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Lilly's Baricitinib Wins US FDA Panel Thumbs Up For One Of Two Doses

Despite concerns about small size of safety database, Arthritis Advisory Committee endorses 2 mg dose; panel recommends against approval of 4 mg dose due to stronger thrombosis signal in clinical trials, brushing back Lilly's attempt to position the higher dose as having a positive benefit-risk profile in patients with more refractory disease.

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EU CAR-T Race Tightens After Yescarta Reverts To Standard Review

Kite and Novartis are vying to be the first company to have a CAR-T therapy approved in the EU. Both companies are hoping to be able to treat patients with r/r DLBCL.

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BIA Head Attacks Rapporteur Reallocation, But Welcomes Further Clarity On Transition Period

Steve Bates, CEO of the BIA, is concerned that the EU authorities are overloading national regulatory agencies by reallocating UK rapporteurships to other member states before they are ready to take them on. However, he has welcomed clarification from the UK government over the movement of medicines during any Brexit transitional period.

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Will Biosimilars Lead To Better Biologics Manufacturing?

US FDA Commissioner Gottlieb is promising new policies to improve biologics manufacturing as part of agency’s action plan to accelerate biosimilar development. That follows the pattern set 25 years ago with generic drugs and brand manufacturing. 
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Keeping Track: A Fresh Wave Of Approvals

The latest drug development news and highlights from our US FDA Performance Tracker.
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US FDA Quality Metrics Initiative Continues Moving Forward … Quietly

Despite few public announcements and industry concerns, FDA's Office of Pharmaceutical Quality director says program is not dead.
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Opioid Use Disorder: Is Reduced Usage A Better Endpoint Than Abstinence?

Some at patient-focused drug development meeting argue that cutting opioid use should not be considered treatment failure and that medications allowing controlled opioid use may be beneficial.
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US FDA Biosimilar Guidance Update Will Relax Interchangeability Standards

Updated interchangeability guidance is one of several 'incremental reforms' agency is working on that could ease development burden for biosimilars, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says.

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Off-Label Communications: US FDA Won't Impede Discussions With Payers, Gottlieb Says

Guidance, to be issued 'very soon,' will provide a safe harbor for discussions between manufacturers and payers about off-label drug uses, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says.
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US Mulls TPP Re-entry, Critiques Japan Reforms

President Trump has indicated the US may be interested in rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, but there would be multiple obstacles, not least whether strict US conditions could be met, including in the pharma IPR area. PhRMA meanwhile voices concerns over recent Japanese reforms.
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He's Handled More ANDA Cases Than Anyone, And Now He's Retiring: Judge Sleet Reflects On His Career

In an interview with the Pink Sheet, Delaware District Judge Sleet discusses patent reform fallout and major issues facing district courts.

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China First: Beijing's Bolstering Of Generics Rekindles IPR Fears

The message is unmistakably clear: new policies are putting China first to make drugs more accessible and affordable, including widely prescribed products for cancer. Tactics including compulsory licensing, tax incentives, and substitution to support the use of domestic generics should ring alarm bells for multinationals, observers say.

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Opioid Use Disorder: Is Reduced Usage A Better Endpoint Than Abstinence?

Some at patient-focused drug development meeting argue that cutting opioid use should not be considered treatment failure and that medications allowing controlled opioid use may be beneficial.
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Tumor Mutation Burden Biomarker Inches Closer To Acceptance In Cancer

Data from AACR puts use of tumor mutation burden as biomarker for lung cancer outcomes in spotlight, but some experts argue the test is not ready for prime time.

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Expanded Access Programs Eyed For Data-Gathering Purposes

Protocol-driven approach could generate reliable data about investigational drug's efficacy and safety in patients who do not qualify for clinical trials, PhRMA's Moscicki says; Johns Hopkins' Sharfstein cautions this could turn expanded access programs into burdensome studies that take away from primary purpose of providing access to investigational therapies.

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Rebates And Discounts Have A Big Impact On US Drug Prices, IQVIA Report Shows

A new US drug spending report from IQVIA parses out how rebates impact drug spending and explores affordability for patients. The data show drug makers offset about 28% of drug spending and provide some support to industry's arguments on drug pricing. 

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FDA's Gottlieb Applauds Drug Rebates At Point-Of-Sale

The US FDA commissioner called recent initiatives to get drug rebates to patients at point-of-sale "healthy" public policy, and suggested insurance premiums have been subsidized by sick patients, addressing CNBC's health care conference.
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US FDA Approval Versus Patient Access: A Real-World Anecdote

During meeting on real-world evidence, FDA’s Bob Temple describes real-world problem of patient access: his struggles to convince his insurer to cover Lilly/BI's diabetes drug Jardiance – which he helped review.  
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Regulators Encourage Science And Risk-Based Approaches In NDAs For Peptides And Oligonucleotides

Regulators in the US and the EU urged manufacturers to follow the general principles set in International Conference on Harmonization guidelines in developing new oligonucleotides and peptide drugs. They say that in the absence of tailored guidance, sponsors should take a science- and risk-based approach in developing these products, which have flooded the development pipeline.

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US FDA Developing Database Of Medical Review Decisions, Gottlieb Tells Congress

'Knowledge management platform' will identify agency's scientific precedents; Commissioner Gottlieb says it is one of FDA's top three initiatives, along with continuous manufacturing and real-time safety monitoring.

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Report: Global API GMP Inspection Coordination Increasing Under Joint Program

Regulators report that an international collaboration on GMP inspections of API sites has bolstered the exchange of information between participating health authorities, yet the information technology system that supports the system could use some improvement.

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Primatene Mist NDA Expected By July After FDA OKs OTC Asthma Inhaler Trial

Amphastar plans this month to begin what it expects to be its final study to support an NDA to relaunch Primatene Mist. If the results support accurate self-selection and usage of the product by consumers, Amphastar should be ready to re-submit the NDA during the current quarter.
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P&G Adds Merck's Brands, Expands Consumer Health Categories, Footprint

P&G’s planned acquisition of Merck KGaA’s consumer health care business will grow its consumer health portfolio 50%, expand its OTC drug and supplement business abroad and open up new categories.  CEO David Taylor frames the acquisition as another step in the firm's ongoing portfolio shakeup.
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J&J Consumer Health On Solid Footing With Help From Personal Care Sales

Analysts say firm’s consumer health division is showing signs of a comeback, with worldwide sales up 5.3% to $3.4bn, boosted 3.7% from currency exchange on strong beauty segment sales, driven by increased online marketing, and strengthening OTC drug sales.

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