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New FDA Guidance Doubles-Down on 1980 Fortification Policy and Potential Misbranding Risks of “Inappropriate Fortification”

FDA recently released its Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers on FDA’s Fortification Policy (Guidance) to “clarify the existing policy” in response to questions FDA has received from the food industry, other federal...more

FDA Requests Public Comments on “Natural” Food Labeling

On November 10, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is seeking public comments on use of the term “natural” on food labeling. FDA, “Natural” on Food Labeling (Nov. 10, 2015). The agency explained...more

GNC lawsuit reflects FDA’s crackdown on dietary supplement industry

The Oregon Attorney General’s Office hit General Nutrition Centers (GNC) with a lawsuit last week alleging that the company knowingly sold supplements that contained FDA-banned ingredients. The action should serve as a...more

First Amendment Notes: Amicus Briefs In Pacira & Application of IMS v. Sorrell

Here we discuss a couple of developments involving (actually or potentially) the application of the First Amendment to the FDA’s increasingly battered prohibition against truthful promotion of off-label use....more

The FDA Tiptoes – and Congress Splashes Into – the 21st Century

Here are a couple of non-litigation related matters that we thought our readers need to know about. First, the FDA. We’ve pointed out before that the FDA’s “intended use” regulations for drugs (21 C.F.R. §201.128) and...more

Southern District of New York Finds Amarin Pharma, Inc.’s Off-Label Promotion Is Protected Speech; Company Cannot Be Prosecuted...

Pharmaceutical industry and constitutional buffs have been closely watching Amarin Pharma Inc. v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The case presented the (not wholly novel) question whether the First Amendment protects...more

Pharma and Medical Device Industry Victory in Off-Label Marketing Decision

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently held that the FDA may not constitutionally bring a misbranding action based on truthful and non-misleading off-label promotion of an FDA-approved drug,...more

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again: FDA Sued Again in Off-Label Promotion Case

To quote the late Yogi Berra, it must feel like déjà vu all over again for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (or, if you prefer, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s song, “Déjà Vu” (“We have all been here before”)). Fresh off...more

“Food” Courts Confirm That Price Premium Is the Proper Measure of Damages in Misbranding Cases

The flurry of food mislabeling class actions filed in California federal courts has recently come to a halt under the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Comcast v. Beherend. Comcast requires that putative class action plaintiffs...more

What’s in a Name? When You’re Selling a Food with an Established Federal Standard of Identity, a Whole Lot!

A bluntly labeled section of the Code of Federal Regulations – “Mayonnaise” – provides a description of this particular food dressing, the food’s required ingredients, optional ingredients, and how to declare those...more

Another Successful First Amendment Challenge to the Prohibition of Off-Label Promotion for FDA-Approved Drugs

The Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment prevailed in the latest challenge to the FDA's prohibition against marketing FDA-approved drugs for off-label (or non-FDA-approved) uses. Applying the Second Circuit’s...more

FDA is “Keeping up with Kardashians’” Social Media Posts

On August 7, 2015, the FDA sent a warning letter to drug maker, Duchesnay, over Kim Kardashian’s endorsement of its pills for morning-sickness. Kardashian had made an Instagram and Facebook post which vouched for the...more

First Amendment Protects Truthful Off-Label Speech by Drug Manufacturers

Pharmaceutical manufacturers have likely taken note of Amarin Pharma Inc.’s recent success in a pre-enforcement legal challenge against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency). On August 7, 2015, Amarin obtained...more

FDA Cites Drug Company for Kim Kardashian Endorsement

This week might have been the first time that an FDA regulatory issue hit the headlines on TMZ and other “celebrity watcher” websites. In an August 7 Warning Letter sent to the drug company Duchesnay, Inc., FDA complains...more

Amarin Court Holds Truthful Off-Label Speech Entitled to First Amendment Protection

On August 7, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion in Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. FDA, granting Amarin preliminary relief to engage in truthful and non-misleading off-label speech...more

Pharmaceutical Companies Get Off-Label Marketing Victory

Last week, a federal judge ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot prohibit a pharmaceutical company from marketing its drugs for off-label uses if its claims are truthful and not misleading. This ruling,...more

Practical Implications from Amarin

Amarin is an important US district court opinion affirming the importance of the Second Circuit’s Caronia decision and finding that pharmaceutical and medical device companies have a constitutionally protected right to...more

Amarin Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against FDA Regarding Off-Label and First Amendment Issues

In our prior posts about Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. FDA, we wondered what the Southern District of New York would make of Amarin’s request for an order prohibiting the FDA from taking enforcement actions against it over speech...more

Federal Court Grants First Amendment Injunction in Amarin Case

Federal Court Grants Requested Injunction in Amarin: Confirms Caronia Stands for Proposition that “the government cannot prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers and their representatives under the FDCA for speech promoting the...more

Blog: Significant Court Decision Issued Today re: Off-Label Promotion

A highly anticipated decision was issued today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in the case, Amarin Pharma Inc. et al. v. Food and Drug Administration et al. (case no. 1:15-cv-03588). See this...more

Breaking News - Amarin Hits First Amendment Home Run Off FDA

Here’s a copy of today’s 71-page decision in Amarin Pharma, Inc v. FDA, No. 15 Civ. 3588 (PAE), slip op. (S.D.N.Y. Aug.7, 2015), in which the court granted a First Amendment-related injunction against the FDA’s prohibition...more

Officer/Director Liability for Violations of the US Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

Officers and directors of Irish and Northern Irish companies whose products would be regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (life sciences companies, specifically) should be aware of developments on the issue of...more

Phelps v. Coca-Cola: Orange Juice Misbranding “Copycat” Suit Finds Its Way Into State Court

Copycat lawsuits appear to be increasing in food labeling cases. The Coca-Cola Company (“Coca-Cola”) is the latest company to be targeted with a copycat suit in California. A putative class action, Phelps v. The Coca-Cola...more

FDA Ups the Ante on Inspections with New Administrative Detention Authority

New authority allows FDA inspectors to quickly detain products during inspections if they believe the products are misbranded or adulterated....more

Northern District Judge Tosses “Evaporated Cane Juice” Food Misbranding Claims Against Whole Foods

On March 31, 2014 Judge Edward J. Davila in the Northern District of California partially dismissed a lawsuit against Whole Foods Market alleging misleading labeling of its in-house “Everyday Value” products. The plaintiff...more

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