Spotlight On... Court document accuses J&J, Bayer of keeping mum about Xarelto lab data; FDA clears AZ's Faslodex for new use with Pfizer's Ibrance; Lilly rolls its diabetes med Trulicity in India; and more...

Lawyers suing Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) and Bayer over alleged injuries from their anticlotting drug Xarelto say that the companies misled editors at The New England Journal of Medicine by failing to speak up about possible discrepancies in patient data from a key trial. The NEJM published a letter, primarily written by Duke University researchers, about the trial, which came under scrutiny last fall because a blood-testing device used in the study had given inaccurate readings. In the letter, the researchers said that readings from the faulty device would not have changed the trial's results. They weren't aware of lab data that might have shed a different light on the device's readings, but the companies were, The New York Times reports. Report

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> AstraZeneca ($AZN) said the FDA approved a new use for its breast cancer drug Faslodex, alongside Pfizer's ($PFE) popular new treatment Ibrance (palbociclib). Report

> Eli Lilly ($LLY) launched its new once-a-week GLP-1 diabetes drug Trulicity in India. Report

> European regulators backed the latest two-dose human papillomavirus vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur and Merck ($MRK), Gardasil 9. Report

> South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare reported a 14% increase in profits for the half-year ending Dec. 31. Report

Medical Device News

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> J&J Depuy does a pair of deals, one to treat disc degeneration and another for bundled payments. More

> Medtronic's disappointing earnings highlight challenge posed by currency headwinds. Article

Biotech News

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> Opexa sheds 30% of its workforce as it awaits make-or-break MS data. Story

> That priority review voucher program? The FDA hates it. More

> Pfizer, Merck KGaA partner PD-L1 drug with Verastem's failed cancer drug. Article

Pharma Manufacturing News

> McKesson extends its Canada supply chain reach with $2.23B deal for Rexall chain. Report

> Another of AmerisourceBergen's Pharmedium facilities cited by FDA. Story

> Bayer spending $2.7B on capacity expansion, outgoing CEO says. Article

> Essentra adding jobs in Wales with pharma packaging facility. More

> CutisPharma adds drug manufacturing to its operations. Item

CRO News

> Infinity taps CRO Pharm-Olam for a Phase II lymphoma study. Report

> PRA eyes double-digit growth in 2016 after a banner revenue year. Story

> Chinese CRO R&G buys into Medidata's trial tech. News

> Medpace signs on to help Actinium get its cancer drug into Phase III. More

> Synexus buys Research Across America, gaining first access to the U.S. Article

Pharma Asia News

> China's Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical eyes RMB3B bond issue. Report

> AstraZeneca moves quickly to shed another noncore drug in ProStrakan deal. Item

> HK-based Chi-Med doses first patient in China PhII thyroid cancer trial of sulfatinib. More

> South Korea's Yuhan finds U.S. partner Sorrento for immune checkpoint antibodies JV. Story

> Americas units of Japan's Olympus hit with penalties of $623M in kickback probe. Article

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