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PTAB Update -- Biopharmaceutical Edition

Earlier this week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB" or "Board") handed down what is thought to be the first set of inter partes review ("IPR") Final Written Decisions ("FWDs") in the biopharmaceutical industry. And...more

The Iron Law of Unintended Consequences - (with apologies to Robert Michels)

It is a certainty that no matter what action is taken (by an individual, a group, or especially a legislative body) that there will be unintended consequences. It is also true that those unintended consequences, like the...more

Pharmaceutical Patent Score a Win - Amneal Pharms., LLC v. Supernus Pharms., Inc.

In three separate but related final written decisions in the first successful defense of a pharmaceutical patent in an inter partes review (IPR), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board...more

Free Speech & Pharmaceutical Promotion — U.S. ex rel. Solis v. Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Off-label prescription drug use — using drugs to treat ailments not indicated on FDA-approved labeling — is among the thorniest legal issues facing the pharmaceutical sector. On one hand, off-label prescriptions are lawful...more

CMS Takes a Measured Approach to Medicare Advantage and Part D Plan Payment Rates and Policy Changes for 2016

Increased Part D Drug Costs Set the Stage for Higher Beneficiary Premiums - The Advance Notice (“Advance Notice”) of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (“CY”) 2016 for Medicare Advantage (“MA”) Capitation Rates,...more

FDA Revisits Its Proposed Rule Regarding Generic Drug Labeling

On February 18, 2015, the FDA announced that it is reopening the comment period for its proposed rule that would allow ANDA holders to unilaterally update their generic drug product labels prior to the NDA holder doing so....more

False Claims Act – 2014 Year in Review

The False Claims Act (FCA) imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud or submit false claims to the federal government. The FCA allows the federal government to seek treble damages, civil penalties and...more

Court Report - February 2015 #4

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. et al. v. Pfizer, Inc. 2:15-cv-01283; filed February 18, 2015 in the District...more

FDA Proposed Rule in Flux?

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has reopened the comment period for its proposed rule on generic drug labeling. It has also scheduled a day-long public meeting to hear comments and...more

FDA Issues Additional Guidance Documents for Compounding Pharmacies and Outsourcing Facilities; Addresses Repackaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of four new Draft Guidance documents and a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the FDA and individual states. The Draft Guidance documents...more

Clinical Trial and Medicare Provider Quality Improvement Provisions in House Committee 21st Century Cures Discussion Draft

On January 27, 2015, the House Energy & Commerce Committee (“Committee”) released a discussion draft of comprehensive medical innovation reform legislation as part of its 21st Century Cures Initiative. According to supporting...more

Court Report - February 2015 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis AG et al. v. Ezra Ventures LLC. 1:15-cv-00150; filed February 11, 2015 in the District Court of Delaware. •...more

Proposed FDA Overhaul to Improve Biomedical Discovery and Development

The House of Representatives and the Senate are assessing significant reforms to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The reforms are aimed at accelerating the approval of new drugs, medical devices and other products regulated...more

FDA Simplifying Physician Application Process for Compassionate Use of Unapproved Drugs

On February 4, 2015, FDA released draft guidance around its “Expanded Access” program, also known as “compassionate use.” The guidance proposes a greatly streamlined application form that physicians may use on behalf of...more

FDA Revises Approach to Presentation of Risk Information in Brief Summary

On February 6, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a revised draft guidance titled Brief Summary and Adequate Directions for Use: Disclosing Risk Information in Consumer-Directed Print Advertisements and...more

Can A Certified Class Include Uninjured Parties? First Circuit Majority Says “Yes,” In Some Instances

One of the “hot” issues in class actions today is whether, or to what extent, a class can be defined to include members who were not injured, and do not have standing to sue. ...more

In re Nexium: The heartburn drug case that may cause heartburn

In a November 30, 2013 post, we wrote about the District of Massachusetts' class certification decision in the antitrust case, In re Nexium. There, the district court certified a class of consumers and other payors who...more

U.S. Congressional Committees Address Drug And Device Approval

As mentioned on our Health Industry Washington Watch blog, committees in both the House of Representatives and Senate last week addressed the speed at which medical innovations are approved and available for patient use. ...more

Viagra Ad Campaign Targets Women Amid Melanoma Risk

Viagra is so popular that it is a frequent target of counterfeiters. Here, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent displays seized goods. Viagra (sildenafil) has featured prominently in the news over the past few months...more

Generic Drug Cos. Face Failure-To-Warn Claims In Calif.

On Jan. 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal involving failure-to-warn claims against generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. Teva Pharms. USA Inc. v. Super. Ct., No. 13-956 (U.S. Jan. 20, 2015). This...more

FDA Proposes Electronic Distribution of Prescribing Information

Drug manufacturers may no longer be required to distribute prescribing information on paper—with limited exceptions—and instead may have to distribute that same information electronically. The FDA recently issued a proposed...more

FDA Clarifies Orphan Drug Exclusivity Policy Following Court Defeat

On the heels of a loss in federal court last fall, the FDA recently announced a clarification of its policy concerning orphan drug exclusivity. In short, despite a court ruling requiring the FDA to grant orphan drug...more

A Step Forward in Approving Lower-Cost “Generic” Biologic Drugs

A federal advisory panel has helped clear the path for what may be the first biosimilar biologic drug ever approved in the United States. Interestingly, generics of traditional drugs have been available in the U.S. for...more

Generic Drug Manufacturers to Face Failure-to-Warn Claims in California

On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal involving failure-to-warn claims against generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. Teva Pharms. USA Inc. v. Super. Ct., No. 13-956, 2015 WL 231967 (U.S. Jan. 20,...more

De Novo Review of Claim Construction No Longer the De Facto Standard

On January 20, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, rejected the de novo review standard applied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit when reviewing all claim construction...more

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