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Is Off-Label Drug Promotion Protected Free Speech?

It is a very common practice. Drug sales reps visit a client, usually a hospital, a clinic or a doctor, with the sole purpose of selling a drug or medical device. That is the primary way a doctor learns about a drug or...more

Supreme Court Asked If State Universities Are Exempt From Claims Under the False Claims Act

A professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to determine the standard for imposing liability on state universities (and their related entities, such as hospitals and...more

Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action for Lack of Article III Standing

Last month in its decision in In re Sci. Applications Int’l Corp. (SAIC) Backup Tape Data Theft Litigation, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64125, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed all but two...more

FDA Issues Distribution of Risk Information Draft Guidance Amid Asserted Push to Release Guidance on Manufacturer Communications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) issued the June 6, 2014, draft guidance (Draft Guidance) in response to stakeholder inquiries into the Agency’s views on disseminating new scientific or medical...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance Relating to Distribution of New Risk Information for Approved Drugs and Biologics and Grants Two Citizen...

On June 6, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued two documents that reflect the agency’s ongoing effort to clarify its regulatory approach regarding manufacturer communication of scientific and medical...more

Clapper Again Stymies Data Breach Class Action

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA again has been relied on by a federal district court to hold that the “mere loss of data” in a data breach case does not constitute an injury...more

Complaint Filed Against HHS Alleges Medicare LCDs Deprive Beneficiaries of Necessary Clinical Laboratory Services

On April 18, 2014, California Clinical Laboratory Association (“CCLA”) and “Jane Doe” (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) filed a lawsuit against HHS for equitable relief in the United States District Court for the District of...more

New Reprint Guidance Maintains Bipartisan Status Quo

On February 28, 2014, the FDA issued its most recent unofficial guidance on distribution by manufacturers of research concerning off-label uses. With minor textual revisions, this new Guidance essentially restates the safe...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - January 2014, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Top News ..Congress Approves Budget Deal with Short-Term ‘Doc Fix' ..CMS “Two-Midnight” Rule delayed until March 31, 2014 ..Individuals with Canceled Insurance Policies May Apply for...more

False Claim Act: 2013 Year in Review

Last year continued the trend of robust False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and proliferating qui tam lawsuits brought by whistleblowers on behalf of the United States. In 2012, DOJ...more

New Jersey Federal Court Applies Supreme Court’s Clapper Decision and Dismisses Data Breach Class Action

Relying in part on the recent United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Clapper v. Amnesty International, a federal judge in New Jersey dismissed a putative data breach class action against three healthcare entities and a...more

Drug Quality and Security Act Creates New Laws for Compounding Pharmacies

On November 27, 2013, the Drug Quality and Security Act was signed into law. This new law provides clarity to the existing pharmacy compounding laws within Section 503A of the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and creates new...more

Medical Device Company Files First Amendment Lawsuit Challenging OIG’s Criticism of Physician-Owned Distributors (PODs)

On October 8, 2013, Reliance Medical Systems, LLC (“Reliance”) filed a Complaint against the HHS OIG in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The Complaint alleges that OIG’s assertion in a...more

Federal Court Upholds California County’s Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance

On August 28, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order upholding Alameda County's Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance as constitutional. The ordinance, passed in July 2012 by the Alameda...more

D.A.R.E. to Market Off-Label Uses of Prescription Drugs? Make Sure You are in the Second Circuit: United States v. Caronia and the...

Truthful, non-misleading off-label promotion of prescription drugs is not illegal. At least, not in the Second Circuit. This, despite the billions of dollars in civil and criminal penalties assessed against pharmaceutical...more

HHS States That It Will Issue Guidance On HIPAA Regulation For Prescription Refill Reminders

On September 11, 2013, HHS stated in a joint motion filed in the case of Adheris, Inc. v. Sebelius, No. 1:13-cv-1342 (D.D.C.), that it plans to issue guidance on a HIPAA regulation related to prescription drug refill...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - July 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate One Year ..House Energy and Commerce Committee Releases Draft Legislation for SGR Fix ..CMS Proposes Payment Changes for Medicare...more

Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics

Supreme Court Ruling that Human Genes May Not Be Patented

Full text copy of the unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics that human genes may not be patented because they occur naturally in nature. From Greg Stohr writing for...more

Getting Over the Goal Line: Congress Shows Strong Support for Medical Device Tax Repeal, but Issues Remain

Introduction - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) generates very few areas of agreement. However, in recent months, proposals to repeal one of the most visible and controversial provisions of the...more

Federal Court Orders FDA to Approve OTC Sales of “Morning-After Pill,” Finds Current Age and Point-of-Sale Restrictions to be...

On April 5, 2013, Judge Edward R. Korman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York found that the Secretary of Health and Human Service’s (“HHS”) decision to limit over-the-counter (“OTC”)...more

FDA Emphasizes Patient-Specific Prescriptions

On March 7, 2013, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to compounding pharmacy Medi-Fare Drug & Home Health Center (Medi-Fare Drug), taking the FDA's most aggressive position to date...more

Two New Developments in First Amendment Challenges to Off-Label Promotion: What's Next?

Following the Second Circuit’s marquee First Amendment ruling in the Caronia case, two recent developments demonstrate a shift in the battleground for First Amendment challenges to the prohibition on off-label promotion under...more

WLF Submits Comments on Abbott's Citizen Petition on Biosimilars

Last April, Abbott Laboratories filed a Citizen Petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking the agency to refrain from accepting biosimilar applications under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act...more

False Press Release Leads To Exclusion From Federal Programs

Dr. Harkonen was the CEO of InterMune, Inc, a pharmaceutical company that developed, marketed and sold drugs for lung and liver diseases, including Actimmune. In 2002, the FDA had approved Actimmune to treat only two...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News Update - February 6, 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..CMS Announces Round 2 Competitive Bidding Single Payment Amounts ..CBO Lowers SGR Repeal Cost by $100 Billion ..Republicans Press HRSA on 340B Audits ..HHS Proposes...more

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