Volume 1, Issue 4

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In This Issue

bioblurb by Lisa M. von Biela

 

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR:

We've got it all this week-everything including red, glow-in-the-dark beagle pups. I can see the advantage in that. Have the right UV light going, and you'll never trip on your dog in the dark again. Could save some broken bones.


CONTRIBUTOR CREDITS FOR THIS ISSUE:

Thanks to Becky Fe de Montreve-McMinn and Hugh Wellons for their contributions this week!


BIOETHICS ISSUES:

1. Hospitals replace DNR with "Allow Natural Death." OK, this is a little more Health Law than Biotech, but . . .
http://tinyurl.comcclbey
FortWayne.com, 4/27/09, via Becky.

2. Institute of Medicine calls on doctors to stop taking industry gifts. The chorus is growing . . .
http://uk.reuters.com/article/healthNewsMolt/idUKTRE53R7PU20090428?


BIOTECH AND THE LAW:

1. Wyeth decision opens the floodgates for failure to warn suits.
Cases
waiting in the wings now reanimated.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aJ.5QX1YEQIs
Bloomberg, 4/30/09, via FDLI SmartBrief.

2. McKesson drug price fraud settlement wins initial approval from court.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aVpLVzpsq1NI
Bloomberg, 4/23/09, via FDLI SmartBrief.


BIOTECH IN CLINICAL MEDICINE:

1. Autism tied to older moms, breech birth.
f http://tinyurl.com/c5le4f
Yahoo! News, 4/28/09, via Becky.

2. Gene alterations associated with response to anthracycline therapy for breast cancer.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-04/jotn-aa042309.php
EurekAlert!, 4/28/09, via CDC Weekly Newsletter.

3. Discovery of key genetic factors that drive the process of generating new heart cells.
8 http://www.news-medical.net/?id=48838
News-Medical.net, 4/26/09, via CDC Weekly Newsletter.

BIOTECH RESEARCH/SCIENCE:

1. Drug library helps in developing new remedies from old.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/28/health/28hopk.html?_r=2&ref=health
NY Times, 4/28/09, via Hugh.

2. Nanoparticles may help to attack cancer more directly. Bucky Balls, anyone?
http://tinyurl.com/dgclva
Yahoo! News, 4/26/09, via Hugh.

3. Gene-laden bubbles grow new blood vessels.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090426094213.htm
Science Daily, 4/26/09, via CDC Weekly Newsletter.


COMMERCIAL BIOTECH APPLICATIONS:

1. Utah rolls out first U.S. open source disease tracker. Gee, just in time with this swine flu business going on . . .
http://tinyurl.com/chsrwv
Government Health IT, 4/23/09, via Becky.

2. Report recommends certain priorities when implementing electronic health records.
http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/EHR-28100-1.html
Health Data Management, 4/24/09, via Becky.

3. DTC genetic tests banned in Germany.
http://www.phgfoundation.org/news/4562/
PHG Foundation, 4/28/09, via CDC Weekly Newsletter.

4. Microsoft aims to help scientists move past Excel, make sense of gene data overload. Wonder what name they'll come up with? Genome 2010? PowerDNAPoint? ChromasomeServer? Sorry, could not help myself!
http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/2009/04/28/microsoft-aims-to-help- scientists-move-past-excel-make-sense-of-gene-data-overload/


FINANCIAL/COMPANY NEWS:

1. Recession puts squeeze on hospital IT projects.
http://tinyurl.com/cgcqcd
Healthcare IT News, 4/27/09, via Becky.

2. FDA approves J&J's rheumatoid arthritis drug golimumab-expected to be a blockbuster. I know, that looks like a major typo on my part, but it is not.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-arthritis25-2009apr25,0,1270502.story
LA Times, 4/25/09, via FDLI SmartBrief.


LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY DEVELOPMENTS:

1. Republican senator pushes for biotech funding, new agency.
5 http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE53O1BM20090425
Reuters, 4/25/09, via Hugh.

2. Sebelius sworn in as HHS secretary.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124092645092363585.html? mod=dist_smartbrief

3. Two senators introduce bill on FDA inspection of drug plants.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=azXi3EfrE8Is
Bloomberg, 4/23/09, via FDLI SmartBrief.

PATENT/IP ISSUES:

1. Watson and Novartis battle over Enablex patent.
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/04/28/ap6350346.html
Forbes, 4/28/09, via FDLI SmartBrief.

2. Sanofi loses appeal on Lovenox patent. What is this? The meds all need to end in "x" this week!
http://tinyurl.com/cl3gxn
Bloomberg, 4/27/09, via FDLI SmartBrief.


REGULATORY MATTERS/FDA ACTIVITY:

1. FDA allows uncleared uses of flu drugs and tests. Oxymoron of the week: authorized off-label use.
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE53R09420090428
Reuters, 4/27/09, via Hugh.

2. "Pharma-scolds" scolded. I can see the fingers wagging now!
http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/29/fda-marcia-angell-drug-medicine-opinions-contributors-fda.html
Forbes, 4/29/09, via FDLI SmartBrief.

3. Acetaminophen products to contain stronger warnings on labels in U.S.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/healthNewsMolt/idUKTRE53S08L20090429
Reuters, 4/29/09, via FDLI SmartBrief.

WEIRD NEWS:

1. South Korean experts claim to have cloned glowing dogs. They look like normal beagles, but put them under UV light and they glow red. What *will* they think of next? Hot dog!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090428/ap_on_re_as/as_skorea_cloned_dogs
Yahoo! News, 4/28/09, via FDLI SmartBrief.

BioBlurb is a weekly member benefit of the Biotechnology Law Committee. Click here to join the Biotechnology Law Committee for free today!

Lisa M. von Biela
J.D. Candidate, 2009
University of Minnesota Law School
vonb0038@umn.edu

 


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