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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 -
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First Circuit Affirms Tough Standard for Alleging Securities Fraud; Revives One Claim Against Local Drug Maker

On November 28, 2016, the First Circuit upheld the dismissal of all but one of the class action securities fraud claims against Cambridge, MA drug company, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., reaffirming the exacting pleading...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — November 2016

OPDP issues fifth untitled letter of the year to Supernus for misrepresenting Oxtellar XR in KOL video - In its fifth untitled letter in 2016, the OPDP raised concerns about a Spanish KOL video suggesting Supernus’...more

Sandoz: Etanercept biosimilar switch has no impact on safety and efficacy

Novartis announced on Friday that the EGALITY study, analyzing the clinical safety and efficacy of Sandoz’s etanercept biosimilar, was published in the British Journal of Dermatology. The 52-week EGALITY study involved...more

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GMBH & Co. KG v. FDA

Case Name: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GMBH & Co. KG v. FDA, Civ. No. 15-656 (CKK), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86952 (D.D.C. July 6, 2016) (Kollar-Kotelly, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Pradaxa® (dabigatran...more

Basics of the BPCIA

The FDA broadly defines biologics as medical products derived from living sources (human, animal, plant, or microorganism) intended to treat or prevent diseases. Biologics thus include such varied vehicles of medical...more

FDA CDER Identifies Nanotechnology as Area of Interest for Site Visit Training Program for OPQ Staff

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Federal Register notice on November 16, 2016, announcing the 2017 Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) Staff Experiential...more

Five Important Themes to Watch in the Reform of FDA’s Off-Label Communications Policy

As we’ve previously reported, FDA has recently been forced to reexamine its legal position and enforcement policies related to drug and device manufacturers’ off-label communications. Although the Agency has for years...more

GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc.

Case Name: GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., Civ. No. 14-878-LPS-CJB, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94438 (D. Del. July 20, 2016) (Burke, M.J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Coreg® (carvedilol); U.S....more

Super Moon Harkens Low Tide for Hatch-Waxman Patent Disputes

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in a case that will give pharmaceutical companies pause when considering whether to settle patent challenges under Hatch-Waxman. The Supreme Court’s...more

Guest Post – The FDA’s Two-Day Meeting on Manufacturer Off-Label Communications

Today’s guest post is by Liz Minerd, a Reed Smith associate, who closely followed the online feed of the recent FDA meeting that the Agency called to discuss what changes would be appropriate in its off-label promotion...more

Horizon Pharma Ireland Ltd. v. Actavis Labs., UT, Inc.

Case Name: Horizon Pharma Ireland Ltd. v. Actavis Labs., UT, Inc., Civ. No. 14-7992 (NLH/AMD), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109068 (D.N.J. Aug. 17, 2016) (Hillman, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Pennsaid® (diclofenac...more

Ninth Circuit Smells a Rat and Reinstates Claim That Pharmaceutical Company Failed to Disclose Cancers in Animal Testing

The Ninth Circuit recently revived a securities class action against Arena Pharmaceuticals, issuing a decision with important guidance to pharmaceutical companies speaking publicly about future prospects for FDA approval of...more

Eli Lilly & Co. v. Perrigo Co.

Case Name: Eli Lilly & Co. v. Perrigo Co., Case No. 1:13-cv-00851-SEB-DKL (S.D. Ind. Aug. 22, 2016) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Axiron® (testosterone metered transdermal solution); U.S. Patents Nos. 8,071,075...more

Vanda Pharm. Inc. v. Roxane Labs., Inc.

Case Name: Vanda Pharm. Inc. v. Roxane Labs., Inc., Civ. No. 14-757-GMS (Consolidated), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113521 (D. Del. Aug. 25, 2016) (Sleet, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Fanapt® (iloperidone); U.S....more

Sanofi v. Glenmark Pharms. Inc.

Case Name: Sanofi v. Glenmark Pharms. Inc., Civ. No. 14-264-RGA (Consolidated), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116950 (D. Del. August 31, 2016) (Andrews, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Multaq® (dronedarone); U.S....more

Will Invokana Be the Next J&J Product to be Treated as a Mass Tort?

On the heels of the transfer of multiple federal cases alleging that Johnson’s Baby Powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer, J&J now faces the same requests for cases related to another of its products,...more

Ferring Pharms., Inc. v. Burwell

Case Name: Ferring Pharms., Inc. v. Burwell, Case No. 15-0802 (RC), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121826 (D.D.C. Sept. 9, 2016) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Prepopik® (sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide, anhydrous...more

Hatch-Waxman Venue Update: Will SCOTUS Limit Where Brands Can Sue Generics?

Generic and branded pharma companies alike are waiting with baited breath to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue of personal jurisdiction in Hatch-Waxman patent cases this term. After a broad ruling from the...more

Classen Immunotherapies, Inc. v. Elan Pharms., Inc.

Case Name: Classen Immunotherapies, Inc. v. Elan Pharms., Inc., Case No. RDB-04-3521, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131964 (D. Md. Sept. 27, 2016) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Skelaxin® (metaxalone); U.S. Patent No. 6,...more

Allergan Sales, LLC v. Sandoz, Inc.

Case Name: Allergan Sales, LLC v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 12-cv-207-JRG, 15-cv-347-JRG, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135088 (E.D. Tex. Sept. 30, 2016) (Gilstrap, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Combigan® (brimonidine...more

New Clinical Trial Rule Alters Reporting Requirements

New federal requirements for posting of clinical trials information address how data collected in clinical trials are submitted for public consumption. The requirements were revealed on Sept. 16 when the Department of Health...more

Don’t Come Around Here No More: A Drug Company Receives a Warning Letter for Limiting Inspection

In the “what were they thinking department,” a drug company located outside of the United States recently received a Warning Letter for limiting and refusing an FDA inspection. In addition, the agency placed the company on an...more

Three Dozen States Sue Makers of Opioid Addiction Treatment Medications for Antitrust

With opioid abuse continuing to dominate national headlines, manufacturers of opioid overdose medications are facing intense scrutiny over pricing practices that threaten (or those perceived as threatening) public...more

Bootstrapped Claim Against the FDA Gets the Boot

We’re pleased to report the demise of a plaintiff’s firm’s attempt to punish the FDA for rejecting the firm’s attempt to force the agency to create evidence helpful to plaintiffs in litigation. The ploy began in 2012, when “a...more

FDA (Finally!) Issues New Regulations to Clarify Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation: How to Use Patent “Use Codes”

On October 6, 2016, the FDA issued a final rule implementing certain provisions of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) governing the approval of generic drugs, including...more

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