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Practical Issues for the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Industry in the Wake of TC Heartland

The US Supreme Court this week held that the broad venue provision of 28 U.S.C. § 1391(c) does not apply to patent law—at least, when the defendant is a domestic entity. This decision arises after years of judicial...more

CMS Urged To Reverse Obama-Era Biosimilar Reimbursement Policy

A bipartisan congressional effort is underway to convince CMS to reverse its biosimilar reimbursement policy implemented under the Obama administration. We discussed the current reimbursement policy in a March 2016 blog post...more

Part I: Stakeholder Comments on FDA’s Interchangeability Guidance for Biosimilars

The comment period for FDA’s draft guidance Considerations in Demonstrating Interchangeability With a Reference Product closed on Friday, May 19, 2017. Innovators, biosimilar makers, patients, healthcare providers and other...more

Not So Simple Math: Calculating the Regulatory Review Period for Patent Term Extension

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This is the third article in our five-part series on PTE. Calculating a drug’s regulatory review period seems like it should be simple. The FDA even states that its regulatory review period determination is...more

Money for Nothin': FDA's PDUFA Fee Waivers and Exemptions

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Lately, we have received a number of client inquiries about prescription user fee waivers. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), enacted in 1992, authorizes FDA to collect fees from companies that produce certain human...more

The Federal Circuit’s First Application of the AIA’s On-Sale Bar: Implications for Bio/Pharma

When a small pharmaceutical company discovers a new medicine, it’s not uncommon for the company – which may not itself have the resources or infrastructure to get that medicine to patients – to seek a distribution partner...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen

by Jones Day on

On April 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. (Nos. 15-1039, 15-1195), on appeal from the Federal Circuit's July 21, 2015, opinion interpreting various provisions of the Biologics...more

100 Days Plus Under Trump: What They Mean for Biologics

President Donald J. Trump has now been in office for just over one hundred days. Observers have been quick to mark this milestone and assess the new administration’s performance, especially on headline-grabbing issues like...more

Health Care Provider Insights - Introductory Edition

by Wilson Elser on

Welcome to the introductory edition of Health Care Provider Insights. We are practice management consultants, providing legal and business management advice and assistance to physicians and dentists (health care...more

Patent Term Extension for Drugs Not Limited to New Chemical Entities

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Patent term extension is a valuable tool that drug manufacturers should consider, even when their products are not new entities. Recent decisions from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, coupled with various court...more

Sandoz v. Amgen—Biosimilars at the Supreme Court—Decisions Forthcoming?

by K&L Gates LLP on

All nine Supreme Court Justices heard argument on Wednesday, April 26, in Sandoz Inc., v. Amgen Inc. The Supreme Court is reviewing interpretations of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) made by the...more

New State Substitution Laws, and a Busy Spring for Biosimilars

We recently updated our chart that tracks state biosimilar substitution laws to include new laws in Iowa and Montana. These new laws bring the total number of states with biosimilar substitution laws to 27, plus Puerto Rico....more

Cures Corner: FDA Launches Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy Designation Program

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In late January 2017, FDA took the first steps to implement certain provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act ("Act"), signed into law on December 13, 2016, by launching a new designation program for regenerative medicine...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 1

As 2017 began, FDA appeared poised to implement significant changes to the rules governing off-label communications related to drugs, biologics, and medical devices. The Agency had hosted a public hearing in November 2016 to...more

China’s FDA Accepts JHL Biotech’s Clinical Trial Application for Rituximab Biosimilar in NHL

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JHL Biotech announced today that China’s FDA has accepted its application for the use of JHL1101 in Phase 1 and Phase 3 clinical trials in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients. JHL1101 is a rituximab biosimilar candidate that JHL...more

Trends in Life Sciences: From Data Protection to Drug Pricing

As part of our series on current trends across different industries, we explore current changes taking place in the life sciences field. Privacy & Data Protection - Personal information protection and compliance...more

Amgen Obtains FDA Priority Review for BLINCYTO (blinatumomab)

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Amgen announced last week that the FDA has granted priority review for a supplemental BLA for BLINCYTO (blinatumomab). BLINCYTO received approval in 2014 for Philadelphia chromosome-negative relapsed or refractory B-cell...more

Orphan Drug Designation

“Orphan drug” is a designation given to certain pharmaceutical and biological products (drugs) that would likely not be developed due to a relatively small patient population and limited potential for profitability. In the...more

AbbVie’s Humira is the first to receive FDA approval for fingernail psoriasis

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Today, AbbVie announced that the F.D.A. approved the inclusion of moderate to severe fingernail psoriasis data in the HUMIRA® (adalimumab) prescribing information for patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis....more

FDA Accepts Alexion Pharmaceuticals’s SOLIRIS® (Eculizumab) Supplemental Biologics License Application for Refractory Generalized...

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Connecticut-based Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that the FDA has accepted its supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for SOLIRIS® (eculizumab) as a potential treatment for patients with refractory...more

Republican Healthcare Bill Would Leave BPCIA Untouched

In public debates over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, biosimilars are rarely, if ever, mentioned. But the U.S. biosimilar statute, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), was in...more

New Mexico Senate Passes Bill Allowing Automatic Substitution of Interchangeable Biologics

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Last week, the New Mexico Senate passed a bill that would amend New Mexico’s existing automatic substitution law for small molecule drugs to allow “a pharmacist to dispense any one of the … interchangeable biological products...more

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

[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 Final Guidance on Nonproprietary Names of Biological Products

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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

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