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A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 21, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program: FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.” This...more

FDA Biosimilars Guidance Not Conducive To Preemption

The FDA recently released draft guidance concerning the labeling of biosimilar products (analogous in the biologic context to generic drugs). It’s called, not surprisingly “Labeling for Biosimilar Products Guidance for...more

FDA Announces Approval of Second U.S. Biosimilar

On April 5, the FDA issued its approval for Inflectra, Celltrion and Pfizer’s biosimilar of Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade (infliximab). Inflectra is now the second biosimilar approved for sale in the United States, after...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage (MA) and...more

CMS Proposes Testing Medicare Part B Drug Payment Reforms to Promote Value

CMS has released a complex and controversial plan – the Part B Drug Payment Model — to test new Medicare payment methods for certain Part B drugs to determine whether alternative payment designs will reduce Medicare...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 24, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a guidance entitled, “Draft Guidance for Industry: General Principles for Evaluating the Abuse Deterrence of Generic...more

Senate HELP Committee Approves Additional Biomedical Innovation Bills

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved seven bills this month that are intended to promote biomedical innovation, building on legislation approved by the panel in February....more

CMS Proposed Rule Reduces Drug Payments & Requires Implementation of Value-Based Purchasing Tools

Proposed Rule - Recently, CMS published a Proposed Rule seeking to test a new model for how Medicare pays for drugs and biologicals paid under the Medicare Part B program. With the goals of determining whether...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program; Part B Drug Payment Model.” The proposed rule seeks...more

Senate HELP Committee Clears Bipartisan Biomedical Innovation, Health IT Bills

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has approved several bipartisan health policy bills, including health information technology (HIT) legislation and bills aimed at spurring biomedical...more

Sandoz Seeks Cert on 180-Day Issue in Amgen v. Sandoz

Sandoz has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz, seeking Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit’s ruling that it could not market Zarxio, its biosimilar version of Amgen’s cancer medicine...more

FDA Aims to Expand Sentinel Capabilities, Include Evaluation of Drug Effectiveness

At a recent public workshop, Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), announced plans to expand the agency’s use of the Sentinel...more

FDA Panel Shows Strong Support for a Remicade Biosimilar

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDAs) Arthritis Advisory Committee gave a thumbs up to a biosimilar copy of Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade product, an inflammation blocker used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, on...more

Pharmaceutical Life Cycle Management: Navigating the New IP, FDA and Antitrust Terrain

Efforts to extend the life cycle of pharmaceutical products frequently involve innovations and improvements in product design, formulation, route of administration and treatment indications. In addition, negotiation of...more

The US Biosimilars Pathway: Key Questions

In 2015, FDA issued a number of final guidance documents for biosimilars. But many fundamental questions remain unsettled and the industry awaits FDA’s guidance on labeling of biosimilars, the requirements for...more

AbbVie Submits Citizen Petition on Interchangeable Biosimilars

AbbVie, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, has submitted a citizen petition to the FDA regarding determinations of interchangeability under the BPCIA. An interchangeable biological product is biosimilar to a reference...more

The US Biosimilar Pathway: What’s Ahead

2015 was a landmark year for biosimilars. It began with the approval of the first US biosimilar, Sandoz’s Zarxio, in March 2015 under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA). Zarxio entered the US...more

Final WHO Biosimilar Naming Proposal Resembles FDA Approach

On January 26, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled the final version of its proposal for a worldwide biosimilar naming convention. The WHO proposes to add a “biologic qualifier” (BQ), which consists of four...more

U.S. Biosimilar Litigation So Far

The U.S. biosimilars statute, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), was enacted in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Nearly six years later, the number of reported decisions addressing the...more

Health Update - January 2016

The Megatrends Reshaping Healthcare: Managing Change and Maximizing Opportunity - Editor's Note: In 2013, Manatt Health identified 10 megatrends that would reinvent the healthcare marketplace across the next decade. In a...more

FTC Approves Tornier and Wright Medical Merger

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a final order that conditionally approves the merger between Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Tornier N.V. and Memphis, Tennessee-based Wright Medical Group, Inc. Reuters...more

Australian Patent Office guidelines finalised post-Myriad

The Australian Patent Office has now finalised what will be their approach to examining nucleic acids and other biological inventions following the decision handed down by the High Court in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc [2015]...more

Ten Years of Biosimilars in Europe

This fall marks the tenth anniversary of the effective date of the European Medicines Agency’s Guideline on Similar Biological Medicinal Products. As this blog noted previously, the EU’s biosimilar pathway both preceded the...more

With Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Concluded, Administration Turns to Clearing Domestic Hurdles

The working text (all 5,500+ pages) of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) was released to the public on November 5. This text is still undergoing an intense legal scrub and must be translated into its...more

BPCIA: Amgen Begins the Patent Dance With AbbVie

On November 25, 2015, Amgen Inc. (“Amgen”) announced it submitted its first biologics license application (“BLA”) to the FDA under the Section 351(k) biosimilar approval pathway provided in the Biologics Price Competition and...more

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