The United States Food and Drug Administration Pharmaceutical Industry

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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FDA Adjustment to Orphan Drug Review May Indicate Increased Scrutiny of Designations

In recent years, applications for orphan drug designations have flooded into FDA at a rapid pace, and this year appears to be no exception. Orphan drug applications received by FDA rose by approximately 30% over the previous...more

Can FDA Implement The BPCIA As The CAFC Suggested?

In Amgen v. Apotex, the Federal Circuit held that under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), “an applicant must provide a reference product sponsor with 180 days’ post-licensure notice before...more

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Codevelopment of Therapeutic Products and Screening Tests

On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) released draft guidance on the codevelopment of therapeutic products (such as pharmaceuticals) and companion tests that are used to determine if the...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - July 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

BioPharma Patents Quick Tips & News – July 2016

U.S. FDA Orange Book Refresher Edition - What types of patents can be listed on the FDA’s Orange Book? Listable = Pharmaceutical-related patents are allowed in the FDA’s Orange Book only if they’re “composition” or...more

FDA Releases Draft Guidance For Updating Generic Drug Labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a draft guidance document with the goal of facilitating certain updates to abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) labels. In particular, the draft guidance...more

ANDA Update - Volume 2, Number 2

180-Day Notice Period for Biosimilar Approval Is Always Mandatory and Enforceable by Injunction - Amgen Inc., v. Apotex Inc., (Fed. Cir. July 5, 2016) - A year after analyzing the patent dance and notice...more

FDA Offers Draft Guidance for Generic Drug Label Updates

In July 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published draft guidance outlining when drug companies should update a generic drug’s label after the brand name drug on which the generic is based has been withdrawn...more

FDA Reorganization Takes on Cancer Moonshot and Other Initiatives

On July 11, 1969, the United States accomplished the almost unthinkable –two men walking on the moon. Conjuring images of that moon landing, President Obama moved forward the “Cancer Moonshot” program at his January 2016...more

New FDA Draft Guidance on Updates to Certain Generic Labeling

On July 8, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance amending the process for manufacturers to update labeling of generic drugs in situations where the reference drug labeling has been withdrawn for...more

BREAKING NEWS: FDA Denies Citizen Petitions Regarding Biosimilar Labeling

FDA denied citizen’s petitions from Abbvie, the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (“PhRMA”) and Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) trade associations...more

FDA Advisory Panels Considering Approvals of Two Biosimilars This Week

An FDA advisory panel unanimously voted to recommend approval of Amgen’s ABP501 biosimilar of AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab) on July 12, 2016. Likewise, an FDA advisory panel is scheduled to consider approval of Sandoz’s...more

FDA Draft Guidance on Updating Generic Labels When RLD Withdrawn

On Friday, the FDA issued a draft guidance document intended to provide ANDA holders with information about how and when to propose any necessary labeling updates to their drugs when the reference-listed drug (RLD) upon which...more

$70 million assessed against J&J for boy who grew breasts from Risperdal

A Tennessee teen-ager suffered such emotional distress after growing enlarged breasts as an undisclosed side-effect of an anti-psychotic medication that the drug’s maker should pay him $70 million in damages, a Philadelphia...more

Amgen and Hospira Square Off Over BPCIA Private Right of Action After Amgen v. Apotex Ruling

Amgen and Hospira have fired off dueling letters to the court in their litigation over Amgen’s Epogen biosimilar, debating whether the U.S. biosimilar statute, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009...more

Dual Tracks Taken by FDA in Approving Products by ‘Big Pharma’

Prescription drugs exist to boost the health of patients by decreasing their pain, increasing their stamina, staving off infections and treating their symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has the responsibility to...more

Federal Circuit Holds Again That BPCIA's 180-day Notice Is Mandatory

On July 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's preliminary injunction against proposed biosimilar manufacturer Apotex, holding that Apotex was enjoined from entering the market until Apotex: (1) provides...more

FDA's Draft Guidance to Help Manufacturers in Labeling Biosimilars

The passage of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) in 2010 paved the way for the introduction of biosimilars in the United States. Biosimilars are large-molecule drugs that are highly similar, but not...more

Amgen v. Apotex: Analysis of the Fed. Cir. Opinion

As we posted on July 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit has issued its decision in Amgen v. Apotex, affirming the district court’s (S.D. Fla, J. Cohn) order preliminarily enjoining Apotex from launching its biosimilar version of...more

Fed Circuit’s “Amgen v. Apotex” Decision: Clarification of a BPCIA Riddle (Unless, of course, the Supreme Court Steps In)

On July 5, the Federal Circuit issued another important decision regarding the meaning of certain provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). See Amgen Inc. v. Apotex Inc., Fed. Cir. Case No....more

Senate Judiciary Introduces CREATES Act To Expedite Access To Affordable Drugs

Following months of public outcry and Congressional probes into significant drug price increases, the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced legislation targeting “behavior that blocks competition and delays the creation of...more

USP Says European Market Shows Mandatory USP Standards Would Improve Biosimilar Approval, Acceptance in U.S.

Back in March, 2016, the Senate added language to the FDA and NIH Workforce Authorities Modernization Act which would exempt biological products, including biosimilars, from provisions of the FDCA Act that require compliance...more

Recent Court Cases Interpreting “Reverse Payments” Post-Actavis

Patent settlement agreements were traditionally deemed outside the purview of antitrust scrutiny unless the patent holder’s conduct fell outside the legitimate scope of the patent’s exclusionary power. This all changed when...more

Another Prescription Drug Warnings Preemption Decision

Not that our readers are dying for a glimpse behind the curtain into the making of the sausage (and mixed metaphors) of the blog, but we do try to first figure out what decisions may be blogworthy before we start writing up...more

Biosimilars: Supreme Court Calls for Solicitor General’s Views in Amgen v. Sandoz

On Monday, June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court deferred a decision on the certiorari petitions filed by both parties from the Federal Circuit’s decision in Amgen v. Sandoz, 794 F.3d 1347 (2015), and instead called for the views...more

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