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Purchasers of prescription medications often file class actions in large, multidistrict litigation alleging that they were defrauded by manufacturers. In these actions, patients, many of whom disclaim any physical injury,...more
In the fall of 2012, a meningitis outbreak sickened more than 750 people, killing 64 people and leaving many others with pain and nerve damage. The meningitis was traced back to tainted injectable steroids manufactured at a...more
Earlier this week, the Canadian government introduced Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. The proposed legislation covers a lot of ground, including the introduction of a suite of new investigation powers...more
On September 12, 2013, U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) introduced H.R. 3089 ("the House Bill"), which proposes a structure for federal oversight of compounding pharmacies. The House Bill is the latest federal...more
On July 15, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed rules implementing sections of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) and the FDA's new authority to protect the...more
Over the past decade the Federal Trade Commission has brought cybersecurity enforcement actions against various private companies, imposing tens of millions of dollars in monetary penalties and requiring companies to maintain...more
The long awaited HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule is out. The final rule is effective March 26, 2013, but covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) will have 180 days beyond the effective date to come into compliance....more
HHS has finally issued its omnibus HITECH Rules. Our firm will issue a comprehensive summary of the rules shortly, but of immediate import is the change to the breach reporting harm threshold. The modification will make it...more
On January 2, 2013, HHS announced that the Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) agreed to pay $50,000 and enter into a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) as part of a settlement involving a breach of unsecured electronic protected health...more
On January 2, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a settlement with the Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) for potential HIPAA violations....more
The HIPAA Privacy Rule is intended to protect individually identifiable health information by limiting its use and disclosure. But the Privacy Rule expressly permits the de-identification of that information, and in doing so...more
ALL PROVIDERS ARE OFFICIALLY ON NOTICE.
In a move that signals just how seriously the federal government is taking its enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the U.S....more
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reached its first settlement for a breach involving data regarding less than 500 individuals. Under the December 2012 settlement, the Hospice of...more
On December 19, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting, broadcast live on the Internet, to discuss the respective roles of the federal and state governments in regulating pharmacy compounding....more
In response to wide criticism of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) current review process, leaders of industry, academia and government have joined forces to create the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), an...more
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently published a report in the agency’s “Supervisory Highlights” journal concerning the growth of mobile payments and the responsibility of banks and non-bank third parties...more
The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) filed a complaint yesterday asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by Nickelodeon and mobile...more
According to a recent report released by Rock Health, Big Data has the potential to save the healthcare system more than $300 billion per year by improving poorly coordinated care, reducing fraud and abuse, and improving...more
I regularly work with technology innovators to help them get their ideas cleaned up for financial institutions and to give them a headstart in understanding the types of risk concerns and controls that financial institutions...more
Opening up a potential new enforcement risk for all providers of apps, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced on October 30 that she is sending notices to up to 100 providers of mobile apps claiming that their...more
On October 29, 2012 the Privacy Commissioners of Canada, Alberta and British Columbia published a detailed guidance document on privacy considerations for developing mobile apps.
All mobile app developers and all...more
Companies that run websites must comply with laws and rules requiring the maintenance of personal privacy. While federal requirements such as those applicable to financial privacy and children’s privacy gain significant...more
On October 11, the GAO released a report on its examination of how the mobile industry collects location data and the resulting impact on consumers. According to the report, privacy advocates expressed concerns that consumers...more
Originally published in Medical Devices Law & Industry Report on 10/03/2012.
FDA’s New Plan -
The Food and Drug Administration (‘‘FDA’’) recently proposed a new system to track medical device malfunctions, increase...more