First Amendment Pharmaceutical Industry

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech... more +
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech or the press, preventing citizens from peacefully assembling, or interfering with citizens' ability to petition the government for redress of their grievances. The First Amendment is one of the most sacred aspects of the American legal tradition and has spawned a vast body of jurisprudence and commentary. less -
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Amarin Court Holds Truthful Off-Label Speech Entitled to First Amendment Protection

On August 7, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion in Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. FDA, granting Amarin preliminary relief to engage in truthful and non-misleading off-label speech...more

Pharmaceutical Companies Get Off-Label Marketing Victory

Last week, a federal judge ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot prohibit a pharmaceutical company from marketing its drugs for off-label uses if its claims are truthful and not misleading. This ruling,...more

District Court Holds That FDCA Does Not Prohibit and Criminalize Truthful Off-Label Promotion of FDA-Approved Prescription Drugs

On August 7, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York released its Amarin opinion addressing whether truthful, non-misleading off-label promotion of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved...more

FDA Files Brief Regarding Off-Label Promotion In Amarin Pharma Lawsuit

As we mentioned in our prior post, the Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. United States Food and Drug Administration lawsuit pending in the Southern District of New York raises interesting issues regarding the First Amendment and how it...more

Drug Manufacturer Sues FDA Over Constitutional Right To Discuss Off-Label Uses

The FDA has long sought to ban drug manufacturers from promoting off-label uses for approved drugs. The ban – which applies only to manufacturers and their agents – is intended to safeguard the public against misbranded...more

Blog: Case to Watch: Amarin Pharma v. FDA

A potentially significant case being watched by the pharmaceutical industry is Amarin Pharma, et al., v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, et al., Civ. A. 15-cv-3588 (S.D.N.Y.). The complaint, filed in May 2015, is a “First...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

Message Board Post Highly Critical of Company is Opinion and Thus Not Defamatory

An essential defense to a defamation claim is "pure opinion." In other words, if the defendant can show that the statements alleged to be defamatory are opinions protected under the relevant free speech laws, the defamation...more

HIPAA Marketing Rules Prompt First Amendment Challenge

In what is believed to be the first legal challenge to the HIPAA Omnibus Rule (the “Rule”), a vendor of prescription drug adherence services is seeking an injunction to block certain provisions of the Rule related to drug...more

Business Litigation Report -- April 2013

In This Issue: - Firm News: DoJ Star Healthcare Fraud Prosecutor Joins Washington, D.C. Office; and Quinn Emanuel Wins Top Honors at the Inaugural U.S. Benchmark Annual Awards - Main...more

The First Amendment and Off-Label Promotion: United States v. Caronia

For years, the U.S. Department of Justice has aggressively pursued and brought charges over “off-label promotions”—the promotion of drugs for uses that have not received FDA approval—by pharmaceutical manufacturers and their...more

Two New Developments in First Amendment Challenges to Off-Label Promotion: What's Next?

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

Appeals Court Rejects Drug Company Executive’s First Amendment Defense and Upholds Wire Fraud Conviction

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a recent unpublished opinion, upheld the conviction and sentencing of former InterMune, Inc. executive Scott Harkonen for wire fraud. In 2009, a jury...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Conviction in Harkonen, Rejects the Defendant’s “Off-Label” First Amendment Challenge

On March 4, 2013, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in United States v. Harkonen,1 a case in which the CEO of a pharmaceutical company was prosecuted for transmitting...more

Ninth Circuit Off-Label Marketing Decision Suggests More Prosecutions Will Be Coming

The Ninth Circuit has reopened a door for off-label marketing prosecutions, and it is important to review your compliance and risk management programs in light of this recent decision. Last December, the pharmaceutical and...more

Re-Publishing a Third-Party’s Unbiased Endorsement Can be Perilous

It should come as no surprise that making a false statement about a competitor’s product or service is actionable. Similarly, albeit slightly less obvious, repeating a false statement that someone else makes about a...more

Second Circuit Vacates Pharmaceutical Misbranding Conviction on Free Speech Grounds

After two years of deliberation, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has finally issued its decision in United States v. Caronia, holding that the government cannot prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers or their...more

FDA Will Not Appeal Second Circuit Decision in U.S. v. Caronia

After the Second Circuit’s split decision in U.S. v. Caronia, holding that truthful off-label marketing is protected under the First Amendment and thus cannot be prosecuted under the misbranding provisions of the Food Drug...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Global Litigation

New legal ground is expected to be broken this year in areas of importance to companies and their directors, officers and executives. We see those developments coming from around the globe and defining the litigation...more

Second Circuit Jettisons Criminal Conviction for Pharma Rep Convicted for Off-Label Promotion

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the conviction of a pharmaceutical sales representative convicted for misbranding in violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic...more

Off-Label Marketing Questioned as a Viable Criminal Theory – But Stay Tuned

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 Landmark Decision, Second Circuit Reverses Conviction For Off-Label Promotion

On December 3, 2012, in United States v. Caronia, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit reversed a drug salesperson’s conviction for conspiracy to introduce a misbranded drug into interstate commerce, a misdemeanor...more

First Amendment Prohibits Criminal Prosecution of Truthful Off-Label Promotion

Second Circuit holds that the government will be required to prove more than simple off-label promotion for misbranding prosecutions under the FDCA. On December 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled...more

Second Circuit Vacates Misbranding Conviction for Pharmaceutical Representative on First Amendment Grounds

In United States v. Caronia, No. 09-5006-cr, slip op. (2d Cir. Dec. 3, 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that "the government cannot prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers and their representatives...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Blow Against Off-Label Promotion Enforcement

In a split decision today, a panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned ? on First Amendment grounds ? the criminal conviction of a pharmaceutical sales representative who had promoted Jazz Pharmaceutical’s Xyrem...more

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