Spotlight On... FDA requests an additional $500M in user fees from industry to add staff and expand capabilities; 23andMe spit kits to appear at Walgreens?; New FDA commissioner says UDI is one of his priorities; and more...

The FDA's device arm is hoping to secure an additional $500 million in user fees over 5 years via the reauthorization of the fourth Medical Device User Fee Act. The agency proposed adding 20 employees to establish a quality management team, about 50 to review regulatory submissions and 15 to evaluate postmarket data. But first it needs to get the backing of industry, which will foot the bill for the increased efforts via additional user fees. More

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> 23andMe Chief Scientific Officer Richard Scheller said the company's "spit kits" will soon be available at Walgreens ($WBA). The company later walked back the statement, saying there is nothing imminent to announce, but he may have nevertheless revealed some of the company's longer-term plans. More

> New FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said pushing for integration of Unique Device Identifiers into electronic health records and Medicare bills is one of his priorities. The stance that could put him into conflict with Medicare provider CMS, which has said it doesn't believe the effort justifies the costs. More

Biotech News

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> Sanofi scouts for rare disease buyouts as Shire bears down on the field. Story

> Boehringer and AbbVie are reportedly weighing a multibillion-dollar cancer alliance. More

> 'Brexit' risks serious side effects for U.K. life sciences. Article

> With ataluren under a cloud, PTC plunges (again) after a market setback in Germany. Report

Pharma News

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@CarlyHFierce: Pearson sweeps back into Valeant with a slate of fix-it promises. Report | Follow @CarlyHFierce

> Bristol-Myers leads immuno-oncology race but Merck, AstraZeneca and Roche still have contenders. More

> GlaxoSmithKline scouts for candidates to replace CEO Andrew Witty. Article

Pharma Marketing News

> Jardiance, Belsomra and Entyvio brand managers share DTC honors with oldsters like Viagra. More

> Flu vaccine brands struggle for recognition even when in fab fighting form. Report

> Takeda aims to unlock $2B in Entyvio sales with multipronged DTC push. Story

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> Pearson returns to Valeant with promise to boost payer, government relations. Item

Animal Health News

> Animal Health acquisition pushes Patterson's Q3 earnings past estimates. News

> Animal health boosts Bayer's sales growth but 2016 forecast disappoints. Item

> Zoetis wins approval for monthly flea-fighting pill, setting up three-way rivalry. Report

> Oasmia repositions chemo drug for dogs in bid to grab larger market. Story

> High-flying Parnell dips as 2015 revenue and 2016 guidance miss estimates. Article

Biotech IT News

> NIH calls on EHR developers to facilitate Obama's PMI through the use of open APIs. More

> FDA challenges industry to improve reproducibility and accuracy of informatics pipelines. Story

> NY Genome Center enlists IBM to create Watson-enabled cancer research platform. Report

> HHS taps Medidata for data to inform research into drug development costs. Item

> Illumina calls in the lawyers to curb the rise of Oxford Nanopore. Article

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