Indian officials balk at Mylan's Agila buyout; Hikma hikes 2013 forecast; Promo-makers fight pharma ban in EU;

 @FiercePharma: Cost watchdogs veto Novartis breast cancer med Afinitor. NICE says "disappointed" data isn't stronger. News | Follow @FiercePharma

> Indian officials put the brakes on Mylan's ($MYL) plan to buy Strides Arcolab's injectables unit Agila Specialties, deferring approval of the deal for now. Report

> Jordan's Hikma Pharmaceuticals hiked its 2013 forecast, now expecting 17% sales growth thanks to strong sales of a generic antibiotic; its shares rose on the news. Report

> Manufacturers of promotional products--such as logo-bearing pens and sticky notes--are complaining to European officials about the pharma industry's choice to ban them next year. Report

> Novartis ($NVS) joined forces with Biological E, an Indian vaccinemaker, to deliver its typhoid and paratyphoid vaccinations to a set of new countries. Report

> GW Pharmaceuticals said it launched its cannabinoid drug Sativex in Italy. Report

> UCB outlicensed a rheumatoid arthritis drug candidate to Russia's R-Pharm to sell it in Russia and abroad. Report

Medical Device News

 @FierceMedDev: Roche chases FDA cancer indication for HPV diagnostic. Story | Follow @FierceMedDev

 @MarkHFierce: Duke has found early promise with a blood Dx  that predicts aspirin treatment success. Report | Follow @MarkHFierce

 @DamianFierce: Patient lawsuits mount as India tries to crack down on unethical clinical trials. Item | Follow @DamianFierce

> Alere heads toward proxy fight as activist investor ups ante. Article

> Nikon mulls entry into medical devices business. Story

> Crescendo Bioscience achieves Medicare coverage for RA Dx. News

Biotech News

 @FierceBiotech: SEC hunting down traders who made a quick killing on Onyx shares. Report | Follow @FierceBiotech

 @JohnCFierce: Top Novartis blockbuster prospect whips Enbrel in psoriasis showdown. News | Follow @JohnCFierce

 @RyanMFierce: For those of you who remember Son of Lantus, watch out for Lantus' fraternal (not identical) twin from Lilly and Boehringer. | Follow @RyanMFierce

 @EmilyMFierce: Cholera is altering the human genome. Story | Follow @EmilyMFierce

> Swiss biotech OncoEthix snags $19M round to back leukemia drug study. More

> Cytokinetics shares slide on dosing snafu in ALS drug study. Article

> Top Novartis blockbuster prospect whips Enbrel in psoriasis showdown. Story

CRO News

> Report: Academia could better use CROs for early research. News

> Lawsuits mount as India pushes trial reforms. Article

> CRO Blue Sky taps new CEO amid growth. Story

> Parexel teams with Rutgers for clinical trials. More

> CROs shift as early-phase demand dries up. News

Biotech IT News

> Report: Pharma execs warm to med reminder apps. News

> GE, Accenture back analytics provider in $20M financing. Article

> Bioinformatics gives U. Wisconsin team an 'edge' in cystic fibrosis study. Story

> AstraZeneca snaps up drug-discovery software from Cambridge startup. More

> Facebook, Twitter bolster Canadian biotech's research of Crohn's therapy. News

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