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The Continuing Story of Manufacturers' Off-Label Promotion of Approved or Cleared Medical Products

by Jones Day on

Prior to the end of the previous Administration, FDA released several draft guidance documents and a white paper addressing different types of communications about medical products. On January 18, 2017, FDA published two...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

Disputing Inaccurate Reports Under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act

by Ruder Ware on

The Affordable Care Act added the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) as section 1128G to the Social Security Act. The Sunshine Act requires applicable manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals, or medical...more

Michigan District Court Won’t Hear Lanham Act Claim Against Tinnitus Treatment Certifier

Last week, we covered a summary judgment decision holding that posts on the “Science-Based Medicine” blog were not “commercial speech” under the Lanham Act, and therefore the defendant in that case was not liable for false...more

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Healthcare Leaders cite Fraud and Abuse Laws as Obstacle to Value-Based Arrangements

As the healthcare industry moves towards value-based purchasing, pay-for-performance, and other payment reform models, industry leaders have identified federal fraud and abuse laws as a barrier to full implementation of such...more

Alert: 2016 Round-Up: Key Decisions Affecting Connecticut Health Care Providers

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Connecticut state and federal courts faced a number of significant health care issues last year. We have summarized those cases that we think are particularly relevant to Connecticut hospitals, group practices and individual...more

Managing the Risks and Benefits of an On-Site Automatic Defibrillator Program

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”) is the largest cause of natural death in the United States and is responsible for approximately half of all heart disease deaths. SCA, however, is not a “heart attack” (i.e. an artery blockage)...more

Guest Post – The FDA’s Two-Day Meeting on Manufacturer Off-Label Communications

by Reed Smith on

Today’s guest post is by Liz Minerd, a Reed Smith associate, who closely followed the online feed of the recent FDA meeting that the Agency called to discuss what changes would be appropriate in its off-label promotion...more

CMS Hosts Call on Potential Future Changes to Open Payments/Sunshine Act Reporting Requirements (Aug. 2)

by Reed Smith on

On August 2, 2016, CMS is hosting a Special Open Door Forum Call on potential future changes to Open Payments/Physician Payments Sunshine Act requirements for reporting payments and transfers of value made by drug and device...more

CMS Posts Open Payment Data – $7.52 Billion in 2015

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

CMS published the 2015 Open Payment Data on June 30, 2015. CMS has presented tables in its press release showing the highest paid specialties and highest paying companies. ...more

Docs in Jersey, Dixie rake in pay from Big Pharma, medical device makers

Big Pharma is not just whistling Dixie, as Southern, for-profit hospitals lead the nation in rolling out the welcome mat so doctors can take meals, consulting, and promotional payments from drug and medical device companies,...more

New Proposed Legislation: Doctors Must Report Med Device-Related Deaths & Injuries

Representatives Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) announced plans to propose the Medical Device Guardians Act of 2016. According to a press release from Rep. Fitzpatrick, the Act is “a package of bills aimed...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

by Alston & Bird on

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued voluntary guidelines entitled, “CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United...more

Physician-Owned Distributorships Under Scrutiny at Senate Finance Committee Hearing

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 17, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee (“SFC”) held a hearing on physician-owned distributors of implantable medical devices (“PODs”). The hearing was the latest bit of increasingly unfavorable federal government...more

Government Finally Investigating Power Morcellators

by Howard Ankin on

Patients undergoing medical treatments expect that their physicians will utilize tools that will assist in the treatment without causing undue harm or damage to their bodies. One of these tools, a power morcellator which is...more

C.R. Bard Awarded Summary Judgement on Warning Claim in IVC Case

An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is used to prevent life threatening pulmonary emboli. Once installed, the filter’s arms and legs open and anchors it to the walls of the IVC. The filter then catches blood clots that would...more

MedPAC Convenes to Discuss Open Payments, Payment for Post-Acute Care, and Other Issues

by King & Spalding on

On September 10-11, 2015, MedPAC held a meeting to discuss several issues related to the Medicare program, including (1) improving the Open Payments program, which makes public the payments from drug and device manufacturers...more

Stark Law - Is Relief in Sight?

by Benesch on

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published proposed revisions to the regulations implementing the physician self-referral law, or Stark Law. If enacted, these revisions could allow...more

Telehealth Commercial Coverage and Parity Laws: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

There will always be differences among state laws on telehealth coverage, but what is remarkable is the rapidly increasing pace at which states have been adopting coverage statutes in the last few years, with currently 29...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This Week: FDA Begins Device User Fee Talks with Patients and Consumers Sept. 15... CMS Extends Partial Enforcement Delay of Two-Midnight Policy Through 2015... Alaska Legislature Sues Governor Over Medicaid Expansion....more

How Does a Bad Idea Get Implanted?

by Reed Smith on

Not so long ago we discussed how Pennsylvania law clearly precludes prescription medical product strict liability, but plaintiffs keep asserting that cause of action anyway. The plaintiff bar is nothing if not persistent. ...more

Practical Implications from Amarin

by Morgan Lewis on

Amarin is an important US district court opinion affirming the importance of the Second Circuit’s Caronia decision and finding that pharmaceutical and medical device companies have a constitutionally protected right to...more

Using Severance Under Rule 21 To Preserve Removal Jurisdiction

by Reed Smith on

A recent pelvic mesh case in the District of Maryland, Sullivan v. Calvert Memorial Hospital, No. PJM 14-118, Memorandum Opinion (D. Md. July 30, 2015), offers an interesting and useful take on federal jurisdiction when...more

Medical Device Decision Plays PA’s Greatest Hits

by Reed Smith on

When we read the opinion in Kline v. Zimmer Holdings, 2015 WL 4077495 (W.D. Pa. July 6, 2015), it felt like driving back from the mountains (or the Jersey Shore) after a holiday weekend, listening to classic rock radio...more

A Couple of Law Review Articles We Actually Like

by Reed Smith on

The last couple of times we’ve commented on new law review articles, we haven’t liked what we’ve seen very much. We’re gluttons for punishment, however, and this time we were rewarded. We found a couple of recent law review...more

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