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Recon: Pfizer Japan Recalls Blood Pressure Drug; Seres Lays Off 30% of Staff

Posted 08 February 2019 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Pfizer Japan Recalls Blood Pressure Drug; Seres Lays Off 30% of Staff

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.
In Focus: US
  • Johnson & Johnson to be first drug maker to list prices in TV commercials (STAT) (Reuters)
  • Gene therapy stocks plunge after poor trial data (Reuters)
  • Seres Lays Off 30% of Staff, CSO Leaves After Pipeline Review (Xconomy) (Fierce)
  • Does the NIH Deserve A Piece Of Biopharma's Profits? (Forbes)
  • Philly city council defeats move to license sales reps and ban gifts to doctors (STAT)
  • Apple recently hired a prominent obstetrician, signaling interest in women's health (CNBC)
  • Pea-sized pill delivers insulin shot from inside the stomach (AP) (NYTimes)
  • Family outraged over life-changing treatment going from free to $375,000 a year (NBC)
  • 8,000 Flu Deaths Prevented Last Year With Vaccine: Study (Medpage)
  • Measles outbreak sends vaccine demand soaring, even among the hesitant (NBC)
  • Trump’s Pediatric Cancer Crusade A Drop In Bucket Compared With Past Presidential Pitches (KHN) (STAT)
In Focus: International
  • Pfizer Japan recalls high blood pressure drug over cancer-causing impurity (Reuters)
  • UniQure gene therapy shows rise in blood-clotting protein levels (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • Final Deadline for Falsified Medicines Directive Set for Saturday (Focus)
  • Drugmakers say UK could lose out on EU anti-counterfeit drugs push (Reuters) (Pharmafile)
  • Turkey Braces For More Drug Access Problems As New Fixed Euro Rate Nears (Pink Sheet-$)
  • ICH Generic Drug Harmonization May Be Another Cost-Lowering Opportunity (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Industry aghast as EU Parliament backs biosimilar rule change (PMLive)
  • European measles cases highest in a decade as pockets refuse vaccination (Reuters)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Doctor payments drove scripts for cancer drugs from Pfizer, Novartis and more: study (Fierce) (Study)
  • 2019’s second unicorn Gossamer raises $276M in upsized IPO offering, MPM’s Harpoon makes its Nasdaq debut with $75.6M bounty (Endpoints)
  • FDA Seeks to Establish DSCSA Pilot Projects (Focus)
  • Shared REMS: FDA Explains Policies and Procedures (Focus)
  • To Halt HIV, Advocates Push For PrEP Outreach To Black Women (NPR)
  • Merck KGaA invests $70M to expand Massachusetts R&D hub (BioPharmaDive)
  • Renamed Axovant could see big gains in 2019: analysts (Fierce)
  • Stock price effects of breakthrough therapy designation (Nature)
  • Sanofi’s latest R&D remodeling spotlights what’s hot (bispecifics) and what’s not (CTLA-4) in oncology today (Endpoints)
  • Instructions for Using the Electronic Human Cell and Tissue Establishment Registration System (eHCTERS) (FDA)
  • New York Biotech Raises $61 Million To Keep Cancer Cells Dormant, Bucking Conventional Treatments (Forbes)
  • FDA Announces Second Approved Insulin for Use in Dogs with Diabetes (FDA)
  • Acyclovir labeling now includes details for treating premature infants infected with herpes virus (NIH)
  • Industry's Drug Pricing Power is Running on Fumes (Scrip-$)
  • Competition, Not Confiscation, is Key to Lower Drug Prices (Law360-$)
  • InventaBioTech, Formerly CytoBioScience, Replaces CEO (Xconomy)
  • US FDA Wants Opioid Prescribing Guidelines To Be Highly Specific, But It May Have To Compromise (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Forget Bristol-Myers: Regeneron takes on Merck for the heavyweight title in non-small cell lung cancer (Endpoints)
  • Should J&J win an OK for a flawed depression drug after notable trial failures? FDA review offers a path forward (Endpoints)
  • A tweet from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez prompts a deeper debate over how drugs are made (STAT)
  • Why my patient advocacy organization is investing in CRISPR (STAT)
  • Rutgers scientists form immuno-oncology biotech to develop pipeline of TAM inhibitors (Endpoints)
  • Researchers spotlight a basket of ‘good’ response rates for the next ADC in Seattle Genetics’ pipeline (Endpoints)
  • Determination of Regulatory Review Period for Purposes of Patent Extension; EXONDYS 51 (FDA)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • Unexpected FDA delay for Incyte’s Jakafi sNDA (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Finch Therapeutics’ Investigational Drug CP101 Granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation from FDA for Recurrent C. Difficile Infection (Press)
  • Kodiak Sciences Announces Upcoming Presentation of KSI-301 12-Week Phase 1a Study Data at Angiogenesis, Exudation, and Degeneration 2019 Meeting (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Additional Cancer Cases Linked to Use of Breast Implants, FDA Finds (Focus)
  • Grifols Gets FDA Approval for Babesia Assay (GenomeWeb) (Press)
  • Orthofix wins FDA PMA nod for M6-C artificial cervical disc (MassDevice)
  • Pulmatrix wins FDA nod for PhII trial of inhaled anti-fungal therapy (Drug Delivery)
  • Inspire Medical wins coverage from five more BCBS plans (MassDevice)
  • Cardinal Health shares rise on FY2019 Q2 earnings beat (MassDevice)
US: Assorted & Government
  • FDA Raises Concerns With 505(q) Petitions (Focus)
  • ‘Cloud of secrecy’ in Medicare Advantage plans can create an environment for fraud (STAT)
  • Shutdown: The Questions — and the Answers — Continue! (Alliance for a Stronger FDA)
  • Altria's Snuff Safer Than Cigarettes, FDA Panel Agrees (Medpage)
  • Suit: Pharmacy Officer Knew but Didn't Stop Excessive Dosing (NYTimes)
  • Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (Fed. Cir. 2019) (Patent Docs)
  • SCOTUS extends stay on Louisiana abortion law (Politico)
  • Arnold & Porter Gets Product Liability Atty Back From FDA (Law360-$)
  • Zetia Pay-For-Delay MDL Should Press On, Magistrate Says (Law360-$)
  • Ill. Construction Unions Sue Pharma Cos. Over Opioid Crisis (Law360-$)
  • The First Circuit Creates Havoc By Ignoring Facts And An Elephant In The Room (Drug & Device Law)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Privacy Notice (MHRA)
  • Orthopaedic implant rHead Radial Head and Uni-Elbow: risk of early loosening (MDA/2019/006) (MHRA)
  • Access Pains After Approval In China? Consider The 'Three Ps' (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Indian drugmakers urged to tap cancer market and innovation (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Prescription medicine major variation: discretionary power to reduce fees in exceptional circumstances (TGA)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • Dr. Doris Wethers, 91, on Front Lines Against Sickle Cell, Dies (NYTimes)
  • Scientists' 'Craziest Experiment Possible' Actually Works On Mosquitoes (NPR)
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