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Batting Down Generic Plaintiffs’ Amarin Hail Mary Pass

We received a couple of odd anonymous comments to our “breaking news” post about the Amarin First Amendment victory for truthful off-label promotion. Both of them raised the same suggestion: “Does the logic of this opinion...more

Preemption (and Other Things) Defanging Depakote Claims

It wasn’t a complete win, but the summary judgment outcome in Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2015 WL 4743056 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 10, 2015), has to put a spring in the step of the defendants as they...more

Central District of California "Discontinues" Much of Plaintiffs' Experts' Testimony in Cymbalta "Discontinuation Symptoms" Case

“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV” – shorthand for “I am pretending to know what I’m talking about, but I really don’t.” We have blogged frequently about experts inclined to such pretense and about courts’ varying...more

OIG Issues Two Favorable Advisory Opinions

OIG recently issued two favorable advisory opinions. On August 12, 2015, OIG approved a program that provides a free cancer drug approved under the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation to patients who meet certain criteria...more

Off-Label Marketing and the False Claims Act

In a post published earlier this week this week our colleagues Brian Dunphy and Joanne Hawana examined key issues in the recent Amarin decision from the Southern District Court of the New York. The August 7th ruling provided...more

First Amendment Protects Truthful Off-Label Speech by Drug Manufacturers

Pharmaceutical manufacturers have likely taken note of Amarin Pharma Inc.’s recent success in a pre-enforcement legal challenge against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency). On August 7, 2015, Amarin obtained...more

Animal supplements still in limbo, facing increased FDA scrutiny

The thousands of food, agriculture and life sciences companies regulated by the federal government already face a barrage of complicated regulations. Add in significant regulatory uncertainty and a major reorganization of the...more

FDA Cites Drug Company for Kim Kardashian Endorsement

This week might have been the first time that an FDA regulatory issue hit the headlines on TMZ and other “celebrity watcher” websites. In an August 7 Warning Letter sent to the drug company Duchesnay, Inc., FDA complains...more

How To Handle Homeopathy?

Search for “homeopathy” on the Internet, and one quickly discovers that this particular form of “alternative medicine,” does not have the greatest reputation. Wikipedia, not always an unimpeachable source, but usually OK for...more

Health Care Update - August 2015 #2

Major Medicaid Drug Payment Rule Under OMB Review: Last week a highly anticipated rule that could set the standards for the Medicaid Drug Rebate program arrived at the White House for final review. The Medicaid Outpatient...more

Practical Implications from Amarin

Amarin is an important US district court opinion affirming the importance of the Second Circuit’s Caronia decision and finding that pharmaceutical and medical device companies have a constitutionally protected right to...more

Amarin Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against FDA Regarding Off-Label and First Amendment Issues

In our prior posts about Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. FDA, we wondered what the Southern District of New York would make of Amarin’s request for an order prohibiting the FDA from taking enforcement actions against it over speech...more

Federal Court Grants First Amendment Injunction in Amarin Case

Federal Court Grants Requested Injunction in Amarin: Confirms Caronia Stands for Proposition that “the government cannot prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers and their representatives under the FDCA for speech promoting the...more

Breaking News - Amarin Hits First Amendment Home Run Off FDA

Here’s a copy of today’s 71-page decision in Amarin Pharma, Inc v. FDA, No. 15 Civ. 3588 (PAE), slip op. (S.D.N.Y. Aug.7, 2015), in which the court granted a First Amendment-related injunction against the FDA’s prohibition...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap – July 2015

FDA finalizes guidance on analytical procedures and methods validation - The regulator issued recommendations to help applicants submit analytical procedures and methods validation data to “support the documentation of...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

AstraZeneca LP v. Breath Ltd.

Case Name: AstraZeneca LP v. Breath Ltd., 2015-1335, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 7525 (Fed. Cir. May 7, 2015) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Pulmicort Respules® (budesonide inhalation suspension); U.S. Patent No....more

New Jersey Rulings Allay Personal Jurisdiction Concerns Raised by Daimler and Goodyear

Two judges in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey have denied motions to dismiss for personal jurisdiction in Hatch-Waxman litigations based on the defendants’ compliance with New Jersey’s foreign...more

FDA Final Rule Mandates Drug Manufacturer Notification of Impending Drug Shortages

On July 8, 2015, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final rule requiring drug manufacturers to report to the Agency any supply chain disruptions that could lead to drug shortages. The final rule...more

"Don't Stop the Dance"[*] -- The Dissents-in-Part from Amgen v. Sandoz

As we have been reporting this week, the Federal Circuit handed down its decision in Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. -- a case of first impression relating to the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act ("BPCIA") for...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - July 2015

CMS Reopens Attestation Period For First-Time Hospitals Until August – CMS recently announced that eligible hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the first time in 2015 may...more

A Fractured Federal Circuit Panel Interprets The Biosimilars Patent Resolution Procedures

On July 21, the Federal Circuit interpreted the patent litigation procedures and requirements of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), including whether a company submitting an abbreviated BLA (“k...more

Arnall Golden Gregory Series Explains Provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act

On July 10, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 344-77. The bill is intended to promote drug and device development, support research and expedite patients’ access to new...more

The OIG Applauds FDA’s Progress in Inspections of Generic Drug Manufacturers but Recommends More to be Done

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General has recently recommended that the Food and Drug Administration continue to increase its pre-approval inspections of generic drug companies. The OIG...more

House Easily Passes 21st Century Cures Legislation, Includes Significant FDA Reforms

On July 10, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed with an overwhelming majority (344-77), the 21st Century Cures bill (H.R. 6), a high-profile bipartisan bill intended to speed up and improve the process for...more

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