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Sixth Circuit Affirms Branded Drug Preemption and Trial Win

In the aftermath of Levine, with its generous interpretation of the CBE regulation and its novel “clear evidence” standard, we wondered how long it would be until we saw a court holding that a failure to warn claim with a...more

Insider Trading Around Private Placements: Was Tom Price’s Investment Down Under Above Board?

On February 10, the Senate confirmed Representative Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services, where he will oversee the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His nomination has not been without...more

FDA Hardens Its Stance on Intended Use and Off-Label Use and Industry Responds

From 2015 to 2016, FDA appeared to open the door to loosening the standards around intended use and off-label use, but recent rule-making and public comments suggest that FDA is becoming more sclerotic instead of flexible....more

Six Key Changes to the Common Rule

On January 19, 2017, sixteen federal agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor, published the first revision to the federal regulations governing the protection of human subjects participating...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - February 2017

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

Federal Trade Commission Deploys Antitrust Weaponry Against Pharmaceutical Company

In Federal Trade Commission v. Shire ViroPharma Inc. (D. Del. Feb. 7, 2017), the FTC has, for the first time, deployed its antitrust weaponry against a pharmaceutical company’s alleged practice of using the FDA’s...more

TrumpCare: The Pharmaceutical Industry and FDA

Hope in the Midst of Uncertainty - The New Year ushered a period of uncertainty for the pharmaceutical industry. We face the beginning of the Trump Administration and a Congress with both houses controlled by Republicans...more

Summary of Sandoz’s Opening Brief in Sandoz v. Amgen

Sandoz filed its opening brief to the Supreme Court on Friday, February 10, 2017. The dispute focuses on the notice marketing provision and the information exchange or “patent dance” procedures of the Biologics Price...more

Second Circuit Declares That, to Survive Motions to Dismiss, Antitrust Allegations Require Factual Support for All “Necessary...

Last Wednesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals partially vacated the judgment of the district court in In re Actos End-Payor Antitrust Litigation. In doing so, the Second Circuit allowed only plaintiffs’ claims that...more

FDA Request for Justification Found to Provide a Mere Research Suggestion—Not Conception of Claimed Formulation

In Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Mylan Institutional LLC, Nos. 16-1115, -1259 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 26, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the lower court’s holding that a patent covering a chelating-agent-free drug...more

Hurdles for Neulasta Biosimilars

A number of biosimilar makers have tried to obtain approval for proposed biosimilar versions of Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), a long-acting version of Amgen’s Neupogen (filgrastim), but have encountered hurdles so far...more

FDA-Approved Labeling Does Not Equal Medical Standard Of Care

We’ve been defending the ability of physicians to engage in off-label use ever since the Bone Screw litigation of the 1990s. Buckman Co. v. Plaintiffs Legal Committee, where the United States Supreme Court affirmed that...more

Court Rejects Theory Of Derivation Based On FDA Requirement

The Federal Circuit decision in Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Mylan Institutional LLC may be more interesting for what Mylan argued than for what the Federal Circuit decided. However, it could be an important decision...more

As patients sue over insulin’s skyrocketing costs, Trump thunders, confuses

Just under a century ago, a team of Canadian scientists made the breakthrough that led to widely available insulin as an effective treatment for diabetes, which then was a deadly disease. The researchers, who won the Nobel...more

Novartis and Sandoz Withdraw Zioxtenzo (pegfilgrastim) European Application

The EMA announced on January 27 that Novartis and Sandoz have withdrawn their marketing application for their pegfilgrastim biosimilar (Zioxtenzo). The application was withdrawn after the Committee for Medicinal Products for...more

[Webinar] Biologics and Biosimilars: Development with an Eye Towards FDA Approval - February 17th, 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST

In January 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a highly anticipated draft guidance detailing the agency’s expectations for demonstrating biosimilar interchangeability with a reference product and final...more

Amgen Reports on Neulasta, Neupogen Biosimilar Competition and Acceptance of Avastin Biosimilar aBLA

On yesterday’s earnings call for Q4 2016, Amgen indicated that it is projecting its Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim) product to face biosimilar completion in the U.S. by the end of the year. According to Amgen Executive Vice...more

Endo Pharms. Inc. v. Amneal Pharms. LLC

Case Name: Endo Pharms. Inc. v. Amneal Pharms. LLC, Civ Nos. 14-1382-RGA, 14-1389-RGA, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140112 (D. Del. Oct. 7, 2016) (Andrews, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Opana® ER (oxymorphone...more

FDA Final Guidance on Nonproprietary Names of Biological Products

In January, 2017, the FDA released a final guidance document outlining its rules for giving nonproprietary names to biological products. The issue has been controversial, since unlike with a generic version of a traditional...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz

On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Amgen v. Sandoz, 794. F.3d 1347 (Fed. Cir. 2015) and Sandoz v. Amgen, 773 F.3d 1274 (Fed. Cir. 2014), appealed from the Federal Circuit. The petitions involve the...more

First Circuit affirms Pfizer victory in False Claims Act case

The First Circuit has rejected an appeal in United States ex rel. Booker v. Pfizer, a False Claims Act (FCA) case alleging that Pfizer engaged in off-label promotion of the antipsychotic drug Geodon. In its ruling on...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Payor Communications

Shortly after the recently enacted, bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which revised and expanded the extent to which specific health care economic information (HCEI) may be disseminated to certain stakeholders, and comes...more

"FDA Publications Double Down on Agency’s Ability to Prohibit Off-Label Communications, but Narrow Scope of Debate"

On the eve of a change in administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released a flurry of documents regarding off-label communications and FDA’s ability to regulate such communications within...more

22 Novel Drugs Approved by FDA in 2016

Every year, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) approves new medications. Some medications are variations of existing products, such as generic formulations or new dosage forms of previously-approved...more

One in, Two Out: Potential FDA Uncertainty for Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Companies

On January 30, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order requiring all governmental agencies to eliminate two regulations for every one issued. The Order, captioned “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”...more

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