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Alabama Supreme Court Reaffirms That Plaintiffs Who Use Generic Drugs Can Recover From Brand-Name Manufacturers

On August 15, 2014, the Alabama Supreme Court held for the second time in Wyeth v. Weeks, No. 1101397 (Ala. 2014) that a plaintiff who took only the generic version of the heartburn medication Reglan could nevertheless...more

Apotex Inc. v. UCB, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Last week, the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding of inequitable conduct in Apotex v. USB, a relatively rare occurrence in the years after the Federal Circuit's decision in Therasense v. Becton, Dickenson. In the Therasense...more

Court Report - August 2014 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. v. Perrigo Co. et al. 1:14-cv-01004; filed July 31, 2014 in the District Court of...more

CMS Shuts Down Sunshine Act Online Verification Process

On August 7, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Open Payments system is “temporarily” off-line. The CMS announcement did not state when the Open Payments system would be back on-line....more

FDA Releases Another Prospective Guidance

On August 5th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a "Guidance for Industry" entitled "Reference Product Exclusivity for Biological Products file under Section 351(a) of the PHS Act." Before setting forth the first...more

Purdue Pharm. Products, L.P. v. Actavis Elizabeth, LLC (D.N.J.)

Plaintiffs hold an NDA covering tablets containing two strengths of zolpidem tartrate, which is used in the treatment of middle-of-the-night insomnia. In July 2013, TWi Pharms., Inc. (“TWi”) submitted an ANDA containing a...more

India Enters "Pay-for-Delay" Fray: CCI Investigating Pharmaceutical Patent Settlements

India's competition authority, the Competition Commission of India (CCI), has begun scrutinizing and investigating pharmaceutical patent settlement agreements between brand and generic firms for potential anticompetitive...more

OIG Approves Manufacturer’s Direct-to-Patient Discount Sales Program

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently posted an Advisory Opinion approving a pharmaceutical manufacturer’s direct-to-patient product sales program. While this Advisory Opinion cannot be relied upon by anyone other...more

United Therapeutics Corp. v. Sandoz, Inc. (D.N.J.) (4/9/14)

This matter arises from a motion for summary judgment by Sandoz alleging that the ’117 patent is invalid since it was previously disclosed in the prior art U.S. Patent No. 4,668,814 (“the ’814 patent”). More specifically,...more

Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- International Bioindustry Associations

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

FDA Declines to Issue Rulemaking for Section 505(b)(2) NDA Therapeutic Equivalence Ratings

On July 23, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its response to two citizen petitions submitted by AbbVie Inc. (AbbVie) and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Auxilium) requesting that FDA initiate...more

Court Report - August 2014 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Glycobiosciences Inc. v. Dara Biosciences, Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-01281; filed July 28, 2014 in the District Court of the...more

IP Newsflash - August 2014 #2

Federal Circuit Reverses ScriptPro Invalidity Ruling - On Wednesday, a lawsuit between ScriptPro LLC and competitor, Innovation Associates, Inc., was sent back to the U.S. District Court of Kansas after a three-judge...more

New IP Enforcement Policy in the EU

Given that strategic importance of IP-sensitive industries for the EU economy, the European Commission (Commission) has introduced a new initiative with a view to strengthen the protection of EU-based IP rights by working...more

United Therapeutics Corp. v. Sandoz, Inc. (D.N.J.) (4/16/14)

The ’007 patent covers pharmaceutical preparations in which treprostinil or treprostinil sodium is diluted with a high pH glycine buffer, and the methods of using those preparations in order to facilitate safer intravenous...more

Federal Circuit Finds That FDA Citizen Petition Could Give Rise to Antitrust Liability

In Tyco Healthcare Group LP v. Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., the Federal Circuit remanded-in-part for the district court to determine whether Tyco’s citizen petition to the FDA gave rise to antitrust liability. Judge...more

MoFo BioMeter - Vol. 3, Issue 3, August 2014 - Q2 Biometer Shows Strong Value In Drug Discovery Platforms

The average BioMeter value in the second quarter of 2014 jumped significantly to $143.4 million, an increase from the $15.9 million value in the first quarter. This included two blockbuster deals, the $1 billion up front paid...more

Court Report -- Part II: August 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Medicines Company v. Accord Healthcare, Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-00626; filed July 24, 2014 in the Middle District of North...more

Avanir Pharms., Inc. v. Actavis South Atlantic LLC (D. Del.)

The ’115 patent relates to formulations containing dextromethorphan and quinidine for the treatment of chronic or intractable pain. The ’282 and ’484 patents relate to the use of dextromethorphan and quinidine for the...more

Reckitt Benckiser Pharms., Inc. v. Biodelivery Services Ltd. (E.D.N.C.)

The issues presented were whether defendant’s actions were sufficient to support declaratory judgment jurisdiction and whether defendant’s conduct supports a claim for patent infringement under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- ACLU

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

Court Report - August 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. v. Cepheid 3:14-cv-03228; filed July 16, 2014 in the Northern District of...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidances for Prior Approval Supplements and Amendments / Easily Correctable Deficiencies Under GDUFA

The Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 (GDUFA) were signed into law on July 9, 2012, in an effort "to speed access to safe and effective generic drugs to the public and reduce costs to industry." In July 2014, the U.S....more

Prometheus Labs., Inc. v. Roxane Labs., Inc. (D.N.J.)

Lotronex was initially launched in 2000, but was subsequently removed from the market in light of serious side effects attributed to the drug. It was re-launched in 2002 with a new label. At the time, the ’770 patent was...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on 510(k)

The FDA issued a new draft guidance on July 15th which further explains how the FDA currently fails to protect consumers of medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. It is important to remember that these sort of FDA-issued...more

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