Regulatory Recon: Drug Shortages Can Spur Price Increases for Similar Drugs (13 April 2017)

Posted 13 April 2017 By Zachary Brennan


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In Focus: US                                          

  • Prescription-Drug Shortages Help Push Up Prices of Similar Drugs (WSJ-$) (NEJM)
  • FDA ID’s More than 70 Class I Devices Now Exempt from 510(k)s (Focus) (Federal Register)
  • US scientists still wary of Gottlieb's industry ties (PMLive)
  • Trump may halt insurer payments to force Democrats to table on healthcare (Reuters) (WSJ-$)
  • Apple has a secret team working on the holy grail for treating diabetes (CNBC)
  • FDA allows marketing of first whole slide imaging system for digital pathology (Press)
  • Fast Start for FDA Drug Approvals in 2017 (Focus)
  • On the new FDA chief’s agenda: A bipartisan bill to regulate diagnostic lab tests (Stat-$)
  • Personalized tumor vaccines keep cancer in check (Science)

In Focus: International

  • US FDA Raises Concerns over Teva’s plant in China (Reuters)
  • Japanese drug production grew in 2015, per new MHLW data (InPharma-Technologist)
  • WHO Seeks More Birth Control API Manufacturers (Focus)
  • Ten years in public health 2007-2017 for Chan (WHO)
  • Cholera spreading in Somalia, 50,000 cases foreseen: WHO (Reuters)
  • A historic yellow fever outbreak spreads in Brazil (Stat)
  • New study on Monsanto weedkiller to feed into crucial EU vote (Reuters)
  • China to tighten rules against faking clinical trial data, criminal charges possible (Fierce)
  • New innovation scorecard platform launched (UK’s NHS)
  • UK MHRA conflicts of interest annual compliance report (MHRA)
  • India’s Pricing Tussle Escalates After Regulator Names “Overcharging” Firms (SCRIP-$)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • Caution Urged When Using PFS as Surrogate for Overall Survival (MedPage Today)
  • Jeremy Levin spotlights a trendy new way to build a pipeline with his $86M IPO for Ovid (Endpoints)
  • We don’t know when (exactly) Lilly will announce the FDA’s baricitinib decision, but watch out for the looming pricing squabble (Endpoints)
  • Progress in Vertex talks bring cystic fibrosis drugs closer for Irish patients (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Biotech startups woo increasing numbers of crowdfunders (Nature Biotechnology-$)
  • Lyndra’s Long-Acting Drug Delivery Technology Lands $23M Investment (Xconomy)
  • PTAC OK's Alternative Payment Model for IBD (MedPage Today)
  • Thiel’s Breakout Labs fuels four new life science companies (Fierce)
  • Destiny hires CEO with IPO experience as antibiotic 2b nears (Fierce)
  • Prexton CEO on future for novel Parkinson's therapy (Pharma Intelligence)
  • CDER Offering More Concrete Advice on Continuous Manufacturing as Experience Grows (IPQ)
  • The specter of malaria that resists treatment (Novartis)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • Bristol-Myers to license two drugs to Biogen, Roche (Reuters) (Press)
  • BMS links with Apexigen to test cancer immunotherapy combo (PharmaTimes)
  • University of Vienna, Berkeley appeal gene-editing patent ruling (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • Unit of Drugmaker Shire Blasts FTC’s Lawsuit Over Use of FDA Petitions (Bloomberg)
  • Human ‘knockouts’ may reveal why some drugs fail (Science)
  • Gene silencing shows promise for treating two fatal neurological disorders (NIH)
  • Protein Degradation Time (In the Pipeline)
  • Microbiome specialist Rebiotix chalks up C. diff trial success (PMLive)
  • FDA Allows NuvOx Pharma to Run a Phase II Clinical Trial in Brain Cancer (Press)
  • Antiparasitic drug repurposed for treatment of brain tumours (Pharmafile)
  • New Persistent Opioid Use After Minor and Major Surgical Procedures in US Adults (JAMA)
  • Pfizer Can't Shake Off-Label Marketing FCA Suit (Law360-$)
  • Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB's Ax Of Novartis MS Drug Patent (Law360-$)
  • Shire Blasts Allergan's Discovery Bid In Antitrust Suit (Law360-$)
  • Boehringer Asks DC Circ. To Stay Aggrenox Doc Production (Law360-$)
  • Novan up 21% on antifungal gel results (PharmaLetter-$)

Medical Devices

  • Hologic faces U.S. patent lawsuit over menstrual bleeding device (Reuters)
  • Public Hearing on the SCHEER Scientific Advices on the evaluation of new scientific information on the safety of PIP breast implants (EC)
  • New Simpler Parkinson's Tests Probe Walking, Talking, Typing (Scientific American)
  • EnsoData receives FDA clearance for sleep analysis software (Mobi Health News)
  • Medical Device Maker Hits Rival With Trade Secrets Suit (Law360-$)
  • Alere Wins Dismissal Of Suit Alleging Blood-Testing Errors (Law360-$)
  • MITA commends Aetna for covering CT colonography (MITA)

US: Assorted and Government

  • Cassidy Writing Rx-Price Bill; Touts Imports, Slams Sanders' Rx-Import Bill (InsideHealthPolicy-$)
  • A Hiring Freeze By A Different Name: OMB Wants Agency 'Workforce Reduction' Plans (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Form 483 for PharMerica (FDA)
  • Repeal, Replace … Revise: Your Guide To Market Stabilization (Kaiser Health News)
  • Health Reform 2.0 (PwC)
  • CMS Solicits Ideas To Improve Part D: An Opening For Co-Pay Reform And Shaping Priorities (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Public Members needed for FDA’s Institutional Review Board (FDA)

Upcoming Meetings and Events               


  • Numerous Complaints, Repeat Observations Fill FDA Warning Letter for Indoco (Focus)
  • Varicella virus on the rise in Hyderabad as more than 170 cases recorded during last one month (PharmaBiz)
  • Sixty pharma cos submit ADRs reports in XML format mandated by PvPI (PharmaBiz)

General Health and Other Interesting Articles

  • Vaccination rate jumps in California after tougher inoculation law (LA Times)
  • Doctor tells U.S. court drug not suitable for Arkansas executions (Reuters)
  • Risk of a rare but deadly mouse-borne virus increases in the spring (Washington Post)
  • Radical increase in water and sanitation investment required to meet development targets (WHO)
  • NIH scientists advance understanding of herpes virus infection (NIH)

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