AstraZeneca's SGLT2 drug proves up in real-world data; MA lawmaker wants to ban OxyContin for kids;

@FiercePharma: Report: Cancer drug spending fuels large increases in Medicare discount drug program. More | Follow @FiercePharma

@CarlyHFierce: ICYMI: Boehringer's Ofev, chasing a Roche rival, wins backing from NICE. More | Follow @CarlyHFierce

> AstraZeneca ($AZN) posted new real-world data on its SGLT2 drug Forxiga, showing that the drug's results on the market mirrored those in clinical trials. Report

> A Massachusetts lawmaker introduced a bill that would ban prescriptions of Purdue Pharma's OxyContin to children; the FDA recently approved the drug for kids as young as 11. Report

> Drug sales in China are still growing quickly despite the weakening economy, according to new figures from the country's ministry of commerce. Report

> Young people on antidepressants were more prone to violence in a new study, but higher doses appeared to reduce that risk. Report

Medical Device News

@FierceMedDev: MDxHealth's $8.8M acquisition of NovioGendix is a liquid biopsy play. FierceDiagnostics article | Follow @FierceMedDev

@VarunSaxena2: UPDATED: FDA begs manufacturers to participate in global single audit pilot, says next stage may not be voluntary. ICYMI | Follow @VarunSaxena2

@EmilyWFierce: Germany's ERBA Diagnostics grabs Lumora for molecular Dx tech. FierceDiagnostics story | Follow @EmilyWFierce

> Pentax backs $8M+ round for electrosurgery startup Creo. More

> Illumina, Sloan Kettering partner to develop circulating tumor DNA diagnostics. Article

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: Adding iridium may offer a new approach to antibiotic resistance. FierceBiotechResearch story | Follow @FierceBiotech

@JohnCFierce: Building its cardio drug portfolio, Amgen bags Dezima in $1.55B deal. News | Follow @JohnCFierce

@DamianFierce: "Ubiquitin" sounds like a McGuffin from a bad sci-fi movie and also it's the target of a new $150M $CELG partnership. Release | Follow @DamianFierce

> Amgen bets up to $1.7B on Xencor's antibody technology. Story

> Third Rock's Nurix inks a $150M immuno-oncology pact with Celgene. Article

> Google, OrbiMed buy into Alector's novel take on Alzheimer's with a $32M round. Report

Biotech Research News

> Controversial resveratrol triggers new headlines--this time for Alzheimer's. Story

> Stanford team spotlights a new target for childhood brain tumors. Report

> Adding iridium may offer a new approach to antibiotic resistance. Story

> Caltech IDs an antibody that can thwart HIV. Item

> U.K. investigators say diabetes drug may target pancreatic cancer stem cells. Article

Diagnostics News

> Agilent buys Seahorse Bio for $235M to increase presence in research labs. More

> MDxHealth's $8.8M acquisition of NovioGendix is a liquid biopsy play. News

> Exosome Diagnostics reveals positive data for lung cancer liquid biopsy test. Story

> Foundation Medicine unveils new NGS cancer tool amid sluggish reimbursement. Article

> Pathway Genomics launches liquid biopsy test for early cancer screening. Report

Pharma Marketing News

> GSK settles big media review, chooses incumbents for estimated $900M account. Report

> Gallup charts another big slide for pharma's public image. Story

> Faster track to 'megablockbuster'? Novartis' Entresto already soaring on social media. Article

> Obama taps former Duke researcher to lead FDA. Item

> How much is first-to-market worth? There's a formula for that. More

And Finally... An expert panel recommended low-dose aspirin to prevent colon cancer. Report