Roche drug gets FDA nod as blindness remedy; European watchdogs broaden Tyverb use;

  @FiercePharma: Biovail-Valeant combo to claim up to 870 jobs. Report | Follow @FiercePharma

> Federal regulators have approved Genentech's Lucentis drug as a treatment for a common cause of sudden blindness. Report

> The European Commission has approved wider use of GlaxoSmithKline's  breast cancer drug Tyverb, authorizing it for use in combination with an aromatase inhibitor in certain patients. Report

> GlaxoSmithKline took another step to build up its over-the-counter medicines business by acquiring rights to commercialize Medivir's cold sore cream Xerclear for non-prescription use. Report

> The number of CME providers placed on probation by the nonprofit that regulates continuing medical education has more than doubled this year, from 15 to 35. Report

> French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis continues to spearhead the fight for a more secure pharmaceutical supply chain by launching an anti-counterfeit medication initiative in Egypt. Report

> Hospira said the FDA has approved its generic version of AstraZeneca's antibiotic Merrem. Report

Biotech News

 @FierceBiotech: HHS report underscores big shift to foreign drug trials. Article | Follow @FierceBiotech

 @JohnCFierce:  Regulus inks $750M pact with Sanofi; 25m upfront, 10m in equity and a $50m option thrown in on broader pact. Article | @JohnCFierce

> Tech player febit axes 60% of staff in restructuring. Story

> Daiichi Sankyo scouting for new biotech buyouts, partnerships. Item

> Nereus attracts $20M round for cancer drug programs. Report

> MD governor touts a booming biotech biz, new jobs. News

Medical Device News

> FDA imposes high hurdle for Cytori breast repair device. News

> Baxano gets $30M to support iO-Flex System. Story

> Ethicon renews collaboration with university. Article

> Shareholders seek to block ev3 sale. Item

> Covidien buys Somanetics for $250M. Story

Drug Delivery News

> Fox Foundation bankrolls neurotrophic factor delivery programs. Report

> Antiviral stem cell squad dispatched to fight deadly HIV. Story

> Biovail brings drug delivery tech in Valeant merger. Piece

> Researchers transform LCD waste into drug delivery vehicles. Report

> Harvard team creates self-assembling DNA delivery devices. Article

> Singapore team advances nanospheres. Item

And Finally... Healthy eating can interact with prescription meds, causing possible problems. Report

Virtual Clinical Trials Summit

Virtual Clinical Trials Summit: The Premier Educational Event Focused on Decentralized Clinical Trials

In this virtual environment, we will look at current and future trends for ongoing virtual trials, diving into the many ways companies can improve patient engagement and trial behavior to enhance retention with a focus on emerging technology and harmonized data access across the clinical trial system.