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FDA Marketing Exclusivity Periods Limited To Same Active Moiety

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Otsuka Pharm. Co., Ltd. v. Price, No. 16-5229 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 29, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the district court decision upholding FDA’s “same moiety” test for defining...more

FDA Issues Guidance on Hurricane Readiness for Medical Devices

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued important guidance on how to prepare for hurricanes when dependent on medical devices. FDA stresses that during hurricanes and other emergency situations, medical devices...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance For Medical Device Exchange of Patient Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance yesterday (September 6, 2017) entitled “Design Considerations and Pre-Market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices,” which is intended to “assist...more

FDA Recalls St. Jude Medical Pacemakers for Cybersecurity Patches

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of 465,000 St. Jude Medical pacemakers in order to push a mandatory firmware patch of vulnerabilities in six types of radio controlled cardiac pacemakers....more

Publication of Final Regulations on Patent Linkage and Term Restoration

by Smart & Biggar on

On September 7, 2017, the Government of Canada published final pharmaceutical regulations flowing from CETA. According to an Order in Council, the new regulations will be in force on September 21, 2017....more

Drones Delivering Medical Supplies in East Africa but not in U.S.

Residents in remote areas of Tanzania and Rwanda in East Africa are receiving medical supplies through the use of drones, far surpassing similar efforts in the U.S., according to Robert Graboyes, a senior research fellow at...more

FDA Seizes Stem Cell Therapy—A First of Many?

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 25, 2017, U.S. Marshals Service, at the request of FDA, seized five vials of ACAM20000—a smallpox vaccine containing live vaccinia virus (cow pox), which is reserved for people at high risk of contracting the...more

FDA Announces New Device User Fees with Significant Increases for Some Submissions

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 29, 2017, FDA published a Federal Register notice with the device user fees for the Agency’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, which begins on October 1, 2017. Due to statutory increases, inflation adjustments and target...more

Digital Health Companies May Find a Faster Path to Market Under the FDA's Digital Health Plan

It looks like the FDA is moving forward—and swiftly—with the digital health plan articulated in FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's June blog post, previously outlined in this post. Closely tracking the commissioner’s post, the...more

FDA Exempts Numerous Medical Devices from 510(k) Premarket Notification Requirements

by Knobbe Martens on

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Notice on July 11, 2017, exempting 1,003 Class II medical devices from premarket notification requirements under Section 510(k). The Notice indicates that anyone...more

Minnesota Patent Litigation Wrap-Up – July 2017

by Fish & Richardson on

This post continues our monthly summary of patent litigation in the District of Minnesota, including short summaries of substantive orders issued in pending cases. In July 2017, there were three notable decisions for...more

Baker Administration and Legislature Debate Range of Health Care Proposals

Massachusetts policymakers are currently engaged in a robust debate over several proposals aimed at lowering health care costs in the Commonwealth. The House of Representatives rejected a set of MassHealth reforms that the...more

Health Alert (Australia) 24 July 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 18 July 2017 - Ms Shahin Tavassoli v Bupa Aged Care Mosman [2017] FWC 3200 - Application for an unfair dismissal remedy. The...more

FDA Makes Two Announcements on Electronic Tracking of Prescription Drugs to Comply with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 20, 2017, FDA published two announcements in the Federal Register related to the development of an electronic, interoperable system to identify and trace certain prescription drugs distributed within the United...more

Rare but Not Forgotten: FDA Speeds Review of Orphan Drug Requests

Ever heard of Hailey-Hailey Disease? How about factor V deficiency or Hemimegalencephaly? These are a few examples of rare diseases, e.g., those afflicting fewer than 200,000 Americans. Rare diseases have long had trouble...more

Congressional Committees Advance Bipartisan FDA User Fee Agreements

by Baker Donelson on

On May 11 and June 7, the Senate HELP Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee, respectively, both advanced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize four different user fee agreements that account for over a quarter of...more

FDA Requires Reprocessing Validation Data for Certain Reusable Devices

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 9, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) published a Federal Register Notice announcing that new 510(k) notices for a number of reusable medical devices will now require the support of validated...more

Gottlieb Announces New Regulatory Paradigm for Digital Health Software

by Hogan Lovells on

Recognizing both the opportunities and the potential regulatory challenges presented by such rapid development, the FDA – under the leadership of recently confirmed Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb – is spearheading a new...more

To certify or not to certify? FDA has answered the question

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 7, 2017, FDA issued a revised guidance document, Form FDA 3674 – Certifications To Accompany Drug, Biological Product, and Device Applications/Submissions, to clarify when sponsors  should submit Form FDA 3674...more

FDA Pushes UDI System Compliance Date Back for Class I and Unclassified Devices

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 2, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a letter to device labelers that it will issue a guidance document stating that FDA will exercise its enforcement discretion for the unique device...more

Part III: Stakeholder Comments on FDA’s Interchangeability Guidance for Biosimilars

This post, Part III, of a three-part series on FDA’s interchangeability draft guidance highlights a number of open issues that stakeholders have identified in their comments to FDA....more

Part II: Stakeholder Comments on FDA’s Interchangeability Guidance for Biosimilars

This post, Part II, of a three-part series (Part I) on FDA’s interchangeability draft guidance, highlights the key issues that were raised in the stakeholder comments provided to FDA. FDA received 52 comments in total from a...more

FDA Begins Reorganization that Will Affect How it Regulates Medical Technology

by Hogan Lovells on

What impact will the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s significant reorganization efforts have on how the agency regulates medical technology? The agency is reorganizing the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) and combining...more

Florida Board of Medicine to Hold Another Hearing on Telemedicine and Medical Marijuana Rules

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On August 4, 2017, the Florida Board of Medicine will hold a third public hearing to discuss its proposed amendment to Florida’s telemedicine practice rules regarding medical marijuana. The Board held two prior public...more

Part I: Stakeholder Comments on FDA’s Interchangeability Guidance for Biosimilars

The comment period for FDA’s draft guidance Considerations in Demonstrating Interchangeability With a Reference Product closed on Friday, May 19, 2017. Innovators, biosimilar makers, patients, healthcare providers and other...more

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