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To be prepared is half the victory

In the second in our series of alerts relating to drug pricing, we identify several considerations and potential actions that a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company can take to address the current headwinds impacting...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - April 2016

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's (AGG) Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s...more

Supernus Pharms., Inc. v. Actavis Inc.

Case Name: Supernus Pharms., Inc. v. Actavis Inc., Civil Nos. 13-4740 (RMB/JS), 14-1981 (RMB/JS), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14111 (D.N.J. Feb 5, 2016) (Bumb, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Oxtellar XR®...more

Be Careful What You Say – Or Rather What You Don’t Say – AVEO Pays $4 Million to SEC to Settle Fraud Charges

In March 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company, agreed, without admitting or denying the allegations, to pay $4 million to...more

Helsinn Healthcare, S.A. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs. Ltd.

Case Name: Helsinn Healthcare, S.A. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs. Ltd., Civ. No. 11-3962 (MLC), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27477 (D.N.J. Mar. 3, 2016) (Cooper, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Aloxi® (palonosetron); U.S....more

Celltrion Opposes Expedited Trial and Delayed Launch Date

On Monday, Celltrion filed a response to the letter Janssen submitted to the Court on April 12 requesting an expedited trial schedule. Celltrion maintains that Janssen improperly argues the merits of Janssen’s claim of...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

Settle or Fight FDA/DOJ Off-Label Use Allegations? WSJ Editorial Looks at Vascular Solutions Trial Win and Asks What's Next?

In an editorial this weekend entitled “No Justice for Business,” The Wall Street Journal hailed a recent trial win by medical device maker Vascular Solutions, Inc. (VSI) as a “victory for common sense and the First Amendment”...more

Braintree Labs. Inc. v. Breckenridge Pharm., Inc.

Case Name: Braintree Labs. Inc. v. Breckenridge Pharm., Inc., C.A. No 12-cv-6851 (AJN), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33336 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 15, 2016) (Nathan, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Suprep® (sodium sulfate /...more

Big Pharma Should Take Reporting Adverse Events to FDA More Seriously

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s requirement that pharmaceutical companies report dangerous side effects cause by medicines they manufacture is being flouted by a few bad actors. Such violations of the federal law are...more

Purdue Pharma L.P. v. Epic Pharma, LLC

Case Name: Purdue Pharma L.P. v. Epic Pharma, LLC, 811 F.3d 1345 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 1, 2016) (Circuit Judges Prost, Reyna, and Stark [sitting by designation] presiding; Opinion by Prost, C.J.) (Appeal from S.D.N.Y., Stein,...more

Another Successful First Amendment Challenge to the Prohibition of Off-Label Promotion for FDA-Approved Drugs: Part Two

The Free Speech Clause notched another victory in the latest and, perhaps, final chapter of the lawsuit between the FDA and Amarin Pharma, Inc. concerning off-label marketing of an FDA-approved drug. On March 8, 2016, the FDA...more

Xarelto’s Approval by the FDA

The controversy over Xarelto’s approval by the FDA and alleged irregularities in the conduct of the ROCKET-AF clinical trial continue to hang over the heads of Bayer and Janssen (a division of Johnson & Johnson), the...more

The Next Move in the Name Game: FDA Provides Long-Awaited Draft Guidance on Biosimilar Labeling

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its long-awaited Draft Guidance on labeling for biosimilar products (the “Draft Guidance”) and is currently soliciting comments on its proposals. The...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Proprietary Names for Drugs and Biological Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized guidance for industry describing the agency’s evaluation process for proposed proprietary names for drug and biological products. The guidance applies to all prescription...more

You Can Pay Now or You Will Pay Later: FDA Issues a Warning Letter to a Pharmaceutical Company for a Misleading Patient Co-Pay...

On March 29, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) issued a Warning Letter to a pharmaceutical company for a patient co-pay assistance voucher that failed to include risk...more

FDA Biosimilars Guidance Not Conducive To Preemption

The FDA recently released draft guidance concerning the labeling of biosimilar products (analogous in the biologic context to generic drugs). It’s called, not surprisingly “Labeling for Biosimilar Products Guidance for...more

Product Liability Update: April 2016

United States Supreme Court Permits Class Certification And Proof of Liability Through Statistical Evidence Based on Class Sampling Where Class Was Sufficiently Uniform That Evidence Would Have Been Admissible in Any Class...more

Alert: Life Sciences Company Hit with $4 Million SEC Penalty

On March 29, the US Securities and Exchange Commission announced that AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company, agreed to pay a $4 million penalty to settle fraud charges that it failed to...more

Alert: FTC Challenges "No-AG" Agreement as Illegal Reverse Payment

On March 30 the US Federal Trade Commission filed suit in federal court alleging that settlements of patent litigation in the pharmaceutical industry in which a pioneer firm agrees not to market an "authorized generic"...more

Quo Vadis FTC: What Does the Commission's Complaint Against Endo Pharmaceuticals and Others Say About the Future of Post-Actavis...

This alert, the title of which is adapted from a March 30, 2016 FTC Staff Attorney blog post, considers the FTC's first lawsuit challenging a so-called "no-AG" agreement. No-AG agreements are components of Hatch-Waxman...more

FDA Approves Inflectra - Celltrion's REMICADE® Biosimilar

Earlier today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Celltrion's application to market Inflectra, a biosimilar to Janssen Biotech Inc.'s REMICADE (infliximab) anti-TNF-a antibody. This marks only the second...more

Filing an ANDA May Expose Generic Manufacturers to Nationwide Personal Jurisdiction in Patent Infringement Suits

On March 18, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed the District of Delaware’s ruling in two companion cases that West Virginia-based defendant Mylan Pharmaceuticals is subject to specific personal jurisdiction in Delaware....more

FDA Guidance for Biosimilar Labeling Largely Stays with Generic Model

On Thursday, FDA released draft guidance clarifying its position on labeling biosimilar products. While the guidance addresses some of the concerns raised by physicians and industry, FDA’s guidance mostly continues to treat...more

FDA Differentiates Biosimilar Labeling from Generic Drug Labeling

In another highly anticipated regulatory move, FDA has released draft guidance on “Labeling for Biosimilar Products.” Made public on March 31st, the draft guidance sets forth FDA’s recommendations on the labeling of...more

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