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New Maine Law Limits Manufacturer and Wholesaler Interactions with Health Care Professionals

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Maine recently amended its Pharmacy Practice Act to prevent licensed manufacturers or wholesalers and their agents from offering or giving certain gifts to practitioners. The bill’s sponsor tied the issue of gifts from...more

You're Always a Day Away: DSCSA Product Identifier Requirements Delayed

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In recently issued draft guidance related to the implementation of product identifiers under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act ("DSCSA"), FDA has stated that it intends to exercise enforcement discretion for a period of one...more

Don’t give medical device makers more time before disclosing product woes

Pro-business and anti-consumer lawmakers in Congress are racing to slacken rules for medical device makers to report problems with their products. This move may imperil more patients, many of whom already have been harmed...more

CMS Considers New Billing Code Policy for Biosimilars

by Goodwin on

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule regarding payment policies. Among other things, the proposed rule included a request for comment on the policy for biosimilar...more

The Federal Court Reverses a Hindsight Reconstruction of An Important Pharmaceutical Invention

by BakerHostetler on

In Millennium Pharmaceuticals v. Sandoz, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s holding of obviousness of certain claims of Millennium-owned U.S. Patent No. 6,713,446 (the ‘446 patent), finding that the district...more

FDA Makes Two Announcements on Electronic Tracking of Prescription Drugs to Comply with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 20, 2017, FDA published two announcements in the Federal Register related to the development of an electronic, interoperable system to identify and trace certain prescription drugs distributed within the United...more

Millennium Pharm. v. Sandoz, Inc. – Revenge of the Chemical Judges

In the 2003 panel decision in Schering Corp. v. Geneva Pharm., Inc., the panel rejected “the contention that inherent anticipation requires recognition [of the claim element not found] in the prior art.” The claims were...more

Settling the Discoverability of Settlement Agreements

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Settlement agreement between a co-defendant and plaintiff in a Hatch-Waxman patent litigation matter is discoverable, ruled Judge Bryson in Allergan, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., Case No. 15-1455 (E.D. Tex.,...more

Lidoderm Plaintiffs Survive Class Certification in Pay-for-Delay Suit

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US District Court for the Northern District of California certified classes of direct purchasers and end-payers in a pay-for-delay multidistrict litigation involving Lidoderm. In re Lidoderm Antitrust Litigation, Case No....more

Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

In multiple ANDA litigations against multiple defendants, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. had several of its asserted claims held invalid for obviousness at the district court. The Federal Circuit reversed these decisions...more

FDA Committee Recommends Approval of Bevacizumab and Trastuzumab Biosimilars

by Goodwin on

The FDA Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) unanimously supported biosimilar versions of Roche’s cancer drugs Avastin (bevacizumab) and Herceptin (trastuzumab). Amgen and Allergan’s Avastin biosimilar candidate, ABP...more

Amgen Withdraws Its Motion For Preliminary Injunction Against Hospira

by Goodwin on

On July 12, 2017, Amgen filed a Notice of Withdrawal of its Motion for Preliminary Injunction. As we previously reported, Amgen had filed an amended opening brief in support of its motion for preliminary injunction because of...more

German Federal Court: Permission granted - HIV/AIDS drug distribution continued

by Hogan Lovells on

The X. Civil Senate of the German Federal Court of Justice has granted a motion by three companies of the Merck Sharp & Dohme group (Merck) for a preliminary permission for the continued distribution of Isentress®, a drug...more

First U.S. Avastin and Herceptin Biosimilars

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, FDA’s Oncological Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) unanimously recommended approval of biosimilars of two blockbuster cancer drugs. The first, Amgen and Allergan’s ABP-215, is a proposed biosimilar...more

Philadelphia Ranked Fifth In List Of U.S. Life Science Clusters

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A study of interest for those in the Philadelphia region has recently been released. Rising two spots from last year, Philadelphia has been ranked fifth on the list of life science clusters in the United States recently...more

Diagnostic and Personalized Medicine Claims — Strategies for Navigating the §101 Minefield

In Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostic LLC, the Federal Circuit (CAFC) dealt another blow to the patent eligibility of diagnostic methods and the growing field of personalized medicine....more

New Jersey Court Rules That a Parent Company Is Still on the Hook for Divested Subsidiary’s ANDA Filing

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing a motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, a New Jersey district court held that Merck could maintain a Hatch-Waxman lawsuit against Actavis, Inc. n/k/a Allergan Finance LLC (Actavis), despite...more

Bioverativ Files ITC Complaint Against CSL’s Idelvion® Alongside District Court Infringement Suit

by Goodwin on

In an earlier post, we discussed the recent rise in Section 337 proceedings against pharmaceutical products and medical devices at the International Trade Commission. Last week, Bioverativ, which markets the recombinant...more

Supply and Purchase Agreement Triggers On-Sale Bar Provision of 35 USC § 102(b)

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and found that a Supply and Purchase Agreement between Helsinn and third-party MGI Pharma, Inc. (MGI) before the critical date of the asserted...more

Second Circuit Allows Class Action Suit Involving Diabetes Drug to Proceed

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Purchasers of Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company’s branded diabetes drug, ACTOS, filed an antitrust suit alleging that Takeda falsely described two patents to the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) and, as a result, delayed...more

DOJ Settlement Looks to Set New Benchmarks for Suspicious Order Monitoring

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

This week, the U.S. Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration announced a $35 million settlement with a major pharmaceutical manufacturer to resolve alleged failures to monitor and report suspicious orders for...more

Court Construes “Hydrate” to Require Crystalline Form Following Battle of the Experts

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of the proper construction of claims to a trihydrate compound, the US District Court for the District of New Jersey concluded that a person of ordinary skill in the art (POSA) would understand “hydrate”...more

340B Update: CMS Proposes to Reduce 340B Drug Reimbursement; Draft Executive Order Could Mean Further Changes to the 340B Program

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Trump administration is considering significant changes relating to the 340B Drug Pricing Program (“340B Program”), which allows certain categories of safety net providers to access discounted pricing on covered...more

Permitted indications reform: Draft list of permitted indications released by the Therapeutic Goods Administration

by Dentons on

On 5 July 2017, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released a draft list of permitted indications and evidence qualifiers which it proposes be used by listed medicine sponsors to enter product indications in the...more

FDA Delays Enforcement of Prescription Drug Product Identifier and Related Requirements

Facing pressure from stakeholders and technological realities, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has again delayed its enforcement of parts of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). As we discussed in a prior post,...more

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