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When Customer Supply Contracts Lead to Trouble: Exclusive Dealing Provisions Result in FTC Monopolization Action against Invibio

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to aggressively enforce the antitrust laws. On April 27, 2016, the FTC took action against Victrex, plc and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Invibio, Inc. and Invibio Limited...more

Texas Federal Court Says Device Manufacturer is Not a Health Care Provider, but Also Not a Seller

Sometimes it takes us a while to catch on to things. This is more than a little embarrassing for a Jersey guy to admit, but while many of our high school classmates were devout Springsteen fans after his first two albums,...more

Forcing Exclusivity on Your Customers May Not Be the Best Competitive Response

In the words of the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) Bureau of Competition, the recent enforcement against Invibio, Inc., the first company to sell implant-grade polyetheretherketone, known as PEEK, to...more

Benesch’s 2nd Annual 3D Printing Seminar (A Summary Repeat)

Several hundred business leaders, engineers, attorneys and academics gathered last week for an annual symposium on 3D Printing hosted by Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff. The ability to form physical objects from...more

Abbott to Acquire St. Jude Medical for $25 Billion

A burst of potential acquisitions and consolidations occurred on April 28th in the medical device world, the largest being Abbott Laboratories‘ deal to acquire St. Jude Medical Inc. The deal is for $25 billion dollars and...more

FTC Settles Monopolization Charges Stemming from Contract Exclusivity Terms Used by First-to-Market Medical Polymer Maker

The mere possession of monopoly power does not violate federal antitrust laws. The laws only address the anticompetitive acquisition, maintenance, or abuse of that power. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) entered into a...more

Preemption: Oregon Has Not Gone Bananas

Can you get sued over a picture of a banana? It seems the answer might depend on where you live and probably not in Oregon. That is one takeaway from a good preemption case that came out of the District of Oregon last week,...more

FDA Proposes Ban on Electrical Stimulation Devices for Aggressive or Self-Injurious Behavior

On April 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a proposed rule banning electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior....more

C.D. Cal. Dismisses Infusion Pump Complaint

The plaintiff in Frere v. Medtronic, Inc., 2016 WL 1533524 (C.D. Cal. April 6, 2014), was an 80 year-old woman who had an infusion pump implanted to treat her chronic low-back pain. According to the plaintiff, the device...more

FDA Extends Comment Period on Third-Party Medical Device Servicing

As an update to my post on Friday, April 22, FDA has extended the deadline for comments on third-party servicing of medical devices. According to FDA’s notice of extension, comments are now due by June 3, 2016....more

Tougher Oversight Needed on Harms of Medical Devices

Problems with medical devices contribute to 3,000 Americans’ deaths annually, research shows, and fixing any one of the problem devices can cost hundreds of millions. So why aren’t government officials doing more and better...more

Innovator Drug/510k Medical Device Impossibility Preemption and the Meaning of “A Fortiori”

According to Black’s Law Dictionary, “a fortiori” is legal Latin meaning: - By even greater force of logic; even more so it follows. We’ve been arguing for some time – since PLIVA v. Mensing, 131 S. Ct. 2567...more

FDA Still Seeking Manufacturer Views on Medical Device ISO Regulation

On March 4, 2016, the FDA issued notice in the Federal Register that it had opened a docket to accept comments on the agency’s proposed plan to address the refurbishing, remarketing, rebuilding, remanufacturing, and servicing...more

Mobile App Compliance for Dummies: New Tool Helps Developers Understand Their Legal Compliance Requirements

In a joint effort by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), HHS Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a new web-based tool...more

Jury Sides with Defendant in Whistleblower's Suit Alleging Defendant "Caused" False Claims

Abbott Laboratories recently won a jury verdict in a high profile qui tam lawsuit alleging that Abbott “caused” health providers to submit false Medicare payment claims for off-label use of biliary stents. U.S. ex rel....more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

Settle or Fight FDA/DOJ Off-Label Use Allegations? WSJ Editorial Looks at Vascular Solutions Trial Win and Asks What's Next?

In an editorial this weekend entitled “No Justice for Business,” The Wall Street Journal hailed a recent trial win by medical device maker Vascular Solutions, Inc. (VSI) as a “victory for common sense and the First Amendment”...more

First U.S. Implant of St. Jude’s First-to-Market “CRT-D”

St. Jude Medical, Inc. recently announced the U.S. launch and the first U.S. implant of its Quadra Assure MP™ cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D). The Quadra Assura MP™ features St. Jude Medical’s...more

Federal District Court Slashes Punitive Award In Hip Implant Case

A couple of months ago, I did a post about the post-trial motions in the first trial arising out of alleged defects in Wright Medical Technology’s hip implant device. On April 5, the district court resolved the motions,...more

FDA Active on the Device Front for Q1 2016

Additional guidance documents are expected. The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) first quarter of calendar-year 2016 has been a busy one on the medical device front. FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological...more

FDA Medical Device Quality Inspections Drop in 2015

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has released statistics showing that it inspected fewer medical device manufacturers in 2015 than in 2014....more

U.S. Market Entry for the German Healthcare IT Company

The healthcare market in the United States is massive, with total spending in excess of $3 trillion. Federal government incentives for the adoption of electronic health records has resulted in an increasingly interoperable...more

Surgical, Medical, and Assistive Robotics

Robotic technology has been used in medicine for over 30 years. In 1985, a robot called the Puma 560 (shown at right) was used to perform a needle biopsy of human brain tissue. By the turn of the last century, it was widely...more

Life Spine Announces FDA Clearance of PROLIFT Expandable Interbody System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance to the PROLIFT Expandable Interbody System of Life Spine. Accordoing to its website, Life Spine is a medical device company based in Huntley, Ill.,...more

Learning Something New – Limits To Human Tissue Liability

Every now and then even Bexis comes across a decision involving legal propositions he’d never heard of before. Such was the human tissue case Kennedy-McInnis v. Biomedical Tissue Services, Ltd., No. 13-CV-6545, slip op....more

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