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Building a Health App? Part 4: Avoiding an FTC Enforcement Action

The market for apps designed to improve health and wellness or even to diagnose and treat medical conditions continues to grow. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved a new smartphone-based “carbon...more

FDA Approves First Qualified Health Claim about Allergy Prevention on Baby Food Labels

by Proskauer - Advertising Law on

Last month, the FDA announced that companies will be able to label baby food products with advice about how the early introduction of peanuts in an infant’s diet may reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy. This marks...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Peter Neronha Declares Candidacy for Rhode Island Attorney General- Democrat Peter Neronha formally announced his bid to become Rhode Island AG in 2018. Neronha served as U.S. Attorney for the...more

The Devil is Really in the Details: FDA Issues Warning Letter to a Drug Company for Disseminating False and Misleading Information

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

They’re back. The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP), which has been relatively quiet on the enforcement front, issued a Warning Letter to a pharmaceutical company for distributing...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 4

Picking up from my last installment of this series exploring the regulatory history of off-label communication, this post highlights some recent trends in FDA enforcement and guidance related to off-label promotion. Not...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection- 14 AGs Oppose Rollback of FCC Net Neutrality Protections- 14 Democratic AGs, led by Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, submitted comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to ensure open...more

FDA Says Viewers Catch a Fleeting Glimpse; Can’t Hear What You’re Saying to Sponsor of Ad with Mismatched Audio and Visual Risk...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Recently, FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) issued its first Untitled Letter of the year, citing a direct-to-consumer TV advertisement for a prescription weight- loss drug. According to OPDP, the ad made...more

FDA Announces Delay in Compliance Dates for Revised Nutrition Fact Requirements

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The FDA announced today that it was delaying implementation of the final rule promulgated in May 2016 that revised regulations governing Nutrition Facts labels on food and dietary supplements. The rule initially set a...more

FDA Warns Against Products Claiming to Cure Cancer

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) regulates cancer drugs and devices, both for use by humans and pets. Such drugs and devices must obtain FDA approval or clearance before they can be marketed or sold to consumers, so...more

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of TCPA Claims on Grounds of Prior Express Consent

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In Zean v. Fairview Health Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed the district court's dismissal of a putative class action complaint under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

National Pharmacy Avoids TCPA Claim for Flu Shot Robocall under Health Care Rule Exemption

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A judge in the Southern District of New York recently held that an automated, pre-recorded message sent on behalf of Rite Aid informing recipients to obtain a flu vaccine shot was exempted from the Telephone Consumer...more

TCPA Class Action Tossed out After Hospital Provides Records Indicating Consent

Central Florida Regional Hospital (the Hospital) was released from a proposed class action last week for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The Hospital’s debt collector, Transworld...more

Health Care Providers Pay $1.35 Million in TCPA Fax Settlement

by Reed Smith on

Although the spotlight is usually on unwanted phone calls and text messages when it comes to class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), a recent settlement over the sending of faxes is a reminder to...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 2

In my last post, I introduced a series of posts that will explore FDA’s historical approach to off-label drug and device communications, how that position has evolved (or not) to the modern day, and predict where that policy...more

Menu Labeling On Hold – Again

It appears the FDA is again pushing back the compliance date for its menu labeling regulations, which had been set for May 5, 2017. Although the agency has not yet made an announcement of the 11th-hour delay, on Thursday it...more

Rite Aid Wins Summary Judgment in TCPA Action Involving Prerecorded, Automated Call for Flu Shot Reminder

In an outright win for pharmacies, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in the attached opinion, granted Rite Aid’s motion for summary judgment in a class action alleging violations of the TCPA....more

Mobile targeting: A ‘secret weapon’ for good or ill?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

It’s an advertiser’s dream — the ability to target customers through their mobile devices, right to down to where they are and what they are doing. But can such precisely targeted messages become a recipient’s nightmare?...more

FDA Delays Effective Date of Amended Regulations Affecting "Intended Use" Definition

by Jones Day on

One day before the final rule, "Clarification of When Products Made or Derived From Tobacco Are Regulated as Drugs, Devices, or Combination Products; Amendments to Regulations Regarding 'Intended Uses,'" would have taken...more

The TCPA: An Unexpected Deterrent to Patient Engagement Tools

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In an age where providers are increasingly taking the management of their patient’s health online and out of the doctor’s office, the creation of scalable and nimble patient engagement tools can serve to improve patient...more

FDA’s Public Meeting on the Use of the Term “Healthy” in the Labeling of Human Food Products – A Summary of Key Points

On March 9, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) held a public meeting in Rockville, MD, which FDA officials described as a way to engage in a dialog with the public and regulated industry and allow for...more

Your Cyber Minute: Importance of the GDPR to the global business community

by Hogan Lovells on

Ambitious and broad-reaching, the Global Data Protection Regulation is impacting companies around the world. Listen as Partner Harriet Pearson and Head of our Privacy and Cybersecurity practice in Europe Eduardo Ustaran talk...more

Your Cyber Minute: Current GDPR regulatory and enforcement landscape

by Hogan Lovells on

The conversation continues with Partner Harriet Pearson and Head of our Privacy and Cybersecurity practice in Europe Eduardo Ustaran as they go deeper into what clients need to know when it comes to compliance around the...more

TCPA Violations Claimed Against Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (Rady) was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court this week for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for autodialed debt-collection calls...more

Plain Packaging and Warning Labels—While the WTO is Examining the Legality of Packaging and Labeling Requirements that Prohibit...

by King & Spalding on

There have been several pieces of research recently calling for the use of plain packaging and graphic health warnings, similar to those used on tobacco products, on soft drinks and alcoholic beverages as a means of...more

Blue Shield Of California Avoids TCPA Class Action Over Pre-Recorded Call

by King & Spalding on

On January 13, 2017, the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted Blue Shield of California’s motion for summary judgment in a case on whether the insurer violated the Telephone Consumer...more

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