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... 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.
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The City of San Francisco is suing Monster Beverage Corporation for aggressively marketing its highly caffeinated energy drinks to teens and children. The company sold over $2 billion in these drinks in 2012.
When the Second Circuit issued its December 3, 2012 decision in United States v. Caronia, the opinion was proclaimed by many to signal a sea change in the prosecution of off-label promotion....more
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Publicly Traded Life Sciences Companies in the United States Remain an Increasingly Popular Target of Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuits:
The past year was particularly noteworthy with respect to the absolute and...more
This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that Pfizer’s popular Z-pack antibiotic (also known as Zithromax or Zmax) may cause sudden death in some patients with preexisting heart conditions....more
Following the Second Circuit’s marquee First Amendment ruling in the Caronia case, two recent developments demonstrate a shift in the battleground for First Amendment challenges to the prohibition on off-label promotion under...more
Over the past two years, courts began to recognize that at least some off-label marketing is protected lawful commercial speech under the First Amendment. Specifically, the Second Circuit in New York in a case called United...more
In This Issue:
Marc Roth to Lead Social Media and Mobile Marketing Discussion at PACE Association Convention; UK Court Finds Google Could be Liable for Blog Comments; TCPA Plaintiffs Victorious in Illinois, New Jersey;...more
The U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has previously announced an interest in regulating diagnostic tests used in providing personalized medicine clinical care. Interested stakeholders such as the...more
In this issue:
- Recent NAD Decision Illuminates FDA’s “Light” Requirements
- CA Supreme Court Rules Song-Beverly Doesn’t Apply to Online Downloadable Purchases
- Comments in Four Loko Settlement May Drive...more
On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the First Amendment protects pharmaceutical companies who truthfully promote the lawful, off-label use of prescription drugs from...more
In October 2009, we published the first edition of this White Paper, focusing primarily on social media issues in the United States. The response was overwhelming and far beyond our expectation — clients, friends, press and...more
The government may be coming up with a new cost-effective measure to help balance the federal budget – enlisting private companies to do their policing. A 2011 settlement between the Justice Department and Google for $500...more
Alfred Caronia was a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company. And, despite what you might think by reading some of the literature, being a pharmaceutical sales rep is not a crime. It's even more emphatically not a crime after...more
On December 3, 2012, a panel of three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the November 2009 conviction of Alfred Caronia for conspiracy to introduce a misbranded drug into interstate commerce...more
On December 3, 2012, a divided Second Circuit held in United States v. Caronia (“Caronia”) that the misbranding provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) do not criminalize “the truthful off-label...more
In this issue:
- It’s Easier Being Green
- Off-Label Marketing Protected by First Amendment
- Understanding New Restrictions on Advertising GI Bill Benefits
- FTC Looks at "The Big Picture"
On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a landmark decision in United States v. Caronia, holding that “the government cannot prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers and their...more
In a long-awaited decision, on December 3, 2012, a divided panel (2–1) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of Alfred Caronia, a former pharmaceutical sales representative for Jazz...more
It's an odd week for wins in the federal appellate courts.
The Second Circuit ruled that the First Amendment protects (some kinds of) promotional activity for off-label use of drugs. Any time the First Amendment is...more
The Second Circuit's December 3, 2012 decision in United States v. Caronia, No. 09-5006-CR, could cause a sea change in the growing number of prosecutions brought by the government to prevent the off-label promotion of drugs...more
The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sent shockwaves through the pharmaceutical industry with its decision in United States v. Caronia. Alfred Caronia was a pharmaceutical sales representative convicted of a...more
Last week a federal appeals court made a ruling that chips away at a fundamental aspect of the FDA's gatekeeping function with new drugs. The court tossed a conviction of a drug sales representative who was promoting drugs...more
On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion that stands to transform the regulatory landscape in which pharmaceutical and medical device companies operate. In recent...more
In a significant blow to the U.S. government’s enforcement efforts against the pharmaceutical industry, a panel of the Second Circuit overturned the conviction of a pharmaceutical sales representative for conspiracy to...more
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