First Glivec biosim gets EMA panel backing; Dr. Reddy's snaps up OctoPlus for $36M;

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> European regulators recommended approving Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' ($TEVA) biosimilar version of the Novartis ($NVS) cancer drug Glivec. Report

> India's Dr. Reddy's plans to pay $36 million to buy the Dutch injectables drug firm OctoPlus. Report

> Bayer said its Xarelto blood thinner won European committee backing for a new use in treating pulmonary embolism and for preventing recurrent deep vein thrombosis. Report

> Astellas Pharma launched the hormone-blocking treatment Gonax for prostate cancer in Japan. Report

> Supernus Pharmaceuticals ($SUPN) won FDA approval for its epilepsy drug Oxtellar XR, its second FDA nod since it went public in May. Report

> Medicare's policies on compounded drugs are coming under scrutiny in the wake of a meningitis outbreak linked to a big compounding pharmacy. Report

Medical Device News

 @FierceMedDev: Israel's growing medical device industry gains a public stage this week. More | Follow @FierceMedDev

 @MarkHFierce: W.L. Gore has the final piece in place for its REDUCE Clinical study, to test a new stroke prevention device. More | Follow @MarkHFierce

 @DamianFierce: WuXi AppTec is making a splash in biologics, launching a cGMP plant in China. More | Follow @DamianFierce

> Edwards wins broader FDA approval for Sapien heart valve. More

> Wright takes down knee website after Stryker suit. Story

Biotech News

 @FierceBiotech: Researchers seek new pancreatic cancer biomarkers. Item | Follow @FierceBiotech

 @JohnCFierce: In case you missed it Friday, my analysis on Q3 venture numbers (good) and top 10 deals of the quarter. Special Report | Follow @JohnCFierce

 @RyanMFierce: Quintiles reels in pharma business with IT game changers. More | Follow @RyanMFierce

> Orexigen says FDA nods support for a speedy review of Contrave. More

> Genzyme pays $22.5M upfront to bag Asian rights to Alnylam's hot ATTR program. Report

> Bayer nails promising PhIII results for new PAH contender riociguat. News

CRO News

> Lundbeck seeks partners on Alzheimer's drug after EMA rejection. Item

> Korean group enlists WCCT to spur drug development. More

> WuXi launches China's first GMP-friendly biologics plant. News

> Catalent looks to bridge industry, academia on drug delivery. Article

Biotech IT News

> Pfizer wins popularity contest in social media survey of patients. More

> Quintiles reels in pharma business with IT game changers. Story

> Appistry grabs distribution of MIT-Harvard genome toolkit. Report

> Big Pharma consortium to share cancer trial data. Article

And Finally... A new study found that diet and weight loss didn't prevent heart attacks and other problems in diabetics, but they may cut the number of necessary medications. Report