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Regulatory Recon: UK Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Lilly Patents HHS OIG Probes Alexion (7 July 2017)

Posted 07 July 2017 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: UK Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Lilly Patents HHS OIG Probes Alexion (7 July 2017)

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

In Focus: US

  • Sophie’s Choice for Oncologists: Who Gets New Life-Saving Drug (Bloomberg)
  • Alexion Says U.S. Health Inspector General Is Part of DOJ Probe (Bloomberg)
  • Dr Rob Califf on His Short-Lived Tenure as FDA Commissioner (Medscape)
  • Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald expected to be named CDC director (Stat) (HHS)
  • A proposal would limit prices on meds developed with Defense Department dollars (Stat)
  • Endo Pulls Opioid From US Market at FDA's Request (Focus)
  • Generic Industry Group Sues Maryland Over Price Gouging Law (Focus)

In Focus: International

  • UK Supreme Court Rules In Lilly's Favor On Alimta Patents (Press) (Reuters)
  • WHO: Gonorrhea Resistance on the Rise (MedPage Today) (Reuters) (Stat) (WHO)
  • 10 Years in, EU Pediatric-Use Marketing Authorization Called a 'Disappointment' (Focus)
  • European Regulatory Roundup: New Gateway for Parallel Consultations on Marketing Authorizations, HTAs (Focus)
  • EC says Merck and Sigma-Aldrich broke M&A procedures and could face fine (InPharma)
  • EMA Defers U.S. GMP Inspections Pending November Activation of Mutual Agreement (FDANews-$)
  • Canada’s Supreme Court boosts protection for pharma patent holders (C&EN)
  • Time for full transparency on pharmaceutical money (Toronto Star)
  • India’s Hetero to produce cancer and AIDS drugs in Russia (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Fosun stock tumbles over rumors of chairman disappearance—again (Fierce)
  • Konica Minolta To Buy Ambry Genetics In Deal Worth $1B (Law360-$) (Reuters)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • O’Connor resigns as CEO of Advaxis with immediate effect (Fierce)
  • Batch Manufacturing or Continuous Manufacturing? – That is the Question (FDA Law Blog)
  • Rare-Disease Drugmakers Join in Worries Over GOP Health Overhaul (Bloomberg)
  • Bio Roundup: BCRA Fireworks, Shkreli Muzzled, Endo Pulls Drug & More (Xconomy)
  • Big cap biopharma ends the half year on a high note (EP Vantage)
  • Seven questions CTL019 adcom should consider (and two it won’t) (EP Vantage)
  • Channeling cell and gene therapies through the cold chain (Pharma IQ)
  • Pacira to stop making DepoCyt due to long-term production problems (InPharma-Technologist)
  • Martin Shkreli's lawyer and 'cowboy' venture capitalist duel over what horses and investments are worth (CNBC)
  • Patheon investing $45 million in multisite service expansion (C&EN)
  • Novartis turns to Oxford BioMedica for a major CAR-T supply deal (Endpoints)
  • Innovative therapies require innovative thinking on access and cost (Stat)
  • Sanofi partner Zealand files for IPO to fund drug approvals (Fierce)
  • Opportunities and challenges in phenotypic drug discovery: an industry perspective (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery-$)
  • What is the right amount to spend on biopharma R&D? (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery-$)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Clinical Study Results, Filings & Designations

  • Biotech's IPO Uptick Is Nothing to Fear (Bloomberg)
  • Upcoming events – Puma’s FDA decider and semaglutide’s head-to-head battle (EP Vantage)
  • Sanofi and Alnylam plunge into PhIII with a rival to Roche’s top hemophilia drug (Endpoints)
  • J&J turns its back on Capricor and its failed stem cell tech, taking its money and rep with it (Endpoints)
  • Market watch: Strategies for biosimilars in emerging markets (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery-$)
  • Eli Lilly Pledges $52M to Life Sciences Partnership with Purdue (Xconomy)

Medical Devices

  • Severe Bleeding and Hematomas Associated with VASCU-GUARD Peripheral Vascular Patch – Letter to Health Care Providers (FDA)
  • 8th Circ. Upholds DePuy Quick Win In Hip Implant Suit (Law360-$)
  • Cardiologs wins FDA 510(k) for ECG analysis platform (Mass Device)
  • Creavo Medical raises $15m (Mass Device)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Specifications for eCTD validation criteria (FDA)
  • Transmitting electronic submissions using eCTD specs (FDA)
  • Technical Rejection Criteria for Study Data (FDA)
  • Arthritis Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for
  • Comments (Federal Register)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Germany determines Cinqaero gives 'minor additional benefit' in severe asthma (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Suspended and revoked licences for manufacturers and wholesalers of medicines (MHRA Update)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Outbreak of hantavirus infections kills three in Washington state (Reuters)
  • Opioid prescriptions down since 2010, but big differences seen among counties (Stat)
  • How Canadian researchers reconstituted an extinct poxvirus for $100,000 using mail-order DNA (Science)

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