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Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves AZ's Lynparza to Treat Breast Cancer with BRCA Mutation Roche's MS Drug Ocrevus Wins EU Approval (12 January 2018)

Posted 12 January 2018 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves AZ's Lynparza to Treat Breast Cancer with BRCA Mutation Roche's MS Drug Ocrevus Wins EU Approval (12 January 2018)

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In Focus: US

  • In a pioneering first, AstraZeneca scores FDA OK to use its PARP against breast cancer (Endpoints) (Reuters) (GenomeWeb) (FDA)
  • Trump expects medical exam to go well Friday (Reuters)
  • Drugmakers see a pricing blueprint in an $850,000 gene therapy (Reuters)
  • Wait, It Costs How Much? Biotech Balances Optimism, Uncertainty For 2018 (Forbes)
  • Gene therapy comes of age (Science)
  • mRNA vaccines — a new era in vaccinology (Nature)
  • Genentech beefs up its PD-L1 combo pipeline, signing the 'don't eat me' specialists at Forty Seven (Endpoints) (Fierce)
  • Aradigm crashes after FDA panel votes down antibiotic (Fierce) (PMLive)
  • GlaxoSmithKline Gets Expanded FDA Win for Fluarix (BioSpace)
  • Cherokee Can't Sue Opioid Distributors in Tribal Court, Judge Rules (NYTimes)
  • Ex-Insys employee seeks ban on mentioning 'opioid crisis' at trial (Reuters)
  • Philips NV moving HQ to mega-project Cambridge Crossing (Endpoints) (MassDevice)
  • Unified understanding of MS course is required for drug development (Nature)
  • Health Insurer Centene Is Sued Over Lack of Medical Coverage (NYTimes)

In Focus: International

  • Roche's star MS medicine Ocrevus wins EU approval (Reuters) (Endpoints) (Press)
  • India Stalls Plan to Cut Drug Prices as Industry Balks (Bloomberg) (Economic Times)
  • Abuse-Deterrent Opioid No Help in Australia (Medpage)
  • China dings Medtronic over Taiwan reference (MassDevice)
  • Fighting the spread of fake drugs in Africa (DW)
  • An unsurprising case of software qualification with an interesting twist (MedicalDevicesLegal)
  • PRAC recommends suspending hydroxyethyl-starch solutions for infusion from the market (EMA, Meeting Highlights)
  • As Rituxan biosimilar competition hots up, Genentech starts legal in action in Japan (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Portuguese doctors back marijuana medicine as bill enters parliament (Reuters)
  • Swedish epilepsy specialist signs deal with UK's CGT Catapult (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Generics applications under review by EMA – January 2018 (GaBI)
  • World's doctor gives WHO a headache (Politico)
  • 'What the hell is going on?' Polio cases are vanishing in Pakistan, yet the virus won't go away (Science)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • We went to #JPM18 with burning questions about biotechs. We got some answers (STAT)
  • Closing JPM18: Winners and losers, brighter days for neuroscience (BioPharmaDive)
  • J.P. Morgan Notebook Day 4: CRISPR's Not Worried; Theratechnologies' HIV Niche; And Is Moderna's IPO Coming Soon? (SCRIP-$)
  • Video: How many PD-1/L1 drugs do we need? Where is immunotherapy headed? Watch Jay Bradner, Hervé Hoppenot, Ellen Sigal, David Berman, Gideon Blumenthal, and Aiman Shalabi discuss with Endpoints at #JPM18 (Endpoints)
  • JP Morgan – Vox pops Global Blood stock ahead of actual data (EPVantage)
  • JP Morgan day three roundup – Editas defends and Novavax fires (EPVantage)
  • Clarification of When Products Made or Derived from Tobacco Are Regulated as Drugs, Devices, or Combination Products; Amendments to Regulations Regarding "Intended Uses"; Proposed Partial Delay of Effective Date (FDA)
  • BRCA mutations don't hurt breast cancer survival (NBC)
  • Genome sequencing turns up new drivers of drug resistance in malaria (STAT)
  • Truffle Primes BioMedtech Fund With $102m, More Financings Planned (SCRIP-$)
  • NIH study supports use of short-term HIV treatment interruption in clinical trials (NIH)
  • NIH researchers report first 3D structure of DHHC enzymes (NIH)
  • Concert rethinks R&D plans after loss in Incyte patent case (Fierce)
  • Why did Ablynx board chairman Peter Fellner resign in wake of Novo's buyout offer?; Amgen vet Richard Paulson tapped to run Ipsen North America (Endpoints)
  • Jumping on anti-aging bandwagon, Y Combinator joins hunt for the $100B pill (Endpoints)
  • New tools for turning genes into drug factories (Fierce)
  • Decoding cancer-linked enzyme could lead to better EGFR cancer drugs (Fierce)
  • Is antacid use during pregnancy tied to childhood asthma? (Reuters)
  • Establishing interchangeability for biosimilars in the US (GaBI)
  • Switching failures with biosimilar etanercept (GaBI)
  • Clarification of Orphan Designation of Drugs and Biologics for Pediatric Subpopulations of Common Diseases; Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability; Extension of Comment Period (FDA)
  • Determining Whether To Submit an Abbreviated New Drug Application or 505(b)(2) Application; Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability; Reopening of the Comment Period (FDA)
  • Pharmedium Services, LLC Expands Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Additional Lots of Compounded Sterile Products Within Expiry Due to Lack of Sterility Assurance (FDA)

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to Concert Pharmaceuticals' CTP-543 for the Treatment of Alopecia Areata (Press)
  • Ortho Dermatologics Announces U.S. FDA Filing Acceptance For IDP-121 Acne Treatment In Lotion Form (Press)

Medical Devices

  • Indiana Sen. Donnelly stumps for medtech tax repeal on Senate floor (MassDevice)
  • Insulet's Insulin Pump Gets Medicare Coverage (Bloomberg) (AdvaMed)
  • Mass. Dems file Senate medical device tax repeal bill (MassDevice)
  • Sensor glitch prompts Boston Scientific warning on pacemakers (MassDevice)
  • Edwards Lifesciences recalls Certitude delivery device for Sapien 3 valve (MassDevice)
  • FDA Panel: Self-Collection Pap Tests Must Meet Current Standards (Medpage)
  • How medtech could stop the drug overdose crisis in the US (Medical Design & Outsourcing)
  • LivaNova launches post-market study of bioprosthetic aortic heart valves (MassDevice)
  • CMS May Cover MRI With Cardiac Devices Across the Board (Medpage)
  • Medtronic touts therapy delivered via SynchroMed pump in patients with post-stroke spasticity (Drug Delivery)
  • Cordis, Medinol tout first commercial implants of Elunir drug-eluting stent in US (Drug Delivery)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Sen. Casey Obtains HHS Secret Roadmap to Sabotage the ACA (Casey)
  • US judge pushing for opioid settlement reaches out to states: Ohio (Reuters)
  • Amgen, Genentech Await Del. Ruling In Biosimilar IP Row (Law360-$)
  • Novartis' Zortress Patent Survives PTAB Challenge (Law360-$)
  • Murky FDA Device Guidance Kills Sanofi Antitrust Suit (Law360-$)
  • Axing 'Cadillac' health plan tax may be part of spending deal: House chairman (Reuters)
  • Aptalis Fails to "Surround' Apotex's Generic ER Tablet (National Law Review)
  • Will New York Finally Consider Legalizing Cannabis This Week? (Forbes)
  • California Court of Appeal Limits Duty of Clinical Study Sponsor to Intervene in Treaters' Care of Study Participants (Drug & Device Law)
  • How to Lose $350 million (FDA Law Blog)
  • DEA Administrative Decisions: 2017 in Review (FDA Law Blog)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • France blames Lactalis, retailers in deepening baby food scare (Reuters)
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  • Takeda deals, blockbuster China nods, Sanofi European generics suitors (Fierce)
  • Repatha® SC Injection 420 mg Auto Mini Doser Launched in Japan (Astellas)


  • Cipla Revs Up In US, Newer Markets To Cushion Against Volatility (SCRIP-$)


  • Implementation of the NEW Uniform Recall Procedure for Therapeutic Goods (URPTG) (TGA)
  • Prescription medicines: new or extended uses, or new combinations of registered medicines (TGA)

Other International

  • Zambian army enters slum after riots over cholera controls: state radio (Reuters)

General Health

  • Baltimore hospital probes release of thinly clad patient in cold (Reuters)
  • A New Kidney, a New Life (NYTimes)
  • 12-year-old girl dies after flu misdiagnosis, family says (CBS)

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