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Hurdles for Neulasta Biosimilars

A number of biosimilar makers have tried to obtain approval for proposed biosimilar versions of Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), a long-acting version of Amgen’s Neupogen (filgrastim), but have encountered hurdles so far...more

FDA 2016 Year in Review

The enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act signaled the close of a multi-year bipartisan effort on Capitol Hill to grant the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new authorities to expedite product development and reform...more

More Than 25% of New Molecular Entities Approved in 2016 Are Personalized Medicines

The Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) recently reported that for the third year in a row, personalized medicines accounted for more than 25% of all new molecular entities (NMEs) approved by the US Food & Drug...more

[Webinar] Biologics and Biosimilars: Development with an Eye Towards FDA Approval - February 17th, 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST

In January 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a highly anticipated draft guidance detailing the agency’s expectations for demonstrating biosimilar interchangeability with a reference product and final...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Demonstrating Interchangeability Under the BPCIA

On January 17, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its long-awaited draft guidance on licensure as an interchangeable biological product approved under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of...more

FDA Final Guidance on Nonproprietary Names of Biological Products

In January, 2017, the FDA released a final guidance document outlining its rules for giving nonproprietary names to biological products. The issue has been controversial, since unlike with a generic version of a traditional...more

Inflectra® Biosimilar Patent Litigation—The Remedies Dispute

A pending patent-infringement case, litigated under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), will present several new questions related to how the BPCIA will interact with patents on biosimilar...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz

On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz, 794. F.3d 1347 (Fed. Cir. 2015) and Sandoz v. Amgen, 773 F.3d 1274 (Fed. Cir. 2014), appealed from the Federal Circuit. The petitions involve the...more

22 Novel Drugs Approved by FDA in 2016

Every year, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) approves new medications. Some medications are variations of existing products, such as generic formulations or new dosage forms of previously-approved...more

Hospira Files Two Petitions for Inter Partes Review of Genentech’s Trastuzumab-Related Patents

Hospira filed two petitions for inter partes review of Genentech’s U.S. Patent 7,371,379 (IPR2017-00805) and U.S. Patent 6,627,196 (IPR2017-00804). According to the petitions, these patents are directed to methods of treating...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

On January 9, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance entitled, Annual Reporting by Prescription Drug Wholesale Distributors and Third-Party Logistics Providers: Questions and Answers; Draft...more

New Approach for Biologic and Biosimilar Names

FDA final guidance will have significant impact on marketing of biologics, biosimilars and related products. This month, FDA issued its final guidance on Nonproprietary Naming of Biological Products (Naming Guidance)....more

A "cure" for combination products: 21st Century Cures Act mandates greater transparency of combination product designations

The 21st Century Cures Act ushers in significant changes to the regulatory review of drug/biologic/device combination products. The regulation of combination products has been somewhat unpredictable and muddled over the last...more

Current good manufacturing practice requirements for combination products

On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final guidance document entitled “Current Good Manufacturing Practice Requirements for Combination Products.”[1] This guidance describes and explains...more

Trump Withdraws From the TPP

As previously posted, President Trump has stated that he planned to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a proposed trade agreement between several pacific countries...more

Biosimilars: What to Expect in 2017

2016 was a record year for the development of biologics in the United States. Below, we summarize a few key biosimilar developments to keep an eye on in 2017. SCOTUS Review of Amgen v. Sandoz - In 2016, Amgen,...more

How Will Trump Change The FDA?

President-elect Trump’s plans for his first 100 days in office include “cutting the red tape at the FDA” and “speed[ing] the approval of life-saving medications.” Here, we consider specific steps Trump could take–without or...more

In The Midnight Hour: FDA Issues 2 Draft Guidances and a First Amendment Memorandum on the Cusp of a New Administration

Over the past few days, FDA issued three documents related to the scope of permissible communications by drug and device companies to various parties. We believe FDA aimed to accomplish two things through these documents....more

Biosimilars: Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz

On Friday, January 13, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz (Nos. 15-1039 & 15-1195). The Supreme Court originally deferred its decision on the parties’ certiorari petitions in order to consider the...more

UK MHRA to develop quality standards for biological medicines

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) has published a draft strategy for developing pharmacopoeial public quality standards for biological medicines....more

Alert: FDA Maintains Assigned Unique Suffixes in Generic Names for Biologics

On January 12, 2017, the FDA issued its final guidance on generic naming for biological products submitted pursuant to 351(a) or (k) of the Public Health Service Act. The guidance is titled Nonproprietary Naming for...more

FDA Issues Guidance Regarding Interchangeability of Biosimilar and Biologic Drugs

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its latest Guidance for Industry relating to the biosimilar application process set forth in the Biologic Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BCPCIA). This...more

Inherent Anticipation for Biotechnology Inventions

Anticipation by inherent disclosure requires that a single prior art reference necessarily includes the unstated limitation. The unpredictable nature of biological processes means that winning summary judgment of invalidity...more

Supreme Court to Consider Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act

On Friday, Jan. 13, the Supreme Court granted the appellant’s petition and the respondent’s cross-petition for a writ of certiorari in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. This is the first time the Court will construe the Biologics...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Amgen v. Sandoz

On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court granted Sandoz’s petition for certiorari and Amgen’s cross-petition in Amgen v. Sandoz, case nos. 15-1039 and 15-1195. The two cases were consolidated, and an hour was allotted for oral...more

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