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Preemption: Oregon Has Not Gone Bananas

Can you get sued over a picture of a banana? It seems the answer might depend on where you live and probably not in Oregon. That is one takeaway from a good preemption case that came out of the District of Oregon last week,...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 21, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program: FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.” This...more

HHS Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Rule on 340B Drug Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reopening the comment period for the proposed rule titled “340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation.” HHS released...more

Apotex, Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Case Name: Apotex, Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., C.A. Nos. 12-cv-9295, 15-cv-3695, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2126 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 8, 2016) (Coleman, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Benicar® and Benicar® HCT...more

Lawsuits Involving Fluoroquinolones Piling Up Against Manufacturers

Google “fluoroquinolones,” and page after page of search results come up about the dangers, risks and side effects of the antibiotic. Articles appear citing arrhythmia, nerve damage and type 2 diabetes all being associated...more

Veterans Affairs to Permit Acquisition of Non-TAA-Compliant Drugs

In a significant policy reversal, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it will require all covered drugs under the Veterans Health Care Act (VHCA) to be offered on Federal Supply Schedule (FSS)...more

Innovator Drug/510k Medical Device Impossibility Preemption and the Meaning of “A Fortiori”

According to Black’s Law Dictionary, “a fortiori” is legal Latin meaning: - By even greater force of logic; even more so it follows. We’ve been arguing for some time – since PLIVA v. Mensing, 131 S. Ct. 2567...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - April 2016

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's (AGG) Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s...more

Supernus Pharms., Inc. v. Actavis Inc.

Case Name: Supernus Pharms., Inc. v. Actavis Inc., Civil Nos. 13-4740 (RMB/JS), 14-1981 (RMB/JS), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14111 (D.N.J. Feb 5, 2016) (Bumb, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Oxtellar XR®...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislative Session in Recess Until April 29 - In late night sessions ending at 2:30...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 8 - April 2016

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 8 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. NATIONAL - New Payment Model for Part B Drugs Proposed -...more

Legislative Developments in Post-Grant Proceedings

Amidst a spate of high-profile IPR filings in the life sciences space by hedge fund financiers, the biotechnology industry has mobilized behind two chief legislative strategies designed to limit or eliminate its exposure to...more

Be Careful What You Say – Or Rather What You Don’t Say – AVEO Pays $4 Million to SEC to Settle Fraud Charges

In March 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company, agreed, without admitting or denying the allegations, to pay $4 million to...more

AFFs, BPs, ONJ: Understanding Alphabet Soup of Osteoporosis Treatment

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research recently reassessed the efficacy of bisphosphonate, long hailed as a wonder drug for patients with osteoporosis, and its risk factors. Through the course of two clinical...more

Helsinn Healthcare, S.A. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs. Ltd.

Case Name: Helsinn Healthcare, S.A. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs. Ltd., Civ. No. 11-3962 (MLC), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27477 (D.N.J. Mar. 3, 2016) (Cooper, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Aloxi® (palonosetron); U.S....more

TPPs Fail to Put Their Money Where Their (Litigation) Mouth Is and Lose

In third party payor litigation over prescription medical products, we have often marveled at the causation arguments that plaintiffs have offered and the willingness of some courts to accept collective proof over what really...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

Florida’s Adoption of Federal Exemptions for Wholesale Drug Distribution May Benefit Pharmacies, Practitioners and Hospitals

The 2016 Florida Legislature enacted substantial legislation (Ch. 2016-212, Laws of Florida) to bring Florida’s Drug and Cosmetic Act (Ch. 499, Florida Statutes) in line with the federal Drug Supply Chain and Security Act...more

Braintree Labs. Inc. v. Breckenridge Pharm., Inc.

Case Name: Braintree Labs. Inc. v. Breckenridge Pharm., Inc., C.A. No 12-cv-6851 (AJN), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33336 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 15, 2016) (Nathan, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Suprep® (sodium sulfate /...more

Shire Development, LLC v. Watson Pharms., Inc.

Case Name: Shire Development, LLC v. Watson Pharms., Inc., Civ. No. 12-60862-CIV-MIDDLEBROOKS/BRANNON, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40360 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 25, 2016) (Middlebrooks, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit:...more

Public Health Organizations Urge Congress to Reject Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

In a letter sent to members of Congress earlier this month, 58 public health organizations urged Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in its current form, stating that the coalition was "alarmed by the...more

Big Pharma Should Take Reporting Adverse Events to FDA More Seriously

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s requirement that pharmaceutical companies report dangerous side effects cause by medicines they manufacture is being flouted by a few bad actors. Such violations of the federal law are...more

HRSA Reopens Comment Period on 340B CMP Proposed Rule

On April 19, 2016, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is publishing a notice reopening for 30 days the comment period on its June 17, 2015 proposed rule entitled “340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price...more

Summary Judgment for Defendants in FCA Action: No Admissible Evidence of False Claims

How much is “enough?” Will we have enough money to retire someday? Did the Drug and Device Law College Sophomore study enough for her computer science midterm? Is there enough salt in the matzo ball soup? In the realm of...more

340B Proposed Pricing Rule Reopened for Comment: Penny Pricing, New Drug Pricing and Definition of “Knowing and Intentional” Back...

On Monday, April 18, the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) published a Notice reopening comment on its June 17, 2015 Proposed Rule regarding 340B pricing and manufacturer civil monetary penalties....more

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