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Questions About FDA’s Drug Approval Process Answered

The road to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of pharmaceutical manufacturers’ medications is a long and winding one. A dynamic process tinged with favorable – and unfavorable – factors can take a drug from lab to...more

New Duty To Supply Decision

Ever since we first waded into the issue of “duty to supply” back in 2007 in connection with the litigation that produced Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs v. von Eschenbach, 495 F.3d 695 (D.C. Cir....more

GPhA Responds to PhRMA/BIO’s Joint Citizen Petition Regarding Biosimilar Labeling

As we previously reported, in late 2015, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (“PhRMA”) and Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) trade associations jointly submitted a Citizen Petition asking the...more

Sorrento Announces Successful Trial with Omalizumab Biosimilar

On May 16, 2016, Sorrento Therapeutics announced successful results from a Phase 2 and 3 clinical study for a biosimilar to Xolair. Xolair (omalizumab) is marketed by Genentech and Novartis to treat allergic asthma and...more

Opportunities for Increased Drug Sales to the VA

Pharmaceutical manufacturers that produce drugs in non-designated countries under the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) may now have an opportunity to increase their sales to the United States government. The Department of Veterans...more

FDA Accepts Samsung Bioepis’s BLA for Remicade® Biosimilar

Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd., announced that the FDA has accepted its first biosimilar application submitted in the United States. The candidate, SB2, references Janssen’s Remicade® (infliximab), which treats several ailments,...more

USA vs. Europe: Patients Hang in Balance as Big Pharma Reports Drug Side Effects Differently to FDA, EMA

A newly published study shows that drugmakers are doing a disservice to patients by inconsistently reporting side effects of medications depending on whether the information is being filed with the U.S. Food and Drug...more

Court Report - May 2016 #2 (Part II)

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Amgen Inc. et al. v. Sandoz Inc. et al. 3:16-cv-02581; filed May 12, 2016 in the Northern District of California - .....more

Trimming Some Fat From Statin Litigation With Daubert and Preemption

In the mythical days of product liability yore, a big drug litigation was spurred by a notable event—like a study describing a new risk appearing in a major journal, a significant labeling change because of new or greater...more

Court Report - May 2016 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Impax Laboratories, Inc. 2:16-cv-02526; filed May 6, 2016 in the District Court of New Jersey...more

Mass Appeal of Off Label Use

Hardly a week goes by without our blogging about accusations of off label promotion. This week is no exception. On Monday, we discussed a nice New York opinion rejecting a plaintiff argument that off label promotion saved a...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On May 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule entitled, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Amendments to Special...more

Labeling and Pedigree Requirements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act

Counterfeit and adulterated prescription drugs in the supply distribution chain pose a significant risk to patient safety. On November 27, 2013, President Obama enacted the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), which amends...more

Amarin Pharma Comes Out on Top in Federal Case Involving Freedom of Speech

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received another blow to its ability to regulate pharmaceutical product marketing that was dealt via a court order stating it is not in the agency’s purview to control promotional...more

The right policy prescription for pharmaceutical patents? The Australian Productivity Commission proposes a new formula

As mentioned in our earlier article Australia’s Productivity Commission has released a draft report (Report) regarding intellectual property (IP) in Australia. The Report covers various IP rights and provides the Commission’s...more

Massachusetts Enacts First-in-Country Opioid Take Back Law

On March 14, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts signed a bill entitled “An Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention.” This legislation contains multiple provisions designed to control...more

Health Alert (Australia) - May 9, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: JUDGMENTS Commonwealth. Federal Court 29 April 2016 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Reckitt...more

Lawsuits over Viagra Melanoma Risk Mounting

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heard arguments at a hearing on March 31, 2016, about the need for national coordination of Viagra claims. Pfizer, the manufacturer of Viagra, did not oppose this request by the...more

Fixing a Sour Corporate Culture: Valeant Pharmaceuticals Faces an Uphill Challenge

Like the Greek mythology character Sisyphus, Valeant Pharmaceutical is attempting to atone for its sins and turn its corporate culture around. I am not usually a cynic but when I see these transparent attempts to reverse a...more

Did drug maker fuel abuse by insisting that OxyContin works for 12 hours?

OxyContin in two decades not only has become a highly profitable, exceedingly popular prescription, it also has become one of the nation’s most abused painkillers-for a crucial reason, the Los Angeles Times says. The paper...more

Biosimilars in India News: Recent Guidelines from India’s CDSCO and a Pending Case on “Biosimilar” Trastuzumab

A recent court ruling and a new publication on guidelines for biosimilars in India may offer further guidance on what biosimilar and biologic stakeholders can expect from Indian regulatory authorities. In late March,...more

Are Drug Prices Really Too High?

Those working in the pharmaceutical space are used to hearing complaints about the high costs of drugs, and patents often are blamed for allowing pharmaceutical companies to charge “too much” for their products. But are drug...more

Defendants Secure Rare Summary Judgment in Zoloft MDL

In an unusual turn of events, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe recently granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to over 300 cases in the Zoloft MDL. These cases were consolidated in 2012 and involved allegations...more

Breaking: Third Circuit Dismisses Antitrust Suit Concerning Marketing of Lovenox

Earlier today, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the District of New Jersey trial court dismissing the antitrust claims lobbed against Sanofi-Aventis by its rival pharmaceutical company Eisai. The...more

Key Takeaways from FDA's New Guidance for Prescription Drug Compounders

On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance that describes the FDA's interpretation of drug compounding standards under Sections 503A and 503B of the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act)....more

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