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What's in a Name? A Quick Guide to Biologic Drug Names

We have previously reported on the complicated naming issues surrounding biosimilar products and how biological qualifiers, such as three or four-letter codes, should be added to distinguish between them. However, the...more

Zika Virus and the Workplace: What Employers Should Know

News that the Zika virus has reached the United States may be prompting employers to think more closely about employee safety and what steps should be taken to address disease prevention and management in the workplace....more

Quirky Question #288: Zika in the Workplace?

Question: We have been flooded with coverage of Zika, from the Rio Olympics to the recent travel restrictions in Miami As an employer, I want to be prepared and proactive to protect my employees, but I am also concerned...more

Letter to Colombian President Encourages Grant of Compulsory License for Imatinib

Last month, we reported on letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to the U.S. Trade Representative, seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on compulsory licenses. The letters were...more

Zika Virus – Concerns for U.S. Employers and Protections for Employees

Although the Zika Virus has been in the news since early January, the active transmission of the virus by mosquitos in Miami, Florida, along with the Zika-related challenges faced by individuals travelling to Rio de Janerio...more

Top 10 Points of Guidance for Employers on the Zika Virus Outbreak

The Zika virus has been around for nearly 70 years, but an outbreak earlier this year has put the disease squarely on the public’s radar. In fact, on February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared Zika and the...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from June 16 - July 15, 2016. Brazil’s proposal to establish the region’s first comprehensive chemical regulatory program is the top story of this issue. Elsewhere, Chile...more

28 Organizations Seek Clarification from President Obama Regarding Colombian Compulsory License -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

On July 5, 2016, we reported on two letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to Michael Froman, the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR"), seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on...more

Letters from Congress Seek Clarification from USTR Regarding Position on Compulsory Licenses

Last month, we reported on a letter sent by three Colombian organizations to the Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016 Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination...more

Shanghai Set to Improve Air Quality Ahead of G20 Summit

In advance of the first ever G20 summit to be hosted in China this year, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau issued a revised, short-term air quality plan to improve local air conditions ahead of the summit. China...more

Presentations Available from International Symposium on Asbestos-Like Fibers from Nanomaterials and Other Advanced Materials

On June 14, 2016, Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) posted the presentations from the April 20, 2016, symposium, “WHO fibres from nanomaterials and other advanced materials: Do we have to...more

IREG Update - Global pandemic emergencies: the insurance industry tackles a seemingly unmanageable risk

Global pandemic emergencies: the insurance industry tackles a seemingly unmanageable risk - On May 21, 2016, the World Bank Group announced the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), a new global financing...more

Colombian Organizations Send Letter to CEWG Regarding Imatinib Compulsory License

In letter from three Colombian organizations to the Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016 Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG) (posted on the...more

RECAP: Highlights from the Sixty-Ninth World Health Assembly in Geneva, May 23rd to 28th

Every year in May, the health ministers from all 194 World Health Organization (WHO) Member States meet at the WHO headquarters in Geneva to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA). As the decision-making body of WHO, the WHA...more

FAO and WHO Publish Guidelines on Highly Hazardous Pesticides

On May 10, 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidelines on highly hazardous pesticides (HHP) (Guidelines) as part of the International Code...more

The (suf)Fix is In: FDA Opens the Floor for Comments on Biologic Naming Guidance

On June 2, 2016, the FDA filed a notice for comments on guidance requesting that biologic applicants propose a suffix composed of four lowercase letters for use as the distinguishing identifier included in the proper name...more

FDA Announces Closer Ties to WHO on Biologics

On May 31, 2016, the FDA issued a notice that FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (FDA/CBER) intends to “enhance technical collaboration and cooperation between the FDA, WHO, and its member states to facilitate...more

The Workplace is Not Immune: Guidance for Employers on the Zika Virus Outbreak

On April 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) jointly issued new guidance aimed at protecting workers from occupational exposure to the...more

Tobacco Cases Expose Tension Between Antitrust and Public Health

A recent decision of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) regarding the sale of tobacco products highlights a long-standing tension between two sets of laws: antitrust/competition laws, which seek to keep products affordable...more

Zika Will Be a Bigger Problem than EBOLA

Based on the U.S. success in containing Ebola last year, we have reaon to believe that should this terrifying disease reappear, the U.S. will minimize its domestic effects. Moreover research may even come up with better...more

Africa Update - March 2016 #4

Leading the News - Libya - On March 28th, Libya’s United Nations (U.N.)-backed unity government accused authorities in Tripoli of closing down the capital’s airspace to prevent it from travelling to Libya from...more

Africa Update - March 2016 #3

Leading the News - Republic of Congo - On March 20th, the Republic of Congo (ROC) held voting in a presidential election that was predicted to see President Denis Sassou Nguesso extend his three-decade rule....more

Africa Update - March 2016 #2

Leading the News - Cote d’Ivoire - On March 13th, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) gunmen armed with assault rifles stormed the beach hotels in Grand-Bassam, a region population with Ivoirian and Western...more

The Zika Virus: FAQs For Hospitality Employers

The World Health Organization recently declared Zika a global public health emergency, only the fourth time the agency has declared the spread of a disease to be a health emergency of international concern. The following...more

Africa Update - February #3

Leading the News - Burundi - On February 12th, the United Nations (U.N.) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) (MINUSCA) announced its decision to repatriate three...more

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