Japan's Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council's First Committee will review Takeda Pharmaceutical's glatiramer acetate drug approval application for relapsing multiple sclerosis on Aug. 28, a Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare spokesman said.
Palo-Alto, CA-based MocaCare has raised $2 million to launch a tiny handheld monitor that purports to evaluate cardiovascular health. The startup is aiming for a September launch of its device, MocaHeart, with its accompanying smartphone app with a price point of $149.99.
Dexcom had put a bit of a Band-Aid on its mobile strategy--its prior smart device-compatible continuous glucose monitor required a separate worn transmitter and a dedicated handheld receiver. But now the FDA has approved the first CGM system, dubbed G5, which connects an all-in-one adhesive sensor/transmitter combo directly to an app on a smart device.
England may have been behind the U.S. in shining the light on financial ties between pharma and physicians, but that's changing. Not only will National Health Service doctors be required to declare all gifts they receive from drugmakers. They'll also face losing their jobs--or even jail--if pharma payments influence their work.
Japan is building upon efforts last year to boost its standing as a regenerative medicine research hub with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently highlighting the field as key to the country's plans to revitalize the economy.
The widely reported slowdown in sales in China noted across most multinational pharma companies deserves a harder look, The Wall Street Journal says.
India's Dr. Reddy's Laboratories says it is poised to move well beyond its core basic generics business into complex products and biosimilars as it looks to widen its reach globally with a focus on the U.S. market.
Jaguar Animal Health, which is developing gastrointestinal products for pets and livestock, has agreed to debt financing for up to $8 million that it plans to use to shore up its efforts to get its lead product, Canalevia, to market.
China expects public hospital reforms for 100 cities to be completed by the end of December, with the government also seeing an October start to a massive job of changing the way county-level hospitals operate, China Daily said, citing a National Health and Family Planning Commission report at a press conference.
BeiGene is moving to Suzhou, in part, with plans to branch out from its capital city headquarters and develop a novel oncology drug operation that includes a cGMP manufacturing facility in Suzhou's BioBAY, the company said in a press release.