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CMS Wants To Shine Light On CME Payments To Physicians

It’s a question CMS has been wrestling with since the enactment of the Sunshine Act (sometimes called the Open Payments Program) as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Sunshine Act generally requires a manufacturer to...more

FDA Issues New Drug Compounding and Outsourcing Facility Guidance - The New Policy Documents Clarify FDA's Expectations and...

The FDA issued multiple policy documents on July 1, 2014, to implement the Compounding Quality Act (CQA). Congress enacted the CQA in November 2013 as part of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), in response to the...more

Sudden Impact

I was once interviewed live on Bloomberg radio at some god-awful hour in the morning, following a 30% drop in the share price of Ely Lily resulting from a negative decision in a patent case by the U.S. Court of Appeals in the...more

CMS Proposes Changes to Sunshine Act Reporting

Drug and device manufacturers breathing a sigh of relief after completing their 2013 data submissions under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the “Sunshine Act’) must now contend with four proposed changes to the Sunshine...more

FDA Issues Two Additional Draft Guidance Documents on Social Media

On June 17, 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two additional draft guidance documents relating to the pharmaceutical industry's use of social media. One of the guidance documents addresses how...more

Putting Structure and Function Into Context for USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

The USPTO’s ”Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products” has been criticized for requiring a product to be markedly different in...more

Hospitals Urging SCOTUS to Limit False Claims Act Penalties

What do a moving company and a hospital association have in common? The False Claims Act (FCA). The American Hospital Association along with the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Pharmaceutical Research and...more

Health Care Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - E&C continues to push for bipartisan efforts to improve drug pipeline - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Health Care...more

Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC v. Roche Diagnostics GMBH, C.A. No. 5589-VCP (Del. Ch. June 25, 2014) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this post-trial memorandum opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed plaintiffs’ breach of contract claim with prejudice, finding that plaintiffs failed to establish they were parties to the License Agreement at...more

Court Report -- Part II - July 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. v. Par Pharmaceutical Inc. 1:14-cv-00789; filed June 20, 2014 in the District Court of...more

Court Report - July 2014 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Eli Lilly and Company et al. v. Panacea Biotec, Ltd. 1:14-cv-01064; filed June 26, 2014 in the Southern District of...more

No Sex Please, We’re British: More from GSK in China

The above is the title of a British television show/play/movie which is a farcical romp about a newlywed couple who mistakenly receive an initial shipment of pornographic pictures, then movies and women, all sent from Sweden...more

Federal Circuit Looks for a Different Kind of Unexpected Results in BMS v. Teva

In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that BMS’s Baraclude® patent is invalid as obvious. In so doing, the court gave little weight to...more

FDA Releases Five New Compounding Pharmacy Policy Documents

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released five documents outlining the FDA’s current policies regarding compounded drug products for human use. All of the documents are available through the FDA’s...more

Drug Compounding: Manufacturing Standards Announced for Outsourcing Facilities

In late 2013, Congress passed the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) in response to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a sterile compounded injectable drug shipped across the country and responsible for more than...more

CCO Challenges in the Healthcare Industry

Chief Compliance Officers have a tough job. It does not matter what industry they are working in, CCOs face a myriad of challenges. The healthcare industry, however, has its own set of challenges. While there has been...more

Drug Distributor and Pharmacies Obtain Partial Dismissal of State and Federal FCA Claims

On June 10, 2014, a New York federal court dismissed, in part, state and federal False Claims Act (FCA) claims brought against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and pharmacies to which it distributed (CVS Caremark Corp.,...more

Commission-Based Sales Agreements for Medical Supplies and Equipment: More Whistleblower Activity on the Horizon? - A Wide Range...

The common industry practice of compensating independent contractor sales representatives on a "percentage of sales" commission basis may be creating an enhanced risk of False Claims Act liability for illegal kickbacks in...more

Blood Clot Test Strips Voluntarily Recalled Following Three Deaths

Alere Inc. has voluntarily recalled Alere INRatio2 PT/INR Professional Test Strips after nine adverse events — including three deaths — were linked to the defective medical device. The prothrombin time test measures how long...more

FDA Offers Guidance for Choosing Prescription Drug Names

If you've seen your share of prescription drug commercials, you've likely marveled at the odd drug names: Moexipril. Oxcarbazepine. Zafirlukast. You might think pharmaceutical companies just prefer complex, new combinations...more

June 2014: Life Sciences Litigation Update

Combination Drug Product Patent Validity. Pioneer pharmaceutical companies may have been reluctant to make the significant research and development investments required to bring combination drug products to market based on...more

Court Report - June 2014 #5

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Mylan Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-00777; filed June 19, 2014 in the District Court of...more

China’s National Auditing Office Notes Compliance Concerns with Sponsorship of Academic Conferences in the Healthcare Sector

In China, it is common industry practice for pharmaceutical companies to sponsor academic conferences. As long as such events are aimed at enhancing the practice of medicine and patient welfare, the practice has been allowed....more

Federal Judge Puts Narcolepsy Drug Horizontal Conspiracy Claims to Bed

On Monday, June 23, 2014, a Federal Judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted summary judgment for five pharmaceutical companies on horizontal conspiracy claims brought by Apotex Inc. and direct purchaser and end...more

HHS to Continue Enforcing Orphan Drug Exclusion from 340B Program

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through its Office of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced last week that, although a court recently struck down its regulation addressing application...more

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