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Failure to Disclose Best Pricing: Pharmaceutical Companies Settle FCA Claims for $784 Million

The Department of Justice announced late last month that pharmaceutical manufacturers Wyeth and Pfizer would pay $784 million to resolve a False Claims Act investigation and qui tam lawsuit arising from Wyeth’s failure to...more

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

HHS Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Rule on 340B Drug Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reopening the comment period for the proposed rule titled “340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation.” HHS released...more

Veterans Affairs to Permit Acquisition of Non-TAA-Compliant Drugs

In a significant policy reversal, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it will require all covered drugs under the Veterans Health Care Act (VHCA) to be offered on Federal Supply Schedule (FSS)...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

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislative Session in Recess Until April 29 - In late night sessions ending at 2:30...more

Legislative Developments in Post-Grant Proceedings

Amidst a spate of high-profile IPR filings in the life sciences space by hedge fund financiers, the biotechnology industry has mobilized behind two chief legislative strategies designed to limit or eliminate its exposure to...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

TPPs Fail to Put Their Money Where Their (Litigation) Mouth Is and Lose

In third party payor litigation over prescription medical products, we have often marveled at the causation arguments that plaintiffs have offered and the willingness of some courts to accept collective proof over what really...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

Florida’s Adoption of Federal Exemptions for Wholesale Drug Distribution May Benefit Pharmacies, Practitioners and Hospitals

The 2016 Florida Legislature enacted substantial legislation (Ch. 2016-212, Laws of Florida) to bring Florida’s Drug and Cosmetic Act (Ch. 499, Florida Statutes) in line with the federal Drug Supply Chain and Security Act...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

Shire Development, LLC v. Watson Pharms., Inc.

Case Name: Shire Development, LLC v. Watson Pharms., Inc., Civ. No. 12-60862-CIV-MIDDLEBROOKS/BRANNON, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40360 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 25, 2016) (Middlebrooks, J.)... Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit:...more

Public Health Organizations Urge Congress to Reject Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

In a letter sent to members of Congress earlier this month, 58 public health organizations urged Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in its current form, stating that the coalition was "alarmed by the...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

HRSA Reopens Comment Period on 340B CMP Proposed Rule

On April 19, 2016, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is publishing a notice reopening for 30 days the comment period on its June 17, 2015 proposed rule entitled “340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price...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

Warner Chilcott Co., LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc.

Case Name: Warner Chilcott Co., LLC v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., 2015-1588, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 4945 (Fed. Cir. March 18, 2016) (Circuit Judges Lourie, Dyk, and Hughes presiding; Opinion by Lourie, J.) (Appeal from D.N.J.,...more

State Efforts to Combat Drug Price Increases

Growth in health care costs has long been a source of political and administrative tension for public health agencies across the country. More and more, health officials, legislators, patient advocacy groups, and third-party...more

CMS Delays Enforcement of Medicaid AMP Rules for 5i Drugs until July 1, 2016

CMS has announced that it is delaying until July 1, 2016 enforcement of new rules regarding the determination of the average manufacturer price (AMP) for inhalation, infusion, instilled, implanted or injectable drugs (“5i...more

Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Mylan Pharms. Inc.

Case Name: Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Mylan Pharms. Inc., 2015-1456, 2015-1460, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 4942 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 18, 2016) (Circuit Judges Newman, O’Malley, and Taranto presiding; Opinion by Taranto, J.; Concurring...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

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