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FDA Issues Draft Guidance Regarding Controlled Correspondence from Generics Manufacturers

On August 26, 2014, the FDA issued draft guidance to address “controlled correspondence,” which is the correspondence that generic drug manufacturers submit to the FDA to request information and to clarify issues related to...more

Ongoing Reglan Litigation — New Appellate Ruling

Earlier this week, a Missouri appeals court issued an opinion that will hopefully have a significant impact on ongoing litigation against the manufacturers of metoclopramide, the generic version of Reglan. In this latest...more

Physicians Write Letter to FDA Regarding Biosimilar Naming Concerns

On Thursday, August 14, 2014, several physicians wrote a letter to Commissioner Hamburg of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressing their concerns regarding the naming of biosimilar products in light of the...more

FDA Requests Comments and Issues Notice of Public Hearing Related to Implementation of GDUFA

On August 19, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued in the Federal Register a request for comment and notice of public hearing on a variety of topics relating to its implementation of the Generic Drug User...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

Jumping Into The Actavis Briar Patch — Insight Into How Courts May Structure Reverse Payment Antitrust Proceedings And The...

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION - WHAT ARE REVERSE PAYMENT SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS? ..The Basic Framework of Hatch-Waxman Litigation ..The Federal Trade Commission’s View of Reverse Payment Settlements and Its...more

Federal Circuit Expands Doctrine of Double Patenting

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Gilead) owns United States Patent No. 5,763,483 and United States Patent No. 5,952,375. The patents feature common inventors and disclose similar material in the field of anti-viral compounds. Natco...more

Federal Circuit Find Fractures in Roche Boniva Patents

In Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. v. Apotex, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment that two Roche Boniva patents are invalid as obvious. The conclusion of obviousness is not particularly remarkable...more

Congressional Hearing on Proposed FDA Rule Change

Yesterday afternoon, Congress’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to examine the FDA’s proposal to change the rules of generic drug labeling....more

$4 billion price tag? FDA's proposed generic drug labelling rule

An economic consulting group recently published findings that a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rule will increase annual healthcare costs by $4 billion. The FDA's proposal, announced in November 2013, will allow...more

Makena Drug Compounding Lawsuit Against FDA Gets New Life

On January 7, 2014, a three-judge panel of the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia unanimously vacated the dismissal of claims against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and others by K-V...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

New FDA Rule on Drug Labeling May Mean Increased Exposure and an Uncertain Path for Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Litigation over the labeling of pharmaceuticals dates back to the mid-1800s. In only the last five years, however, two watershed decisions by the United States Supreme Court have established clear, albeit controversial,...more

Supreme Court Holds FDCA Preempts Common Law Design-Defect Claim Against Generic Drugs

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., Inc. v. Bartlett that the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) preempted the respondent's common law claim for damages arising from the...more

Mind Your Xs and Zs: Are These Letters Too Common in Pharmaceutical Trademarks?

An interesting debate recently occurred in the New England Journal of Medicine between a physician and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding whether the letters X and Z are used too frequently in...more

China Life Sciences Health Industry Client Briefing – April 2013 (May 15, 2013)

Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Health Care & Life Sciences - ..Drugs - Approval of Innovative Drugs and Key Sector Generic Drugs to be Expedited (Shanghai Securities Journal 2013-04-23): Given the...more

Litigation Alert: U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh In on Reverse Payment Deals

On March 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in FTC v. Actavis, Inc.,1 which is on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. This case addresses a type of patent litigation settlement...more

Supreme Court Oral Argument in FTC v. Actavis

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis (the caption for what was Federal Trade Commission v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in the 11th Circuit opinion below) last Monday, with Deputy...more

Case Brief: Federal Trade Commission v. Watson Pharmaceuticals

[Ed. The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in Federal Trade Commission v. Watson Pharmaceuticals. While Patent Docs will provide analysis regarding the oral argument in a subsequent post, we provide the following...more

Virginia Enacts Nation’s First Biosimilar Substitution Law

On March 21, 2013, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell signed into law the nation’s first state law concerning substitution of biosimilars. The law’s requirements that pharmacists keep records of substitutions, give notice of...more

"Complex Mass Tort Product Liability Alert: Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Regarding Scope of Generic Drug Preemption"

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States held oral argument in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett, a follow-up to its landmark ruling in PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, 131 S. Ct. 2567 (2011), which addressed federal...more

WLF Submits Comments on Abbott's Citizen Petition on Biosimilars

Last April, Abbott Laboratories filed a Citizen Petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking the agency to refrain from accepting biosimilar applications under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act...more

Supreme Court Declines Opportunity to Clarify Scope of Hatch-Waxman Safe Harbor

The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 14, 2013, denied GlaxoSmithKline’s petition for certiorari seeking review of the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of the Hatch-Waxman safe-harbor provision at 35 USC 271(e)(1) in Classen...more

Supreme Court to Hear AndroGel Reverse Payment Case

The Supreme Court granted certiorari in Federal Trade Commission v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to address whether and when “reverse payment” agreements made to settle ANDA litigation violate antitrust laws....more

Not All Sunshine and Santa Claus For Generics Post-Mensing

When the Supreme Court decided Mensing, we imagine generic drug manufacturers felt like Stephen Sondheim’s “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” was written just for them. But, to borrow from another Broadway hit, they may now be...more

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