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FDA Reports Results of Annual Crack Down on Illegal Internet Pharmacies

Last week, FDA announced that more than 1,050 websites had illegal drugs and devices seized or received warning letters as part of the Eighth Annual International Internet Week of Action (IIWA). IIWA is an international...more

Alert: Second Circuit Rules that "Product Hopping" May Constitute Unlawful Monopolization; Pharmaceutical Companies are Likely...

Recent antitrust challenges to pharmaceutical companies' efforts to transition patients from drugs nearing the end of their patent life to next-generation drugs have increased the risk of pursuing such "product hopping"...more

Product Liability Hopping & the FDA’s Generic Drug Proposal – Awful Together

A major basis for our criticism of the FDA’s still pending generic drug labeling proposal, and why we prefer industry’s EAR (“Expedited Agency Review”) system better, is that the FDA’s proposal would create festival-seating...more

REMS and Antitrust: Latest Litigation Lessons

Brand name pharmaceutical companies have long stood in the way of generic pharmaceuticals entering the market. To keep generics at bay, brands have used a variety tactics, including ultimately unlawful ones like fraudulently...more

OIG Releases Mid-Year Update to its Work Plan

On May 28, 2015, the OIG published a revised version of its Work Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. As previously reported, the original version of the FY 2015 Work Plan was published in October and summarized the OIG's ongoing...more

Otsuka Suit Results in Victory for FDA

According to a recent decision by a Maryland federal court, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acted permissibly when it approved generic versions of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.’s (Otsuka) product Abilify even though...more

Life Sciences Litigation Update - May 2015

Trends in Post-grant Review of Orange Book Patents. The America Invents Act’s post-grant challenges (“AIA proceedings”) continue to grow as an option for companies challenging a patent’s validity. In the first full fiscal...more

District Court Decision Opens Door to Five-Year NCE Exclusivity for Single Components of Previously FDA-Approved Multi-Component...

On May 28, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated and remanded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) administrative decision denying five years of new chemical entity exclusivity for Amarin...more

Product Hopping and Antitrust: Mylan Court Dismisses Claims on Summary Judgment, Citing Need to Avoid Chilling Pharmaceutical...

A recent summary judgment opinion from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania breaks new ground in the developing antitrust law on “product hopping” claims. “Product hopping” refers to the practice of changing the form or...more

Declaratory Judgment of Non-Infringement of a Disclaimed Patent Warranted in Hatch-Waxman - Apotex Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Addressing the issue of subject matter jurisdiction in Hatch-Waxman litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal for lack of case or controversy of an action seeking...more

OIG Report: FDA Has Made Progress on Oversight/Inspections of Manufacturers of Generic Drugs

Yesterday the OIG posted a report entitled “FDA Has Made Progress on Oversight and Inspections of Manufacturers of Generic Drugs” in response to a Congressional request expressing concerns about the safety and quality of...more

FDA Rejects Otsuka’s Assertions of Orphan Drug Exclusivity for Abilify®, Allowing Generics to Proceed

The FDA last week granted several pharmaceutical companies approval to market generic versions of the bestselling antipsychotic drug Abilify® (aripiprazole), despite the assertions of the drug’s patent-holder, the Japanese...more

Otsuka’s Orphan Drug Exclusivity Claims: FDA Rips Off the Band-Aid Early

On April 20, 2015, FDA filed a brief in Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) or Preliminary Injunction (“PI”), addressed how Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Otsuka Pharmaceutical...more

Otsuka Files Amended Complaint and Motion for TRO/PI for Abilify®, Pointing to Congressional Intent to Argue Broad Exclusivity

As discussed in our April 13, 2015 blog, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization, Inc., and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (collectively “Otsuka”) had until April 15, 2015...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: CMS Releases Three Documents on Biosimilar Reimbursement... SCOTUS: Agencies, Not State Courts, in Charge of Medicaid Rate Setting... HHS OIG and Treasury IG Release Report on ACA’s Advanced Premium Tax Credits....more

Biosimilars Await Naming Guidance From FDA

Earlier this month, the FDA announced the first approval of a biosimilar product under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). The new Sandoz product, which will be sold under the trade name Zarxio, is a...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

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

GPhA Annual Meeting 2015: GDUFA, Quality, and Industry Trends – Part Two of Two

Day Two of the open GPhA Annual Meeting featured a panel on FDA and industry perspectives on a quality culture. Janet Woodcock, M.D., Center Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) provided the agency’s new...more

GPhA Annual Meeting 2015: GDUFA, Quality, and Industry Trends: Part One of Two

On February 9-11, 2015, a record 765 attendees descended on Miami Beach for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA’s) Annual Meeting. Craig Wheeler, President, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. delivered the welcoming...more

Citizen Petitions Aimed at Delaying Generic Competition Remain a Concern

Despite Congress enacting legislation in 2007 to curb misuse, citizen petitions submitted by pharmaceutical companies to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may still provide a mechanism for competitors to delay the...more

Supreme Court Takes a Pass on Generic Drug Labeling Appeal

In the watershed case of PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, the United States Supreme Court determined that federal law preempts state law failure-to-warn claims against generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. More specifically, Mensing...more

Actavis Amici Briefs Don’t Support Injunction

The expedited appeal to the Second Circuit pits New York State’s arguments for facilitating competition in a “molecule market” (a product market defined by the active ingredient of a prescription drug) against the brand name...more

Generic Drug Cos. Face Failure-To-Warn Claims In Calif.

On Jan. 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal involving failure-to-warn claims against generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. Teva Pharms. USA Inc. v. Super. Ct., No. 13-956 (U.S. Jan. 20, 2015). This...more

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