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A Candidate Named Sue (or Maybe Regina)? Tread Carefully With the Litigious Job Applicant

When is it safe to take action against an employee (or a former employee) who filed an EEOC charge against you? As the 7th Circuit just found in Baines v. Walgreen Co., you can never –REPEAT, NEVER – take action because an...more

Nationwide Healthcare Prosecutions Targeting an Array of Practices . . . Is "Just The Beginning"

by Bracewell LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the Department of Justice ("DOJ"), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), continued its annual tradition of coordinating the filing of charges and sweeping arrests in...more

DOJ and OIG Focus on Opioid Abuse: Medical Professionals Who Overprescribe May Be Targets

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Two recent announcements reflect that the U.S. Government is taking aggressive steps to address opioid abuse by identifying and targeting the involvement of medical professionals in facilitating opioid abuse involving Federal...more

As Feds Talk, States Act: A Survey of Recent State Actions to Rein in Drug Prices

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

While Congress and the White House continue to make statements about the need to rein in drug costs, several states are enacting legislation or regulations that offer the greatest opportunity to remake practices that are...more

New Maine Law Limits Manufacturer and Wholesaler Interactions with Health Care Professionals

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Maine recently amended its Pharmacy Practice Act to prevent licensed manufacturers or wholesalers and their agents from offering or giving certain gifts to practitioners. The bill’s sponsor tied the issue of gifts from...more

FDA Makes Two Announcements on Electronic Tracking of Prescription Drugs to Comply with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 20, 2017, FDA published two announcements in the Federal Register related to the development of an electronic, interoperable system to identify and trace certain prescription drugs distributed within the United...more

Public Act 17-241 — An Act Concerning Fairness in Pharmacy and Pharmacy Benefits Manager Contracts

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently signed into law Public Act 17-241 (PA 17-241), which contains provisions concerning facility fees, the sending and receiving of electronic health records between hospitals and...more

Giving Telemedicine More Room to Breathe: Recent and Pending State and Federal Actions in the World of Online Prescribing

On October 18, 2008, the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (the “Haight Act”) came into law as the federal government’s first attempt to address the public health risks associated with online...more

New Mexico Wrongful Conduct Rule Shuts Down Opioid Case Against Pharmacist

by Reed Smith on

New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment, but when it comes to law it is the Land of You Can’t Make this Up. You might think it weird that New Mexico’s state constitution (Article VII, section 1) specifies that idiots...more

Senators Urge the Administration to Certify Imports of Prescription Drugs from Canada, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Update,...

by Jones Day on

On May 15, 2017, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), John McCain (R-AZ), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") Director Mick Mulvaney prompting him to work with the Department of...more

Drug Makers Not Off the Hook as States Continue to Take Action to Control Drug Prices

Earlier this month, two states – Maryland and Nevada – passed legislation aimed at controlling drug prices. The two laws are being touted by proponents as decisive action against pharmaceutical manufacturers. Opponents note...more

Rx IP Update - June 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

Supreme Court of Canada News - SCC denies Apotex leave to appeal omeprazole infringement decision. On June 1, 2017, the Supreme Court dismissed Apotex’s application for leave to appeal (docket no. 37478) the Federal Court...more

Why do drug prices soar? Blame PBJs, PBMs, weak regulators, and CME

What do PBJs, PBM “black boxes,” industry friendly advisory panels, and CME (aka doctor training programs) all share in common? They’re blamed for contributing to Big Pharma’s skyrocketing prices—and it’s worth diving into...more

CMS Releases the Final Medicare Part D DIR Reporting Requirements for 2016

On Friday, June 23, 2017, CMS released the Final Medicare Part D DIR Reporting Requirements for 2016. Part D sponsors may begin submitting their DIR information on June 30, 2017 and must finish their submissions by the end of...more

Private Needle Exchange Programs Do Not Require Local Approval: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Weighs In

Last week, in a case being watched locally and nationally, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled that local government approval is not required for the operation of a private needle exchange program and that...more

SCOTUS Ruling Gives a Boost to Biosimilars; FDA Continues to Advance Products Through AdComs

On a sweltering hot D.C. morning, those of us anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court’s opinion in its first case involving biosimilar biological products finally exhaled. The June 12, 2017 opinion followed the parties’ oral...more

Healthcare Law Update: June 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Medicaid - Florida's Medicaid Third-Party Liability Act Pre-empted by Federal Law - By Eddie Williams - In Gallardo v. Dudek, Sec. of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, No. 4:16cv116-MW/CAS, 2017 WL...more

National Pharmacy Avoids TCPA Claim for Flu Shot Robocall under Health Care Rule Exemption

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A judge in the Southern District of New York recently held that an automated, pre-recorded message sent on behalf of Rite Aid informing recipients to obtain a flu vaccine shot was exempted from the Telephone Consumer...more

FCA Issues to Watch: Pharmaceutical and Device Developments | INSIDE THE FCA

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The government’s FCA enforcement efforts have continued to focus on key areas concerning the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In fact, drug and device manufacturers accounted for nearly half of the enforcement...more

California Regents File State False Claims Act Case Against Healthcare Providers And Pharmacies For Allegedly Defrauding UC...

The Regents of the University of California (UC) have filed a lawsuit against Studio Pharmacy, Excel Care Pharmacy, Pharma Pro Solutions, California Clinical Trials, and 17 individual defendants, including four physicians and...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - Pennsylvania’s budget deadline is just about two months away, and the General Assembly got to work this week positioning bills that could eventually be used as part of a 2017-2018 state spending plan....more

Rite Aid Wins Summary Judgment in TCPA Action Involving Prerecorded, Automated Call for Flu Shot Reminder

In an outright win for pharmacies, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in the attached opinion, granted Rite Aid’s motion for summary judgment in a class action alleging violations of the TCPA....more

California Advances PBM Licensing and “Transparency” Law

Last week, the California Assembly Committee on Business and Professions voted in favor of Assembly Bill 315. AB 315 seeks to amend the California Business and Professions Code: (a) to require PBMs to obtain licensure from...more

Legislative Update: State Biosimilar Substitution Laws

by Goodwin on

More states continue to enact laws regarding the substitution of biosimilars for prescribed biological products. We have previously reported on the enactment of such laws in New Jersey, Arizona, Missouri, Oregon and...more

Five Trends in False Claims Act Enforcement: Take Two

In July 2015, we posted about the N.Y. Attorney General’s False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with Trinity HomeCare and its related entities, and how the case provided insight into the future of FCA enforcement. We identified...more

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