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FDA Seeks Information for Implementation of Drug Supply Chain Security Act

On November 27, 2013, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was enacted "to build an electronic, interoperable system to identify and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed within the United States." To...more

Indiana Governor Signs Biosimilar Substitution Bill

On March 25, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed legislation (Senate Bill 262) that will allow pharmacists in Indiana to substitute an interchangeable biosimilar product for a prescribed biological product if certain...more

Insurance Recovery Law

Suit Alleging Drug Distributor Was a “Pill Mill” Requires Defense - Why it matters: A Kentucky federal court held that the claimed impact in a suit brought by the West Virginia Attorney General – alleging that...more

Public Citizen Wants Black Box on Testosterone Products

There appears to be no shortage of advertising for testosterone products for men to relieve low sex drive and fatigue. But these products remain without any warning on the product labels despite a recent study that showed the...more

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Actavis, Inc. & Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Roxane Laboratories, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

The Federal Circuit's decision in the consolidated appeals of Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Actavis, Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Roxane Laboratories, Inc. amply demonstrates the concept that you should be careful...more

FTC Continues Aggressive Posture On Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements With Reference To Disgorgement

In two recent statements, the FTC reaffirmed its intention aggressively to pursue reverse-payment patent settlement agreements in the pharmaceutical industry. ...more

Congressional Hearing on Proposed FDA Rule Change

Yesterday afternoon, Congress’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to examine the FDA’s proposal to change the rules of generic drug labeling....more

MoFo BioMeter - Vol. 3, Issue 1, March 2014 - Q4 and FY 2013 BioMeter Shows Rebound in Value for Late Stage Products and Strong...

The full-year 2013 BioMeter analysis shows across-the-board increases in BioMeter value, with an average of $33.9 million for all transactions, up from approximately $21.2 million in 2012. Increases occurred for each stage of...more

Advertising Law

FDA “Dislikes” Drug Company’s Facebook Page - Switzerland-based IBSA Institut Biochimique SA recently got a thumbs-down from the Food and Drug Administration over a Facebook ad for its hypothyroidism drug, Tirosint,...more

J&J Gets $1.2 Billion Pass on Risperdal Fine

Two years ago, healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson was facing a $1.2 billion judgment after a jury determined J&J concealed the risks of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal while it aggressively and improperly marketed it...more

GEN and FiercePharma Compile Lists of Top Selling Drugs for 2013

Earlier this month, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News released its list of the top 25 best-selling drugs worldwide for 2013. GEN's list, which the journal released on March 3 (see "The Top 25 Best-Selling Drugs of...more

HHS and GAO Reports Highlight Need to Address Drug Shortages

Two recently released reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Government Accountability Office, respectively, focus on the impact of prescription drug shortages, their potential causes...more

FDA Draft Guidance Proposes Change to Combination Product Exclusivity Policy

New market exclusivity opportunities emerge for pharmaceutical companies. In draft guidance released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) on February 24, 2014, the Agency proposed changes to its...more

Living off the Label

Doctors and physicians are given a great deal of discretion when it comes to prescribing drugs for uses other than those indicated by the FDA. This is known as “off-label” use. The FDA, realizing the danger of off-label...more

Notifications and Names: FTC Workshop Explores Effect of State Legislation and Naming Conventions on Follow-On Biologic...

Biologic medicines represent some of the most significant—both clinically and financially— pharmaceutical products in the United States today. Biologics have had remarkable success in the treatment of patients with many...more

Unapproved New Uses: FDA Revisits Policies on Distributing Scientific Publications

In new Draft Guidance, FDA revises requirements for manufacturers’ distribution of publications about off-label uses for approved drugs or devices. On March 3, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a...more

“Brand” New Law: Illinois Court Holds Brand Manufacturers Owe Duty of Care to Generic Users

Last week, a federal district court in Illinois held that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a branded drug manufacturer, owed a duty of care to a patient who took the generic version of its drug. Dolin v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., No....more

$4 billion price tag? FDA's proposed generic drug labelling rule

An economic consulting group recently published findings that a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rule will increase annual healthcare costs by $4 billion. The FDA's proposal, announced in November 2013, will allow...more

OIG Releases Report on Medicaid Fraud Control Units

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Annual Report (Report) on the performance of the Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCU)...more

Never Fear Regulatory Violations – Focus on Conditions to Payment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently upheld the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) suit against Omnicare, Inc., in which the relator alleged that certain drugs repackaged by Omnicare’s subsidiary were...more

SEC Gets Split Verdict In Insider Trading Trial

The SEC obtained a split verdict from a jury against two brothers in an insider trading case. Specifically, the Commission prevailed on Exchange Act Section 14(e) claims against each but lost its Section 10(b) claims. The...more

CMS Proposes Major Changes to Medicare Part C and Part D

On Jan. 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed rules labeled as ‘‘policy and technical’’ changes to the Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) Programs....more

FDA Updates Guidance Addressing Distribution of Scientific and Medical Publications on Unapproved New Uses

On February 28, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance entitled “Distributing Scientific and Medical Publications on Unapproved New Uses – Recommended Practices.” The draft guidance,...more

Federal Circuit Finds Sufficient Written Description

The Federal Circuit recently affirmed the District of Delaware’s rejection of a lack of written description defense in GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Banner Pharmacaps, Inc., No. 2013-1593 (Fed. Cir. 2014). GlaxoSmithKline sued...more

CMS Proposes Major Rule Changes to Increase Payment Accuracy and Improve Program Integrity in Medicare Part C and Part D

On Jan. 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published proposed rules labeled as ‘‘policy and technical’’ changes to the Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) Programs....more

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