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Recon: FDA approves Alnylam’s Oxlumo for PH1; EU secures 160M doses of Moderna vaccine

Posted 24 November 2020 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: FDA approves Alnylam’s Oxlumo for PH1; EU secures 160M doses of Moderna vaccine

In Focus: US

  • Alnylam wins US approval for its third rare disease drug (BioPharmaDive ) (FDA)
  • Vaccinating a nation: can Biden manage America’s biggest health project? (FT)
  • A Revamped Strategic National Stockpile Still Can't Match The Pandemic's Latest Surge (NPR)
  • Amgen cuts Cytokinetics loose after heart drug disappointment (BioPharmaDive )
  • A top Democrat on the House antitrust panel sets sights on Big Pharma after wrapping up tech probe (CNBC)
  • PhRMA sues Trump government over drug importation rule — days before it's set to be effective (Endpoints)

In Focus: International

  • EU drug regulator could rule on COVID-19 vaccines by year end (Reuters)
  • EU secures 160 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine (Reuters)
  • Dosing error turns into lucky punch for AstraZeneca and Oxford (Reuters)
  • AstraZeneca must prove it won't profit from COVID-19 vaccine - MSF (Reuters)
  • Hundreds of millions of AstraZeneca vaccine doses secured -GAVI alliance (Reuters)
  • Russia, eyeing foreign markets, says Sputnik COVID-19 vaccine to cost under $20 (Reuters) (CNBC)
  • Brazil has enough infection data to analyze Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine – officials (Reuters)
  • Covid-19: World's top latex glove maker shuts factories (BBC)
  • Novartis Plans $2.5 Billion Share Buyback as Pipeline Grows (Bloomberg)

Coronavirus Pandemic

  • Remdesivir: the rise and fall of a Covid wonder drug (FT)
  • Coronavirus vaccines face trust gap in Black and Latino communities, study finds (Washington Post)
  • Ad Council’s Challenge: Persuade Skeptics to Believe in Covid Vaccines (NYTimes)
  • Exclusive: South Africa confirms going for COVAX vaccine scheme for 10% of population (Reuters)
  • Italy to get AstraZeneca COVID shots in early 2021, 70 million by mid-year (Reuters)
  • As India readies vaccine strategy, Modi warns of possible side-effects (Reuters)
  • Sweden's Recipharm signs deal to package Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine (Reuters)
  • MHLW to Evaluate Suspected Adverse Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccines More Frequently than Usual: Minister (PharmaJapan)
  • Advice for developers of COVID-19 vaccines (MHRA)
  • Ensuring predictability for interim orders relating to COVID-19: Notice to stakeholders (Health Canada)

Pharma & Biotech

  • How Joe Biden Will Change The FDA: Part 1 (Law360)
  • The aducanumab conundrum: The PhIII failed a clear regulatory standard, but no one is certain what that means anymore at the FDA (Endpoints)
  • FDA approves new dosing option for AZ’s Imfinzi (PharmaTimes)
  • NICE backs Braftovi for BRAF-positive colorectal cancer (PharmaTimes)
  • Innovation-Friendly? Cases Indicate How Far China's Willing To Protect Patents (Pink Sheet)
  • Why the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is Important to FDA (FDA)
  • Sanofi’s meningococcal vaccine wins EU approval (PharmaTimes)
  • Genmab axes an ADC development program after the data fail to impress (Endpoints)
  • India's Aurolife under water with the FDA after chronic ceiling leaks imperil generics produced on site (Fierce)
  • After 5 quiet years, a former Scripps spinout raises $200M and announces plans to try again at an IPO (Endpoints)
  • Baxter BioPharma Solutions Announces $50 Million Investment to Expand Sterile Fill/Finish Manufacturing Site in Bloomington, Ind (Press)
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Receives European Commission Approval for Opdivo (nivolumab) as Second-Line Treatment for Unresectable Advanced, Recurrent or Metastatic Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma (Press)


  • FDA clears Baxter's virtually connected, in-home peritoneal dialysis system (Fierce)
  • NEJM commentary calls for 510(k)s for OTC hearing aids after senators pan FDA delay to rule (MedtechDive)
  • AliveCor gets FDA nod for suite of cardiac focused AI algorithms (MobiHealthNews)

Government, Regulatory & Legal

  • Exporting active substances manufactured in Great Britain for use in EEA and Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021 (MHRA)
  • No Manufacturer Liability for After Market Modifications (Drug & Device Law)
  • Merck Again Denied In Bid To Arbitrate Vaccine Antitrust Suit (Law360)
  • HHS Increasing IP License Transparency After GAO Rebuke (Law360)
  • Feds Say No Privilege For Ex-Theranos CEO In Fraud Case (Law360)

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