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

Case Name: Shire Development, LLC v. Watson Pharms., Inc., 787 F.3d 1359 (Fed. Cir. June 3, 2015) (Circuit Judges Prost, Chen, and Hughes presiding; Opinion by Hughes, J.) (Appeal from S.D. Fla., Middlebrooks, J.) - Drug...more

Federal Circuit Delays Sandoz Biosimilar Launch

In a closely-watched case between Amgen and Sandoz regarding the first biosimilar approved (Zarxio), the Federal Circuit interpreted key Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) provisions regarding Sandoz's...more

Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., v. Sandoz, Inc.

Case Name: Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., v. Sandoz, Inc., Fed. Cir. Nos. 2012-1567, -1568, -1569, -1570, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 10229 (Fed. Cir. June 18, 2015) (Circuit Judges Moore, Mayer, and Wallach presiding; Opinion by Moore,...more

Federal Circuit Finds Biosimilar Patent Dispute Resolution Procedures Optional

In Amgen v. Sandoz, a divided panel of the Federal Circuit issued its first decision interpreting the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), and did so in a manner that appears to favor biosimilar applicants...more

FDA's Proposed Rules to Address Inaccurate Orange Book Use Codes May Shorten Approval Timelines for Select 505(b)(2) and Generic...

Drug Approval and Patent Listing Process - Before being allowed to market a new drug1 in the U.S., branded drug manufacturers must submit a new drug application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and...more

Pharmaceutical IP and Competition Law in Australia: Overview

Conditions and legislation Australian patent law is governed by the Patents act 1990 (Cth) (Patents Act). The Patents Act provides for the grant of two main types of patents in Australia: - Standard, which is...more

King Drug Co. of Florence, Inc. v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. (3rd Cir. 2015)

Ever since the Supreme Court's decision in FTC v. Actavis in 2013, courts (predominantly district courts) have grappled with the scope of the decision. It was evident that the presence of a large cash payment from the...more

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

Cardinal Health to Acquire The Harvard Drug Group for $1.1 Billion

Ohio-based Cardinal Health (CAH) has agreed to buy Michigan-headquartered The Harvard Drug Group (THDG) for $1.12 billion. According to press releases, THDG, which is currently owned by Court Square Capital Partners, is a...more

G.D. Searle LLC v. Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Over seven years ago, the Federal Circuit delivered a mixed ruling against Pfizer in litigation against Teva) relating to the pain medication Celebrex® (celocoxib) (where "celocoxib" is...more

Court Report - June 2015 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Mayne Pharma International Pty Ltd. v. Merck & Co., Inc., et al. 1:15-cv-00438; filed May 29, 2015 in the District Court...more

Japan’s Ministry of Health Revisits Generics

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) has announced a new policy regarding generic pharmaceuticals in an attempt to stem the rise of health care costs. Japan spends JPY50 trillion (of which approximately one fifth...more

California Supreme Court Decision in Cipro Highlights the Lack of Predictability in Antitrust Jurisprudence and Counseling

On May 7, 2015, the Supreme Court of California issued an opinion in In re Cipro Cases I & II, a case centered on pay-to-delay settlements between drug makers and generic manufacturers. The Court found the existence of an...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

Court Report - June 2015

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. v. Gilead Pharmasset LLC 1:15-cv-00416; filed May 21, 2015 in the District Court of...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

Second Circuit Holds a Hard Switch Between Drugs Is an Unlawful Product Hop Under Section 2

On May 22, 2015, in a much-watched case, the Second Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction against Actavis PLC and its wholly owned subsidiary, Forest Laboratories, LLC (collectively “Actavis” or “Forest”), finding that...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

Second Circuit Becomes First Court of Appeals to Address Pharmaceutical “Product Hopping” Under Antitrust Laws in Decision Barring...

Few courts have addressed antitrust challenges to pharmaceutical “product hopping,” i.e., the practice of shifting customers from a drug nearing the end of its patent protection to a modified version that is covered by newer...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

Newton’s Third Law: The Alabama Legislature Supersedes Weeks v. Wyeth and Disallows Innovator Liability in Product Liability Cases

Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states, loosely, that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. A force exerted by one body upon another causes an equal reaction by the second body. Want an...more

FTC’s $1.2 Billion Disgorgement Settlement With Cephalon: Heightened Scrutiny of Hatch-Waxman Settlements

On May 28, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the settlement of its 2008 lawsuit against Cephalon, Inc. (now owned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.), which alleged that Cephalon had made “reverse...more

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