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Benesch’s 2nd Annual 3D Printing Seminar (A Summary Repeat)

Several hundred business leaders, engineers, attorneys and academics gathered last week for an annual symposium on 3D Printing hosted by Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff. The ability to form physical objects from...more

Washington, D.C. Update – April 2016

FY17 Appropriations - The House and Senate Appropriations Committees continue to move forward on individual FY17 spending measures based on discretionary spending levels enshrined in last fall's bipartisan budget deal....more

President Obama Signs Zika Priority Review, Controlled Substances Laws

President Obama has signed into law S. 2512, which adds Zika virus to the Food and Drug Administration priority review voucher program to encourage the development of treatments for neglected tropical diseases. In addition,...more

FDA Issues Three Draft Guidance Documents For Drug Compounders

On April 15, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued three new draft guidance documents related to human drug compounding under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FD&C Act”), as amended by Title I of the...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purdue Pharma L.P. v. Epic Pharma, LLC

Case Name: Purdue Pharma L.P. v. Epic Pharma, LLC, 811 F.3d 1345 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 1, 2016) (Circuit Judges Prost, Reyna, and Stark [sitting by designation] presiding; Opinion by Prost, C.J.) (Appeal from S.D.N.Y., Stein,...more

Another Successful First Amendment Challenge to the Prohibition of Off-Label Promotion for FDA-Approved Drugs: Part Two

The Free Speech Clause notched another victory in the latest and, perhaps, final chapter of the lawsuit between the FDA and Amarin Pharma, Inc. concerning off-label marketing of an FDA-approved drug. On March 8, 2016, the FDA...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Labeling For Biosimilar Products

The federal Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently published a draft guidance on labeling for biosimilar products that is intended to assist applicants in developing draft labeling for proposed biosimilar products....more

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Proprietary Names for Drugs and Biological Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized guidance for industry describing the agency’s evaluation process for proposed proprietary names for drug and biological products. The guidance applies to all prescription...more

3D Printing and the Renaissance of Local Economies

The rise of 3D printing holds tremendous potential to impact the economy from the local to the national level. Although it is still an estimated five to 10 years away from mainstream consumer adoption, we are already seeing...more

You Can Pay Now or You Will Pay Later: FDA Issues a Warning Letter to a Pharmaceutical Company for a Misleading Patient Co-Pay...

On March 29, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) issued a Warning Letter to a pharmaceutical company for a patient co-pay assistance voucher that failed to include risk...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: MedPAC votes on changes in Part D... Senate HELP Committee reports five “Cures” bills... One report shows uninsured number decreasing... Another says, but we still need the safety net. ...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage (MA) and...more

Alert: Life Sciences Company Hit with $4 Million SEC Penalty

On March 29, the US Securities and Exchange Commission announced that AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company, agreed to pay a $4 million penalty to settle fraud charges that it failed to...more

Four Distinct Federal and State Policies Addressing Prescription Opioid Abuse

The first quarter of 2016 has witnessed a great deal of attention in government to the problem of opioid-related overdose and death in the United States. In just the past few weeks, the Senate passed prescription drug...more

FDA Takes Further Steps to Curb Opioid Abuse

Required Black Box Warnings on Immediate Release Opioids - Closely following on recent efforts undertaken by states and the Centers for Disease Control to curb opioid abuse (review further here and here), the U.S. Food...more

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