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The Ghosts of Litigation Holds Past

Earlier this year, in the widely followed In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation matter, a Louisiana federal jury ordered a drug manufacturer to pay $6 billion in punitive damages and $1.5 million in actual...more

Recent FDA Draft Guidance Addresses Social Media Challenges Faced by Drug and Device Companies

The first draft guidance discusses how drug and medical device companies may promote their products using character space limited social media (e.g., Twitter) and Internet advertisements (e.g., Google search engine...more

The Inversion Craze: Will Today's Routine Tax Planning Be Retroactively Outlawed?

Alongside the more typical summer fare, such as coverage of the best beach reading and the latest action movie blockbuster, this summer the media have been abuzz with seemingly daily reports on the latest so-called...more

Federal Court Holds Manufacturer of Investigational Drug and Medical Device Responsible for Clinical Trial Investigator’s...

In a recent decision subject to multiple flaws, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts refused to dismiss a suit against the manufacturer of an investigational drug and medical device used in a...more

Teaching Hospitals and Physicians Must Take Action Now to Correct Erroneous Reports about them Submitted Under the Sunshine Act

On September 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will make public the reports submitted by pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers under the Sunshine Act. These reports will disclose...more

CMS Wants To Shine Light On CME Payments To Physicians

It’s a question CMS has been wrestling with since the enactment of the Sunshine Act (sometimes called the Open Payments Program) as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Sunshine Act generally requires a manufacturer to...more

Drug Compounding: Manufacturing Standards Announced for Outsourcing Facilities

In late 2013, Congress passed the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) in response to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a sterile compounded injectable drug shipped across the country and responsible for more than...more

FDA Issues Two Draft Guidance Documents Relating to Internet and Social Media Use by Drug and Device Manufacturers

On June 17, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released two draft guidance documents related to manufacturer communications on the Internet and social media platforms. The two documents are (1) “Internet/Social...more

Protecting Drug Supply Chain Security

Millions of Americans take prescription drugs every day while assuming that those drugs are what they purport to be, that they have not been tampered with, and certainly that they are not counterfeit. The validity of those...more

Red Notice Newsleter

Welcome to the May 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month, on the anticorruption front, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) agrees to pay USD $135 million to settle a...more

Study Links 340b Increase To Hospital Acquisition Of Physician Practices

The 340B program requires pharmaceutical manufacturers with Medicaid-covered products to give discounts on covered drugs purchased by eligible entities, which include disproportionate share hospitals, critical access...more

Liability for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Expands for the First Time to Include Design Defect Claims

Product liability law in Pennsylvania has been fundamentally altered as it relates to the manufacturing and selling of prescription drugs. Manufacturers are now subject to design defect claims following a recent state Supreme...more

FTC Finalizes Amendments To HSR Rules Regarding Transfer Of Exclusive Patent Rights In The Pharmaceutical Industry

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized certain amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) premerger notification regulations clarifying the scope of reportable transactions involving transfers of patent rights in the...more

California Cuts Manufacturers Some Slack

As this space has pointed out on several occasions, California’s laws are nothing, if not unique. One such law is California’s Business & Professions Code Section 12606.2 which prohibits a container or package from having...more

HIPAA/HITECH Compliance Strategies for Medical Device Manufacturers

As computing power continues to become cheaper and more powerful, medical devices are increasingly capable of handling larger and larger sets of data. This provides the ability to log ever expanding amounts of information...more

Healthcare Law -- Aug 19, 2013

As the Healthcare Landscape Shifts, Four Issues Are Critical to Build Effective Market Access Strategies - In this time of high growth and fast change for the healthcare industry, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and...more

Ready or Not – Sunshine Act Data Collection Starts Today

Today pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”) start to collect data on their financial arrangements with physicians and teaching hospitals to comply with the Physician...more

Court Report -- July 28, 2013

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. et al. v. Exela Pharma Sciences LLC et al. 1:13-cv-01275; filed July 24, 2013 in the...more

Ten Required Steps To Ensure Effective Compliance Programs By Pharmaceutical And Medical Device Companies (Part III Of III)

In response to the Glaxo controversy and the continuing risks of aggressive FCPA enforcement, drug and device companies need to review and enhance their anti-corruption compliance programs. ...more

Pharmaceutical And Medical Device Companies: Taking It On The Chin (Part II Of III)

As the Glaxo controversy unravels each day, it is important to remember the enforcement context in which the current prosecution in China is occurring. ...more

Criminal Antitrust Newsletter - July 2013

INDUSTRY SCORECARD - E-books: Apple Inc.’s high-profile price-fixing trial ended in June, and the Court decided the case in the government’s favor recently. Some reports from the trial suggested that the case brought...more

Let The Sunshine In – The Risks To Pharmaceutical And Medical Device Companies From Open Payment Transparency

Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers (as well as group purchasing organizations “GPOs”) have a major compliance challenge ahead — the Physician Payment Sunshine Act regulations. ...more

News from Abroad: Court of Appeal Refers Questions on Specific Mechanism to Court of Justice of European Union

Merck Canada Inc and Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd v Sigma Pharmaceuticals plc - Prior to their accession to the European Patent Convention, several states did not allow patent protection for pharmaceutical products. To...more

China Life Sciences Health Industry Client Briefing – March 2013 (April 26, 2013)

Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Health Care & Life Sciences - ..Medical Devices - CFDA Seeks Public Comment on Special Approval Procedures for Innovative Medical Devices: China Food and Drug...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

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