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Italian time-machine : Limitation of the duration of an SPC may be decided by the Italian Patent Office

by Hogan Lovells on

The Board of Appeal of the Italian Patent Office (Commissione dei Ricorsi), by decision published on June 26, 2017, acknowledged the right of the patent holder to ask the Italian Patent Office for the limitation of the...more

EU excessive pricing laws

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Ruchit Patel, Ropes & Gray antitrust partner, examines excessive pricing laws in the EU and the increase of cases involving generic pharmaceuticals. ________ EU and UK antitrust laws make it illegal for dominant firms to...more

A Meeting, a MaPP, and Two Lists: Initial Elements of the Commissioner’s Drug Competition Action Plan Rolled Out

FDA has been busy recently in areas tied to drug pricing. In the last half of June, FDA issued a public meeting notice, a revised Manual of Policy and Procedures (MaPP), and two lists of approved drugs for which a generic has...more

FDA Stays in the Spotlight with Drug Pricing Moves, but Could Be Facing Risk as UFA Bill Loses Attention

It appears that – at least for now – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is serving as the public face of the executive branch’s efforts to tackle the increasingly contentious debate about prescription drug prices. As...more

Maryland Is First to Ban “Price Gouging” on Generic Drugs, but Other State and Federal Initiatives May Soon Follow

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Executive Summary - Going back a number of years, federal and state policymakers have discussed various mechanisms to address the increasing costs of certain prescription drugs in the United States. This issue gained...more

FDA Works to Increase Competition Under Commissioner’s Drug Competition Action Plan

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Agency works to speed approvals and improve access to generic prescription drugs. In recent weeks, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) has taken a series of steps — under FDA Commissioner Scott...more

Court of Milan rules on interim measure ordering the halt of the pricing and reimbursement procedure of a generic product

by Hogan Lovells on

By order issued on June 18, 2017, in summary proceedings brought by Teva against Mylan and Synthon for the alleged infringement of EP 2 361 924 (covering a manufacturing process for the active ingredient glatiramer acetate),...more

New York Times Obtains Copy of Draft Executive Order on Drug Prices; FDA Blogs that it is Working to Lift Barriers to Generic Drug...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 20, 2017, the New York Times reported that it had obtained a draft proposal of President Trump’s Executive Order on drug prices. The draft Executive Order, which has not been published, has been characterized as...more

Targeting Generic Drug Prices

by Blank Rome LLP on

For years, states and the federal government focused their drug pricing enforcement efforts on higher priced and more expensive branded drugs. Not surprisingly, private qui tam lawyers followed on the coattails of these...more

European Commission Sets its Sights on Allegedly Excessive Drug Prices

by Jones Day on

In the European Union, Big Pharma has been operating with a target on its back for the best part of the last decade. Following its 2008 sector inquiry into the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission vowed to clamp down on...more

Fourth Circuit Punts West Virginia Innovator Liability Issue

by Reed Smith on

We have two posts on innovator liability that we update on a consistent basis: our innovator liability scorecard, and our “Innovator Liability at 100” state-by-state collection of materials that we originally compiled when...more

Blog: Maryland Enacts Landmark Drug Price Gouging Legislation; Nevada Governor Vetoes Drug Pricing Bill

by Cooley LLP on

Maryland became the first state to enact legislation that outlaws “price gouging” in the generic drug market. H.B. 631, enacted on May 27, 2017 (the “Act”), has two components: (1) a prohibition on price gouging; and (2) a...more

FDA Commissioner Hints at Drug Pricing-Related Initiatives

During his first appearance before Congress as FDA Commissioner on May 25, 2017, Scott Gottlieb reported that the Agency is preparing a “Drug Competition Action Plan” that it will unveil in upcoming weeks and months. This was...more

We Received a Patent Term Extension - Now What?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This is the final article in our five-part series on PTE. Obtaining a patent term extension (PTE) is extremely valuable to an innovator. By design, PTE extends the patent term to recoup time lost to the rigorous...more

Allergan, Inc. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Allergan, Inc. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., 15-1455-WCB, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4545 (E.D. Tex. Jan. 12, 2017) (Bryson, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Restasis® (cyclosporine ophthalmic solution); U.S....more

Sanofi v. Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Sanofi v. Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA, Civ. No. 15-415-RGA, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10653 (D. Del. Jan. 26, 2017) (Andrews, J.). Drug Product and U.S. Patent: Multaq® (dronedarone tablets); U.S. Patent No....more

Shire Development, LLC v. Mylan Pharms., Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Shire Development, LLC v. Mylan Pharms., Inc., No: 12-1190-T-36AEP, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11441 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 27, 2017) (Honeywell, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Lialda® (mesalamine); U.S. Patent...more

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Amneal Pharms. LLC

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Amneal Pharms. LLC, Civ. No. 15-250-SLR, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12165 (D. Del. Jan. 30, 2017) (Robinson, J.). Drug Product and U.S. Patent: Nasonex® (mometasone furoate nasal...more

Global Inquiries into Drug Price Increases

European competition authorities announced this week an investigation into Aspen Pharmacare’s recent price hikes of five cancer drugs. The European Commission said in a press release that it had “information indicating that...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Legislation reauthorizing FDA user fees for prescription and generic drugs, biosimilars, and medical devices won wide bipartisan approval last week in a Senate committee, teeing up approval by the full Senate, likely after...more

In re copaxone consolidated cases

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: In re copaxone consolidated cases, No. 14-1171-GMS (consolidated) 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12168 (D. Del. Jan. 30, 2017) (Sleet, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Copaxone® (prefilled syringes of...more

Par Pharm., Inc. v. Luitpold Pharms., Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Par Pharm., Inc. v. Luitpold Pharms., Inc., No. 16-2290 (WHW)(CLW), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15050 (D.N.J. Feb. 1, 2017) (Walls, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Adrenalin® (epinephrine); U.S. Patents...more

The Pricing of Patented Drugs in Canada: Stakeholder Consultation Period Open Until June 28, 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) regulates the price of patented medicines in Canada by determining whether a price is excessive. The Board is revisiting its approach to pricing, and has now released a...more

Key Trends In Pharmaceutical IPRs Filed By Generic Petitioners

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We reviewed a sub-group of two hundred and four (204) IPRs filed by generic drug companies against pharmaceutical patents to assess PTAB outcomes and key trends in dealing with this technology field. The survey captured IPR...more

AstraZeneca AB v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: AstraZeneca AB v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., 14-664-GMS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14647 (D. Del. Feb. 2, 2017) (Sleet, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Onglyza® (saxagliptin) and Kombiglyze™ XR (saxaglibtin...more

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