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FDA Allowing Additional Comment Period for Draft Social Media Guidances

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period for two draft social media guidances in response to requests for additional time to allow interested persons to submit comments. Beginning September 29,...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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on 510(k)

The FDA issued a new draft guidance on July 15th which further explains how the FDA currently fails to protect consumers of medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs.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

Health Care: As Sunshine Act Deadlines Approach Physicians and Hospitals Should Prepare for Transparency in Their Financial...

On September 30, 2014, in accordance with the Federal Sunshine Act (the Sunshine Act), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publically disclose payments and "other transfers of value" by pharmaceutical,...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

Recent FDA Draft Guidance Addresses Social Media Challenges Faced by Drug and Device Companies

The first draft guidance discusses how drug and medical device companies may promote their products using character space limited social media (e.g., Twitter) and Internet advertisements (e.g., Google search engine...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FDA Draft Guidance Aims to Clarify Appropriate Character-Space-Limited Social Media Use by Drug and Device Firms: Part One of Two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

The Inversion Craze: Will Today's Routine Tax Planning Be Retroactively Outlawed?

Alongside the more typical summer fare, such as coverage of the best beach reading and the latest action movie blockbuster, this summer the media have been abuzz with seemingly daily reports on the latest so-called...more

Federal Court Holds Manufacturer of Investigational Drug and Medical Device Responsible for Clinical Trial Investigator’s...

In a recent decision subject to multiple flaws, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts refused to dismiss a suit against the manufacturer of an investigational drug and medical device used in a...more

You Are Now on the Clock — Sunshine Act Dispute Window Now Open

Beginning Monday, July 14, 2014, the review, dispute and correction process outlined the National Physician Payment Transparency Program (also known as the "Sunshine Act") opens on CMS's Open Payments website. Physicians and...more

CMS Wants To Shine Light On CME Payments To Physicians

It’s a question CMS has been wrestling with since the enactment of the Sunshine Act (sometimes called the Open Payments Program) as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Sunshine Act generally requires a manufacturer to...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

Cloudy Skies Ahead for Providers? CMS’ Release of Medicare Billing Data Combined with Physician Payment Sunshine Act Data May...

In February 2013, we reported (on our Healthcare Law Blog) that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. In the interest of providing more...more

CMS To Publish Financial Relationships Between Physicians and Drug Manufacturers Beginning September 2014

Beginning in September 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) will publish a list of all payments and transfers of value paid by drug manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals on a publicly...more

Patent fundamentals for researchers, manufacturers

Patent laws function much the same way no matter the technology at issue. But there are some aspects of patent law that affect particular industries in specific ways. My Thompson Coburn colleague Steve Ritchey looked at some...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

Drug and Device Manufacturers Beware: Comments Could Result in FDA Troubles

After appearing on CNBC television show Fast Money, the CEO of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals received a warning letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion. The agency...more

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act Final Rule: Key Change From Proposed Rule Affecting Foreign Entities

We now have only 36 days to go until August 1, 2013, when the new data collection obligations imposed on “applicable manufacturers” and group purchasing organizations under the physician payment “sunshine” rules of the...more

CMS Publishes Physician Payment Sunshine Rules; Manufacturers and Group Purchasing Organizations Are Required to Submit Detailed...

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the long-awaited rules (the "Rules") detailing manufacturers' and group purchasing organizations' reporting requirements under Section 6002...more

The Sunshine Act Final Rule: CMS Sheds Light on Reporting Physician and Teaching Hospital Payments

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the “Act”). The Act requires certain manufacturers of covered drugs, devices, and...more

Here Comes the Sun: Final Rules Implementing the Federal Sunshine Law

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited final rule implementing the Federal Sunshine Law (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7h). (The rule was subsequently published in the Federal...more

Physician Payment Sunshine Rule is Finalized

The Final Rule implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act was announced on February 1st and published in the Federal Register on February 8th. The Final Rule establishes procedures for drug and device manufacturers to...more

CMS Issues Final Rule for Implementing Sunshine Act

On February 8, 2013, 16 months after the statutory deadline, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register the final regulation implementing the physician payment transparency...more

CMS Issues Final Physician Payment Sunshine Act Regulations

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the long-awaited final regulations implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Act or Sunshine Act). The Sunshine Act requires drug,...more

Physician Payment Sunshine Rule Finalized; Let The Sun Shine In; Payment Reports Flow

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the final rule implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) that requires most manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologics or medical...more

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