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A&B Healthcare Week in Review, November 2015

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On November 21, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and...more

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Earlier this fall, FDA issued a draft guidance proposing a middle-road approach to naming biosimilars.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

Amgen Uses Agreement to Litigate Patents Under the BPCIA to Rebuff Sham Litigation Claims

Last month, in a case under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) involving Apotex’s proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), Apotex accused Amgen of sham litigation for bringing a...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Repealing Obamacare becomes problematic in the Senate... More focus on drug prices and reimbursement... FDA asks, should we regulate “natural” and if so, how? ...more

Court Report - November 2015 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Amgen Inc. et al. v. Apotex Inc. et al. 0:15-cv-61631; filed August 6, 2015 in the Southern District of Florida. •...more

FDA Rejects Hospira’s EPO Biosimilar Application

After the FDA approved the first U.S. biosimilar, Sandoz’s Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), earlier this year, many predicted that the floodgates would open for biosimilar products. That has not been the case. No other U.S....more

Final Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership Released

At long last, the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement among a dozen Pacific Rim nations, has now been made available to the public. The chapter on intellectual property, however, does not...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

Apotex Follows the BPCIA “Patent Dance” Again

The first biosimilar makers to file regulatory applications with FDA attempted to bypass all or a subset of the patent litigation provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA). Apotex, the...more

ANDA Update - October 2015

Federal Circuit Interprets Statutory Requirements for Biosimilar Regulatory Pathway - Amgen Inc., v. Sandoz Inc., (Fed. Cir. July 21, 2015): In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...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

Washington Healthcare Update

Bicameral Bill Introduced to Provide HHS Authority to Reject Proposed Insurance Rates - Before Congress left for its Columbus Day recess, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Health...more

No Rehearing Of Biosimilar Patent Dance Decision

The Federal Circuit denied the petitions for rehearing en banc filed in Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., which was the court’s first decision interpreting the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). Perhaps the...more

Federal Circuit Declines to Rehear Amgen v. Sandoz En Banc

This morning, the full Federal Circuit declined to rehear en banc Amgen v. Sandoz, the first appellate decision interpreting the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA). The decision to deny en banc...more

Federal Circuit Denies En Banc Petition in Amgen v. Sandoz

The Federal Circuit today denied the petitions for rehearing by the panel and rehearing by the en banc Court filed by both parties in Amgen v. Sandoz. Amgen had petitioned for rehearing on the panel's decision that the...more

California Becomes Latest State to Pass Biosimilar Substitution Law

On October 6th, California’s governor signed Senate Bill 671, which permits pharmacists to substitute an interchangeable biological product for a prescribed biological product. The California legislature had attempted to pass...more

Hospira Moves to Dismiss Amgen’s BPCIA Claims in Epogen Biosimilars Suit

Last month, Amgen sued Hospira in Delaware under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) over Hospira’s proposed biosimilar version of Amgen’s Epogen (epoetin alfa). In addition to claims for...more

Washington Healthcare Update

On Oct. 8, the House Republican caucus did not select a candidate for Speaker of the House and selection has been delayed. The current Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH), had announced that he would step down and retire from...more

Apotex Accuses Amgen of Sham BPCIA Litigation

Amgen recently sued Apotex under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) over Apotex’s proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), a long-lasting version of Neupogen. This is the first...more

Update on FDA’s Approach to Labeling Biosimilars Like Generics

The FDA approved label for the first U.S. biosimilar, Sandoz’s Zarxio, has raised concerns. Zarxio was launched on September 3, 2015 with a label that does not state that the product was approved as a biosimilar to Amgen’s...more

Nearly Two Years After Dismissal of its Declaratory Judgment Action, FDA Accepts for Review Sandoz’s Application for a Biosimilar...

Sandoz Inc. announced on October 2, 2015 that FDA accepted its regulatory application for a proposed biosimilar of Amgen Inc.’s biologic arthritis drug Enbrel for review. The acceptance comes years after Sandoz attempted to...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

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

A&B Healthcare Week In Review, September 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Medicare Program: Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System”. This proposed rule would...more

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