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SDNY Awards Front Pay in Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Retaliation Case

Perez v. Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., involved a case where Plaintiff Perez drafted a memo to Progenics’ general counsel and his department head, accusing Progenics of committing fraud by publishing a false press release...more

Third Circuit Decertifies Class on Numerosity Grounds, Listing Relevant Factors for the First Time

The Modafinil decision bodes well for defendants and represents another step toward increased scrutiny of the class action device in the Third Circuit. On September 13, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

CIMZIA Does Not Infringe Yeda’s Monoclonal Antibody Patent

In UCB, Inc. v. Yeda Research and Development Co., the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that UCB, Inc.’s Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol), a biologic medicine...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 57-61

This is the second post in our California Ballot 2016 series – providing the “nutshell” versions of each of the 17 state-wide measures voters must decide in November. Please refer to our first post in the series: Props 51-56,...more

FDA Announces Dates for Long-Awaited Public Hearing on Its Regulation of Off-Label Communications

Times, They Are A-Changin’ - On Wednesday, FDA announced that it will hold a two-day public hearing on November 9th and 10th to obtain input from a broad cross-section of the health care industry, including...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief - 9.2.16

Turns out that the Anbang Insurance Group—the powerful Chinese insurer that’s made plenty of Brief appearances for its massive bids on US hotels, among others—really does live up to its air of mystery, with many of its...more

Drug Costs Study Argues for Increased Funding for Biosimilar Review

A recent meta-analysis investigated several factors impacting prescription drug costs in the United States. Doctors associated with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School authored the report. Funding...more

The Board of Pharmacy’s 40 Hour Rule is Dead! Long live the 20 Hour Rule! Community Pharmacy Ownership Rule Change Creates new...

The Florida Board of Pharmacy (BOP) recently amended the rules regarding community pharmacy hours of operation to reduce required daily operating hours from 40 to 20 hours per week. As before, the hours have to be posted and...more

New 340B Dispute Resolution Process: Will It Level the Playing Field?

On August 12, HRSA published a formal proposed rule regarding a 340B Drug Pricing Program administrative dispute resolution (ADR) process. HRSA’s use of the administrative rulemaking process is a rare occasion given its...more

District Court Narrowly Defines the Relevant Market in Post-Actavis Pay-For-Delay Suit

On August 8, the District of Connecticut issued a noteworthy ruling on how to approach defining the relevant market definition in a pay-for-delay suit. In In re Aggrenox Antitrust Litigation, 3:14-md-02516 (D. Conn.), three...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2016 #4

HealthCare.gov plans an open enrollment pilot that will let consumers compare provider network breadth; new Medicaid enrollees reduce out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs by nearly 60%; and Kansas’s Governor announces...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Medicaid: States’ Powerful Tool to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Editor’s Note: The United States is in the throes of a rapidly worsening opioid epidemic. The crisis is far-reaching: As of 2014, 1.9 million Americans had an opioid use disorder involving prescription medication, and an...more

Drug Companies and Charitable Patient Foundations

Charitable organizations can easily become enmeshed in Justice Department enforcement issues. We have seen charities used in FCPA cases as a means to funnel bribes to government officials, spouses or family members....more

Will the Supreme Court Review Whether FDA-Mandated Bioequivalence Testing to Maintain Approval Falls Within the § 271(e)(1) Safe...

The Supreme Court has been asked to review whether the safe harbor established by 35 U.S.C. § 271(e)(1) encompasses a generic drug manufacturer’s bioequivalence testing performed only as a condition of maintaining FDA...more

Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Hospira, Inc.

Case Name: Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Hospira, Inc., Civil No. 15-2077 (MLC), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45826 (D.N.J. Apr. 5, 2016) (Cooper, J.) - Drug Product and Patents-in-Suit: Aloxi® (palonosetron); U.S. Patents Nos....more

Two Favorable Tysabri Rulings Add Clarity to “Clear Evidence” Preemption Standard – and More

Anyone who has checked our post-Levine innovator drug & vaccine cheat sheet lately has no doubt noticed our two most recent entries, Gentile v. Biogen Idec, Inc., 2016 WL 4128159 (Mass. Super. July 25, 2016), and Christison...more

JHU: Preliminary Evidence Supports Similarity of TNF-alpha Biosimilars To Reference Products

In a study published on August 2nd, a team of scientists from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts conclude that preliminary evidence shows an...more

Otsuka Phama. Co., Ltd. v. Zydus Pharms. USA, Inc., et al.

Case Name: Otsuka Phama. Co., Ltd. v. Zydus Pharms. USA, Inc., et al., Civil Action Nos. 14-3168 (JBS/KMW), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48689 (D.N.J. Apr. 12, 2016) (Simandle, C.J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit:...more

Allergan, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Case Name: Allergan, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Civ. No. 15-cv-1455 (WCB), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51851 (E.D. Tex. Apr. 19, 2016) (Bryson, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Restasis® (cyclosporine...more

Pfizer Inc. v. Sandoz Inc

Case Name: Pfizer Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., C.A. No. 13-1110-GMS, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52762 (D. Del. Apr. 20, 2016) (Sleet, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Toviaz® (fesoterodine fumarate); U.S. Patents Nos....more

Coherus Submits 351(K) BLA Application to FDA for Pegfilgrastim Biosimilar

Coherus Biosciences, Inc. announced submission to the FDA of its biologics license application (BLA) for CHS-1701, a pegfilgrastim (Neulasta®) biosimilar candidate. Pegfilgrastim is used to prevent or treat neutropenia, a...more

Bayer Pharma AG v. Watson Labs., Inc

Case Name: Bayer Pharma AG v. Watson Labs., Inc., Civ. No. 12-cv-517 (GMS), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55752 (D. Del. Apr. 27, 2016) (Sleet, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Staxyn® (vardenafil hydrochloride...more

Endo Pharm. Inc. v. Amneal Pharms. LLC

Case Name: Endo Pharm. Inc. v. Amneal Pharms. LLC, Civil Nos. 12 Civ. 8115 (TPG),12 Civ. 8060 (TPG),12 Civ. 8317 (TPG),12 Civ. 8985 (TPG),13 Civ. 435 (TPG),13 Civ. 436 (TPG),13 Civ. 3288 (TPG),13 Civ. 4343 (TPG),13 Civ. 8597...more

Bayer Pharma AG v. Watson Labs., Inc.

Case Name: Bayer Pharma AG v. Watson Labs., Inc., Civ. No. 12-cv-517 (GMS), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57888 (D. Del. May 2, 2016) (Sleet, J.) - Drug Product and U.S. Patent(s)-in-Suit: Staxyn® and Levitra® (vardenafil...more

Genzyme Corp. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs., Ltd.

Case Name: Genzyme Corp. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs., Ltd., C.A. No. 13-1506-(GMS), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62056 (D. Del. May 11, 2016) (Sleet, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Mozobil® (plerixafor solution); U.S. Pat....more

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