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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

FDA Issues First Compounding Pharmacy Warning Letter Under DQSA/503B

On January 17, FDA issued its opening sally in the new compounding pharmacy enforcement regime by issuing a Warning Letter to Avella of Deer Valley in Phoenix, AZ. The letter is based on a nearly year-old inspection (February...more

J&J Will Pay $2.2 Billion and Enter 5-Year CIA to Settle Off-Label and Kickback Charges

This week, the DOJ announced that J&J has agreed to pay over $2.2 billion in civil and criminal fines in one of the nation’s largest ever health care fraud settlements. As part of the resolution, J&J subsidiary Jannsen will...more

Misbranded Drugs: A Danger To Physicians And Patients

Mail-order businesses, including pharmacies, bombard doctors by fax, phone, and Internet offering an assortment of name-brand medications and treatments at bargain prices. These new options tempt physicians with the promise...more

Business Litigation Report -- April 2013

In This Issue: - Firm News: DoJ Star Healthcare Fraud Prosecutor Joins Washington, D.C. Office; and Quinn Emanuel Wins Top Honors at the Inaugural U.S. Benchmark Annual Awards - Main...more

The First Amendment and Off-Label Promotion: United States v. Caronia

For years, the U.S. Department of Justice has aggressively pursued and brought charges over “off-label promotions”—the promotion of drugs for uses that have not received FDA approval—by pharmaceutical manufacturers and their...more

Court Upholds Executive’s Conviction Stemming from Off-Label Drug Promotion

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld the wire fraud and misbranding convictions and sentence of InterMune Inc. founder W. Scott Harkonen. United States v. Harkonen, No. 11-10209 (9th Cir. March 4, 2013)....more

False Press Release Leads To Exclusion From Federal Programs

Dr. Harkonen was the CEO of InterMune, Inc, a pharmaceutical company that developed, marketed and sold drugs for lung and liver diseases, including Actimmune. In 2002, the FDA had approved Actimmune to treat only two...more

Second Circuit Vacates Pharmaceutical Misbranding Conviction on Free Speech Grounds

After two years of deliberation, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has finally issued its decision in United States v. Caronia, holding that the government cannot prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers or their...more

FDA Will Not Appeal Second Circuit Decision in U.S. v. Caronia

After the Second Circuit’s split decision in U.S. v. Caronia, holding that truthful off-label marketing is protected under the First Amendment and thus cannot be prosecuted under the misbranding provisions of the Food Drug...more

Second Circuit Declares Off-Label Promotion Ban Unconstitutional: Implications for False Claims Act Defendants

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the First Amendment protects pharmaceutical companies who truthfully promote the lawful, off-label use of prescription drugs from...more

Second Circuit Vacates Off-Label Promotion Conviction on First Amendment Grounds in U.S. v. Caronia

On December 3, 2012, a panel of three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the November 2009 conviction of Alfred Caronia for conspiracy to introduce a misbranded drug into interstate commerce...more

Second Circuit Jettisons Criminal Conviction for Pharma Rep Convicted for Off-Label Promotion

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the conviction of a pharmaceutical sales representative convicted for misbranding in violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic...more

Off-Label Marketing Questioned as a Viable Criminal Theory – But Stay Tuned

On December 3, 2012, a divided Second Circuit held in United States v. Caronia (“Caronia”) that the misbranding provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) do not criminalize “the truthful off-label...more

United States v. Caronia: Second Circuit Rules Manufacturers Cannot Be Criminally Prosecuted for Off-Label Promotion of Drugs...

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a landmark decision in United States v. Caronia, holding that “the government cannot prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers and their...more

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