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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 -

Merck Receives Tentative FDA Approval for Lantus Follow-on

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On July 20, 2017, Merck & Co. announced that the FDA granted tentative approval of its 505(b)(2) application for Lusduna™ Nexvue™ (insulin glargine injection), its follow-on version of Sanofi SA’s Lantus. Merck’s product...more

Ninth Circuit Relies on Escobar to Revive False Claims Act Suit Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower suit in United States ex rel. Campie v. Gilead Sciences, explaining that...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - July 2017

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

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

You're Always a Day Away: DSCSA Product Identifier Requirements Delayed

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In recently issued draft guidance related to the implementation of product identifiers under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act ("DSCSA"), FDA has stated that it intends to exercise enforcement discretion for a period of one...more

Don’t give medical device makers more time before disclosing product woes

Pro-business and anti-consumer lawmakers in Congress are racing to slacken rules for medical device makers to report problems with their products. This move may imperil more patients, many of whom already have been harmed...more

FDA Makes Two Announcements on Electronic Tracking of Prescription Drugs to Comply with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 20, 2017, FDA published two announcements in the Federal Register related to the development of an electronic, interoperable system to identify and trace certain prescription drugs distributed within the United...more

FDA Committee Recommends Approval of Bevacizumab and Trastuzumab Biosimilars

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The FDA Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) unanimously supported biosimilar versions of Roche’s cancer drugs Avastin (bevacizumab) and Herceptin (trastuzumab). Amgen and Allergan’s Avastin biosimilar candidate, ABP...more

First U.S. Avastin and Herceptin Biosimilars

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, FDA’s Oncological Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) unanimously recommended approval of biosimilars of two blockbuster cancer drugs. The first, Amgen and Allergan’s ABP-215, is a proposed biosimilar...more

Second Circuit Allows Class Action Suit Involving Diabetes Drug to Proceed

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Purchasers of Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company’s branded diabetes drug, ACTOS, filed an antitrust suit alleging that Takeda falsely described two patents to the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) and, as a result, delayed...more

FDA Delays Enforcement of Prescription Drug Product Identifier and Related Requirements

Facing pressure from stakeholders and technological realities, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has again delayed its enforcement of parts of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). As we discussed in a prior post,...more

The Travails of the First U.S. EPO Biosimilar

Pfizer’s proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Epogen® and Johnson & Johnson’s Procrit® (epoetin alfa) is poised to be the first erythropoietin (EPO) biosimilar in the U.S. FDA staff recommended approval of Pfizer’s product as a...more

FDA’s Denial of Citizen’s Petition “Clear” Enough for Preemption of Failure-to-Warn Claims

The Tenth Circuit recently upheld a Utah district court’s finding that a branded drug manufacturer could not be held liable for failing to warn consumers about alleged birth defect risks when the FDA had previously rejected a...more

Reversal of $48 Million Product Liability Verdict Required Due to Inconsistent Jury Findings on Failure to Warn Claims and...

In Trejo v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. (No. B238339, filed 6/30/2017), the California Second Appellate District held, among other things, that the jury’s finding that defendant was liable for negligent failure to warn was...more

House Subcommittee on Health Opens Floor for Discussion of FDA Regulation of Off-Label Speech

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The House Subcommittee on Health has announced a hearing entitled “Examining Medical Product Manufacturer Communications” for Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 10:15am EDT, in which it intends to examine two discussion-draft bills...more

Boxed Warnings and Adequacy as a Matter of Law

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One of the (many) things that made last year’s decision in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ S.W.3d ___, 2016 WL 6596091 (Mo. App. Nov. 8, 2016), so hideous that it weighed in at #3 of our worst decisions of the year...more

Deuterated Drugs Are New Chemical Entities

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

FDA recently awarded new chemical entity (NCE) exclusivity to Austedo™ (deutetrabenazine). The Austedo approval is notable for two reasons: One, it is the first deuterated drug (i.e., a drug containing the stable isotope —...more

Sandoz Inc. v Amgen Inc.

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Artificial patent infringement occurs when certain types of approval applications are submitted to the U.S. Food And Drug Administration (the “FDA”). The U.S. Supreme Court recently considered a situation in which an...more

A Double Whammy for California Design Defect Claims

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Finally, some good news out of California – at least when personal jurisdiction isn’t the issue. Design and warning defects were the questions presented in Trejo v. Johnson & Johnson, ___ Cal. Rptr.3d ___, 2017 WL 2825803...more

Coherus Implements Restructuring Plan Following Complete Response Letter For Its Pegfilgrastim Biosimilar

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As we reported here on June 12, 2017, Coherus BioSciences received a complete response letter (“CRL”) from the FDA for its biologics license application for its pegfiltrastim (Neulasta®) biosimilar. On June 21, 2017, in a...more

Follow the Money: FDA Issues New Procedures for Evaluating Financial Ties Between Application Sponsors and Clinical Investigators

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In a potential sign of renewed interest in financial ties between industry and clinical investigators, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of New Drugs (OND) recently issued a new Manual of Policies and Procedures...more

A Meeting, a MaPP, and Two Lists: Initial Elements of the Commissioner’s Drug Competition Action Plan Rolled Out

FDA has been busy recently in areas tied to drug pricing. In the last half of June, FDA issued a public meeting notice, a revised Manual of Policy and Procedures (MaPP), and two lists of approved drugs for which a generic has...more

FDA Stays in the Spotlight with Drug Pricing Moves, but Could Be Facing Risk as UFA Bill Loses Attention

It appears that – at least for now – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is serving as the public face of the executive branch’s efforts to tackle the increasingly contentious debate about prescription drug prices. As...more

Amgen v. Sandoz: Sandoz Requests Remand to District Court

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As we have previously reported, on June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Amgen v. Sandoz holding that notice of commercial marketing may be given prior to FDA approval. The Court also held that no...more

Supreme Court Decision Allows Faster Marketing of Biosimilars

On Monday, June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court in a unanimous decision held that manufacturers making biosimilars of biologic drugs did not have to wait until after gaining federal approval of the biosimilar to...more

FDA Report: Agency Announces Expedited Review of Certain ANDAs

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a press release stating how it would begin implementing its plan to increase competition for prescription drugs. This comes on the heels of FDA Commissioner...more

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