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The Life Sciences Report - Winter 2017

Consumer Digital Health: Market Shift Is Leading to New Opportunities - The newest wave of consumer digital health investment focuses on applications encouraging consumers to change health-related behaviors, shifting...more

21st Century Cures Act Becomes Law

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) into law. The act's 312 pages contain a variety of provisions, including nearly $5 billion in funding for scientific research, $1 billion in...more

FDA Holds Hearing on Off-Label Communications

After several high-profile defeats in both district and circuit courts involving the off-label promotion of regulated products and the First Amendment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now engaged in a...more

FDA Launches Website for Allegations Against Medical Device Manufacturers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a website1 that will now make it easier to report allegations of medical device manufacturer misconduct to the agency.2 Misconduct reports were historically...more

FDA Issues New Draft Guidance: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues

Dietary supplements are big business. A recent estimate pegs the U.S. market for dietary supplements at over $35 billion annually. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates the number of dietary supplements to be...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on "Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Medical Device"

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on the important topic of deciding when to submit a new 510(k) premarket notification application (510(k)) for a change to an existing...more

The Life Sciences Report - Summer 2016

The Future of Innovation in Medtech: An Industry in Search of Growth While Facing Pressures to Consolidate in a Post-ACA World - In the Affordable Care Act (ACA) era, the healthcare industry has witnessed significant...more

DOJ Acknowledges in Proposed Jury Instructions That Dissemination of Truthful and Non-Misleading Off-Label Use Information Is Not...

For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the position that a medical device (or drug) manufacturer that promotes an FDA-approved device (or drug) for an unapproved use violates the Federal Food, Drug,...more

The Life Sciences Report - Winter 2016

Ten Considerations for Companies Evaluating a Pre-Negotiated Acquisition - In recent years, there has been a shift in the research and development strategy of large pharmaceutical and medical device companies from...more

Federal Budget Suspends Medical Device Excise Tax for Two Years

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (ACA) 2.3 percent medical device excise tax was contentious even before taking effect on January 1, 2013. Under the ACA, medical device manufacturers and importers are required...more

Federal Government Continues to Bring Actions Against Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies and Individuals for Alleged...

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services recently released its Semiannual Report to Congress. Through the first three quarters of 2015, OIG announced recoveries of $3.35 billion...more

New Law Remedies Partial Loss of Drug Marketing Exclusivity Period Caused by U.S. DEA Scheduling Delays

When a new drug is first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the drug is entitled to a period of market exclusivity. For a subset of these new drugs, the FDA will determine that the product has the...more

District Court Holds That FDCA Does Not Prohibit and Criminalize Truthful Off-Label Promotion of FDA-Approved Prescription Drugs

On August 7, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York released its Amarin opinion addressing whether truthful, non-misleading off-label promotion of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved...more

The Life Sciences Report - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Rise of Companion Diagnostics in Personalized Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities - Department of Justice Imposes More Than $110 Million in Fines on Medical Device Makers - Life...more

District Court Decision Opens Door to Five-Year NCE Exclusivity for Single Components of Previously FDA-Approved Multi-Component...

On May 28, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated and remanded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) administrative decision denying five years of new chemical entity exclusivity for Amarin...more

Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Introduce Largest Increase in FDA Oversight of Personal Care Products—Including Cosmetics—in over 70...

Personal care products, which include cosmetics, are a large, profitable, growth industry. In the United States, cosmetics are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic...more

Department of Justice Imposes More Than $110 Million in Fines on Medical Device Makers

On March 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued their joint annual report on health care fraud and abuse control. The annual report states that during fiscal year...more

New FDA Guidance Opens the Door for Electronic Consent Forms That Come with Significant Advantages and Raise Privacy and Secure...

On March 9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance that allows for the use of electronic informed consent (eIC) in human clinical trials. eICs have the potential to...more

Highlights and Commentary from the FDA's Public Workshop on Proposed Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed...

On January 8-9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a workshop to solicit public feedback on its proposed Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs). As background, the FDA...more

FDA Issues Notice to Congress of Its Intent to Comprehensively Regulate Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs)

On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "pre-published" its proposed new plan to regulate laboratory developed tests (LDTs). In letters to the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, the FDA...more

The Life Sciences Report - Spring 2014

In this issue: - A New Accelerator Takes Digital Health Start-Ups to the Next Level - The Return of the MedTech IPO Market - Is There a Deal in Your Future? A Guide to Navigating Antitrust Waters -...more

FDA Intends to Grant Five Years of Market Exclusivity to Fixed-Dose Combination Drugs Containing One New Drug Substance

Fixed-dose combination drug products are becoming increasingly important in the treatment of patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and infectious disease. Within the last two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug...more

The Life Sciences Report - Fall 2013

In this issue: - How to Expedite Examination of a Patent Application - The FDA Releases Final Guidance for Mobile Medical Applications - Creating Value in the Medtech Industry Using a Gender Lens -...more

The Life Sciences Report - Spring 2013

In this issue: - Best Patent Practices Under the America Invents Act - CMS Issues Final Rule for Implementing Sunshine Act - New IP Litigation Team a Boon for Firm's Life Sciences and Technology...more

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