Biologics Pharmaceutical Industry

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Naming of Interchangeable and Biosimilar Biological Products Likely to Be Same

Earlier this fall, FDA issued a draft guidance proposing a middle-road approach to naming biosimilars. Unlike small-molecule drugs, where the branded and generic drug share the same nonproprietary name (also referred to as a...more

Obama Administration Releases Much Anticipated Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

This client alert examines intellectual property proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership from the perspective of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. On November 5, 2015, the U.S. trade...more

FTC Urges FDA to Rethink Its Biosimilar Naming Proposal; Other Stakeholders Agree

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week disputed the effectiveness and competitive impact of the Food and Drug Administration’s recently proposed biosimilar naming policy and argued that using different nonproprietary...more

BPCIA Statute: Has the Music Stopped or Will the Patent Dance Continue?

In July, a divided Federal Circuit issued a ruling in the Amgen Inc. et al. v. Sandoz Inc., Case No. 2015-1499 appeal and held: (1) the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act’s (“BPCIA’s”) “patent dance” provisions...more

A Split Decision Remains Split; No en banc Review of Amgen v. Sandoz

On October 16, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) opted not to rehear its previously issued split decision in the court’s first analysis of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Compromise on Biologics Exclusivity Unclear

Earlier this month, a final agreement was reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership that could provide for as little as five years of exclusivity for biologics. In recent months, it was reported that the biologics exclusivity...more

101 Patient Organizations Ask Congress to Curb IPR Abuse

Last month, in a letter to the Senate and House Committees on the Judiciary, 101 patient organizations expressed "concern[] that, as currently written, H.R. 9 [the Innovation Act] falls short of preserving important patent...more

Pacific Rim Countries Reach Historic Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, But Will Congress Approve It?

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries announced, on October 5, 2015, that they had reached an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP would arguably be the largest free trade agreement...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on term of data exclusivity for biological pharmaceuticals, not patent term

Five years of negotiations have culminated this week in the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (the “TPP”) agreement by 12 countries from the Pacific-rim region, including the US and Australia. While the partnership...more

Update on Personal Jurisdiction for BPCIA Litigants after the Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler

Under 35 U.S.C. § 271(e), filing an Abbreviated Biologics License Application (aBLA)—like filing an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA)— can be an act of patent infringement resulting in ‘artificial’ injury to a patentee....more

Post-Grant Challenges in Life Sciences: A Midyear Assessment

The America Invents Act established inter partes review and post-grant reviews mechanisms to challenge the validity of issued United States patents. These procedures were created to improve patent quality, and were introduced...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

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

Kyle Bass’ IPRs: Are You Next?

Kyle Bass has made waves throughout the pharmaceutical industry since February, when he and entities associated with his hedge fund, Hayman Capital, began filing IPR petitions at the PTO. While Bass claims to target “weak”...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

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 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

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

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

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

Debate over the Exclusivity Period for Biologics in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

A group of Democratic lawmakers and advocacy organizations criticized protections for brand-name biologics in the current draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a free-trade agreement among a dozen Pacific Rim...more

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