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Regulatory Risk: Pharmaceutical sector — clarification on approach to market definition for prescription medicines

SUMMARY - A decision handed down by the UK Court of Appeal earlier this month provides useful guidance on the correct approach to defining the market in relation to pharmaceutical products. The Court of Appeal held...more

HIPAA Marketing Rules Prompt First Amendment Challenge

In what is believed to be the first legal challenge to the HIPAA Omnibus Rule (the “Rule”), a vendor of prescription drug adherence services is seeking an injunction to block certain provisions of the Rule related to drug...more

Pharmaceutical Marketing

Drug manufacturers insist we all have our daily dose of DTCPA. ...more

Filing a Lawsuit Against Lipitor Manufacturers, Distributors & Marketers

It can take years for the public to find out about the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs. The main types of drug-related product liability claims arise from: - Defectively manufactured pharmaceutical drugs - Drugs...more

News from Abroad: UK High Court Considers quia timet Injunctions

The UK High Court recently gave its judgment in the case of Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals Ltd (collectively referred to in the judgement as BMS) v Teva Pharma B.V. and Teva UK Ltd (Teva)...more

News from Abroad: Court of Appeal Refers Questions on Specific Mechanism to Court of Justice of European Union

Merck Canada Inc and Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd v Sigma Pharmaceuticals plc - Prior to their accession to the European Patent Convention, several states did not allow patent protection for pharmaceutical products. To...more

Court Upholds Executive’s Conviction Stemming from Off-Label Drug Promotion

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld the wire fraud and misbranding convictions and sentence of InterMune Inc. founder W. Scott Harkonen. United States v. Harkonen, No. 11-10209 (9th Cir. March 4, 2013)....more

Dechert Survey of Securities Fraud Class Actions Brought Against U.S. Life Sciences Companies

Publicly Traded Life Sciences Companies in the United States Remain an Increasingly Popular Target of Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuits: The past year was particularly noteworthy with respect to the absolute and...more

Z-Pack: Pfizer Can’t Assume That Science Will Trump A Scare Story

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that Pfizer’s popular Z-pack antibiotic (also known as Zithromax or Zmax) may cause sudden death in some patients with preexisting heart conditions....more

Two New Developments in First Amendment Challenges to Off-Label Promotion: What's Next?

Following the Second Circuit’s marquee First Amendment ruling in the Caronia case, two recent developments demonstrate a shift in the battleground for First Amendment challenges to the prohibition on off-label promotion under...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Conviction in Harkonen, Rejects the Defendant’s “Off-Label” First Amendment Challenge

On March 4, 2013, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in United States v. Harkonen,1 a case in which the CEO of a pharmaceutical company was prosecuted for transmitting...more

Ninth Circuit Off-Label Marketing Decision Suggests More Prosecutions Will Be Coming

The Ninth Circuit has reopened a door for off-label marketing prosecutions, and it is important to review your compliance and risk management programs in light of this recent decision. Last December, the pharmaceutical and...more

FDA Regulation of Laboratory Developed Tests: Benefit or Unnecessary Burden?

The U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has previously announced an interest in regulating diagnostic tests used in providing personalized medicine clinical care. Interested stakeholders such as the...more

Second Circuit Vacates Pharmaceutical Misbranding Conviction on Free Speech Grounds

After two years of deliberation, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has finally issued its decision in United States v. Caronia, holding that the government cannot prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers or their...more

Second Circuit Declares Off-Label Promotion Ban Unconstitutional: Implications for False Claims Act Defendants

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the First Amendment protects pharmaceutical companies who truthfully promote the lawful, off-label use of prescription drugs from...more

Are the Feds Enlisting FedEx to Police the Illegal Pharma Market?

The government may be coming up with a new cost-effective measure to help balance the federal budget – enlisting private companies to do their policing. A 2011 settlement between the Justice Department and Google for $500...more

Telling People They Can Use A Drug In A Way Different Than How The FDA Says They Can Use A Drug Is Not A Crime, Says the Second...

Alfred Caronia was a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company. And, despite what you might think by reading some of the literature, being a pharmaceutical sales rep is not a crime. It's even more emphatically not a crime after...more

Second Circuit Vacates Off-Label Promotion Conviction on First Amendment Grounds in U.S. v. Caronia

On December 3, 2012, a panel of three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the November 2009 conviction of Alfred Caronia for conspiracy to introduce a misbranded drug into interstate commerce...more

Off-Label Marketing Questioned as a Viable Criminal Theory – But Stay Tuned

On December 3, 2012, a divided Second Circuit held in United States v. Caronia (“Caronia”) that the misbranding provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) do not criminalize “the truthful off-label...more

Advertising News & Analysis – December 13, 2012

In this issue: - It’s Easier Being Green - Off-Label Marketing Protected by First Amendment - Understanding New Restrictions on Advertising GI Bill Benefits - FTC Looks at "The Big Picture" - Upcoming...more

United States v. Caronia: Second Circuit Rules Manufacturers Cannot Be Criminally Prosecuted for Off-Label Promotion of Drugs...

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a landmark decision in United States v. Caronia, holding that “the government cannot prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers and their...more

Update on Federal and State Developments: Regulation of Financial Interactions between Health Care Providers and Pharmaceutical...

Recent weeks have seen two significant developments with respect to federal and state laws regulating financial interactions between pharmaceutical and medical device companies and health care providers: (1) the Centers for...more

Second Circuit Rules That Certain Speech Regarding the Off-Label Use of Drugs Is Protected Under the U.S. Constitution

In a long-awaited decision, on December 3, 2012, a divided panel (2–1) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of Alfred Caronia, a former pharmaceutical sales representative for Jazz...more

Short Wins - Off-Label Drug Use And the First Amendment In The Second Circuit; Machine Guns And Grenades In The Eighth Circuit

It's an odd week for wins in the federal appellate courts. The Second Circuit ruled that the First Amendment protects (some kinds of) promotional activity for off-label use of drugs. Any time the First Amendment is...more

Second Circuit Rules that Pharma Rep's Promotion of Drug for Off-Label Use is Protected Speech

The Second Circuit's December 3, 2012 decision in United States v. Caronia, No. 09-5006-CR, could cause a sea change in the growing number of prosecutions brought by the government to prevent the off-label promotion of drugs...more

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