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Is Off-Label Drug Promotion Protected Free Speech?

It is a very common practice. Drug sales reps visit a client, usually a hospital, a clinic or a doctor, with the sole purpose of selling a drug or medical device. That is the primary way a doctor learns about a drug or...more

Has Codeine Harmed Your Child?

In August 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a boxed warning — its strongest — to alert doctors and parents about the risks of administering codeine to children post-surgery. According to the FDA,...more

FDA Proposes Guidelines for Posting Medical-Product Information Online

A lot can be misconstrued in the silent world of the Internet. While online technology has changed the communications paradigm, it also has resulted in bad information, embarrassing typos, factual errors and malfeasance....more

White Collar Watch - July 2014

In This Issue: - Move over Big Pharma: Health care is not the only industry susceptible to False Claims Act scrutiny - Third Circuit affirms dismissal of False Claims Act suit, citing contract...more

FDA Promises Guidance on Lawful Off-Label Promotion

In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the "FDA") announced that by the end of the year, the agency would issue a draft guidance document addressing the contours of lawful and unlawful off-label promotion. The...more

FDA Hosts Webinar Addressing Social Media Draft Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration hosted a Social Media Draft Guidance Webinar. The July 10 webinar included summary review of the three draft guidances issued this year to date followed by a brief Q&A. Thomas Abrams, director...more

FDA Holds Teleconference re: Social Media Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a webinar last week to discuss three recently released guidance documents related to regulatory requirements for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, distributors...more

FDA Gives Guidance on Compounding for Human Use

In July 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released five documents containing policies and proposals that affect both traditional compounding pharmacies and outsourcing facilities that compound drugs for human...more

FDA Issues New Drug Compounding and Outsourcing Facility Guidance - The New Policy Documents Clarify FDA's Expectations and...

The FDA issued multiple policy documents on July 1, 2014, to implement the Compounding Quality Act (CQA). Congress enacted the CQA in November 2013 as part of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), in response to the...more

FDA Issues Two Additional Draft Guidance Documents on Social Media

On June 17, 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two additional draft guidance documents relating to the pharmaceutical industry's use of social media. One of the guidance documents addresses how...more

FDA Releases Five New Compounding Pharmacy Policy Documents

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released five documents outlining the FDA’s current policies regarding compounded drug products for human use. All of the documents are available through the FDA’s...more

Drug Compounding: Manufacturing Standards Announced for Outsourcing Facilities

In late 2013, Congress passed the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) in response to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a sterile compounded injectable drug shipped across the country and responsible for more than...more

FDA Offers Guidance for Choosing Prescription Drug Names

If you've seen your share of prescription drug commercials, you've likely marveled at the odd drug names: Moexipril. Oxcarbazepine. Zafirlukast. You might think pharmaceutical companies just prefer complex, new combinations...more

Coveting Characters: Navigating FDA's Draft Guidance on Social Media

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two long-awaited draft guidances on social media: Internet/Social Media Platforms: Correcting Independent Third-Party Misinformation About Prescription Drugs and...more

Making Use of Social Media: FDA Releases Two Draft Guidelines on the Use of Social Media Platforms by Drug and Device...

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released two long-awaited draft guidance documents for the drug and device industries revolving around the use of social media platforms by drug and device manufacturers —...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Drug and Device Information on Social Media

On June 17, 2014, the FDA issued two draft guidance documents relating to the use of social media and the Internet to promote prescription drugs and medical devices. The FDA described how a company should use a character...more

More of the Same: Recently Released FDA Social Media Guidance for the Life Sciences Industry

On June 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") continued to outline its expectations for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer use of social media platforms to promote manufacturers' products in two...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance Docs On How To Provide Accurate Risk/Benefit Info in 140 Characters Or Less And Clean Up 3rd Party UGC...

Last Tuesday, the FDA issued two draft industry guidance documents advising pharmaceutical companies on how to accurately communicate information concerning prescription drugs and medical devices on social media and other...more

FDA Issues Two Draft Guidance Documents Relating to Internet and Social Media Use by Drug and Device Manufacturers

On June 17, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released two draft guidance documents related to manufacturer communications on the Internet and social media platforms. The two documents are (1) “Internet/Social...more

Dems Call for Hearing on Costs of Hep C Drug Sovaldi

Dialing up the issue of high-cost medications, Rep. Henry Waxman, the lead Democrat on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado are calling today for a hearing into the impact Sovaldi will have...more

POM Wonderful™ News for Prescription Drug and Device Manufacturers?

Last week, the Supreme Court decided that POM Wonderful™, maker of pomegranate juice, could sue Coca-Cola Company, maker of a blended juice product that included pomegranate and blueberry juices, under the Lanham Act for...more

HRSA “Interprets” Its Enjoined 340 Orphan Drug Rule into Effect

In January, I predicted that 2014 would be a game-changer for the 340B Drug Discount Program, in part because of HRSA’s announcement that, in June 2014, it would for the first time publish an omnibus rule governing 340B...more

Launch of openFDA Increases Accessibility to Adverse Drug Event Reports

On June 2, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration launched openFDA, a program designed to improve access to publicly available data beginning with adverse event reports. While greater accessibility to adverse event reports...more

FDA Issues Distribution of Risk Information Draft Guidance Amid Asserted Push to Release Guidance on Manufacturer Communications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) issued the June 6, 2014, draft guidance (Draft Guidance) in response to stakeholder inquiries into the Agency’s views on disseminating new scientific or medical...more

Grand Opening of openFDA.gov

Information is power, and as of this month, there’s a new power source of information about drug effects. openFDA.gov is an initiative of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand access to and use of reports of...more

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