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Weeks II: Innovator Liability Finds a Sweet Home in Alabama

Last week, the Supreme Court of Alabama confirmed its January 2013 holding that manufacturers of brand drugs can be liable for injuries caused by generic drugs. Weeks v. Wyeth, Inc., No. 1101397, slip op. (Ala. Aug. 15,...more

OIG Approves Manufacturer’s Direct-to-Patient Discount Sales Program

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently posted an Advisory Opinion approving a pharmaceutical manufacturer’s direct-to-patient product sales program. While this Advisory Opinion cannot be relied upon by anyone other...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidances for Prior Approval Supplements and Amendments / Easily Correctable Deficiencies Under GDUFA

The Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 (GDUFA) were signed into law on July 9, 2012, in an effort "to speed access to safe and effective generic drugs to the public and reduce costs to industry." In July 2014, the U.S....more

Contractual Duty to Deal Does Not Equal Antitrust Duty to Deal

Addressing for the first time whether a patent holder under a contractual duty to deal is also subject to an antitrust duty to deal, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld dismissal of a putative antitrust...more

OIG Issues Advisory Bulletin Impacting Independent Charity Patient Assistance Programs

On May 21, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its “Supplemental Special Advisory Bulletin: Independent Charity Patient Assistance Programs” (SSAB) to...more

Hoffman-La Roche Inc. v. Apotex Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Last Friday, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Hoffman La-Roche Inc. v. Apotex Inc. that is a cautionary tale of patent lifecycle and the difficulties those seeking to extend patent protection face -- namely the...more

Closing the Loop-Holes in Generic Drug Warnings

The Food and Drug Administration is considering some very important changes to its internal rules that would help to eliminate a loophole in accountability for defective drugs. Under current law, only the brand name...more

A Short-Lived Victory for Generic Manufacturers? – Part 2

In our prior blog post of the same title on July 5, 2013, we predicted that the protection from product liability/failure to warn litigation for generic manufacturers as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Mutual...more

AstraZeneca AB v. Hanmi USA, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

A classic example of product "evergreening" is how AstraZeneca used its experience with its omeprazole franchise (sold for over a decade as Prilosec®) to promote an alternative form of the drug, Nexium® (particularly, the...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Generic Drugs to Market - What's the Climate in 2014? [Video]

What is the climate for getting generic drugs to market in 2014 and what are the obstacles? Polsinelli Shareholder Gary Hood leads the firm's pharmaceutical/Hatch-Waxman patent litigation practice. He has experience in a...more

IMS Study Shows Pro-Competitive Effects of Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements in ANDA Litigation

Earlier this month, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) held a press conference to announce the release of a study of the effects of reverse settlement payment agreements in ANDA litigation. ...more

A Short-Lived Victory for Generic Drug Manufacturers?

On June 24, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. Inc. v. Bartlett, 570 U.S. ____ (2013), finding that design-defect claims against generic drug companies are pre-empted where...more

U.S. Supreme Court Bartlett Decision in Favor of Generic Drug Manufacturers

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court held that state law design defect claims against manufacturers of generic pharmaceuticals are preempted by federal law when the claim hinges on the adequacy of the drug's...more

Supreme Court Hears Bartlett, Will Resolve Liability Questions for “Design-Defect” of Generic Drugs

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral argument in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett, concerning whether design-defect claims against generic drug companies are preempted by federal law. Although the case addresses...more

Court Report - April 28, 2013

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research v. ARUP Laboratories, Inc. - Infringement of U.S. Patent Nos....more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2013

In This Bulletin: - Just Moot It: Supreme Court in Already v. Nike Clarifies When a Covenant Not to Sue Can Kill a Declaratory Judgment Case - Murky Waters: Post-Approval Regulatory Activities and the §...more

Mind the Gap: Sixth Circuit Finds Room for Suit Against Generic Manufacturers After Mensing

Yesterday, the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in Fulgenzi v. PLIVA, Inc., a case involving a state law claim for failure to warn against a generic drug manufacturer. Case No. 12-3504 (6th Cir. March 13, 2013). The court...more

Senators Introduce Another Bill to Ban Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements

Last week, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) was joined by Senators David Vitter (R-LA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in introducing S. 204, the "Fair and Immediate Release of Generic Drugs...more

In re Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride Extended-Release Capsule Patent Litigation (Fed. Cir. 2013)

On the first day of February, the Federal Circuit rejected Impax's efforts to get out from under a preliminary injunction in a case captioned In re Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride Extended-Release Capsule Patent Litigation. ...more

Court Report -- February 24, 2013

In This Issue: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. v. Actavis LLC et al.; Precision Biosciences Inc. et al. v. Cellectis S.A. et al.; Bayer Pharma AG v. Warner Chilcott Co., LLC et al.; Promega Corp. et al. v. Life...more

Court Report -- February 10, 2013

In This Issue: Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al. v. Sandoz Inc.; Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al. v. Sandoz, Inc.; Purdue Pharma L.P. et al. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. et al.; Purdue Pharma L.P. et al. v....more

Weeks Defies Years of Jurisprudence, Allowing Innovator Liability for Generic Drugs

Last week the Alabama Supreme Court adopted brand-name manufacturer liability for a generic drug sold by another company, becoming the first state supreme court to do so. Wyeth, Inc. v. Weeks, No. 1101397 (Ala. Jan. 11,...more

FTC Releases Another Report on Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements in ANDA Litigation

As it has frequently in the past decade, the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday released a Report on the frequency of reverse payment settlement agreements in ANDA litigation between generic and branded drug makers,...more

The End of “Pay For Delay”?

More brand-name drug companies have been paying their competitors to delay their efforts to bring generic versions of blockbuster pharmaceuticals to market....more

Stengel Tangles MDA Preemption: Ninth Circuit Decision Creates Split on Buckman Preemption of Post-Market Reporting Requirements

Last week the Ninth Circuit created a new state-law cause of action against medical device manufacturers: “failure to warn the FDA.” The en banc opinion in Stengel v. Medtronic Inc., __ F.3d __, 2013 WL 106144, 13 C.D.O.S....more

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