Recon: FDA approves Lilly’s alopecia drug; EU states pressure Pfizer to cut unneeded COVID vaccine s

Posted 14 June 2022 | by Michael Mezher

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In Focus: US

  • US FDA advisers weigh Moderna COVID vaccine heart risk for young men (Reuters)
  • FDA Advisers Considering Moderna’s Covid-19 Vaccine for Ages 6 to 17 (WSJ)
  • Alnylam wins FDA approval of rare disease drug in step toward profitability (BioPharmaDive)
  • Amylyx’s ALS drug would be more cost effective if priced around $170,000, pricing watchdog says (Reuters) (STAT)
  • Opinion: Amylyx’s case for approval of its ALS drug isn’t ironclad. Here’s why I think it will still happen (STAT)
  • Eli Lilly wins FDA approval for first-ever treatment for hair loss caused by autoimmunity (STAT) (FDA)

In Focus: International

  • EU states step up pressure on Pfizer to cut unneeded COVID vaccine supplies (Reuters)
  • Canada to suspend vaccine mandates for domestic travel, civil service (Reuters)
  • WHO set to decide if monkeypox represents health emergency (Reuters) (STAT)
  • EU signs deal with Bavarian Nordic for supply of 110,000 monkeypox vaccines (Reuters)
  • Antibiotic drugmakers take steps to self-impose environmental safeguards (Reuters)

Pharma & Biotech

  • CBER to industry: Normal operations will resume in 2023 (Endpoints)
  • BioNTech’s second act: can it transform the fight against cancer? (FT)
  • In early trial, drug shrinks tumors in majority of children with most common form of brain cancer (STAT)
  • Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Bill Hitches A Ride With US FDA User Fee Legislation (Pink Sheet)
  • While a small sampling, BIO’s third diversity report provides ‘benchmark’ for data-focused industry to further analyze (Endpoints)
  • Cannes Lions 2022: Pharma and health creatives eager to return in person, ready to mingle with mainstream ad crowd (Endpoints)
  • BridgeBio bounces back? Phase 2 readout provides hope for approval of drug to rebalance calcium levels (Fierce)
  • J&J jumps onto Evotec’s receptor platform in drug discovery deal (Fierce)
  • With $1B already in for Dren Bio, Pfizer adds to pile in $65M financing (Fierce)
  • After backdoor attempt, Stealth will try old-fashioned FDA business meeting to save elamipretide (Fierce)
  • German manufacturer hit with Form 483 for multiple production issues (Endpoints)
  • Organon inks $103M deal for pertuzumab and denosumab biosimilars (Endpoints)
  • Chasing Sage, PureTech’s oral depression drug clears early bioavailability test (Fierce)
  • MarketingRx roundup: Pfizer keeps spotlight on JAKs with Cibinqo TV ad; Dexcom amps diabetes awareness in UK effort (Endpoints)
  • Boston startup looks to make a big manufacturing push with new funding round (Endpoints)
  • Following bispecific deal with Pfizer, quiet California biotech raises $65M, heads to the clinic (Endpoints)
  • Ameet Mallik taps fellow Novartis alum to lead business development at ADC Therapeutics (Endpoints)


  • FDA, MDIC Eye Technology Clearinghouse For Advanced Manufacturing (MedtechInsight)
  • ResMed to acquire German health software company MediFox for $1B (MedtechDive)
  • Medical device companies to curb spending as recession threat clouds longer-term outlook: analysts (MedtechDive)
  • FDA Issues EUA For First Test That Identifies Coronavirus Strains (MedtechInsight)
  • Commission Offers Glimpse Of Actions To Speed ​​Up MDR Implementation (MedtechInsight)

Government, Regulatory & Legal

  • Klobuchar, Porter call for FTC to investigate price hikes by Janssen, Bristol Myers Squibb (STAT)
  • Compounding pharmacy agrees to stop distributing some drugs (AP)
  • Takeda Unit Warns Fed. about Antibody Patents At Risk (Law360)

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