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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Another Reason Why Medical Device Class Actions Don’t Work

The Ninth Circuit filed a preemption opinion the other day that should help prevent the “foodification” of medical device litigation. That made-up word refers to the wasteful food-related class action litigation that has...more

New FSMA Compliance Deadlines Impact Written Customer Assurances

In an August 23 action, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended a range of compliance dates and clarified compliance obligations for provisions within four foundational rules set forth by the Food Safety...more

Court Strikes FDA Preapproval for Tobacco Product Labeling Changes

Court holds that FDA guidance cannot require preapproval for label modifications to existing tobacco products, but can require preapproval for quantity modifications....more

Health Care E-Note - August 2016

The Alabama Natural Death Act contains the provisions on how an individual may plan for end-of-life decisions. Specifically, it outlines the requirements for a valid Advanced Directive and the removal and withdrawal of life...more

The Marijuana Industry’s Big Win: The DEA’s Refusal to Reschedule

Earlier this year, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) indicated it would have an announcement regarding a now five-year-old petition to reschedule cannabis, numerous industries on the “outside looking in” were...more

FDA Issues New Draft Guidance: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues

Dietary supplements are big business. A recent estimate pegs the U.S. market for dietary supplements at over $35 billion annually. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates the number of dietary supplements to be...more

What's in a Name? A Quick Guide to Biologic Drug Names

We have previously reported on the complicated naming issues surrounding biosimilar products and how biological qualifiers, such as three or four-letter codes, should be added to distinguish between them. However, the...more

FDA's 'Active Moiety' Interpretation of the Three-Year Clinical Investigation Exclusivity

The court found that a different interpretation could result in marketing exclusivity for the original innovator drug in perpetuity. In Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. v. Burwell, the U.S. District Court for the District of...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - August 2016

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

New FDA Draft Guidance Helps Define the Scope of §510(k) Medical Device Preemption

Earlier this month the FDA issued a draft guidance entitled “Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Device.” It’s long, and anyone interested in reviewing the whole thing can download it from the FDA’s...more

Health Law Insights - Issue 12

CMS Proposes Bundled Payments for Cardiac Care - In its most recent effort to hasten Medicare’s transformation from a fee-for-service payment model to a value-based payment model, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

No Idea about UDI: FDA Issues Draft Guidance on UDI Form and Content

In advance of the September compliance date for Class II medical devices, the Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance on the form and content of Unique Device Identifiers (UDIs). Though the UDI Rule was...more

FDA Issues Final Rule on Food Ingredients that May Be Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued this final rule detailing the criteria for concluding that the use of a substance in human or animal food is “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). By way of background,...more

Humira® Update: Big Guns Take Aim at Top-Selling Biologic

AbbVie Inc.’s Humira® (adalimumab) was the top selling drug in 2015. Unsurprisingly, it is the focus of biosimilar applicants and patent challengers aiming to get into the market. We provide this update on three events...more

When Is a Software Change Really a Change that Requires FDA Review?: When to Submit a 510(k) for a Software Change to an Existing...

On the same day the Food and Drug Administration issued its revised draft guidance document on when to submit a new 510(k) premarket notification for an existing medical device, it released a similar document specific to...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on "Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Medical Device"

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on the important topic of deciding when to submit a new 510(k) premarket notification application (510(k)) for a change to an existing...more

Will the Supreme Court Review Whether FDA-Mandated Bioequivalence Testing to Maintain Approval Falls Within the § 271(e)(1) Safe...

The Supreme Court has been asked to review whether the safe harbor established by 35 U.S.C. § 271(e)(1) encompasses a generic drug manufacturer’s bioequivalence testing performed only as a condition of maintaining FDA...more

FDA Releases Final Rule Allowing Voluntary Risk Reviews of Food Additives to Continue

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says its final rule allowing outside groups to evaluate food additive risks will streamline its “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) reviews. The agency recently released its GRAS...more

FDA Rule Formalizes Voluntary GRAS Notification System for Substances Added to Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its final rule “Substances Generally Recognized as Safe” (due for publication on August 17, 2016). Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, GRAS substances are...more

The silver lining in the DEA’s refusal to reclassify cannabis

As far back as 2011, elected officials have sent letters to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration urging it to reclassify cannabis by removing it from the list of Schedule I controlled substances. After promising a...more

FDA Releases Revised Guidance on Device Modification Policy

FDA released two new draft guidances on Monday, August 8 in an attempt to help device manufacturers determine when a modification triggers the obligation to file a new 510(k) under 21 C.F.R. § 807.81(a)(3). The first draft...more

Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Hospira, Inc.

Case Name: Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Hospira, Inc., Civil No. 15-2077 (MLC), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45826 (D.N.J. Apr. 5, 2016) (Cooper, J.) - Drug Product and Patents-in-Suit: Aloxi® (palonosetron); U.S. Patents Nos....more

Well, Well, Well – What Do We Have Here: FDA Eases Up On Regulating General Wellness Products

The Food and Drug Administration has issued guidance on general wellness products, which are low risk products it will not regulate as “medical devices.” A draft of the guidance was issued in January 2015, and the final...more

Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative Introduced

As the food and beverage industry trends toward products and practices that promote consumer choice and transparency, the Beer Institute has recently announced a new Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (the “Initiative”), which...more

Responsible Corporate Officers’ Jail Sentences Upheld in Selling Contaminated Eggs

In an important decision, on July 6, 2016, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the prison sentences imposed on Jack DeCoster, and his son, Peter, under the “responsible corporate officer” doctrine (aka Park doctrine)...more

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