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U.S. FDA and EU Regulators Announce Enhanced Mutual Recognition for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Inspections; Allows FDA to...

In an effort to avoid the duplication of drug inspections, lower inspection costs, and enable regulators to devote more resources to other parts of the world where there may be greater risk, the U.S. Food and Drug...more

FDA Publishes Guidance on Off-Label Use Communications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released two draft guidance documents and a memorandum related to off-label communications and the FDA’s power to regulate such communications. The publications are the...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Branded Drug Preemption and Trial Win

In the aftermath of Levine, with its generous interpretation of the CBE regulation and its novel “clear evidence” standard, we wondered how long it would be until we saw a court holding that a failure to warn claim with a...more

FDA Changes Warning For Fluoroquinolones

Fluoroquinolones is a drug used to treat respiratory and urinary infections. Fluoroquinolones include these drugs: - Avelox (moxifloxacin); - Cipro (ciprofloxacin); - Cipro extended-release (Cirpofloxacin...more

TrumpCare: The Pharmaceutical Industry and FDA

Hope in the Midst of Uncertainty - The New Year ushered a period of uncertainty for the pharmaceutical industry. We face the beginning of the Trump Administration and a Congress with both houses controlled by Republicans...more

FDA Request for Justification Found to Provide a Mere Research Suggestion—Not Conception of Claimed Formulation

In Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Mylan Institutional LLC, Nos. 16-1115, -1259 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 26, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the lower court’s holding that a patent covering a chelating-agent-free drug...more

Endo Pharms. Inc. v. Amneal Pharms. LLC

Case Name: Endo Pharms. Inc. v. Amneal Pharms. LLC, Civ Nos. 14-1382-RGA, 14-1389-RGA, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140112 (D. Del. Oct. 7, 2016) (Andrews, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Opana® ER (oxymorphone...more

22 Novel Drugs Approved by FDA in 2016

Every year, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) approves new medications. Some medications are variations of existing products, such as generic formulations or new dosage forms of previously-approved...more

Federal Circuit Finds Infringement Under Akamai Of Two-Step Method Of Treatment

In Eli Lilly & Co. v. Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court decision finding infringement under Akamai of a two-step method of treatment when the prescribing information for the...more

Mylan Institutional LLC v. Aurobindo Phama Ltd

Case Name: Mylan Institutional LLC v. Aurobindo Phama Ltd, 2:16-cv-00491-RWS-RSP, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180551 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 21, 2016) (Payne, MJ). Drug Product and Patents-in-Suit: isosulfan blue; U.S. Patents Nos....more

Beyond the Label: FDA Addresses Permissible Scope of Communications With Payors and Physicians

The draft guidances create a grey area between “on-label” and “off-label” communications that will require careful navigation as manufacturers develop HCEI analyses and promotional communications....more

Bayer Pharma AG v. Watson Labs., Inc.

Case Name: Bayer Pharma AG v. Watson Labs., Inc., 12-1726-LPS, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179103 (D. Del. Dec. 28, 2016) (Stark, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Natazia® (estradiol valerate/estradiol...more

A "cure" for combination products: 21st Century Cures Act mandates greater transparency of combination product designations

The 21st Century Cures Act ushers in significant changes to the regulatory review of drug/biologic/device combination products. The regulation of combination products has been somewhat unpredictable and muddled over the last...more

Endo Pharms. Inc. v. Actavis Labs. UT, Inc.

Case Name: Endo Pharms. Inc. v. Actavis Labs. UT, Inc., 2016-1146, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 18490 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 14, 2016) (Circuit Judges Moore, Taranto, and Hughes presiding; Opinion by Taranto, J.) (Appeal from E.D. Tex.,...more

Current good manufacturing practice requirements for combination products

On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final guidance document entitled “Current Good Manufacturing Practice Requirements for Combination Products.”[1] This guidance describes and explains...more

How Will Trump Change The FDA?

President-elect Trump’s plans for his first 100 days in office include “cutting the red tape at the FDA” and “speed[ing] the approval of life-saving medications.” Here, we consider specific steps Trump could take–without or...more

In The Midnight Hour: FDA Issues 2 Draft Guidances and a First Amendment Memorandum on the Cusp of a New Administration

Over the past few days, FDA issued three documents related to the scope of permissible communications by drug and device companies to various parties. We believe FDA aimed to accomplish two things through these documents....more

Alert: FDA Maintains Assigned Unique Suffixes in Generic Names for Biologics

On January 12, 2017, the FDA issued its final guidance on generic naming for biological products submitted pursuant to 351(a) or (k) of the Public Health Service Act. The guidance is titled Nonproprietary Naming for...more

FDA Clarifies “Intended Use” Regulations: Knowledge Alone ? Intent, But Knowledge Certainly Can Be One Element in Establishing the...

In its January 9, 2017 final rule addressing when tobacco products may be regulated as drugs, devices, or combination products, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA” or “The Agency”) amended the intended use regulations for...more

Antisense Oligonucleotide SPINRAZA Wins FDA Approval

On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved SPINRAZA™ (nusinersen), an antisense oligonucleotide directed to survival motor neuron-2 (SMN2) transcripts for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy...more

2016 Year In Review: Securities Litigation And Regulation

2016 was an active year in securities litigation. In the first half of 2016 alone, plaintiffs filed 119 new federal class action securities cases. It was also a busy year for SEC enforcement proceedings, with a record 868...more

Happy Holidays from FDA: The Agency Issues Four Enforcement Letters for Unlawful Promotion

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued holiday gifts, in the form of enforcement letters, to four pharmaceutical companies. The letters are reminders that FDA is not in a partying mood when it comes to unlawful...more

Federal District Court finds brand-name manufacturer’s alleged regulatory delay tactics a valid theory of attempted monopolization

In a recent decision denying the defendant’s motion to dismiss, Judge Mitchell Goldberg of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania allowed the manufacturer of a generic version of Suboxone to proceed upon an interesting theory...more

The Peaks – The Ten Best Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2016

Today we’re going peak bagging – no, not to the Canadian Rockies or Patagonia (we leave that to Bexis) – for the high points in this year’s drug/medical device product liability jurisprudence. Last week, we visited the...more

21st Century Cures Act – Provisions Relating to Development Incentives for Certain Classes of Drugs

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act), just days after it passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. With an overarching goal of advancing biomedical...more

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