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Regulatory Recon: Biopharma and Legislative Questions for 2018 (2 January 2018)

Posted 02 January 2018 | By Zachary Brennan 

Regulatory Recon: Biopharma and Legislative Questions for 2018 (2 January 2018)

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

In Focus: US

  • After Hurricane Maria, IV bags are still in short supply (Newsweek)
  • FDA chief: I'm surprised it took big tech this long to get into health care (CNBC)
  • Trump FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb Isn't Pharma's BFF After All (Bloomberg)
  • Toward Better-Quality Compounded Drugs — An Update from the FDA (NEJM)
  • In 2018, we will CRISPR humans (Gizmodo)
  • Mallinckrodt pays $1.2bn for Sucampo (Bloomberg)
  • Prices of Generic Drugs Associated with Numbers of Manufacturers (NEJM Letter)
  • New US drug approvals hit 21-year high in 2017 (Reuters) (Focus) (Forbes)
  • FDA approves Mylan's copy of Allergan's vaginal cream (Reuters)
  • Precision Medical Treatments Have A Quality Control Problem (NPR)
  • Trump v. Drug Makers? And 6 More Burning Biopharma Questions for 2018 (Xconomy)
  • 3 legislative battles to watch in 2018 (Stat)
  • Pharma, under attack for drug prices, started an industry war (Washington Post-$)
  • Cancer Drug Price Rises 1,400% With No Generic to Challenge It (WSJ-$)
  • Targeted Importation: A Drug Pricing Mechanism For 'Predatory Actors' And An A-Pauling HHS Confirmation Dilemma (Pink Sheet-$)

In Focus: International

  • Why Brexit Keeps Drugmakers Up At Night (Bloomberg)
  • Apotex Faces Uncertainty After Founder’s Mysterious Death (Wall Street Journal-$)
  • India sets up panel to assist launch and pricing of new drugs (C&EN)
  • China FDA issues guidelines for cell therapy testing (BioCentury-$)
  • Japan eyes individualized cancer therapy in fiscal 2018 (Asahi Shimbun)
  • Mylan and Biocon biosimilar approval expands to Brazil (Pharmafile)
  • Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) Approved in Japan for Use in the Treatment of Patients with Urothelial Carcinoma (Press)
  • Shanghai's SARI Pays $359M for Italian Cancer Biopharma NMS (Press)
  • ‘Nobody Thought It Would Come to This’: Drug Maker Teva Faces a Crisis (NY Times-$)
  • Non-cancer Drugs Shine in Israel’s List of New Meds in Subsidized 'Health Basket' (Haaertz)
  • Implementation of the PIC/S guide to GMP PE009-13 (TGA)
  • Comparable overseas regulators (CORs) for prescription medicines (TGA)
  • Early access to medicines scheme (EAMS): scientific opinions (MHRA)
  • Abbott India, Gujarat FDCA collaborate to train new drug inspectors on auditing medical device facility (Pharmabiz)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • A Market Cynic's Biotech Year In Review (Forbes)
  • Biotech’s Breakthrough Year (Wall Street Journal-$)
  • Pharma news over the Christmas period (EP Vantage)
  • In an end-of-year IPO blitz, 4 biotechs pitch new offerings totaling $370M (Endpoints)
  • Valeant, Pershing Square settle insider trading cases for $290M (Fierce)
  • Using an old Merck drug, Menlo hopes to scratch an itch with $98M IPO (Fierce)
  • Why are investors pulling money out of biotech? (Stat-$)
  • Shifting forecasts reveal the winners and losers of 2017 (Evaluate)
  • 7 Notable Biotechs With Data Expected By Year's End (Benzinga)
  • Celgene Takes a $411M Hit From Discontinuation of Crohn's Disease Trials (BioSpace)
  • Bay Area's Depomed Reveals 328 Job Cuts in WARN Notice (BioSpace)
  • Sandoz Prospects for Copy of Allergan Glaucoma Drug Brighten (Bloomberg)
  • AstraZeneca Unloads Four NDAs to ANI Pharmaceuticals in $46.5M Deal (Press)
  • Swallowing a Spy — The Potential Uses of Digital Adherence Monitoring (NEJM)
  • Glial Ties to Persistent Pain (The Scientist)
  • Shire to Build New Plasma Mfg. Facility in GA (Contract Pharma)
  • Eloxx Pharmaceuticals Hires New CEO (Contract Pharma)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Clinical Study Results, Filings & Designations

  • Preliminary study hints that genetically modified T cells might fight HIV (Stat)
  • First in vivo gene-editing drugs enter the clinic (Nature Reviews-$)
  • Epilepsy drugs work for most patients, but there’s room for improvement (Reuters)
  • Improving Public Health Requires Inclusion of Underrepresented Populations in Research (JAMA)
  • Bioengineers mimic natural development to create complex living tissues (Fierce)
  • Syros Announces Clinical Supply Agreement with Janssen (Press)
  • FDA Accepts Supplemental Biologics License Application and Grants Priority Review for Adcetris (Brentuximab Vedotin) in Frontline Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma (Press)
  • Protalix BioTherapeutics Reports Positive Interim Data from Phase II Clinical Trial of OPRX-106 in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis (Press) (Fierce)
  • Selecta Biosciences Announces FDA Acceptance of IND for LMB-100 and SVP-Rapamycin Combination Therapy (Press)
  • DNAnexus Announces $58 Million Investment to Accelerate Expansion (Press)
  • Achaogen Announces Positive Top-Line Results from First Clinical Trial of Orally-Administered Antibacterial Candidate C-Scape (Press)
  • Achaogen Announces FDA Acceptance of NDA with Priority Review for Plazomicin for Treatment of Complicated Urinary Tract Infections and Bloodstream Infections (Press)
  • Atara Biotherapeutics Announces FDA Clearance to Initiate Two Phase 3 Clinical Studies to Evaluate Tabelecleucel in Patients with Rituximab-Refractory Epstein-Barr Virus Associated Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder (EBV+PTLD) (Press)
  • Ignyta Reports FDA Clearance of IND for RXDX-106, a Novel Immunomodulatory Agent and TYRO3, AXL, MER (TAM) Inhibitor (Press)
  • Edge's EG-1962 Phase 3 NEWTON 2 Study Continues as Planned Following Completion of Futility Analysis (Press)
  • BeiGene Initiates Global Phase 3 Trial of Anti-PD-1 Antibody Tislelizumab in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Press)
  • Inovio Enters License and Collaboration Agreement with ApolloBio To Develop and Commercialize VGX-3100 in Greater China (Press)
  • Clover Receives CTA Approval For Enbrel Biosimilar (Contract Pharma)

Medical Devices

  • 5 medtech stories you might’ve missed last week (Mass Device)
  • Medtech news over the Christmas period (EP Vantage)
  • Priority review designations medical devices (including IVDs) (TGA)
  • FDA approves diabetic foot ulcer shock wave device (Pharmaphorum)
  • BD closes $24B Bard buy-out (Mass Device)
  • Masimo Announces CE Marking and Release of Oxygen Reserve Index rainbow Lite Sensors (Press)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Establishing Effectiveness for Drugs Intended to Treat Male Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism Attributed to Nonstructural Disorders: Draft Guidance for Industry (FDA)
  • FDA “Finalizes” Rule on Health Care Antiseptic Drug Products Ahead of Time (FDA Law Blog)
  • FDA updates the label of Tasigna to reflect that certain patients with a type of leukemia may be eligible to stop treatment after sustained response (FDA)

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General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • Neuroscientist Ben Barres, who identified crucial roles of glial cells, dies at 63 (Stanford)
  • America's opioid epidemic began more than a century ago – with the civil war (Guardian)

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