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Continuing Coverage of FDA’s Crackdown on Stem Cell Clinics: Florida Clinic Cited for Unapproved Marketing and Inadequate...

by Hogan Lovells on

On the same day that FDA’s Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, announced new policy initiatives regarding stem cell therapies and regenerative medicine, FDA announced stepped up enforcement in this area and posted a warning...more

FDA Issues Guidance on Use of Real-World Evidence for Medical Devices

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On August 31, 2017, the Food and Drug Aministration issued a final guidance titled “Use of Real-World Evidence to Support Regulatory Decision-Making for Medical Devices.” In the guidance, which finalizes the agency’s July...more

FDA Approves First Cancer-Treatment Biosimilar -- Amgen's Mvasi

Earlier on September 14, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Amgen's application to market Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb), a biosimilar to Genentech's Avastin therapeutic antibody for the treatment of multiple...more

FDA Makes Gene Therapy Available for First Time in USA

by Snell & Wilmer on

Earlier this week, the FDA made gene therapy available for the first time in the United States. This decision, ushers in “a new approach to the treatment of cancer and other serious and life-threatening diseases” said the...more

FDA Commissioner Announces Stem Cell Enforcement Shift, Plans to Develop Comprehensive Regenerative Medicine Policies

In a major public move that has been long-awaited by proponents of evidence-based stem cell science, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a lengthy statement on August 28, 2017 “on the FDA’s new policy steps and enforcement...more

Developments in Regenerative Medicine: FDA Announces Plans to Clarify Its Oversight of Cellular Therapy Products and Approves...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, on Aug. 28, 2017, announced steps the agency is taking to begin rolling out policies and guidance documents to clarify its oversight over regenerative medicine products. Dr. Gottlieb...more

Skipping The Patent Dance: U.S. Supreme Court In Amgen V Sandoz Makes It More Difficult For Patent Owners To Delay Marketing Of...

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On June 12, 2017, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Thomas in Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., the United States Supreme Court considered the complex statutory scheme that attempts to expedite resolution of patent...more

Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign: Don’t Overlook What FDA Says and Writes

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In the 1971 song, “Signs,” the Canadian rock band, Five Man Electrical Band sang, “Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign … Can’t You Read the Sign?” The lyric resonates with us periodically as we discuss with a client a response from...more

FDA’s Health Software PreCert program to fast-track innovation

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Digital information has taken over our day-to-day lives, and the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to recognize that this includes many aspects of our health care as well. This is clearly demonstrated by...more

FDA Clarifies Consent Requirements for Certain Minimal Risk Clinical Investigations

by Morgan Lewis on

FDA’s guidance, which permits institutional review boards to waive informed consent for certain clinical investigations, may facilitate valuable personalized medicine research....more

Supreme Court Decision Allows Faster Marketing of Biosimilars

On Monday, June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court in a unanimous decision held that manufacturers making biosimilars of biologic drugs did not have to wait until after gaining federal approval of the biosimilar to...more

Electronic Drug Product Listing Errors Can Result in FDA Warning Letter

by Morgan Lewis on

FDA Warning Letters focus on inaccurate drug product listings. Over the last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) has increased its enforcement efforts concerning drug product listing requirements,...more

Effective Immediately: The FDA Updates Humanitarian Device Exemption Regulations

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 7, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is updating the humanitarian device exemption (HDE) regulations. The changes are meant to bring the regulations into compliance with the 21st Century...more

Biosimilars Update -- Pfizer's Proposed Epogen®/Procrit® Biosimilar Recommended for Approval

On May 25, 2017, the FDA's Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee recommended approval of biologics license application ("BLA") 125545 submitted by Hospira Inc., a Pfizer company, for Retacrit, a proposed biosimilar to Amgen...more

FDA Begins Reorganization that Will Affect How it Regulates Medical Technology

by Hogan Lovells on

What impact will the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s significant reorganization efforts have on how the agency regulates medical technology? The agency is reorganizing the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) and combining...more

The Life Sciences Report - Summer 2017

Factoring in Human Factors - According to a recent British Medical Journal research report, the mean rate of death from medical error in U.S. hospitals is estimated to be over 251,000 people per year. Though many medical...more

Outlook 2017 Teleconference: Revisiting the Trump Administration’s Impact on Life Sciences and Health Care—the First 100 Days

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Tuesday, May 2, Ropes & Gray hosted a teleconference, “Outlook 2017 Teleconference: Revisiting the Trump Administration’s Impact on Life Sciences and Health Care – the First 100 Days,” on the potential regulatory and...more

How Washington Can Help Biotechs

by Mark Mansour on

Biotechnology companies are making daily breakthroughs in understanding genetic and biomolecular causes of disease, and are committed to developing the next generation of medicines to transform patient care. It has been...more

FDA Relents, Grants Premarket Authorization to 23andMe Genetic Diagnostics Test

On April 6th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to loosen the reins on the genetic diagnostic and DNA analysis company 23andMe with regarding to direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing related to...more

FDA Cleared First DTC Genetic Tests for Health Risks

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted marketing authorization for 23andMe’s Personal Genome Service (PGS) Test for 10 diseases or conditions. This was the first FDA authorization for a...more

Right-to-Try or Right to Ask?

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Recently, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), a prominent medical organization, announced that it does not support so called “right-to-try” laws. Right-to-try legislation, which has now gained support in 33...more

Life Sciences Quarterly – Preparing for and Managing a Stock Drop

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

A sharp drop in a company’s stock price frequently results in the filing of one or more securities class actions. 2016 saw the highest number of securities class actions since 2000, with more than 1 in 20 publicly traded...more

[Webinar] Investment Decisions for Investors and Entrepreneurs Considering 505(b)(2) Drug Applications: How to Make Sure Your...

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 1:00 P.M. CST -- Are you an investor or entrepreneur considering 505(b)(2) drug applications? Join Jake Holdreith, Robins Kaplan, and Ken Phelps, Camargo Pharmaceutical Services for a complimentary...more

Boom Predicted in Biodegradable Stent Market

by Knobbe Martens on

Stents, which are typically inserted into a blood vessel in order to expand the vessel to prevent or alleviate a blockage, have traditionally been made from metal mesh and remained in the body permanently (or until later...more

Guidebook: Cybersecurity in the Pharma, Biotech, and Medical Devices Industries

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As a life sciences or medical device company, it is mission critical to protect lab books, drug and clinical test data, product formulas and production processes that underlie your patents, trade secrets and know-how from...more

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