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A One-Two Punch Case With An Off-Label Twist

When we were young(er), we had a pretty good memory. It is not bad now, as far as we recall, particularly when it comes to pulling up bits of esoteric nonsense. For more important stuff, we find qualifiers like “vague” and...more

Is There Coverage for The Pill Mill Lawsuits?

In an effort to deal with the terrible epidemic of drug abuse and the human and economic costs of this dilemma, the state of West Virginia has brought lawsuits in several jurisdictions against pharmaceutical companies and...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2016 #3

Massachusetts’s Marketplace eliminates cost-sharing for addiction treatment in subsidized QHPs; Montana cuts its uninsurance rate in half; and a Kaiser report identifies the 50 most costly drugs for Medicaid....more

Obama Administration, Congress Take Steps to Fight Opioid Epidemic

HHS has announced a series of actions to address the nation’s opioid epidemic, as Congress has cleared the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act for the President’s signature. As part of the HHS activities, the Substance...more

Something Went Right In Brazil

Zika virus, Olympic unpreparedness, economic collapse, presidential impeachment - a lot of things have gone wrong in Brazil lately. But we’re not here to talk about any of that. Here’s something that went right: Brazil v....more

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Following the July 13 U.S. Senate's passage of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), providers, families and communities should evaluate the act's impacts. The reform, S. 524, is viewed as a comprehensive approach...more

FDA Reorganization Takes on Cancer Moonshot and Other Initiatives

On July 11, 1969, the United States accomplished the almost unthinkable –two men walking on the moon. Conjuring images of that moon landing, President Obama moved forward the “Cancer Moonshot” program at his January 2016...more

Another Off-Label Promotion Third Party Payor Case Lacks Causation

July in D.C. is hot and sticky. When scorching day follows scorching day, area residents look forward to evening thunderstorms, not just to water otherwise thirsty lawns and gardens but to cool things down. Lightning can be...more

En Banc: Federal Circuit Provides Guidance on Application of On-Sale Bar to Contract Manufacturers

Pharmaceutical and biotech companies breathed a sigh of relief Monday when the Federal Circuit unanimously ruled in a precedential opinion that the mere sale of manufacturing services to create embodiments of a patented...more

Federal Circuit Finds That Use of a Contract Manufacturer Does Not Trigger the On-Sale Bar Provision

The court’s decision provides insight into which activities trigger the on-sale bar provision. On July 11, in The Medicines Co. v. Hospira, Inc., No. 14-1469 (Fed. Cir. July 11, 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Federal Circuit Limits On-Sale Bar’s Reach

If you were concerned that outsourcing the manufacture of your invention before you filed your patent application triggered a "sale" that could put your patent at risk, you can rest easy. In The Medicines Company v....more

FDA Advisory Panels Considering Approvals of Two Biosimilars This Week

An FDA advisory panel unanimously voted to recommend approval of Amgen’s ABP501 biosimilar of AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab) on July 12, 2016. Likewise, an FDA advisory panel is scheduled to consider approval of Sandoz’s...more

Dual Tracks Taken by FDA in Approving Products by ‘Big Pharma’

Prescription drugs exist to boost the health of patients by decreasing their pain, increasing their stamina, staving off infections and treating their symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has the responsibility to...more

Deal Watch: AstraZeneca and LEO Pharma collaborate on skin drugs tralokinumab and brodalumab

AstraZeneca announced today that it has entered licensing agreements with LEO Pharma to develop and commercialize tralokinumab, a biologic that has completed a Phase IIb trial for atopic dermatitis, and brodalumab, which is...more

Senate Judiciary Introduces CREATES Act To Expedite Access To Affordable Drugs

Following months of public outcry and Congressional probes into significant drug price increases, the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced legislation targeting “behavior that blocks competition and delays the creation of...more

USP Says European Market Shows Mandatory USP Standards Would Improve Biosimilar Approval, Acceptance in U.S.

Back in March, 2016, the Senate added language to the FDA and NIH Workforce Authorities Modernization Act which would exempt biological products, including biosimilars, from provisions of the FDCA Act that require compliance...more

IMS Health Report “The Impact of Biosimilar Competition” is Released

Last week, IMS Health released a report entitled “The Impact of Biosimilar Competition”. The report is an update of an earlier May 2015 report that noted that biosimilar uptake could save European and American health systems...more

Avastin Biosimilar Launches in India

Hetero Drugs Ltd. has announced the launch of a biosimilar for Roche’s Avastin® (bevacizumab) in India. Hetero is marketing the drug under the brand name “CizumabTM” as a treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer....more

Sandoz Announces Plans to Expand its Biosimilars Offerings

Sandoz has announced plans to expand its biosimilars offerings within the next five years, including a total of 11 filings by the end of 2017, and 5 launches by 2020. Sandoz says that its next five launches will be...more

Recent Court Cases Interpreting “Reverse Payments” Post-Actavis

Patent settlement agreements were traditionally deemed outside the purview of antitrust scrutiny unless the patent holder’s conduct fell outside the legitimate scope of the patent’s exclusionary power. This all changed when...more

Ask the Public Adjustor: Covering Life with Wisdom*

I’ll come right out and admit it: I was a crasher at last night’s party. Though they helped me bluff my way in, every stitch of clothing I wore was borrowed, and the limo … it’s a long story, but let’s just say Uber. Then I...more

Another Prescription Drug Warnings Preemption Decision

Not that our readers are dying for a glimpse behind the curtain into the making of the sausage (and mixed metaphors) of the blog, but we do try to first figure out what decisions may be blogworthy before we start writing up...more

Prescribing Pain

Each year more than 1.25 million Americans suffer from medication errors made by physicians, hospitals, and pharmacies. With the rise in the number of Americans taking prescriptions, the number of errors will only continue to...more

Congress Proposes Legislative “Fixes” to Drug Industry Rules Believed to Be Contributing to High Costs

We spend a lot of time covering prescription drug costs on this blog, and even convened a Pharmacy Industry Summit earlier this year focusing on the various pressures that are contributing to higher drug prices. Although...more

The Difference Between Manufacturing and Design Defects

Some plaintiffs seem to think that if they allege any problems about anything in the manufacturing process of a prescription medical product, then it falls under the rubric of “manufacturing defect.” They’re wrong, of course....more

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