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FDA Issues Draft Guidances for Prior Approval Supplements and Amendments / Easily Correctable Deficiencies Under GDUFA

The Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 (GDUFA) were signed into law on July 9, 2012, in an effort "to speed access to safe and effective generic drugs to the public and reduce costs to industry." In July 2014, the U.S....more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on 510(k)

The FDA issued a new draft guidance on July 15th which further explains how the FDA currently fails to protect consumers of medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. It is important to remember that these sort of FDA-issued...more

Contractual Duty to Deal Does Not Equal Antitrust Duty to Deal

Addressing for the first time whether a patent holder under a contractual duty to deal is also subject to an antitrust duty to deal, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld dismissal of a putative antitrust...more

Legal Landscape and Guidance for Companies Involved in Marijuana Activity

Many states now permit the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes and the federal government has revised certain enforcement policies related to marijuana-related crimes. The possession, use,...more

Is Off-Label Drug Promotion Protected Free Speech?

It is a very common practice. Drug sales reps visit a client, usually a hospital, a clinic or a doctor, with the sole purpose of selling a drug or medical device. That is the primary way a doctor learns about a drug or...more

FDA Draft Guidance Aims to Clarify Appropriate Character-Space-Limited Social Media Use by Drug and Device Firms: Part One of Two

As technology continues to evolve, so do the ways in which patients and healthcare providers obtain information pertaining to medical products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Thomas Abrams, Director of...more

FDA Releases Compounding Policy Documents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released five policy documents regarding compounded human drug products in connection with its continued implementation of the compounding provisions of the Drug Quality and...more

Drug Compounding: Manufacturing Standards Announced for Outsourcing Facilities

In late 2013, Congress passed the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) in response to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a sterile compounded injectable drug shipped across the country and responsible for more than...more

FDA Offers Guidance for Choosing Prescription Drug Names

If you've seen your share of prescription drug commercials, you've likely marveled at the odd drug names: Moexipril. Oxcarbazepine. Zafirlukast. You might think pharmaceutical companies just prefer complex, new combinations...more

FDA Issues Two Draft Guidance Documents Relating to Internet and Social Media Use by Drug and Device Manufacturers

On June 17, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released two draft guidance documents related to manufacturer communications on the Internet and social media platforms. The two documents are (1) “Internet/Social...more

HRSA “Interprets” Its Enjoined 340 Orphan Drug Rule into Effect

In January, I predicted that 2014 would be a game-changer for the 340B Drug Discount Program, in part because of HRSA’s announcement that, in June 2014, it would for the first time publish an omnibus rule governing 340B...more

FDA Issues Distribution of Risk Information Draft Guidance Amid Asserted Push to Release Guidance on Manufacturer Communications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) issued the June 6, 2014, draft guidance (Draft Guidance) in response to stakeholder inquiries into the Agency’s views on disseminating new scientific or medical...more

Genzyme First Circuit Decision

In a huge victory for Massachusetts-based biologics manufacturer Genzyme Corporation, the First Circuit Court of Appeals on June 5, 2014 affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of a multi-million dollar shareholder class...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance Relating to Distribution of New Risk Information for Approved Drugs and Biologics and Grants Two Citizen...

On June 6, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued two documents that reflect the agency’s ongoing effort to clarify its regulatory approach regarding manufacturer communication of scientific and medical...more

Summary of FDA’s Final Guidance on Dear Health Care Provider Letters

At the beginning of this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its final guidance on the content and format of Dear Health Care Provider (DHCP) letters. DHCP letters are correspondence, often in the form of a...more

FDA Ups the Ante on Inspections with New Administrative Detention Authority

New authority allows FDA inspectors to quickly detain products during inspections if they believe the products are misbranded or adulterated....more

False Claims Act Litigation Update: Bayer Decision Sheds Light on Pleading in False Claims Act Cases

A recent win for a large company in a False Claims Act suit (a seeming rarity as of late) alleging illegal off-label promotion could provide some helpful insight to similarly situated manufacturers and support dismissals of...more

Federal Testosterone Drug Lawsuits Consolidation on the Horizon as More Studies Link Low-T Drugs to Significant Risk of Heart...

A growing number of testosterone drug lawsuits have recently been filed in U.S. federal courts against various manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapies (or low-T therapies), like testosterone gels, patches and...more

FDA Plays Catch Up in the Digital Age

Part of JD Supra's series on innovation and the law. A look at how, as pharmaceutical manufacturers increasingly turn to social media to exchange information, laws and regulations that are decades old struggle to keep pace...more

Compounding Problems

In the production of pharmaceutical drugs there are large scale drug manufacturers which produce brand name and generic drugs, and there are compound pharmacies which are specialty pharmacies made to fill out unique orders...more

Unapproved New Uses: FDA Revisits Policies on Distributing Scientific Publications

In new Draft Guidance, FDA revises requirements for manufacturers’ distribution of publications about off-label uses for approved drugs or devices. On March 3, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a...more

Closing the Loop-Holes in Generic Drug Warnings

The Food and Drug Administration is considering some very important changes to its internal rules that would help to eliminate a loophole in accountability for defective drugs. Under current law, only the brand name...more

FDA Seeks Public Comment on Revised Draft Guidance for Industry: Distributing Scientific and Medical Publications on Unapproved...

On March 3, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") made available for comment a revised draft of its "Guidance for Industry: Distributing Scientific and Medical Publications on Unapproved New Uses—Recommended...more

FDA Updates Reprint Guidance, Reiterates Narrowness of Off-Label Safe-Harbor

FDA updates its recommendations for distribution of reprints, making requirements more specific and addressing additional types of materials typically distributed....more

FDA Proposes Policy Change Concerning 5-Year NCE Exclusivity for Certain Fixed-Combination Drugs

Prompted by citizen petitions filed by Ropes & Gray and by two other companies, FDA issued draft guidance proposed a change in the Agency’s interpretation of 5-year new chemical entity (“NCE”) exclusivity as applied to...more

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