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Final WHO Biosimilar Naming Proposal Resembles FDA Approach

On January 26, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled the final version of its proposal for a worldwide biosimilar naming convention. The WHO proposes to add a “biologic qualifier” (BQ) suffix, which consists of...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — January 2016

OPDP enforcement reaches record low in 2015 as drugmakers face uncertainty in digital marketing - Enforcement by the OPDP has fallen notably since 2010. The decline has been attributed, in part, to the agency's slow...more

ICYMI: Biosimilars and FDA Regulatory Webinar

Our Biosimilar webinar series continued this month with Linda Bentley and Joanne Hawana’s Biosimilars FDA/Regulatory Overview presentation. Linda and Joanne discussed statutory provisions related to FDA’s authority to approve...more

Cumberland Pharms., Inc., v. Mylan Institutional LLC

Case Name: Cumberland Pharms., Inc., v. Mylan Institutional LLC, Civ. No. 12-C-3846, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134495 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 2, 2015) (Pallmeyer, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Acetadote®...more

Extending the Patentable Life of 3D Printers: A Lesson From the Pharmaceutical Industry

Modern innovation typically occurs one step-improvement at a time. Some clients initially question whether their new application of an existing technology is patentable. Usually, the answer is ‘yes.’ Under U.S. law (and most...more

What Constitutes Interchangeability? AbbVie Submits Citizen Petition to Suggest Requirements

On December 16, 2015, AbbVie submitted a citizen petition regarding the requirements necessary to show interchangeability of a biosimilar product. This petition follow’s AbbVie previous citizen petition and supplement...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — December 2015

Pacira secures expanded marketing for painkiller medication as FDA agrees to settle lawsuit, revoke warning letter - The pharmaceutical industry won in its latest bid for more leeway to promote drugs for unapproved uses,...more

Five of the Top Drug & Device Developments in 2015

As 2015 winds down, we reflected on some of the year’s most significant legal developments for drug and device manufacturers. In our opinion, the bench got it right (for the most part) this year. Here is a brief recap and...more

Ropes & Gray Advises Pacira Pharmaceuticals in Reaching Landmark Settlement Agreement with FDA

A cross-disciplinary team of Ropes & Gray attorneys advised Pacira Pharmaceuticals on its December 14 settlement agreement with FDA. On behalf of Pacira, Ropes & Gray had filed suit against FDA in September 2015 in the U.S...more

Federal Government Continues to Bring Actions Against Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies and Individuals for Alleged...

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services recently released its Semiannual Report to Congress. Through the first three quarters of 2015, OIG announced recoveries of $3.35 billion...more

Food and Drug Newsletter - December 2015

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's 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 Washington, DC...more

Off-Label Promotion and Product Liability: Are Industry’s Recent Court Wins in One Space a Win in the Other?

The pharmaceutical industry has recently felt empowered and emboldened by recent litigation that would seemingly allow companies to distribute, proactively, information about unapproved uses, i.e., off-label, so long as the...more

Ten Years of Biosimilars in Europe

This fall marks the tenth anniversary of the effective date of the European Medicines Agency’s Guideline on Similar Biological Medicinal Products. As this blog noted previously, the EU’s biosimilar pathway both preceded the...more

New Law Remedies Partial Loss of Drug Marketing Exclusivity Period Caused by U.S. DEA Scheduling Delays

When a new drug is first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the drug is entitled to a period of market exclusivity. For a subset of these new drugs, the FDA will determine that the product has the...more

Enbrel Biosimilar in Europe and US

On November 19, 2015, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) gave a positive opinion, recommending marketing authorization of Benepali, the first biosimilar of Enbrel...more

Stakeholders Say Biosimilars Names Should Be Meaningful and Memorable

FDA has received comments from more than 170 groups on its proposal for naming biosimilars. Biosimilar makers, insurers and pharmacies largely oppose distinct nonproprietary names (also known as proper names) for...more

Naming of Interchangeable and Biosimilar Biological Products Likely to Be Same

Earlier this fall, FDA issued a draft guidance proposing a middle-road approach to naming biosimilars. Unlike small-molecule drugs, where the branded and generic drug share the same nonproprietary name (also referred to as a...more

FDA Approval of Addyi Sparks Debate

Is the controversial new drug touted as female Viagra cause for celebration or concern? Does the little pink pill represent “girl” power, or is it a shortsighted remedy for sexual dysfunction in women? Do its benefits...more

Generic Preemption Prevails in Testosterone MDL

What? You were expecting another of our insensitive blogpost headlines? Nope, we’re playing this one straight down the middle. In In re Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, 2015 WL 6859286...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — October 2015

FDA releases draft ICH guidance with aim to improve pharmaceutical benefit-risk assessments - The agency released ICH guidance to regulate how pharmaceutical makers should present benefit-risk information in regulatory...more

FDA Rejects Hospira’s EPO Biosimilar Application

After the FDA approved the first U.S. biosimilar, Sandoz’s Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), earlier this year, many predicted that the floodgates would open for biosimilar products. That has not been the case. No other U.S....more

FTC Urges FDA to Rethink Its Biosimilar Naming Proposal; Other Stakeholders Agree

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week disputed the effectiveness and competitive impact of the Food and Drug Administration’s recently proposed biosimilar naming policy and argued that using different nonproprietary...more

Apotex Follows the BPCIA “Patent Dance” Again

The first biosimilar makers to file regulatory applications with FDA attempted to bypass all or a subset of the patent litigation provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA). Apotex, the...more

Endo Pharms. Inc. v. Amneal Pharms. LLC

Case Name: Endo Pharms. Inc. v. Amneal Pharms. LLC, Civ. Nos. 12 Civ. 8115 (TPG), 12 Civ. 8060 (TPG), 12 Civ. 8317 (TPG), 12 Civ. 8985 (TPG), 13 Civ. 435 (TPG), 13 Civ. 436 (TPG), 13 Civ. 3288 (TPG), 13 Civ. 4343 (TPG), 13...more

Three Pressing Challenges for Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine can be described as the science of targeted therapies. Advances in diagnostic and molecular medicine have made it possible to more precisely identify alternative treatment options for patients based on...more

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