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Failure to Timely Notify Results in Enforcement Action and Significant Settlement

For the first time, on January 9, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR) settled a HIPAA enforcement action based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected...more

Joint Commission Confirms Ban on Texting of Patient Care Orders

After briefly considering a reversal of its prohibition on texting orders, The Joint Commission (TJC), in consultation with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced last month that its ban would continue...more

Happy Holidays from FDA: The Agency Issues Four Enforcement Letters for Unlawful Promotion

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued holiday gifts, in the form of enforcement letters, to four pharmaceutical companies. The letters are reminders that FDA is not in a partying mood when it comes to unlawful...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Postmarket Cybersecurity

Agency establishes a risk-based framework for assessment of postmarket cybersecurity risks for medical devices. On December 28, 2016, FDA issued a final guidance titled “Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical...more

Lipitor MDL Court Grants Pfizer’s Omnibus Summary Judgment Motion: No Evidence of Causation

For those of us who spend large chunks of our professional lives in mass tort MDLs, expressions like “settlement inventory” are ubiquitous. It is too easy to lose sight of the fact that these expressions put the rabbit in the...more

FDA Releases Guidance on Cybersecurity and Medical Devices

The FDA represents the latest federal agency to show a focus on cybersecurity issues with the release December 28 of new guidance. While the prospect of network-enabled medical devices increasingly offers the promise of...more

Radiopharmacies Celebrate the New Year with Long-Awaited FDA Guidance

On December 29, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) surprised many in the radiopharmacy industry by issuing a long-awaited draft guidance entitled “Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals by...more

FDA Consumer Update: The 3Rs of 3D Printing – FDA’s Role

On December 21, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) posted a Consumer Update and accompanying video on the “The 3Rs of 3D Printing: FDA’s Role,” which reconfirms its position on the importance of 3D printed...more

OCR’s 2016 Ransomware ‘Guidance’: A Health Care Provider’s New Best Friend?

Background on Ransomware Attacks - Doomsday-esque ransomware scenarios are having an increasing impact on the health care industry, becoming commonplace in 2016. Security experts and the media have reported that health...more

The Pits – The Worst Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions Of 2016

The “pits of hell,” “black as a pit,” a “bad feeling in the pit of my stomach” – that’s how we feel about 2016’s bottom ten decisions of the year arising from prescription medical product liability litigation. This year’s...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - December 2016

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

Six Ways U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on IP Enforcement Impacts Public Health and Safety

On December 12, 2016, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) in the Executive Office of the President issued a much-awaited interagency plan on intellectual property (IP) enforcement. The...more

OCR Warns of Phishing Campaign Disguised as Official OCR Communication

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published an alert on Monday describing a phishing campaign disguised as an email from OCR. The email is being circulated on mock HHS...more

FTC Announces New Guidance on Ransomware

On November 10, 2016, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new guidance for businesses and consumers on the impact of, and how to respond to ransomware. Ransomware is a form of malicious software that infiltrates...more

More on HIPAA Audits for 2016 and 2017–Desk Audits and On-Site Audits

As part of the ongoing HHS OCR HIPAA audit initiative, it is conducting “HIPAA desk audits.” These audits don’t involve auditors coming in your facility. Instead, covered entities are being asked to submit documents on...more

Cybersecurity 2017 – The Year In Preview: HIPAA Compliance

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a continuing end-of-year series. The year ahead promises to be a busy one for those with responsibility for HIPAA compliance, as the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), charged with...more

Awful Missouri Venue/Joinder Ruling Offers Way Out – Take It!

Even after having read it through twice, we find the result in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ S.W.3d ___, 2016 WL 6596091 (Mo. App. Nov. 8, 2016), hard to fathom, and even harder to stomach. For several years after...more

Five Important Themes to Watch in the Reform of FDA’s Off-Label Communications Policy

As we’ve previously reported, FDA has recently been forced to reexamine its legal position and enforcement policies related to drug and device manufacturers’ off-label communications. Although the Agency has for years...more

OCR Guidance Underscores Importance of Authentication under HIPAA

In its tenth OCR Cyber Awareness Newsletter of the year (Newsletter), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reminded HIPAA-covered entities and business associates of the importance of selecting an appropriate authentication...more

OCR Reminds Companies that Authentication is Key

In non-election news, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services recently released its November Cyber Awareness Newsletter. This month’s newsletter focuses on the topic of...more

2016 Security of Things® Forum

The third annual Security of Things® Forum (SECOT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts fostered discussion on a variety of cyber-security related topics ranging from a standards-based approach to security connected devices to...more

Confusing Joint Guidance published by OCR and FTC on HIPAA Authorization Forms

There are arguments that there is a dearth of guidance by both the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), so when guidance comes out, we listen. But the most recent guidance jointly issued by the...more

DOJ/FTC Joint Guidance for Human Resources Professionals Suggests Broad Antitrust Risks

Provisions restricting the hiring of another company’s employees are often included in vendor agreements and a variety of corporate transactions and licenses. And it’s not unusual to see similar constraints adopted in...more

Medical Device Updates: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Releases Numerous and Important Draft Guidance Documents

The summer of 2016 saw a flood of new medical device-related guidance documents coming out of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Some of these draft guidance documents, such as those addressing device...more

Federal Court Finds That 2015 TCPA Safe Harbor Applies to Automated Flu Shot Reminders

A recent decision from a federal court in California found that a retail pharmacy’s “flu shot reminder” calls to mobile phones fall within the FCC’s TCPA safe harbor for exigent health care treatment messages. But the holding...more

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