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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

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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

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce the release of its fifth annual Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016. The Review, compiled by the firm’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force, is an industry-leading guide to healthcare...more

Can You Fire The Needle-Phobic Pharmacist Who Refuses To Perform Immunizations?

As more and more pharmacies move into the role of providing immunizations, someone has to perform those immunizations. Often, this duty falls to the pharmacist. So, what happens when a pharmacist claims he cannot perform...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - March 2017

Retailers Prevail Over Pharmacy Customers in California Tax Suit - Retailers have won a victory in the realm of California taxation in McClain v. Sav-on Drugs (March 13, 2017) __ Cal.App.5th __ (Nos. B265011 &...more

No “Relaxed” Pleading Standards for False Claims Act Relators, Says Sixth Circuit

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In United States ex rel. Hirt v. Walgreen Company, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a pharmacy owner’s False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit because he failed to plead his...more

Second Circuit Reverses ADA Jury Verdict for Pharmacist with Fear of Needles

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp., No. 15-277 (March 21, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a jury award of almost $2 million in favor of a pharmacist who suffered from a fear of needles because he...more

A New FBI Warning for Healthcare Providers

The FBI has issued new guidance specifically applicable to medical and dental facilities regarding the cybersecurity risk of File Transfer Protocol (“FTP”) servers operating in “anonymous” mode. FTPs are routinely used to...more

Needle and the Damage Done: Pharmacist’s Phobia Not Enough for ADA Claim

Can fear of an aspect of your job constitute a disability under the ADA? Depends on how essential the function is. In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals looked at the case of a Rite Aid pharmacist,...more

Monthly Update—Australian Labour & Employment - February 2017

by Jones Day on

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR - In this edition of the Update, we discuss two significant developments that are likely to have far-reaching impacts for employers and employees across Australia. First, we discuss the proposed...more

Tennessee Rule Change: Prohibition on Prescription Transfer Incentives

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Tennessee pharmacies can no longer offer patients financial rewards in exchange for the transfer of the patient's prescriptions. Effective February 20, 2017, the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy enacted a new rule providing that...more

Form Over Substance Sometimes Prevails in Tax Law – Estate of George H. Bartell et. al. v. Commissioner

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In most areas of law, substance prevails over form. Code Section 1031 is possibly one of the few exceptions to this time-honored rule of jurisprudence. Under Code Section 1031, form may prevail over substance. The U.S. Tax...more

Superior Court of Québec Confirms Validity of Percentage Royalties Paid by Pharmacist-Owners to Franchisor

The Superior Court of Québec (Court), presided by Justice M. Monast, recently ruled on an important point of contention for franchise pharmacies, by confirming the validity of a percentage royalty clause contained in a...more

New Mexico Senate Passes Bill Allowing Automatic Substitution of Interchangeable Biologics

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Last week, the New Mexico Senate passed a bill that would amend New Mexico’s existing automatic substitution law for small molecule drugs to allow “a pharmacist to dispense any one of the … interchangeable biological products...more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse in the Middle District of Florida in 2016 - a Year in Review

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The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Middle District of Florida (USAO-MDFL) prosecuted several civil health care fraud matters in 2016 and issued related press releases. A review of the USAO-MDFL’s criminal and...more

SCOTUS Hearing Arbitration Case Wednesday; Spotlight On State Cases

While the Supreme Court has put off hearing a more contentious arbitration case until the fall (presumably in hopes that it will have nine justices by then), tomorrow it will hear the nursing home arbitration case from...more

Noodle This! The Yin and Yang of Two Courts, Two Antitrust Cases, Two Class Certification Motions, Two Daubert Challenges, Two...

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Noodle this: Two significant orders on class certification in antitrust matters issued last week. Both were heavily influenced by the threshold determination of Daubert challenges to the plaintiffs’ expert evidence. In one...more

California Rule Change: Drug Labeling Requirements

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Recently, the California Board of Pharmacy announced changes to its drug labeling rules that will take effect on April 1, 2017. The Board of Pharmacy amended Section 1744 of Article 5 of Division 17 of Title 16 of the...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

340B Update: Trump Administration Withdraws Omnibus Guidance, Delays Final Rule on 340B Drug Pricing and CMPs

by K&L Gates LLP on

The new administration has had an immediate impact on the federal 340B Drug Discount Program (“340B Program”) with two significant developments in the first days since President Trump took office: (1) the withdrawal of the...more

FDA 2016 Year in Review

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act signaled the close of a multi-year bipartisan effort on Capitol Hill to grant the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new authorities to expedite product development and reform...more

Automated Drug Dispensing

Despite its plain text, the California Board of Pharmacy (the “BoP”) has adopted an interpretation of state statute requiring stocked removable pockets for automated drug dispensing systems (“ADDS”) to be transported to and...more

Relax, Sixth Circuit Opinion Indicates Rule 9(b) Pleading Requirement Still Has Bite

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A recent Sixth Circuit opinion in U.S. ex rel. Hirt v. Walgreen Co. should come as welcome news for FCA defendants concerned about the implications of the Sixth Circuit’s application last year, for the first time, of a...more

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