Waxman voted House chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce
WASHINGTON Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., on Thursday was voted in as chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce for the House of Representatives, which oversees all legislation surrounding health and health services, including food and drug.
“I am honored by the vote of the Democratic Caucus,” Waxman stated. “We are at a unique moment and have an opportunity that comes only once in a generation. I will work with all parts of our Caucus and across the aisle to deliver the change that the American public expects us to deliver.”
“Some of the most important challenges we face—energy, climate change and health—are under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Committee,” Waxman wrote earlier this month in a statement explaining his pursuit of the Commerce Committee Chair. “In large measure, our success as Congress will depend on how the Commerce Committee performs. Enacting comprehensive energy, climate and health care reform will not be easy. But my record shows that I have the skill and ability to build consensus and deliver legislation that improves the lives of all Americans.”
Waxman helped engineer the generics industry as co-author of the Hatch-Waxman Act, which promotes generics while leaving in tact a financial incentive the research and development of branded pharmaceuticals. And while Waxman may be a fan of the generics industry, he has not in the past supported dietary supplements. Waxman has repeatedly called for greater regulation of dietary supplements and has proposed revisiting the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which governs how supplements are regulated.
However, outgoing chairman Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., was also critical of the dietary supplement industry, having in the past partnered with Waxman on several pieces of legislation regarding regulation of dietary supplements.
Amgen, Takeda cancer drug trials stopped after deaths
NEW YORK Several deaths have brought phase 3 clinical trials of a cancer drug by Amgen and Takeda Pharmaceutical to a halt.
The two companies are investigating the drug, motesanib, as an initial treatment for small-cell lung cancer, to be used in conjunction with chemotherapy.
A committee monitoring the 600-patient study found more had died early using the drug than those receiving placebo.
“While we are disappointed in the outcome, it is consistent with data seen with some other anti-VEGF therapies and appears to constitute a class effect of these types of agents,” Amgen executive vice president for research and development Roger Perlmutter said in a statement.
Elan appoints Paya as president
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Elan Corp. has appointed Carlos Paya as president, the company announced Thursday.
Paya will work from Elan?s South San Francisco, Calif., campus, focusing on leading the company’s scientific, clinical and medical initiatives.
“As an immunologist, a former vice dean of clinical investigation at the Mayo Clinic and as a successful industry executive, Dr. Paya has a unique set of attributes and experiences that perfectly match the opportunities and challenges facing Elan,” said Elan chairman of the board Kyran McLaughlin in a statement.
Paya previously worked at Eli Lilly & Co. as vice president of Lilly Research Labs and global leader of the Diabetes and Endocrine Platform. He had served as an executive at Lilly since 2001. He also worked for six years at the Mayo Clinic as professor of medicine, immunology and pathology, in addition to his position as vice dean.