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Generic Drug Price Hike Investigations Target Lannett

Since we last reported on state and federal investigations into recent generic drug price increases, the investigations have moved forward against Philadelphia-based Lannett Co. On November 20, a Senate healthcare...more

Blog: Vermont AG Announces Another Disclosure Law Enforcement Action

the Vermont Office of the Attorney General (“VT AG”) previously published several enforcement actions taken against manufacturers of pharmaceutical, biological and medical devices for failing to comply with the state’s...more

Proposed FDA Overhaul to Improve Biomedical Discovery and Development

The House of Representatives and the Senate are assessing significant reforms to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The reforms are aimed at accelerating the approval of new drugs, medical devices and other products regulated...more

21st Century Cures Congressional Panel Unveils Medical Technology Proposals

On January 27, 2015, members of the House Commerce and Energy Committee unveiled a set of legislative proposals aimed at speeding up the development of new medical technology. The 21st Century Cures panel, a bipartisan...more

The Cure for the Common FDA Reform Legislation? House Committee Releases 21st Century Cures Discussion Draft

On January 27, 2015, the House Energy & Commerce Committee (“E&C Committee”) released a long-awaited discussion draft of comprehensive medical innovation reform legislation as part of its 21st Century Cures Initiative....more

Ensuring Data Protection In The Implementation Of The EFPIA Disclosure Code: Key Challenges And How Pharmaceutical Companies Are...

The EFPIA Disclosure Code will, from 2016, require pharmaceutical companies to disclose details of payments and transfers of value made to healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations. The Code aims to promote,...more

A Quick Look at Healthcare Issues Expected to Make News in 2015

As we look into our crystal balls, we do not expect a lot of new issues in 2015. Rather, we believe that most of the significant issues will be a continuation of issues that arose in 2014 or earlier. ...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap - December 2014

FDA replaces pregnancy labeling system with a new standard in a bid to provide more clarity - The regulator is discarding its decades-old system to explain the risks of prescription drugs to women who are pregnant or...more

The M&A Outlook in the Middle East: A Look Back at 2014 and Beyond

The Megatrends in Mergers & Acquisitions conference held in October 2014 focused on the evolving M&A landscape, promoting inbound and outbound M&A in the Middle East, and general industry trends. Among the speakers at the...more

FDA Draft Guidance Clarifies Criteria and Process for Obtaining Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Vouchers

On November 17, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released a draft guidance entitled Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Vouchers, which describes an incentive program for the development of drugs intended to...more

Mobile Health Apps are in a Boom Phase – Why is it so Hard for Pharmaceutical Companies to Find Users?

Mobile medical and health applications have been in a boom phase for the past few years, but despite this trend, one group of entities has had trouble breaking into the mobile medical app sphere, pharmaceutical (i.e., pharma)...more

Do You Offer or Accept Copayment Coupons? OIG says YOU are Responsible for Compliance with Federal Law

In recent years, copayment coupon programs have become standard promotional practices for both large and small pharmaceutical manufacturers. Copayment coupons are typically offered to commercially insured patients in order...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed False Claims Act Cases: October 2014

Trends & Analysis - Between our last Qui Tam Update and the end of June, 65 health care–related qui tam cases were unsealed (28 in April, 18 in May, and 19 in June). Within those 65 cases...more

The Pain Drain - The Continuing Impact of Pain Management on Health-Care Providers

Over a hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain. To combat this epidemic, health-care providers have increasingly turned to opioid analgesics. As a result, opioid analgesic use has risen dramatically over the past...more

Lessons from GSK in China – Internal Controls, Auditing and Monitoring

One of the questions that GSK will have to face during the next few years of bribery and corruption investigations is how an allegedly massive bribery and corruption scheme occurred in its Chinese operations? The numbers went...more

OIG Releases Special Advisory Bulletin and Report on Copayment Coupons

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a Special Advisory Bulletin titled, Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Copayment Coupons (Bulletin), and a report titled,...more

Defining Innovation In A Changing Healthcare Landscape

The business model that has served the pharma industry so well for 20 years has become expensive and slow. But digital technology and Big Data, says Filip van Elsen, might help the industry reboot its relationship with...more

Drug Recalls at Record High

Drug Recalls May Hit ‘Record High’ in 2014 - According to a recent article from Becker’s Hospital Review, 2014 may prove the worst year for drug recalls on record. Dangerous drugs and defective medical devices can...more

The Increasingly Murky World of 340B: What’s Next?

For the past 18 months, health care providers and the pharmaceutical industry have been hoping for some clarity regarding 340B Drug Discount Program operations. But things just keep getting murkier....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 Accepts First Biosimilar Application Filed under Section 351(k) of the Public Health Service Act

Biologics are large molecules made from, derived from, or extracted from a natural source such as a human, animal, or microorganism that are used in the treatment, diagnosis, or prevention of disease. Biologics include...more

HHS Issues Interpretive Rule Excluding Orphan Drugs from 340B Program Discounts Only for Designated Orphan Status Uses

On July 21, 2014, the Health Resources and Services Administration of HHS (HRSA) issued an interpretive rule interpreting Section 340B(e) of the Public Health Service Act as excluding from the 340B Drug Pricing Program orphan...more

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

HHS Relabels Invalidated 340b Regulation As “Interpretative Rule”

Earlier this week HHS came out swinging in the latest round of its battle with the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) over the Affordable Care Act’s provisions on 340B and orphan drugs. HHS reasserted...more

HRSA Issues Interpretive Rule on 340B Drug Pricing Program

On July 21, 2014, the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new interpretive rule addressing the treatment of orphan drugs by certain...more

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