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Sophisticated Hackers Target Insider Information

A security consulting firm has discovered a sophisticated hacking campaign that has targeted more than 100 public companies, investment banks and law firms. In a report released December 1, cybersecurity firm FireEye...more

What’s Next for the FDA’s Draft Social Media Guidances?

As many of our life sciences clients know, 2014 brought long-awaited draft guidance documents from the FDA regarding three social media-related topics of interest. The FDA provided its much-anticipated views on...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap – November 2014

In an unusual move, the FDA takes issue with the accuracy of Sciecure’s studies in a warning letter over sales promotion material for the company’s sleeping pill - In addition to criticizing the pharmaceutical company...more

CMS Changes Sunshine Rules for CME, Revises List of Data Elements to be Reported

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule with comment period addressing, among other issues, changes to the reporting and data collection requirements imposed upon “applicable manufacturers”...more

EP Committee Study on Legislative Areas of the TTIP Addresses Nanomaterials

The European Parliament (EP) Committee on Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI) has posted a study entitled ENVI Relevant Legislative Areas of the EU-US Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations (TTIP). The...more

CME Payments Largely Remain Excluded From Sunshine Act Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has finalized changes to a number of reporting requirements under the regulations implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (“Final Rule”). When CMS proposed...more

Recent False Claims Act Decision Provides Important Guidance To Manufacturers And Resellers About Trade Agreements Act Compliance

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently upheld a District Court's dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against a federal government contractor in a case that will be of...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2014

In This Issue: - Export-Import Bank Is Reauthorized Through June 2015 - Roadblocks to Bali Package Implementation Remain As Summer Deadline Passes Without A Clear Path Forward - Customs Litigation: Federal...more

Fighting Fraudulent Joinder: Getting Your Case Into Federal Court

Tort actions involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices usually involve state law claims, and therefore, diversity jurisdiction is often the only way to proceed in a federal court. Plaintiffs, however, may join doctors,...more

False Claims Act Update: GSA Contractor Reasonably Relied Upon Distributor Certifications Of Product Origin And Trade Agreements...

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently upheld a District Court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against a federal government contractor in a case that will be 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 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

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

Recent FDA Draft Guidance Addresses Social Media Challenges Faced by Drug and Device Companies

The first draft guidance discusses how drug and medical device companies may promote their products using character space limited social media (e.g., Twitter) and Internet advertisements (e.g., Google search engine...more

The Inversion Craze: Will Today's Routine Tax Planning Be Retroactively Outlawed?

Alongside the more typical summer fare, such as coverage of the best beach reading and the latest action movie blockbuster, this summer the media have been abuzz with seemingly daily reports on the latest so-called...more

Software Sector Leads Pack in 2Q Venture Funding and Biotech Sector Finishes Second

Last week, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the second quarter of 2014. ...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

Federal Court Holds Manufacturer of Investigational Drug and Medical Device Responsible for Clinical Trial Investigator’s...

In a recent decision subject to multiple flaws, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts refused to dismiss a suit against the manufacturer of an investigational drug and medical device used in a...more

Teaching Hospitals and Physicians Must Take Action Now to Correct Erroneous Reports about them Submitted Under the Sunshine Act

On September 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will make public the reports submitted by pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers under the Sunshine Act. These reports will disclose...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

CMS Releases New Resources, Schedules Teleconference for Sunshine Review and Dispute Process

As we informed you last week, the Open Payments review, dispute and correction process started today and will continue through September 11, 2014. This is the process that allows physicians and teaching hospitals to review...more

CMS Wants To Shine Light On CME Payments To Physicians

It’s a question CMS has been wrestling with since the enactment of the Sunshine Act (sometimes called the Open Payments Program) as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Sunshine Act generally requires a manufacturer to...more

CMS Proposes Changes to Sunshine Act Reporting

Drug and device manufacturers breathing a sigh of relief after completing their 2013 data submissions under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the “Sunshine Act’) must now contend with four proposed changes to the Sunshine...more

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