The Dish’s Weekly Biotechnology News Wrap Up – July 8, 2016

This week’s biotechnology news headlines include, California drug price plan criticized, AstraZeneca sells two dermatology rights to LEO Pharma, FDA issues new draft guidance on elemental impurities, NICE backs Ferring’s Firmagon, MIT startup nabs $30M for first 3D printed drug approved by FDA, unmasking Alzheimer’s risk in young adults, and men with advanced prostate cancer might consider gene test.

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“California Drug Price Plan Is Criticized by Patient Advocates,” The New York Times

“A state ballot initiative meant to lower prescription drug prices for California faces an expected opponent: the pharmaceutical industry, which has spent almost $70 million to defeat it.”

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“AstraZeneca sells two dermatology drug rights to LEO Pharma,” Reuters

“British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc said it sold the rights to develop an experimental mid-stage drug to treat atopic dermatitis to privately-held LEO Pharma.”

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“FDA Issues New Draft Guidance on Elemental Impurities,” Regulatory Focus

“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued new draft guidance on elemental impurities in drugs, with the goal of helping manufacturers comply with recent International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) and United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) standards.”

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“NICE backs Ferring’s Firmagon,” PharmaTimes

“Men with advanced hormone-dependent prostate cancer and spinal metastases are to gain routine access to Ferring’s Firmagon on the NHS after a u-turn by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence saw the cost regulator issue final draft guidance endorsing its use.”

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“MIT-based startup nabs $30M for first 3-D printed drug approved by FDA,” Fierce Biotech

“This spring, Aprecia Pharmaceuticals launched the first 3-D printed pharmaceutical product to be approved by the FDA. It’s now secured $30 million in debt to aid that launch and bring forward more 3-D printed fast-melt formulations.”

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“Unmasking Alzheimer’s risk in young adults,” CNN

The risk for developing devastating Alzheimer’s disease may be detectable in healthy adults younger than expected, and new studies reveal how.”

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“Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer Might Consider Gene Test,” US News and World Report

“Men with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of their body should be considered for genetic testing, a new study suggests.”

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