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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N.D. Cal Interprets the Biological Price Competition Act

Amgen Inc., et al. v. Sandoz Inc., et al., No. 14-cv-04741RS - On March 19, the Northern District of California became the first court to interpret two key provisions of the Biological Price Competition Act: whether...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Trials

On March 9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance, Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Investigations – Questions and Answers, that provides recommendations for clinical...more

The Tyranny of the Judiciary

There has always been a tension between the need for a final arbiter of the law and the inherent power associated with such a role placed in the judicial branch. Jefferson himself was wary of this tendency, writing in a...more

Judge Finds Biosimilar Patent Procedures Optional

Judge Seeborg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in Amgen, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., ruling that the patent dispute resolution procedures of the Biologics Price Competition and...more

Dancing Not Required: District Court Denies Amgen’s Bid for Preliminary Injunction, Finds BPCIA “Patent Dance” Optional

The biologics industry has been closely monitoring Amgen Inc.’s (“Amgen’s”) lawsuit against Sandoz Inc. (“Sandoz”) for refusing to engage in the BPCIA’s “patent dance” with respect to Sandoz’s application for Zarxio®, a...more

District Court Rules Against Amgen’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Prevent Marketing of Sandoz’s Biosimilar Zarxio

In an order released on March 19, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California denied Amgen’s motion for judgment on the pleadings as well as its request for a preliminary injunction...more

The SEC and the Pharmaceutical Industry - Recent Commentary by the SEC's Enforcement Director Identifies Areas of SEC Focus...

Recently, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Enforcement Director, Andrew Ceresney (“Ceresney”), spoke to pharmaceutical compliance personnel at the CBI’s Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress...more

Notes From The Off-Label Underground

Keeping track of litigation over off-label use/promotion frequently sends us off on tangents. We’ve wandered into abortion cases, securities law cases, criminal cases – even cases brought by criminals....more

FDA Establishes Docket for Public Comments on Drug Compounding

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a new docket for public comments on the compounding of human drug products under sections 503A and 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). The FDA...more

New FDA Guidance Opens the Door for Electronic Consent Forms That Come with Significant Advantages and Raise Privacy and Secure...

On March 9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance that allows for the use of electronic informed consent (eIC) in human clinical trials. eICs have the potential to...more

The First Biosimilar Application Has Been Approved -- But What About the Patent Issues?

As we reported earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") approved the first biosimilar application -- an application by Sandoz to market a biosimilar version of Amgen's NEUPOGEN® (filgrastrim) biologic...more

The 'Palmetto Put-Down' Endangers Drug Cos. Nationwide

On Feb. 25, 2015, nearly two years after argument, the South Carolina Supreme Court directed entry of a $136 million judgment against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. These civil penalties stemmed from a suit brought by the...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap - February 2015

FY 2016 budget request reflects FDA’s broadening scope of activities - The regulator’s requested budget of $4.9 billion for the upcoming fiscal year represents a 9% increase from the enacted FY 2015 budget, with $147.7...more

Safety Labeling: Public Meeting Later This Month and Comment Period Extended – Key Dates Coming Up

On March 27, 2015, FDA plans to hold a public meeting entitled, “Supplemental Applications Proposing Labeling Changes for Approved Drugs and Biological Products”. The meeting was announced in a Federal Register Notice posted...more

FDA Issues Draft Memorandum of Understanding for 503A Drug Compounding

Included in the flurry of guidance documents recently issued by the FDA concerning human drug compounding is a long-awaited document of great importance to mail-order pharmacy compounders and entities that rely on interstate...more

FDA Approves First Biosimilar: Sandoz’s Zarxio®

On Friday, March 6, the FDA announced its approval of Sandoz, Inc.’s (“Sandoz’s”) Zarxio®, a biosimilar of Amgen Inc.’s (“Amgen’s”) Neupogen® (filgrastim), for the same five indications approved for Neupogen®. This follows...more

FDA Guidance Documents Change Compounding Landscape

Almost a year and a half after adoption of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) in November 2013, which revised federal oversight of drug compounding, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to roll out guidance...more

FDA Approves Sandoz Filgrastim Biosimilar

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a biosimilar version of Amgen's Neupogen® (filgrastim) product for sale in the U.S. This is the first biosimilar to be approved under the provisions of the Biologics Price...more

SEC Enforcement Director Discusses Issues for Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology Companies

In a wide-ranging speech on Tuesday, Securities and Exchange Commission Director of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney discussed recent SEC actions and current concerns involving the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries....more

Direct Purchasers and End Payors Accuse Brand Pharma of Delaying Generic Entry

Americans want access to inexpensive pharmaceutical drugs. This demand must be balanced with the fact that brand-name, innovator pharmaceutical companies typically invest tremendous resources to research and develop new...more

Free Speech & Pharmaceutical Promotion — U.S. ex rel. Solis v. Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Off-label prescription drug use — using drugs to treat ailments not indicated on FDA-approved labeling — is among the thorniest legal issues facing the pharmaceutical sector. On one hand, off-label prescriptions are lawful...more

FDA Revisits Its Proposed Rule Regarding Generic Drug Labeling

On February 18, 2015, the FDA announced that it is reopening the comment period for its proposed rule that would allow ANDA holders to unilaterally update their generic drug product labels prior to the NDA holder doing so....more

FDA Proposed Rule in Flux?

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has reopened the comment period for its proposed rule on generic drug labeling. It has also scheduled a day-long public meeting to hear comments and...more

FDA Issues Additional Guidance Documents for Compounding Pharmacies and Outsourcing Facilities; Addresses Repackaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of four new Draft Guidance documents and a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the FDA and individual states. The Draft Guidance documents...more

Five Lessons From OPDP's First Enforcement of 2015: (Lack of) Precision Carries the Day

The first Untitled Letter of 2015 from the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) provides valuable lessons on drug promotion. OPDP issued its first Untitled Letter of 2015, after a 2014 relatively light on...more

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