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PTAB Update -- Biopharmaceutical Edition

Earlier this week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB" or "Board") handed down what is thought to be the first set of inter partes review ("IPR") Final Written Decisions ("FWDs") in the biopharmaceutical industry. And...more

CMS Releases 2016 Draft Call Letter

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) released its 2016 Advance Rate Notice and draft Call Letter (2016 Call Letter) for the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D programs. The 2016 Call Letter outlines...more

Africa Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

The Iron Law of Unintended Consequences - (with apologies to Robert Michels)

It is a certainty that no matter what action is taken (by an individual, a group, or especially a legislative body) that there will be unintended consequences. It is also true that those unintended consequences, like the...more

The Court’s Decision in the FLANAX US Trademark Dispute Gives Bayer a Headache

On February 6, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia reversed the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s ruling in Bayer Consumer Care AG v. Belmora LLC, 110 USPQ2d 1623 (TTAB 2014) holding that...more

The Medicines Co. v. Mylan Inc.

Case Name: The Medicines Co. v. Mylan Inc., Civ. No. 1:11-cv-1285, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152433 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 27, 2014) (St. Eve, J.) (Generic drug manufacturer was liable for patent infringement as a matter of law when the...more

Pharmaceutical Patent Score a Win - Amneal Pharms., LLC v. Supernus Pharms., Inc.

In three separate but related final written decisions in the first successful defense of a pharmaceutical patent in an inter partes review (IPR), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board...more

Generic Drug Price Hike Investigations Target Lannett

Since we last reported on state and federal investigations into recent generic drug price increases, the investigations have moved forward against Philadelphia-based Lannett Co. On November 20, a Senate healthcare...more

Free Speech & Pharmaceutical Promotion — U.S. ex rel. Solis v. Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Off-label prescription drug use — using drugs to treat ailments not indicated on FDA-approved labeling — is among the thorniest legal issues facing the pharmaceutical sector. On one hand, off-label prescriptions are lawful...more

CMS Takes a Measured Approach to Medicare Advantage and Part D Plan Payment Rates and Policy Changes for 2016

Increased Part D Drug Costs Set the Stage for Higher Beneficiary Premiums - The Advance Notice (“Advance Notice”) of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (“CY”) 2016 for Medicare Advantage (“MA”) Capitation Rates,...more

FDA Revisits Its Proposed Rule Regarding Generic Drug Labeling

On February 18, 2015, the FDA announced that it is reopening the comment period for its proposed rule that would allow ANDA holders to unilaterally update their generic drug product labels prior to the NDA holder doing so....more

False Claims Act – 2014 Year in Review

The False Claims Act (FCA) imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud or submit false claims to the federal government. The FCA allows the federal government to seek treble damages, civil penalties and...more

Petitioners Denied Second Bite at IPR Petition - Biodelivery Sciences Int’l, Inc. v. RB Pharms. Ltd.; Standard Innovation Corp. v....

In two separate but similar written decisions involving challenged patents that were already the subject of instituted proceedings, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied...more

Court Report - February 2015 #4

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. et al. v. Pfizer, Inc. 2:15-cv-01283; filed February 18, 2015 in the District...more

FDA Proposed Rule in Flux?

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has reopened the comment period for its proposed rule on generic drug labeling. It has also scheduled a day-long public meeting to hear comments and...more

FDA Issues Additional Guidance Documents for Compounding Pharmacies and Outsourcing Facilities; Addresses Repackaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of four new Draft Guidance documents and a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the FDA and individual states. The Draft Guidance documents...more

Clinical Trial and Medicare Provider Quality Improvement Provisions in House Committee 21st Century Cures Discussion Draft

On January 27, 2015, the House Energy & Commerce Committee (“Committee”) released a discussion draft of comprehensive medical innovation reform legislation as part of its 21st Century Cures Initiative. According to supporting...more

DOJ Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

On February 11, the DOJ announced a $7.9 million settlement with a Delaware-based pharmaceutical manufacturer for allegedly violating the False Claims Act by engaging in a kickback scheme with a pharmacy benefits manager...more

Five Lessons From OPDP's First Enforcement of 2015: (Lack of) Precision Carries the Day

The first Untitled Letter of 2015 from the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) provides valuable lessons on drug promotion. OPDP issued its first Untitled Letter of 2015, after a 2014 relatively light on...more

Warner Chilcott Co, LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc

Case Name: Warner Chilcott Co, LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., Nos. 2014-1439, 2014-1441, 2014-1444, 2014-1445, 2014-1446, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 21946 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 18, 2014) (Circuit Judges Lourie, Reyna and Taranto...more

Arizona Applies Consumer Fraud Act to Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Arizona has joined two other states in applying its consumer fraud law to pharmaceutical manufacturers. The Arizona Court of Appeals decision came in a products liability action against Medicis Corporation, related to a...more

GPhA Annual Meeting 2015: GDUFA, Quality, and Industry Trends – Part Two of Two

Day Two of the open GPhA Annual Meeting featured a panel on FDA and industry perspectives on a quality culture. Janet Woodcock, M.D., Center Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) provided the agency’s new...more

Blog: Vermont AG Announces Another Disclosure Law Enforcement Action

the Vermont Office of the Attorney General (“VT AG”) previously published several enforcement actions taken against manufacturers of pharmaceutical, biological and medical devices for failing to comply with the state’s...more

GPhA Annual Meeting 2015: GDUFA, Quality, and Industry Trends: Part One of Two

On February 9-11, 2015, a record 765 attendees descended on Miami Beach for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA’s) Annual Meeting. Craig Wheeler, President, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. delivered the welcoming...more

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