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Weeks II: Innovator Liability Finds a Sweet Home in Alabama

Last week, the Supreme Court of Alabama confirmed its January 2013 holding that manufacturers of brand drugs can be liable for injuries caused by generic drugs. Weeks v. Wyeth, Inc., No. 1101397, slip op. (Ala. Aug. 15,...more

FDA Requests Comments and Issues Notice of Public Hearing Related to Implementation of GDUFA

On August 19, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued in the Federal Register a request for comment and notice of public hearing on a variety of topics relating to its implementation of the Generic Drug User...more

Alabama Supreme Court Reaffirms That Plaintiffs Who Use Generic Drugs Can Recover From Brand-Name Manufacturers

On August 15, 2014, the Alabama Supreme Court held for the second time in Wyeth v. Weeks, No. 1101397 (Ala. 2014) that a plaintiff who took only the generic version of the heartburn medication Reglan could nevertheless...more

FDA Releases Another Prospective Guidance

On August 5th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a "Guidance for Industry" entitled "Reference Product Exclusivity for Biological Products file under Section 351(a) of the PHS Act." Before setting forth the first...more

Purdue Pharm. Products, L.P. v. Actavis Elizabeth, LLC (D.N.J.)

Plaintiffs hold an NDA covering tablets containing two strengths of zolpidem tartrate, which is used in the treatment of middle-of-the-night insomnia. In July 2013, TWi Pharms., Inc. (“TWi”) submitted an ANDA containing a...more

OIG Approves Manufacturer’s Direct-to-Patient Discount Sales Program

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently posted an Advisory Opinion approving a pharmaceutical manufacturer’s direct-to-patient product sales program. While this Advisory Opinion cannot be relied upon by anyone other...more

Federal Circuit Finds That FDA Citizen Petition Could Give Rise to Antitrust Liability

In Tyco Healthcare Group LP v. Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., the Federal Circuit remanded-in-part for the district court to determine whether Tyco’s citizen petition to the FDA gave rise to antitrust liability. Judge...more

MoFo BioMeter - Vol. 3, Issue 3, August 2014 - Q2 Biometer Shows Strong Value In Drug Discovery Platforms

The average BioMeter value in the second quarter of 2014 jumped significantly to $143.4 million, an increase from the $15.9 million value in the first quarter. This included two blockbuster deals, the $1 billion up front paid...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidances for Prior Approval Supplements and Amendments / Easily Correctable Deficiencies Under GDUFA

The Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 (GDUFA) were signed into law on July 9, 2012, in an effort "to speed access to safe and effective generic drugs to the public and reduce costs to industry." In July 2014, the U.S....more

Prometheus Labs., Inc. v. Roxane Labs., Inc. (D.N.J.)

Lotronex was initially launched in 2000, but was subsequently removed from the market in light of serious side effects attributed to the drug. It was re-launched in 2002 with a new label. At the time, the ’770 patent was...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on 510(k)

The FDA issued a new draft guidance on July 15th which further explains how the FDA currently fails to protect consumers of medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. It is important to remember that these sort of FDA-issued...more

The Commission Fines Servier And Five Generic Companies For Curbing Entry Of Cheaper Versions Of Cardiovascular Medicine

The European Commission has imposed fines totalling €427.7 million on the French pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic medicines – namely, Niche/Unichem, Matrix (now part of Mylan), Teva, Krka and Lupin...more

Court Report -- Part II - July 2014 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Acorda Therapeutics Inc. v. Actavis Laboratories FL Inc. 1:14-cv-00882; filed July 7, 2014 in the District Court of...more

HHS Issues Interpretive Rule Excluding Orphan Drugs from 340B Program Discounts Only for Designated Orphan Status Uses

On July 21, 2014, the Health Resources and Services Administration of HHS (HRSA) issued an interpretive rule interpreting Section 340B(e) of the Public Health Service Act as excluding from the 340B Drug Pricing Program orphan...more

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmBH v. Glenmark Pharms. Inc. (Fed. Cir.)

Case Name: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmBH v. Glenmark Pharms Inc., 748 F.3d 1354 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 21, 2014) (Circuit Judges Newman, Linn and Wallach presiding; Opinion by Newman) (Appeal from D.N.J., Cavanaugh,...more

FDA Accepts First Biosimilar Application under New Approval Pathway

July 24, 2014 was a landmark day in the biotechnology industry: Sandoz (the generic arm of Novartis) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or “the Agency”) had accepted the first application for a U.S....more

Is Off-Label Drug Promotion Protected Free Speech?

It is a very common practice. Drug sales reps visit a client, usually a hospital, a clinic or a doctor, with the sole purpose of selling a drug or medical device. That is the primary way a doctor learns about a drug or...more

The Ghosts of Litigation Holds Past

Earlier this year, in the widely followed In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation matter, a Louisiana federal jury ordered a drug manufacturer to pay $6 billion in punitive damages and $1.5 million in actual...more

Recent FDA Draft Guidance Addresses Social Media Challenges Faced by Drug and Device Companies

The first draft guidance discusses how drug and medical device companies may promote their products using character space limited social media (e.g., Twitter) and Internet advertisements (e.g., Google search engine...more

HRSA Issues Interpretive Rule on 340B Drug Pricing Program

On July 21, 2014, the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new interpretive rule addressing the treatment of orphan drugs by certain...more

Has Codeine Harmed Your Child?

In August 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a boxed warning — its strongest — to alert doctors and parents about the risks of administering codeine to children post-surgery. According to the FDA,...more

FDA Proposes Guidelines for Posting Medical-Product Information Online

A lot can be misconstrued in the silent world of the Internet. While online technology has changed the communications paradigm, it also has resulted in bad information, embarrassing typos, factual errors and malfeasance....more

FDA Hosts Webinar Addressing Social Media Draft Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration hosted a Social Media Draft Guidance Webinar. The July 10 webinar included summary review of the three draft guidances issued this year to date followed by a brief Q&A. Thomas Abrams, director...more

FDA Gives Guidance on Compounding for Human Use

In July 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released five documents containing policies and proposals that affect both traditional compounding pharmacies and outsourcing facilities that compound drugs for human...more

Antimicrobial Resistance Poses ‘Apocalyptic’ Scenario

Antibiotics have hit the black market, and the hot-commodity counterfeits don’t bode well for the health of those who take them. The pills whose purpose is to fight infection have become so ubiquitous that germs are...more

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