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Federal Prosecutors Charge NECC Employees with Second Degree Murder: A Shot Across the Bow to Healthcare Companies Navigating...

Federal prosecutors charged the head pharmacist and the president of New England Compounding Center (NECC), a now-bankrupt Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, with second-degree murder and racketeering in the U.S. District...more

The Pain Drain - The Continuing Impact of Pain Management on Health-Care Providers

Over a hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain. To combat this epidemic, health-care providers have increasingly turned to opioid analgesics. As a result, opioid analgesic use has risen dramatically over the past...more

Eighth Circuit Dismisses Whistleblower's Suit Finding Facts Were Already Publicly Disclosed

In an August 7, 2014 opinion, the Eighth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower’s suit alleging that a number of pain pump device makers had violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by marketing their pain pumps for...more

Coveting Characters: Navigating FDA's Draft Guidance on Social Media

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two long-awaited draft guidances on social media: Internet/Social Media Platforms: Correcting Independent Third-Party Misinformation About Prescription Drugs and...more

China Amends Key Medical Device Regulations

The State Council of China passed amendments to the Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices which came into effect on June 1, 2014. The amendments present significant regulatory changes that will...more

Your smartphone is NOT a medical device

Wearable technology issues relating to the potential qualification of such products as a medical devices have become popular on the press following the presentation of the first smartphone with a heart rate sensor, quickly...more

“Brand” New Law: Illinois Court Holds Brand Manufacturers Owe Duty of Care to Generic Users

Last week, a federal district court in Illinois held that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a branded drug manufacturer, owed a duty of care to a patient who took the generic version of its drug. Dolin v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., No....more

Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 6 No. 2

In This Issue: - Forum Non Conveniens: How To Avoid The Tide of Lawsuits Brought by Foreign Nationals - Pro Te Solutio: Product Defense And FDA Compliance - Health Care Strike Force: Uncovering Fraud In The...more

FDA Report to Congress: 1997 Guidance Provides Solid Foundation for 510(k) Modification Decisions

Interested stakeholders have until June 4, 2014, to comment on the FDA's long-anticipated report to Congress that includes its Proposed Policy on the Premarket Notification Requirements for Modified Medical Devices. The FDA...more

$4 Billion Price Tag for Pleasing Plaintiffs' Bar? New Study Estimates Costs of FDA's Proposed Rule on Generic Drug Labeling

An economic consulting group recently published findings that a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rule will increase annual healthcare costs by $4 billion. The FDA's proposal, announced in November 2013, would allow...more

FDA Proposed Rule Would Require Generics to Update Label Warnings Even Before Branded Pharmaceuticals Do

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register that will mandate that generic drug firms update their labels for drugs under approved...more

After Recalls, Pharmacies Wonder How Well They REALLY Know Their Subcontractors

Pharmacy compounding has been a very hot topic over the last 12 months. Whether it is news from Capitol Hill regarding possible legislation, regulation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or action by a state board of...more

FDA Issues New Medical Device Reporting Guidance

Device manufacturers should be aware of new issues and policy changes, which include the removal of the "two-year rule" for malfunctions. On July 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft...more

Healthcare Law -- Jul 15, 2013

How Does the DOMA Defeat Impact Healthcare Reform and Health Insurance Access? - NOTE: The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will affect more than 1,000 federal statutes—and...more

Medical Device Update: FDA Regulation of Tanning Beds, “Henceforth to be Known as Sunlamp Products”

Yesterday, we reported that FDA had announced its intentions of reclassifying sunlamp products and requiring labeling changes to include warnings discouraging young people from using them....more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in MAO’s Double Damages Case

On April 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari brought by GlaxoSmithKline (“Glaxo”) seeking review of a Third Circuit decision in favor of Humana Medical Plan (“Humana”), as a Medicare...more

FDA’s Medical Device “Enhancement” Reporting Has Potential Product Liability Implications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a draft guidance document that could potentially require medical device manufacturers to report a wide variety of device improvements, ranging from routine updates...more

Howard v. Zimmer: Negligence Per Se Based on Violations of the FDCA—Blurring the Line Between Parallel Claims and Preemption

Last week in Howard v. Zimmer, — P.3d —, 2013 WL 1130759 (Okla. 2013), the Oklahoma Supreme Court held that a plaintiff can assert a negligence per se claim against a medical device manufacturer based on the manufacturer’s...more

Second Circuit Labels Expert’s Testimony a Sham in Pharmaceutical Products Liability Litigation

As a little kid, I did not have an immediate appreciation that my actions could get me into trouble, and so, without thought, I told the truth. My dad would ask, “Did you write your name on the wall?” I would respond,...more

Weeks Defies Years of Jurisprudence, Allowing Innovator Liability for Generic Drugs

Last week the Alabama Supreme Court adopted brand-name manufacturer liability for a generic drug sold by another company, becoming the first state supreme court to do so. Wyeth, Inc. v. Weeks, No. 1101397 (Ala. Jan. 11,...more

Uncertainty Regarding the Future Regulation of Compounding Pharmacies

As we previously reported, the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated injections produced by New England Compounding Center (“NECC”), a compounding pharmacy in Framingham, Massachusetts, prompted...more

U.S. Government’s Use of the "Park Doctrine" to Police Pharmacies

The U.S. government may be resurrecting the "Park Doctrine" as a tool to prosecute the owners of pharmacies for federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) violations. In United States v. Park, 421 U.S. 658 (1975), the U.S....more

FDA Holds Public Meeting in Effort to Better Regulate Pharmaceutical Compounding

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

Birmingham Medical News: Compounding Pharmacies Coming Under Greater Scrutiny

With as many as 13,000 patients possibly exposed to fungal meningitis from tainted spinal steroid injections traced to a New England compounding pharmacy, the regulation of compounding pharmacies is once againheating up. The...more

Pro Te Solutio - Vol. 5 No. 3 August 2012

In This Issue: - Diversity In Clinical Trials: The Need For Diversity To Ensure Safety And Efficacy - Federal Removal Statutes: A Review Of The Federal Courts Jurisdiction And Venue Clarification Act Of 2011 -...more

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