Pharmaceutical Industry First Amendment

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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

"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

FDA Issues Three Key Documents Relating to Medical Product Manufacturer Communications

On January 18, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released three key documents outlining the agency’s current thinking regarding drug and device manufacturers’ communication of information not contained in...more

Beyond the Label: FDA Addresses Permissible Scope of Communications With Payors and Physicians

The draft guidances create a grey area between “on-label” and “off-label” communications that will require careful navigation as manufacturers develop HCEI analyses and promotional communications....more

FDA Offers Some Clarity (But Few Concessions) on Off-Label Communication of Medical Products

Among the flurry of policies the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released in the waning days of the Obama administration are several documents that seek to clarify the agency’s positions on communications about medical...more

FDA Off-Label Promotion Memo Should Affect §510k Preemption & Evidence

Remember how Medtronic, Inc. v. Lohr, 518 U.S. 470 (1996), dismissed the §510k “substantially equivalence” medical device clearance as non-preemptive because it was supposedly “focused on equivalence, not safety”? Id. at...more

Guest Post – Midnight Madness - The FDA Continues To Discount First Amendment Implications Of Restrictions On Off-Label Promotion

This guest post is from Liz Minerd, an associate at Reed Smith. She previously wrote the post on the FDA’s off-label promotion meeting last November, so when she indicated that she’d like to write about the FDA’s “Midnight...more

FDA Defends Its First Amendment Position in “Memorandum”

On January 18, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released for public comment a Memorandum, Public Health Interests and First Amendment Considerations Related to Manufacturer Communications Regarding...more

In The Midnight Hour: FDA Issues 2 Draft Guidances and a First Amendment Memorandum on the Cusp of a New Administration

Over the past few days, FDA issued three documents related to the scope of permissible communications by drug and device companies to various parties. We believe FDA aimed to accomplish two things through these documents....more

The First Amendment Does Not Protect All Off-Label Drug Promotion

FDA is considering making off-label promotion easier, consistent with recent case law. The drug and biologics industry is also proposing an ease up of FDA regulation, which would allow it to “responsibly” promote new drug...more

Anything Worthwhile For Product Liability Defendants In The 21st Century Cures Act?

We blogged about possibly interesting nuggets in the 21st Century Cures Act (“21CCA”) back in February, 2015 – when it was only 400 pages long. In true congressional fashion, it’s now twice as long and loaded up with enough...more

FDA Holds Hearing on Off-Label Communications

After several high-profile defeats in both district and circuit courts involving the off-label promotion of regulated products and the First Amendment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now engaged in a...more

Five Important Themes to Watch in the Reform of FDA’s Off-Label Communications Policy

As we’ve previously reported, FDA has recently been forced to reexamine its legal position and enforcement policies related to drug and device manufacturers’ off-label communications. Although the Agency has for years...more

Upcoming FDA Public Meeting on Speech and Medical Products

As a reminder, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a two-day public meeting on November 9 and 10, 2016 regarding “Manufacturer Communications Regarding Unapproved Uses of Approved or Cleared Medical Products.” ...more

Update on Prosecution for Truthful Off-Label Promotion

We have been following issues related to the interplay of off-label use, manufacturer statements about off-label use, the First Amendment, and FDA enforcement for a long time. (Like here, here, and here, among many posts.) ...more

Is a Consumer Trade Association’s Speech Covered by the DC Anti-SLAPP Act?

When a consumer trade association “speaks” about the health effects of a product, is its speech on an issue of public interest, and thus within the scope of the DC anti-SLAPP statute, or is it in furtherance of the...more

Off-Label Promotion And The First Amendment Updates

Although activity around the Amarin and Pacira cases has settled down, questions regarding the FDA’s position on truthful off-label promotion-and whether it comports with First Amendment free speech principles—persist....more

FDA Announces Public Hearing on Off-Label Communications; Registration Deadline October 19, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public hearing on November 9 and 10, 2016, to obtain input on manufacturer communications regarding unapproved uses of approved or cleared medical products (off-label...more

FDA Announces Public Hearing on Manufacturer Communications Regarding Off-Label Uses

On August 31, 2016, FDA announced that it will hold a two-day public hearing on November 9 and 10, 2016 to obtain input on issues related to manufacturer communications regarding drugs and medical devices, particularly...more

FDA Announces Dates for Long-Awaited Public Hearing on Its Regulation of Off-Label Communications

Times, They Are A-Changin’ - On Wednesday, FDA announced that it will hold a two-day public hearing on November 9th and 10th to obtain input from a broad cross-section of the health care industry, including...more

Off-Label Marketing – Industry Groups Step into the Breach

We have been waiting, literally for years, for the FDA to revise, clarify, update, or simply pay attention to, its off-label promotion regulatory position in light of repeated governmental First Amendment losses in Sorrell v....more

Business Litigation Report - July 2016

Article: Increase in Vertical Price Restraint Enforcement in China - In recent months, Chinese anti-monopoly enforcement actions scrutinizing and penalizing pricing-related issues have noticeably increased. A growing...more

A One-Two Punch Case With An Off-Label Twist

When we were young(er), we had a pretty good memory. It is not bad now, as far as we recall, particularly when it comes to pulling up bits of esoteric nonsense. For more important stuff, we find qualifiers like “vague” and...more

Another Off-Label Promotion Third Party Payor Case Lacks Causation

July in D.C. is hot and sticky. When scorching day follows scorching day, area residents look forward to evening thunderstorms, not just to water otherwise thirsty lawns and gardens but to cool things down. Lightning can be...more

In Limine Gag Orders – Can We Play, Too?

Lately, we’ve seen some plaintiffs add gag order requests to their complement of in limine motions in advance of significant trials. Those of us who participated in the Bone Screw litigation remember plaintiffs attempting –...more

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