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California Advances PBM Licensing and “Transparency” Law

Last week, the California Assembly Committee on Business and Professions voted in favor of Assembly Bill 315. AB 315 seeks to amend the California Business and Professions Code: (a) to require PBMs to obtain licensure from...more

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Begins Clinical Investigation for Omalizumab Biosimilar

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In a press release, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals announced today that the U.S. FDA has cleared Glenmark’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application of GBR 310, a proposed biosimilar of XOLAIR® (omalizumab), to initiate a...more

The New England Compounding Center: The CEO of a Massachusetts Drug Company on Trial for Murder

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This was really a public health tragedy . . . I re- member feeling very scared.’’ This is how Dr. Benjamin Park, a division chief at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (‘‘CDC’’), described the deadly...more

Court Rules Indirect Purchaser Claims Against Theranos May Proceed

by Allen Matkins on

Theranos’ anni horribilium began in October 2015 with the publication of a story by investigative reporter John Carreyrou at The Wall Street Journal. Lawsuits and government investigations ensued. Although the Theranos...more

How Will the Trump Administration Impact Healthcare Litigation?

Editor's Note: In a dramatic conclusion to the heated debate surrounding the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill was withdrawn after it became clear that House leadership did not have enough votes to pass it. There is...more

Supreme Court Preview -- Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc.

On Wednesday, April 26, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. case. This case involves the interpretation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act ("BPCIA"), which will be...more

Sandoz’s Biosimilars Rituximab and Etanercept are Recommended for Approval in Europe

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On Friday, April 21, 2017, Sandoz announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended the approval of Sandoz’s biosimilars rituximab and etanercept in Europe. If approved, rituximab may be...more

Health Care E-Note - April 2017

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An often overlooked and under publicized provision of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) is the retaliatory discharge prohibition. This is probably because retaliatory discharge claims do not grab headlines by winning multimillion...more

FDA Advisory Committee to Hold Public Meeting on Hospira’s Proposed Epogen/Procrit Biosimilar

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The FDA recently announced that the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on May 25, 2017 to discuss Hospira’s application for a proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s Epogen®/Procrit® (epoetin alfa). Pfizer...more

St. Jude Medical On Hot Seat for Cybersecurity Flaws in Home Monitoring System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning letter to St. Jude Medical, alleging that it failed to properly investigate issues with the batteries in its defibrillator implants and for failing to fix the...more

New York Institutes New Medicaid Drug Price Control Measures

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State Budget Includes Medicaid Drug Expenditure Cap - On April 20, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law certain cost-control measures that attempt to cap the state’s Medicaid drug spending, making New York...more

Smoke Screens & Side Shows

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We confess, we can’t think of any good reason for admitting evidence concerning product risks that the plaintiff in a particular case never actually encountered – yet plaintiffs try it with a straight face all the time. It’s...more

Legislative Update: State Biosimilar Substitution Laws

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More states continue to enact laws regarding the substitution of biosimilars for prescribed biological products. We have previously reported on the enactment of such laws in New Jersey, Arizona, Missouri, Oregon and...more

Breaking News: FDA Approves Samsung Bioepis’s Biosimilar of REMICADE®

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Today, FDA approved Samsung Bioepis’s aBLA for RENFLEXIS® (infliximab-abda), a biosimilar of Janssen’s REMICADE®. According to the approved prescribing information, RENFLEXIS® is indicated for the treatment of Crohn’s...more

PTAB Life Sciences Report -- Part II - April 2017#2

About the PTAB Life Sciences Report: Each month we will report on developments at the PTAB involving life sciences patents. Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc. et al. v Janssen Oncology, Inc. PTAB Petition: IPR2017-00853;...more

Is there a legislative fix for biotech patents?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

By some accounts, we have entered a golden age for innovation in personalised medicine. Through scientific advancements in the study of genetic coding and molecular analysis, it is now possible to screen an individual for...more

What Does the Cures Act Really Mean for Patients?

When signed by President Obama last December, the 21st Century Cures Act—which was the culmination of seven revisions written after the House of Representatives first introduced it in January 2015—was applauded by some as a...more

Forget Bigger Data – Personalized Medicine Needs Smarter Data to Reach its Full Potential

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The advent of big data has helped enable the growth of personalized medicine. But if machine learning and analytics are to truly help transform health care, it won’t be through bigger data, but through harmonized, smarter...more

Appeal for Legislative Action to Address REMS Concerns

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Last month, during the Biosimilar and Generics User Fee Acts (BsUFA II and GDUFA II) reauthorization hearing, a subject of considerable discussion was Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS). REMS is a provision...more

Just How Predictable Must the Invention Be to Lose Patent Protection? Depends on the Inventive Concept

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Only a true invention can be patented; a patent claim to an invention is not valid if the invention was obvious. Assessing obviousness can be thought of as bridging the gap between two cliffs: on one side is the existing...more

Celltrion Files for Approval to Sell Herzuma (Trastuzumab) in Japan

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Celltrion announced last week that it has filed for marketing approval of Herzuma (trastuzumab) with Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Herzuma is indicated for the treatment of breast and gastric cancers...more

Pharmaceutical Compound Nonobvious Absent Evidence Suggesting Specific Modification to Prior Art Compound

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The PTAB issued a final written decision in IPR2016-00204, upholding the validity of claims 1–13 of Patent RE38,551 E (“the ’551 patent”), which covers the antiepileptic drug VIMPAT® (lacosamide)....more

Novartis AG v. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Can a prior art reference that does not contain a teaching sufficient enough to allow it to be used in an obviousness combination nevertheless be used as a background reference for evidence of motivation to combine? ...more

New State Substitution Laws, and a Busy Spring for Biosimilars

We recently updated our chart that tracks state biosimilar substitution laws to include new laws in Iowa and Montana. These new laws bring the total number of states with biosimilar substitution laws to 27, plus Puerto Rico....more

Fed Circ Affirms Conflicting Invalidity Determinations from District Court and PTAB

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As we have previously discussed on this blog, when considering an issue of patentability such as definiteness under section 112, the PTAB and a district court may properly reach opposite conclusions. In Tinnus Enterprises LLC...more

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