The United States Food and Drug Administration

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... more +
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 -
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Congress weighs approval for sweeping, $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act

It’s almost 1,000 pages, culminates at least three years of work, and provides a $6.3 billion boost for an array of health-related agencies and initiatives. Will the U.S. Senate join the House in bipartisan passage of the...more

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act

On November 30, 2016, the House overwhelmingly passed (392-26) the 21st Century Cures Act (“Bill”). The Bill moves on to the Senate next week and it is projected to pass in the Senate as well. Notably, the Bill seeks to...more

New HHS clinical trials registry regulations set to go into effect in January 2017: top points in one chart

Nearly a decade after Congress directed significant expansion of the national clinical trials database, www.ClinicalTrials.gov, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final implementing regulations...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

After months of debate and partisan wrangling, the House on Wednesday voted 392-26 to pass the “21st Century Cures” bill designed to accelerate the development of new drugs and medical devices as well as increase federal...more

First Circuit Affirms Tough Standard for Alleging Securities Fraud; Revives One Claim Against Local Drug Maker

On November 28, 2016, the First Circuit upheld the dismissal of all but one of the class action securities fraud claims against Cambridge, MA drug company, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., reaffirming the exacting pleading...more

FDA Issues Interim Response to AbbVie’s Citizen Petition on Interchangeability

About 12 months ago, AbbVie filed a Citizen Petition asking the FDA to take certain steps to tighten and clarify its procedures for making interchangeability determinations. Earlier this year, both Sandoz and GPhA urged the...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — November 2016

OPDP issues fifth untitled letter of the year to Supernus for misrepresenting Oxtellar XR in KOL video - In its fifth untitled letter in 2016, the OPDP raised concerns about a Spanish KOL video suggesting Supernus’...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - November 2016

FDA (Finally!) Issues New Regulations to Clarify Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation: How to Use Patent “Use Codes” - October 6, 2016, the FDA issued a final rule implementing certain provisions of the Medicare...more

FDA Holds Hearing on Off-Label Communications

After several high-profile defeats in both district and circuit courts involving the off-label promotion of regulated products and the First Amendment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now engaged in a...more

Pharmaceutical Product Liability Class Action Filed Relating to Olmetec Drug

Earlier this month a proposed class action was filed in Montreal by the Consumer Law Group alleging that Merck, Shering-Plough and Daiichi Sankyo (the Defendants) provided inadequate warnings about the drugs Olmetec and...more

Guest Post — Do It If It Makes You Feel Good: FTC’s Report on Homeopathic Medicine Advertising

What follows is a guest post by John Feldman, a partner in Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group. John closely follows all things Federal Trade Commission and approached us when he saw the FTC weighing in a...more

Regulatory News Roundup

The following are some noteworthy news stories on the regulatory front: ..The FDA shared best practices for biosimilar development. ..The EMA okayed a combination of insulin glargine and lixisenatide for treatment...more

Sandoz: Etanercept biosimilar switch has no impact on safety and efficacy

Novartis announced on Friday that the EGALITY study, analyzing the clinical safety and efficacy of Sandoz’s etanercept biosimilar, was published in the British Journal of Dermatology. The 52-week EGALITY study involved...more

FDA Indefinitely Delays Action on Regulating Laboratory Developed Tests

On November 18, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified industry groups that it no longer plans to finalize its draft guidance on laboratory developed tests (LDTs). FDA stated that it intends to work with the...more

FTC Addresses Homeopathic Drug Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently released an enforcement policy statement regarding marketing claims for products in the over-the-counter (“OTC”) homeopathic drug market. Long permitted to fly under the FTC’s...more

BPCIA Litigation Roundup (Fall 2016)

Below is our Fall 2016 update on the U.S. patent litigations concerning proposed or approved biosimilar products. For additional details, please consult our BPCIA Litigation Summary Chart or our previous quarterly update...more

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GMBH & Co. KG v. FDA

Case Name: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GMBH & Co. KG v. FDA, Civ. No. 15-656 (CKK), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86952 (D.D.C. July 6, 2016) (Kollar-Kotelly, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Pradaxa® (dabigatran...more

Blog: FDA hits the brakes on LDT draft guidance

Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to delay finalizing draft guidance for Laboratory Developed Tests (LDT). First issued in July of 2014, the draft guidance would give FDA regulatory oversight of LDTs. ...more

Apotex Files Reply in Support of Its Petition for Certiorari

On November 21, 2016, Apotex submitted a reply brief in support of its petition for certiorari. A procedural note: the case was also distributed on November 21 for consideration at the Supreme Court’s private conference...more

Second Circuit Affirms Ruling that SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics Falsely Advertised Clearblue Weeks Estimator Home Pregnancy...

In an important recent false advertising decision in a suit brought by home pregnancy test manufacturer Church & Dwight against its principal competitor SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics, a Second Circuit panel unanimously...more

Awful Missouri Venue/Joinder Ruling Offers Way Out – Take It!

Even after having read it through twice, we find the result in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ S.W.3d ___, 2016 WL 6596091 (Mo. App. Nov. 8, 2016), hard to fathom, and even harder to stomach. For several years after...more

Expansion of Liability in Product Labeling Cases

An unprecedented surge in consumer fraud lawsuits over the last several years has consumers and lawyers closely scrutinizing product labels and advertisements. While many of these claims challenge the veracity of “Organic,”...more

Basics of the BPCIA

The FDA broadly defines biologics as medical products derived from living sources (human, animal, plant, or microorganism) intended to treat or prevent diseases. Biologics thus include such varied vehicles of medical...more

FDA CDER Identifies Nanotechnology as Area of Interest for Site Visit Training Program for OPQ Staff

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Federal Register notice on November 16, 2016, announcing the 2017 Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) Staff Experiential...more

Five Important Themes to Watch in the Reform of FDA’s Off-Label Communications Policy

As we’ve previously reported, FDA has recently been forced to reexamine its legal position and enforcement policies related to drug and device manufacturers’ off-label communications. Although the Agency has for years...more

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