Bristol-Myers expands China development pact for RA drug; A cellular case for Vertex's blockbuster CF franchise;

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 @JohnCFierce: Look for early competition on hep C: Gilead 1, AbbVie in photo finish 2; BMS 3. As ranked by Bloomberg. Report | Follow @JohnCFierce

@RyanMFierce: AbbVie: We can beat Gilead in blockbuster hep C race. Report | Follow @RyanMFierce

> After a meeting with the FDA, Cempra ($CEMP) updated investors on its expected clinical trials strategy for Phase III development of its lead antibiotic solithromycin for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia. It's raising funding to pay for the work. Item

> The Street's Adam Feuerstein took a hard look at lab data that bolster his case for why Vertex Pharmaceuticals ($VRTX) have a $10 billion franchise with combination cystic fibrosis treatments. Column

> Bristol-Myers Squibb ($BMY) and Simcere Pharmaceutical Group ($SCR) have expanded their 2010 pact with an agreement to join forces on development of BMS' Orencia for rheumatoid arthritis in China. Release

> CoMentis and Anvyl formed a joint venture called Alpharmagen to study nicotinic modulators, a class of drug that has shown promise in midstage studies for patients with Alzheimer's disease. Release

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@EricPFierce: FDA approves Amgen's Xgeva for bone tumor. It is a small market for a key drug that is not yet a blockbuster. Press release | Follow @EricPFierce

@CarlyHFierce: Gleevec patent battle between Novartis and Sun Pharma moving to the U.S. Yesterday's story | Follow @CarlyHFierce

> AbbVie says it could beat Gilead to huge market for hep C drugs. More

> Wockhardt gets kicked in the gut again. Report

> Pfizer's potential stars Eliquis, Xeljanz see sluggish sales. Story

Medical Device News

@FierceMedDev: MC10 pushes wearable sensors with Medtronic co-sign. News | Follow @FierceMedDev

@DamianFierce: ICYMI: Startup NeuroTronik raised $13.1M to develop a neuromodulation solution for heart failure. News | Follow @DamianFierce

@MarkHFierce: Nearly $10M in new financing will help Veniti gain CE marking for vein treatment devices. Report | Follow @MarkHFierce

> AdvaMed to FDA: 510(k) rules are fine as they are. Story

> Japan prepares to cover cancer-related breast implants. Item

> Myriad's Supreme Court loss is Quest Diagnostics' gain. More

And Finally… Academics are calling on pharma companies to reveal details on "invisible" clinical trials that have never been reported. News

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