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OIG Warns Pharma Its Copayment Coupons May Aid Crime

Brand name drugs cost a lot. So to make them more attractive, drug manufacturers issue coupons for discounts on the copayment portion of the price. They work the same as the dollar-off coupons offered by cereal manufacturers....more

OIG Issues Special Advisory Bulletin Covering Manufacturer Copay Coupons and Medicare Part D

For years, many drug manufacturers have issued coupons to help cover some or all of the cost of copayments (commonly referred to as a “copay”) for prescription medications. While the Department of Health and Human Services...more

OIG Releases Special Advisory Bulletin and Report on Copayment Coupons

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a Special Advisory Bulletin titled, Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Copayment Coupons (Bulletin), and a report titled,...more

340B Federal Drug Pricing Program September Update: Self-Disclosures

As part of its ongoing series of monthly 340B Federal Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) integrity updates, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) released an update on...more

What’s In a Name? The Value of Pharmaceutical & Biologic Branding

September 2014 marks 30 years since the Hatch-Waxman Amendments (Hatch-Waxman) to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) introduced generics as we know them. Hatch- Waxman strove to offer consumers the benefits of “rapid...more

DEA Authorizes Take-Back Programs for Pharmacies

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently issued a Final Rule expanding the facilities that can collect unused prescription drugs to now include retail pharmacies, hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers, as...more

"FTC Doubles Down in Challenge to Pharmaceutical Settlement"

On September 8, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a federal antitrust complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against defendants AbbVie, Abbott Laboratories, Unimed...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance Regarding Controlled Correspondence from Generics Manufacturers

On August 26, 2014, the FDA issued draft guidance to address “controlled correspondence,” which is the correspondence that generic drug manufacturers submit to the FDA to request information and to clarify issues related to...more

Innovator Liability Finds Sweet Home In Ala.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Alabama confirmed its January 2013 holding in Weeks v. Wyeth Inc. that manufacturers of brand drugs can be liable for injuries caused by generic drugs. Though the recent ruling puts...more

Drug Recalls at Record High

Drug Recalls May Hit ‘Record High’ in 2014 - According to a recent article from Becker’s Hospital Review, 2014 may prove the worst year for drug recalls on record. Dangerous drugs and defective medical devices can...more

The Increasingly Murky World of 340B: What’s Next?

For the past 18 months, health care providers and the pharmaceutical industry have been hoping for some clarity regarding 340B Drug Discount Program operations. But things just keep getting murkier....more

D.C. District Court Rules Drug Manufacturer Group Must File New Lawsuit To Challenge HHS Interpretive Rule on 340B Orphan Drug...

On August 27, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia rejected Plaintiff Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA) request to invalidate HHS’s recent interpretive rule...more

340B Drug Pricing Program Interpretative Rule Survives (for Now)

A federal court entered a new order, on August 27, 2014, in an ongoing dispute between the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) regarding HRSA’s issuance...more

Federal Circuit Finds Apotex ANDAs Do Not Infringe Lysteda Patents

In two decisions issued under the same name (Ferring B.V. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc.), the Federal Circuit upheld the validity of the Orange Book-listed patents for Lysteda®, but found that they were not infringed by either...more

Brand Name Drug Maker Can be Liable for Injuries from a Generic Version

The Alabama Supreme Court in Wyeth v. Weeks has reaffirmed its ruling in a case questioning whether a brand-name drug maker can be held liable for injuries from a generic version. Plaintiffs Danny and Vicki Weeks sued...more

Prescription Drugs: Refocusing the False Claims Act Microscope on the Rest of the Transaction

Over the last decade, it has often felt as though the pharmaceutical industry has been the government’s and whistleblowers’ main, and at times only, target for False Claims Act (“FCA”) investigations. While manufacturers are...more

Physicians Write Letter to FDA Regarding Biosimilar Naming Concerns

On Thursday, August 14, 2014, several physicians wrote a letter to Commissioner Hamburg of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expressing their concerns regarding the naming of biosimilar products in light of the...more

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

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