
  • Sarepta files $250M fundraising, says it's considering more bolt-on deals (Fierce)
  • All Backed Up: FDA Reverses Course and Denies NCE Exclusivity for PREPOPIK (FDA Law Blog)
  • Leadership and strategic innovation in pharma (McKinsey)

In Focus: International

  • Mitsubishi Tanabe bags NeuroDerm and its PhIII Parkinson's program for $1.1B (Endpoints) (Pharmafile) (Financial Times)
  • Bayer says asbestos-related tumor treatment misses key goal (Reuters) (Fierce)
  • EMA Backs Eight New Medicines, Turns Down Drugs From Nektar & Vanda (Focus)
  • Troubled Teva brings out the ax as it cuts deep into its Israeli pharma group (Endpoints) (Pharmafile)
  • GSK chief plans to shake up culture and competitiveness (Financial Times)
  • Pay for medicines based on effectiveness, NHS told (Financial Times) (PharmaTimes)
  • NHS England takes tough stance on homeopathy (Pharmafile)
  • Merck, Pfizer's avelumab clears first hurdle in early access scheme (PharmaTimes)
  • Chinese Regulators Identify First Round of Medical Device Clinical Trial Inspections (Emergo)
  • GSK files for extended use of Relvar Ellipta in asthma (PharmaTimes)
  • UK bioscience companies form Rare Disease Industry Group (EPR)
  • UK Court Shakes Up Test For Equivalent Infringement In Lilly/Actavis Case (Pink Sheet-$) (Patent Docs)
  • Brazil Makes Drug Prices Transparent To Strengthen Hand In Pricing Talks (Pink Sheet-$)
  • HIV and cancer teams double up to seek out new disease killers (Reuters)
  • Hopes for HIV cure revived by African child in remission (Reuters) (NIH)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • A toolbox for creating new drugs (PhysOrg)
  • Aeterna CEO Dodd out as company reviews options (Fierce)
  • Could CAR-T treatments work in glioblastoma? (Fierce)
  • Clinical trials for cancer could use more older people (Washington Post)
  • Helix Bets An 'App Store' Can Make Consumers Care About Their DNA (Forbes) (MIT Technology Review)
  • Another micro-cap biotech has flunked a pivotal test for a regenerative cell therapy (Endpoints)
  • Beyond The Nasty Needle: Trying To Make Vaccines More Comfy And Convenient (NPR)
  • Drug interaction concerns may negatively affect HIV treatment adherence among transgender women (NIH)
  • With Viagra and Lyrica fading, analysts downgrade Pfizer due to mounting challenges (Fierce)
  • Backed by partners at Pfizer, eFFECTOR brings its VC total to $150M as PhII cancer trial looms (Endpoints)
  • The HPV Vaccine Saves Lives, So Why Aren't More Kids Getting It? (Forbes)
  • Stem Cell Clinics Are Advertising Their Treatments As Clinical Trials. They're Not (Forbes)
  • Heart attack patients missing out on smoking cessation drugs (Reuters)
  • German pharma major to invest $217 million in US manufacturing site expansion (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Surrogate endpoints in oncology: when are they acceptable for regulatory and clinical decisions, and are they currently overused? (BMC Medicine)
  • Endo shutters manufacturing facilities in Huntsville (Drug Delivery) (PharmaLetter-$)
  • What Should FDA Pilot? (RxTrace)
  • FDA eyes 'toolkit' to combat fake meds in supply chain (Securing Industry)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • Pfizer Announces Positive Top-Line Results from the Comparative REFLECTIONS B7391003 Study for PF-06439535, a Potential Biosimilar to Avastin®1 (bevacizumab) (Press)
  • UCB Psoriasis Candidate Headed For PHASE III (BioCentury)
  • Aerie touts late-stage safety data for Roclatan eye drops (Drug Delivery)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Expands Approval of Yervoy® (ipilimumab) to Include Pediatric Patients 12 Years and Older with Unresectable or Metastatic Melanoma (Press)
  • CSL Behring Receives Orphan-Drug Exclusivity for HAEGARDA® (C1 Esterase Inhibitor Subcutaneous [Human]) (Press)
  • Samumed Successfully Completes Phase I Study for Potential Topical Treatment for Chronic Tendinopathy (Press)
  • BlackThorn Therapeutics Enrolls First Patient in Phase 2a Study of Lead Compound, BTRX-246040, in Major Depressive Disorder (Press)
  • Novocure™ Announces a Phase 1b Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety of Marizomib and Temozolomide in Combination with Optune® as Adjuvant Therapy in Patients with Glioblastoma (Press)

Medical Devices

  • The Secret to Developing a Commercially Successful Point-of-Care Device (MDDI)
  • Could this temperature sensor reduce power consumption in medical devices? (Medical Design & Outsourcing)
  • FDA clears updated labeling, design for FujiFilm ED-530XT duodenoscopes (MassDevice) (FDA)
  • A bevy of digital health FDA clearances mark a busy second quarter in 2017 (MobiHealthNews)
  • FDA recalls Penumbra 3D Revascularization device over wire separation issues (MassDevice) (FDA)
  • CompuFlo Epidural Anesthesia System Measures Pressure at Needle's Tip, Cleared by FDA (medGadget)
  • Luminex Corporation Receives FDA Clearance for ARIES C. difficile Assay (Press)
  • Arrow® Seldinger Arterial Catheterization Device Receives FDA Market Clearance (Press)
  • Milestone Scientific's new FDA-cleared epidural instrument senses pressure (MobiHealthNews)
  • DarioHealth wins FDA nod for Android diabetes app (MassDevice)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Lawyers Hope to Do to Opioid Makers What They Did to Big Tobacco (WSJ)
  • Martin Shkreli fraud trial could go to jury next week; judge slams lawyers for arguing 'like two little children' (CNBC)
  • Ohio places drug pricing measure on its November ballot (STAT)
  • U.S. jury sides with Amphastar over Momenta in drug patent trial (Reuters)
  • Illumina, Qiagen Settle DNA Sequencer Patent Dispute (law360-$)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Learned Intermediaries (Drug & Device Law)
  • Merck's Zostavax draws new litigation from patients alleging they contracted shingles (Fierce)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • EMA Recommends Suspending Certain Gadolinium Contrast Agents (Focus)
  • UK's Boots 'truly sorry' over morning-after pill campaign response (Reuters)
  • Industry unites to stop falsified medicines in Hungary (PharmaLetter-$)
  • More people will be able to give blood following scientific review (UK DoH)


  • H1N1 virus infects 13 in Myanmar, suspected of killing one (Reuters)
  • China Drug Inspections, 2016 (FDAZilla)
  • Hemophilia A candidate emicizumab filed for approval in Japan (PharmaLetter-$)


  • Lupin receives US FDA approval for anti-inflammatory topical solution (Economic Times)
  • Strides Shasun gets USFDA nod for anti-allergy capsules (Economic Times)
  • Anti-Dumping Duty Likely On A Chinese Import Used By Indian Pharma Companies (Bloomberg)
  • Kinfra to set up pharma park in Kochi under MSE-CDP to boost pharma production in Kerala (PharmaBiz)


  • Sunovion's Latuda® (lurasidone HCI) Receives Health Canada Approval to Treat Adolescents with Schizophrenia (Press)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Lesser-known gene mutations may boost breast cancer risk in Jewish women (Reuters)
  • She lost her sight to a rare condition — and became a medical detective (Washington Post)

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