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Anti-Corruption Risks and Drug and Device Companies

by Michael Volkov on

For years, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission touted the FCPA “sweep” of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. With good reason, DOJ and the SEC turned the drug and medical device...more

Hospira Finds Mixed Results in Instituting IPRs Against Genentech Patents for Herceptin®

by Knobbe Martens on

Hospira (owned by Pfizer) filed five IPR petitions against Genentech patents that Genentech asserted were directed to Herpceptin® (trastuzumab). The PTAB has now instituted IPRs in three of the five petitions and denied the...more

Genentech to Defend 3 of 4 Herceptin® Patents Challenged by Hospira

by Jones Day on

At least 19 IPRs have been filed against seven of Genentech’s patents covering its blockbuster antibody drug Herceptin® (trastuzumab). On July 27, 2017, the PTAB instituted IPRs filed by Hospira, Inc. (a subsidiary of Pfizer)...more

Q2 Earnings Round-Up

by Goodwin on

Below are some highlights from second quarter earnings reports recently released by biologics and biosimilar companies. ..Coherus reported that it has cash and cash equivalents of $118.3 million as of June 30, 2017 and...more

Money’s big for Big Pharma — in settlements, lobbying, and product prices

Even as drug makers are settling or scrambling to resolve disputes with regulators over dubious ways they peddle products, Big Pharma is busting records for its spending to lobby lawmakers on skyrocketing prices, easing...more

Bevacizumab Biosimilar Update

by Goodwin on

There has been some recent activity regarding proposed biosimilars to Roche’s Avastin (bevacizumab). Avastin is indicated for the treatment of various types of cancers, including colorectal, lung, and kidney cancer....more

PTAB Life Sciences Report - July 2017 #3

About the PTAB Life Sciences Report: Each month we will report on developments at the PTAB involving life sciences patents. Pfizer, Inc. v. Biogen, Inc. PTAB Petition: IPR2017-01115; filed March 24, 2017....more

Pfizer Takes Aim at Herceptin® Patent at the PTAB

by Fish & Richardson on

Pfizer has shown its muscle in the biosimilars field, purchasing Hospira in 2015 and launching the second biosimilar on the U.S. market, Inflectra® (infliximab), a biosimilar of Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade®. Pfizer is now...more

The Travails of the First U.S. EPO Biosimilar

Pfizer’s proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Epogen® and Johnson & Johnson’s Procrit® (epoetin alfa) is poised to be the first erythropoietin (EPO) biosimilar in the U.S. FDA staff recommended approval of Pfizer’s product as a...more

What Is Actual Knowledge? Third Circuit to Weigh in on Post-Escobar Materiality Question

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

One year after the Supreme Court changed the False Claims Act landscape, FCA litigants continue to grapple with the “demanding” materiality standard set forth in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel Escobar. Now...more

Pfizer Files Two Petitions for IPR of Genentech’s Trastuzumab Patent

by Goodwin on

Pfizer has filed two petitions for IPR of U.S. Patent 8,591,897, owned by Genentech: IPR2017-01726 and IPR2017-01727. According to the petitions, the ‘897 patent is directed to methods for treating patients with...more

Federal Court reaffirms and reissues section 8 venlafaxine judgments overturned by the Court of Appeal for hearsay

by Smart & Biggar on

As previously reported, in 2016 the Federal Court of Appeal set aside a decision of the Federal Court awarding Teva close to $125 million in damages under section 8 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations...more

Pfizer Gets Second CRL On Proposed Epoetin Alfa Biosimilar

by Goodwin on

According to a Pfizer press release, the FDA has issued a second Complete Response Letter (CRL) to Pfizer in connection with the company’s aBLA for Retacrit, a proposed biosimilar of Epogen® and Procrit® (epoetin alpha)....more

Consolidated Cholesterol Drug Cases Lack Critical Mass for CAFA Jurisdiction

by Carlton Fields on

The Central District of California district court recently weighed in on the limits of mass action jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). The matter began as various individual state court actions alleging...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

Pfizer files two IPR petitions on Genentech’s Patent Directed to Methods of Making Humanized Antibodies

by Goodwin on

Pfizer, Inc. has filed two petitions (IPR2017-01488 and IPR2017-01489) challenging claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,407,213 (“the’213 patent”). According to the petitions, the ’213 patent is directed to methods of making humanized...more

FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of Pfizer’s EPOGEN®/PROCRIT® Biosimilar

by Goodwin on

As we previously reported, the FDA Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (“ODAC”) held a public meeting today regarding Hospira’s application for its proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Epogen®/Procrit® (epoetin alfa). Pfizer,...more

Pfizer Files Two Petitions for IPR of Chugai Pharmaceutical’s Protein Purification Patents

by Goodwin on

Pfizer, Inc. has filed two petitions for IPR of Chugai Pharmaceuticals’s patents: IPR2017-01357 on U.S. Patent 7,332,289 and IPR2017-01358 on U.S. Patent 7,927,815. According to the petitions, both patents are directed to...more

FCA Issues to Watch: Pharmaceutical and Device Developments | INSIDE THE FCA

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The government’s FCA enforcement efforts have continued to focus on key areas concerning the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In fact, drug and device manufacturers accounted for nearly half of the enforcement...more

Rx IP Update - April 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

Teva awarded section 8 damages regarding pregabalin and olanzapine - On March 30 and April 4, 2017, the Federal Court released two decisions on the merits under section 8 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of...more

Pfizer Files for IPR of Two Biogen Patents Directed to Rituximab

by Goodwin on

In the past few days, Pfizer has filed petitions for IPR of two of Biogen’s patents related to rituximab: IPR2017-01166 on U.S. Patent 8,329,172 and IPR2017-01167 on U.S. Patent 8,577,244. According to the petitions, the...more

Federal Court of Appeal dismisses Teva’s appeal relating to utility and sufficiency

by Smart & Biggar on

On March 14, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) dismissed Teva’s appeal of Locke J.’s Order prohibiting the Minister of Health from issuing a notice of compliance (NOC) to Teva in respect of its calcipotriol and...more

PTAB Institutes Two IPRs in Hospira v. Genentech Avastin Dispute

by Knobbe Martens on

Bevacizumab (Avastin®) is the subject of the widely watched “patent dance” dispute between Genentech and Amgen regarding Amgen’s proposed biosimilar. Hospira, however, (now owned by Pfizer) has chosen a different path in...more

Pfizer to Close Australian Plant

by Goodwin on

According to BioPharma-reporter, Pfizer will close the Australian plant at which Pfizer manufactures API for HSP-130, a biosimilar version of Amgen’s Neulasta, by 2021. Pfizer will move production of the API to Croatia in an...more

Update on Ireland’s Framework Agreement

by Goodwin on

Last fall, we reported on Pfizer’s 30% price cut to Enbrel® (etanercept) to comply with Ireland’s Framework Agreement on the Supply and Pricing of Medicines, which requires price reductions for off-patent branded biologic...more

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