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The United States Food and Drug Administration is the oldest consumer protection agency in the United States. The agency was not officially known as the FDA until 1930, but its regulatory functions began with the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act. The agency is charged with protecting the integrity of the nation's food supply and cosmetic products, as well as monitoring the safety and efficacy of drugs, medical devices, and biological products.  less -

Alza Corp. v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals of New York, LLC

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Alza Corp. v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals of New York, LLC, Civ. No. 16-cv-914-RGA, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53551 (D. Del. Apr. 7, 2017) (Andrews, J.)....more

Menu Labeling Litigation Update: FDA Files Motion to Dismiss Suit Challenging Agency’s Rule Delay, Urges Southern District to...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

This week, there were developments in two menu labeling lawsuits about which we reported previously: a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA or the Agency) delay of its menu labeling rule, and a...more

Department of Justice Pilot Program Will Focus on Opioid Fraud and Abuse

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On August 2, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the formation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit and a new Department of Justice (DOJ) data analytics program to combat opioid-related fraud and abuse. The...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, August 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) addresses new chemical notifications and, as such, is chemical innovation’s regulatory gatekeeper. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act...more

FDA Approving Orphan Drugs At A Record Pace

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

It is only August, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on track to set a record for orphan drugs approved this year. At last count, 42 orphan drugs have been approved between January 1, 2017 and August 9, 2017....more

FDA Exempts Numerous Medical Devices from 510(k) Premarket Notification Requirements

by Knobbe Martens on

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Notice on July 11, 2017, exempting 1,003 Class II medical devices from premarket notification requirements under Section 510(k). The Notice indicates that anyone...more

FDA Announces Import Staffing Change at International Mail Facilities

Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that he was reallocating three dozen employees to international mail facilities (IMF), as well as...more

Par Pharm., Inc. v. Luitpold Pharms., Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Par Pharm., Inc. v. Luitpold Pharms., Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62020 (D.N.J. Apr. 24 2017) (Walls, J.)....more

FDA’s Health Software PreCert program to fast-track innovation

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Digital information has taken over our day-to-day lives, and the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to recognize that this includes many aspects of our health care as well. This is clearly demonstrated by...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 4

Picking up from my last installment of this series exploring the regulatory history of off-label communication, this post highlights some recent trends in FDA enforcement and guidance related to off-label promotion. Not...more

FDA Announces Digital Health Innovation Action Plan to Implement 21st Century Cures Act

by Morgan Lewis on

Agency also launches voluntary pilot program as first step in developing software pre-certification program....more

Solution to One Problem Brings Two More

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

An August 2 FDA warning letter provides a reminder that solving one problem can create a new problem—or more. The letter to Coleman Peanut Co., in Petersburg VA, recites that the company uses a cat “as the firm’s pest...more

August 2017 – Regulating CRISPR genome editing in humans: where do we go from here?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The use of genome-editing techniques in medical therapies has proved to be a promising development in the treatment of certain diseases, such as cancer, HIV and rare diseases, by genetically altering specific types of cells....more

Embrace™ Neonatal MRI Device Gains FDA Clearance

by Knobbe Martens on

On July 20, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration announced the clearance of “the first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device specifically for neonatal brain and head imaging in neonatal intensive care units (NICU)” to...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: August 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Wage and Hour - Tenth Circuit Aligns with Cumbie on Tip Credits - In Marlow v. New Food Guy, Inc., No. 16-1134, 861 F. 3d 1157 (10th Cir. June 30, 2017), the court affirmed the district court's ruling, consistent with...more

Teva Pharms. USA, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Teva Pharms. USA, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., Civ. No. 17-275(FLW), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78002 (D.N.J. May 23, 2017) (Wolfson, J.)....more

Do the Waive – FDA Implements Informed Consent Waivers for Minimal Risk Studies

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 25, 2017, FDA issued a guidance document describing under what circumstances IRBs may now approve consent procedures that waive or alter some or all of the elements of informed consent as set forth in FDA’s informed...more

Reading the Tea Leaves: Sales of Macadamia Nut Could Be Going Up!

On July 24, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it had responded to a November 2015 petition from Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut, Inc. for a new qualified health claim characterizing the relationship between...more

FDA’s Software Pre-Cert Program: More Details Revealed

by Hogan Lovells on

In follow up to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) late July announcement of the Digital Health Innovation Action Plan and the pilot Software Precertification (Pre-Cert) program, the Agency held an August 1, 2017,...more

Coherus Update on Biosimilar Pipeline

by Goodwin on

Coherus announced completion of initial phases of the Biologic Price Competition and Innovation Act patent exchange with Amgen for its pegfilgrastim biosimilar candidate CHS-1701. Coherus reported that it has received a...more

Compounding Pharmacies Should Expect Greater Scrutiny as Government Healthcare Budgets Get Squeezed

by Blank Rome LLP on

As Congress continues to grapple over healthcare reform, there are many uncertainties. However, one thing is clear: as government healthcare funding shrinks, federal and state enforcement agencies will continue to target...more

GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Glenmark Pharms. Inc., USA

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Glenmark Pharms. Inc., USA, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82534 (D. Del. May 23, 2017) (Burke, M.J.)....more

Federal Circuit upholds Millennium’s Patent on Velcade®

by Knobbe Martens on

MILLENNIUM PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. v. SANDOZ INC - (Fed. Cir. July 17, 2017) (NEWMAN, Mayer, O’Malley) - This case arose out of an ANDA litigation between Millennium and a number of generic-drug companies who sought FDA...more

Senate Passes Long-Awaited FDA User Fee Package

Following nearly two years of negotiations and hearings examining the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA) and the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA), the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) and the Medical Device User...more

The Luck of The Draw: A Strong Preemption Ruling from an Anticoagulant MDL

by Reed Smith on

We have offered our view that cases seeking to impose liability based on well-known risks found with an entire class of prescription medications tend to be weak. We think design defect claims usually are clearly preempted in...more

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