GSK wins FDA approval for OTC Flonase; KKR, Blackstone, TPG eye Sanofi's older meds;

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> An $8.5 billion portfolio of Sanofi's ($SNY) off-patent drugs has drawn interest from private equity firms like KKR, Blackstone Group and TPG Capital, Bloomberg's sources say. Report

> The FDA has given GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) approval to sell its Flonase allergy med over the counter. Report

> European regulators have recommended approval of Novo Nordisk's ($NVO) Xultophy, a combo pill of its Tresiba and Victoza. Release

> Some analysts are questioning whether GlaxoSmithKline's ($GSK) revamped sales model is responsible for slower-than-expected launches of new respiratory meds Breo and Anoro. Story

Medical Device News

@FierceMedDev: 3-D printing grows to scale within industry. Report | Follow @FierceMedDev

@StacyALawrence: Intuitive's surgical robot hit with another unfavorable study result. More | Follow @StacyALawrence

@VarunSaxena2: Boston Scientific hopes to capitalize on competitors' weaknesses. Story | Follow @VarunSaxena2

@MichaelGFierce: Most absorbent material on Earth gives poorly soluble drugs a boost. Article from FierceDrugDelivery | Follow @MichaelGFierce

@EmilyWFierce: Fewer than half of American children are vaccinated against HPV, according to new estimates from the CDC. Story via The Atlantic | Follow @EmilyWFierce

> Covidien is popping the bubbly for positive Q3 numbers. More

> Varian, AngioDynamics fall on earnings disappointments. Story

> St. Jude laying off up to 270 workers in California. News

Biotech News

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@JohnCFierce: Good story. RT @JeanneWhalen: GSK is close to launching world's first malaria vaccine, but a rival is close behind. Story | Follow @JohnCFierce

@DamianFierce: EU's CHMP recommends Novo's fixed dose combo of a GLP-1 and Victoza, to be marketed as Xultophy. More | Follow @DamianFierce

@EmilyMFierce: GlaxoSmithKline steps closer to making world's first malaria vaccine. Article | Follow @EmilyMFierce

> Keryx touts its kidney drug with an FDA decision around the corner. More

> Two more biotechs limp onto Wall Street with discounted debuts. Story

> Novo's blockbuster diabetes combo nears EU approval. Article

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