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China’s State Council Announces Reform on the Drug and Device Approval System

China will launch new reforms of its current review and approval system for drugs and medical devices, announced by China’s State Council, in its August 18, 2015, circular Opinions Concerning the Reform of the Review and...more

China Tightens Advertising Rules for Life Sciences Companies

This year China’s Advertising Law will see its first amendment in two decades. The amendment, which will be implemented on September 1, 2015, reflects the central government’s efforts to strengthen consumer protection and to...more

Rejection of Gilead Patent Raises Issues for Companies Seeking Pharmaceutical Patent Protection in China

Chinese patent prosecution recently made worldwide headlines when the press announced that the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO) rejected a Gilead Sovaldi prodrug patent. Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) is a breakthrough drug used to treat...more

China Removes Price Ceilings from Most Drugs

Chinese consumers have long complained about high drug prices. To address this problem, in 2000 the Chinese government adopted a price ceiling system for drugs. At that time, the medical insurance system and the drug bidding...more

China Liberalizes Drug Pricing Control

Beginning June 1, 2015, the vast majority drugs in China, except for narcotic and Type 1 psychotropic drugs, will be free from government-set pricing. This reform on drug pricing policy was announced by the central pricing...more

Chinese Legislature Adopts Amendments to Drug Administration Law

China’s top legislature, the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, recently approved the amendments (the “Amendments”) to the Drug Administration Law. The Amendments, effective as of April 24, 2015, cover the...more

China Announces Final Biosimilars Guideline

The Center for Drug Evaluation (the “CDE”) under the China Food and Drug Administration published final biosimilars guidance on February 28 with immediate effect. Officially titled the Technical Guideline for the Research,...more

China Announces Revised Good Clinical Practices for Public Comments

The China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) recently released its proposed revisions to Good Clinical Practices (“GCP”) for pharmaceutical clinical studies for public comments. The proposed revisions, if eventually...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Noteworthy developments and insights from the fourth quarter of 2014

In This Issue: - Executive Summary - PRC Legal and Regulatory Updates - Major Enforcement News - The Pharmaceutical Blacklist: A Look Back - After One Year - PRC Anti-Corruption 101 - Frequently Asked...more

China Issues Draft Guidance on Multi-Regional Clinical Trials

On November 21, 2014, China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) released a Draft Guidance on Multi-Regional Clinical Trials (Provisional) (“Guidance”) for public comments through December 21. The Guidance aims to set forth...more

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2014

Welcome to the October 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. - This month on the anticorruption front, a Texas company agrees to pay more than $5 million to settle allegations...more

Court Decisions in the U.S. and China Bolster Law Enforcement’s Ability to Prosecute Global Corporate Corruption

On October 6, 2014, the United States Supreme Court declined to accept an appeal involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”)—the U.S. statute that criminalizes the bribing of foreign officials. The...more

Lessons from GSK in China – Internal Controls, Auditing and Monitoring

One of the questions that GSK will have to face during the next few years of bribery and corruption investigations is how an allegedly massive bribery and corruption scheme occurred in its Chinese operations? The numbers went...more

Billy the Kid Begins and the GSK China Verdict

According to This Day in History, 139 years ago today, Billy the Kid was arrested for the first time, for theft. Billy the Kid was believed to have been born in New York City and was later taken out west by his mother. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 82, continued fallout from GSK in China [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I review the continued fallout from GSK in China. I discuss the trial of Mr and Mrs Humphreys and what it all means for the compliance practitioner going forward. ...more

No Sex Please, We’re British: More from GSK in China

The above is the title of a British television show/play/movie which is a farcical romp about a newlywed couple who mistakenly receive an initial shipment of pornographic pictures, then movies and women, all sent from Sweden...more

China’s National Auditing Office Notes Compliance Concerns with Sponsorship of Academic Conferences in the Healthcare Sector

In China, it is common industry practice for pharmaceutical companies to sponsor academic conferences. As long as such events are aimed at enhancing the practice of medicine and patient welfare, the practice has been allowed....more

Coolness in Being the Bad Guy? Eli Wallach and GSK

Eli Wallach died Tuesday. For my money, he was about the coolest bad guy out there. Not tough like Lee Marvin, just cool. My favorite Wallach roles were as Calvera in The Magnificent Seven and as Tuco in The Good, The Bad and...more

GSK Faces a Bad Day at Black Rock

One of my favorite movies is Bad Day at Black Rock. It is one of the few movies to combine elements of film noir into something approaching a traditional Western. It also attacks directly the prejudice and hate against...more

Red Notice Newsleter

Welcome to the May 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month, on the anticorruption front, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) agrees to pay USD $135 million to settle a...more

Warning all Foreign Companies in China: Don’t be the next GlaxoSmithKline

The fact that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been on China’s radar for bribery is nothing new – the Chinese authorities instituted an investigation against the company in July 2013. What is new is that GSK’s former Vice President...more

China Cracking Down On Pharmaceutical Corruption

Stricter Blacklist Regime - On December 25, 2013, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (“National Health Commission”, former Ministry of Health) issued the amended Provisions Regarding the...more

Avoid the Anti-Corruption “Blacklist:” Chinese Agency Guidance

On March 1, 2014, Circular No. 50, which the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) recently promulgated to regulate the conduct of pharmaceutical and medical device companies that do business in...more

China Introduces New Health Care Sector Anti-Corruption Regulations

China Introduces New Health Care Sector Anti-Corruption Regulations As part of a concerted effort to tackle systemic commercial bribery in the country’s health care sector, China’s National Health and Family Planning...more

Update from China: Supplemental Evidence in Pharmaceutical Patent Applications

Word comes to us from attorneys at the CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office that the Patent Affairs Administration Department of the State Intellectual Property Office of the PRC (SIPO) "clarified" examination procedures for...more

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