Spotlight On... Incyte bags more Jakafi studies in solid tumors, but maintains hope for combo success; Medicare could save up to $140B with price negotiation, Obama says; Merck eyes partnerships to boost production in India; and more...

Incyte ($INCY) pulled the plug on several Jakafi studies as the blood cancer therapy proved less effective in solid tumors when used solo. The company still sees potential in the field with Jakafi cocktails, including combos that pair the med with immuno-oncology meds. Jakafi is marketed outside the U.S. by Novartis ($NVS), which brought in $410 million from the drug last year; Incyte's U.S. sales amounted to $601 million. More from FierceBiotech

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> President Obama's new budget includes proposals to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and require drugmakers to disclose R&D and other costs, propositions that could save estimated $140 billion over 10 years. Report

> Merck & Co. ($MRK) is scouting for partners to make and sell more products in India, vaccines chief Patrick Bergstedt said during a trip to the country. Report

> European regulators accepted Novartis' ($NVS) approval application for its biosimilar version of Amgen's ($AMGN) Neulasta. Report

> Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) has handed off its Memphis distribution center to FedEx's ($FDX) Genco unit, sending 122 of its 127 employees there to the new operation. Report

> AstraZeneca ($AZN) has set a growth goal in Africa of 10% and is signing deals with governments to help improve healthcare services and capacity. Report

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> JAK inhibition for solid tumors flops, forcing Incyte to pull the plug on a slate of trials. Report

> With an eye on growing the pipeline, Szela axes staffers in Aegerion reorg. Article

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CRO News

> Catalent posts flat revenue as currency woes bite into growth. Article

> Genomics England picks Icon as its first CRO partner. Report

> Quintiles bets on a big 2016 as revenue rolls in. More

> Recipharm commits $45M to counteract fake drugs. Story

> CRO Pharmaron acquires U.K.-based Quotient Bioresearch. Article

Pharma Manufacturing News

> Recipharm puts up $45M to enhance track-and-trace capabilities. Report

> Regulator suspends Spanish drugmaker over 'critical quality defects.' News

> Qualicaps gets Latin American foothold with acquisition of Brazil's Genix. More

> Regulator suspends Spanish drugmaker over 'critical quality defects.' Story

> Catalent France plant that was victim of sabotage getting back online. Article

Pharma Asia News

> FDA maintains tight grip on Indian and Chinese products. Report

> China drug safety improving, CFDA says. Item

> Sanofi banks on Philippines to lead public Dengvaxia rollout. More

> Japan's Sumitomo Dainippon ready for U.S. acquisitions. Story

> Chugai Alecensa PhIII trial halted early as patients show significant improvement. Article

And Finally... Danish and American diplomats visited Novo Nordisk's expanding biologic drugs facility in West Lebanon, NH. Report

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