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Blog: Joining the Debate, Hillary Clinton Releases Plan to Curb Drug Prices

In the wake of the uproar about drug pricing, Hillary Clinton unveiled on Tuesday, a plan to address the rising cost of prescription drugs. The plan will focus on ending “excessive” profits, lowering out-of-pocket costs,...more

Amgen Sues Hospira in Fourth Lawsuit Under the BPCIA

On September 18, 2015, Amgen sued Hospira in a fourth lawsuit under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA). The lawsuit concerns Hospira’s proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Epogen (epoetin alfa)....more

FDA’s Proposal for Naming Biosimilars Pleases Some, Disappoints Others

The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) created an abbreviated pathway for the approval of biosimilar biological products, but is silent on how to name them. The nonproprietary naming of...more

Amgen v. Sandoz – Did the Federal Circuit Just Doom the New Biosimilar Approval Pathway?

Congress passed the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) in 2009 in an effort to bring biosimilar drug products to market. The goal was for the BPCIA to mimic for biologic drugs the Hatch-Waxman statute...more

FDA Releases Long-Awaited Biological Naming Draft Guidance and Proposed Rule

On August 27, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released long-awaited and highly anticipated draft guidance regarding the non-proprietary naming of biological products, including biosimilars. The draft...more

Sandoz’s Zarxio® Launches with 15% Wholesale Discount

On September 3, 2015, Sandoz Inc. (“Sandoz”) announced that it launched the first biosimilar in the United States, Zarxio® (filgrastim-sndz). Sandoz began marketing Zarxio® following a Federal Circuit Order to permit it to...more

Federal Circuit Lifts Injunction Against Sandoz

Sandoz successfully (at least for now) has overcome conventional wisdom, the plain language of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) (or, at least those provisions regarding patent litigation) and Amgen...more

The Name Game Continues: AbbVie Files Supplemental Citizen Petition Raising Additional Concerns Regarding Biosimilar Labeling

AbbVie previously filed a citizen petition to the FDA arguing against its interim labeling requirements for biosimilars under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”). In its supplemental petition, AbbVie...more

FDA’s New Four-Letter Guidance on Biosimilars

After months of pressure from industry, health practitioners and even congressional stakeholders, FDA has finally proposed a convention for assigning nonproprietary names (also known as proper names) to biological products....more

Both Parties Seek En Banc Intervention in Amgen v. Sandoz

Last month, a divided panel of the Federal Circuit issued a split decision in Amgen v. Sandoz (summary; opinion). Amgen (in which Patterson Belknap represented one of the amici supporting Amgen) is the court’s first decision...more

FDA’s Proposed Naming Convention for Biologics

On August 27, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance on nonproprietary naming of biological products. The agency’s draft guidance proposes that the core nonproprietary name for originator...more

Biological/Biosimilar Nonproprietary Naming Guidance and Proposed Rule for Certain Proposed Nonproprietary Names for...

On August 27, 2015, FDA released a long-awaited draft guidance entitled “Nonproprietary Naming of Biological Products” (the “Draft Guidance”). The Draft Guidance sets forth a naming convention for all biological products –...more

Exclusivity Period of Biologics Remains a Hurdle in Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks

The latest round of talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed Pacific Rim free-trade agreement, has ended with disagreement on a number of key issues, including the non-patent exclusivity period for biologic...more

First Federal Register Notice of BPCIA Suit

Yesterday, FDA published notice of Janssen’s lawsuit against Celltrion and Hospira on March 6, 2015 under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) in the Federal Register. Although Janssen’s lawsuit...more

AbbVie Requests Biosimilar Labeling Modification

On August 10, AbbVie, Inc. filed a supplement to its earlier filed Citizen Petition, levying another challenge to FDA’s implementation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). This supplemental filing...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Face Tighter Timeline as Talks Continue

Trade ministers announced that they will continue negotiations over several unresolved provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a four-day meeting in Maui, Hawaii that concluded July 31. Trade ministers...more

EPA Announces Beginning Of Public Dialog For Synbio Algae Development And Use

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it is developing a project intended to support public dialog concerning the development and use of synthetic biology (Synbio) algae. EPA has oversight...more

Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. Federal Circuit Decision on BPCIA

On July 21, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., interpreting key provisions in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”). In a...more

EPA Posts Information on GM/Synbio Algae Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it is developing a project intended to support public dialog concerning the development and use of synthetic biology (synbio). EPA has oversight...more

Product Liability Update - July 2015

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds Failure-to-Warn Claim Against Drug Manufacturer Not Preempted Because There Was No “Clear Evidence” FDA Would Not Have Approved Plaintiffs’ Suggested Warning; Also Holds...more

Allergan Announces Plans to Acquire Oculeve for $125 million + Milestones

Allergan recently announced that it has agreed to buy Oculeve in an all-cash transaction. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015. Press releases state that Allergan will pay Oculeve $125 million upfront,...more

Federal Circuit Confirms Both New Biosimilar Bring-to-Market Procedural Option and Additional Six-Month Exclusivity Period for...

On July 21, 2015, brand-name biologics companies and companies developing biosimilars received a split in a significant decision with industry-wide ramifications in the high-stakes battle about how and when biosimilar...more

BPCIA Statute: Patent Dance Is Optional, But Opting Out Has Consequences

The Federal Circuit issued a ruling on July 21, 2015 in the Amgen Inc. et al. v. Sandoz Inc., Case No. 2015-1499, appeal after hearing oral arguments on June 3, 2015. See BPCIA: A “Choose Your Own Adventure” Statute?...more

Health Update - July 2015

Lessons From the Frontlines: Strategies for Supporting Informed Consumer Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace - Editor's Note: As marketplaces prepare for the third open enrollment period, consumers are...more

Federal Circuit Delays Sandoz Biosimilar Launch

In a closely-watched case between Amgen and Sandoz regarding the first biosimilar approved (Zarxio), the Federal Circuit interpreted key Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) provisions regarding Sandoz's...more

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