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Proposed CVS Health-Aetna Acquisition Holds Strong in Congressional Hearing

Last Tuesday, February 27, 2018, representatives of CVS Health and Aetna went before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law (“Subcommittee”) to argue in favor of CVS...more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Proposed CVS/Aetna Merger

On February 27, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing to consider the implications of the proposed CVS/Aetna merger. The transaction, valued at approximately $69...more

How an Amicus Brief Can Win an Appeal

Economists are endemic to antitrust litigation. Their expertise is often necessary to explain why the conduct or merger at issue will have no impact (or a huge impact!) on competition in a market. ...more

Potential Impacts on Telehealth From Net Neutrality Repeal

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO), repealing the FCC’s 2015 “net neutrality” rules and shifting the responsibility for regulating the conduct...more

NDA/ANDA Holders Must Affirmatively Submit Data to FDA or Risk Losing Products’ Active Listing in The Orange Book

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Pharmaceutical industry stakeholders know that drug prices, market competition, supply chain challenges, and shortages of critical drug products have been top of mind for policymakers in recent years. Among others tackling...more

Antitrust enforcement priorities for 2018

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Health care antitrust in 2017 saw governmental agencies successfully pursue a number of enforcement actions. Examining these actions provides insight and guidance as to what might happen in antitrust enforcement in 2018 and...more

FDA Resets Enforcement Priorities for OTC Homeopathic Drugs

Happy New Year! And now on to your regular Consumer Product Matters programming… Another Federal agency with a consumer-protection mandate has taken a significant step to reset compliance expectations and enforcement...more

FTC Granted Preliminary Injunction to Block Physician Practice Acquisition

On December 13, 2017 a magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota granted a request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and North Dakota Attorney General to preliminarily enjoin Sanford...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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AG Elections- Democrat Chris Mattei Announces Campaign for Connecticut Attorney General- Democrat Chris Mattei announced his candidacy for Connecticut AG in 2018, switching statewide races and forgoing a previously...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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AG Elections- Democrat Justin Nelson Launches Campaign for Texas Attorney General- Democrat Justin Nelson declared his candidacy for Texas AG seeking to unseat incumbent Republican AG Ken Paxton, who is running for...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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AG Elections- Democrat Jesse Ruiz Announces Bid for Illinois Attorney General- Democrat Jesse Ruiz declared his candidacy in the open 2018 race for Illinois AG. He is currently a partner at a Chicago law firm. Ruiz...more


by BakerHostetler on

On paper, FemaLife’s benefits sound great. The company made a series of boasts regarding its Super Flora Probiotic that positioned it as the answer to numerous problems: “If [your body] doesn’t receive the adequate nutrition...more

Building a Health App? Part 4: Avoiding an FTC Enforcement Action

The market for apps designed to improve health and wellness or even to diagnose and treat medical conditions continues to grow. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved a new smartphone-based “carbon...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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Antitrust- Washington Attorney General Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Health Care Providers Over Alleged Price-Fixing- Washington AG Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against health care providers Franciscan Health System...more

FTC Intervenes in Physician Practice Acquisition in North Dakota

On June 22, 2017 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed an administrative complaint and a request for a preliminary injunction in federal court to block a proposed physician practice acquisition in North Dakota (the...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Exclusive Dealing in Hospital-Payer Case Pro Competitive

“But what is more common than exclusive dealing?” Affirming summary judgment for defendant Saint Francis Medical Center, the Seventh Circuit recently held that the hospital’s contracts with health care insurers—though...more

Global Inquiries into Drug Price Increases

European competition authorities announced this week an investigation into Aspen Pharmacare’s recent price hikes of five cancer drugs. The European Commission said in a press release that it had “information indicating that...more

D.C. Circuit Affirms Decision Enjoining Anthem-Cigna Merger; Will the Supreme Court Weigh In?

UPDATE: On May 11, 2017, the Delaware Chancery court denied Anthem’s motion for preliminary injunction to prevent Cigna from withdrawing from the proposed merger, citing Anthem’s slim chance of success and the adequacy of...more

Antitrust Division’s Spring Update 2017: Insights Regarding DOJ’s Enforcement and Policy

The Antitrust Division recently issued its 2017 annual spring update. The update emphasizes the Division’s recent litigation victories, particularly in the merger context. In his introductory remarks, Assistant Attorney...more

Mylan Sued For Illegally Protecting EpiPen®’s Market Share

Last Monday Sanofi brought an antitrust suit against Mylan, alleging that Mylan engaged in illegal conduct to suppress competition in the epinephrine auto-injector (“EAI”) market, which is dominated by Mylan’s billion-dollar...more

Court Upholds DOJ Antitrust Lawsuit Challenging Carolinas HealthCare System’s Anti-Steering Provisions

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Despite a recent decision by the Second Circuit suggesting that anti-steering contractual provisions in other industries may not be anticompetitive, DOJ’s lawsuit (United States v. Carolinas HealthCare System) against...more

House Votes to Repeal Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers Under the Mccarran-Ferguson Act

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On March 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, which would repeal the current limited federal antitrust immunity for health insurers. The bill would amend the...more

Antitrust Not Always Available in Competitor Disputes in the Healthcare Sector

The antitrust injury and antitrust standing defenses/doctrines are alive and well in healthcare.  A recent case, SCPH Legacy Corp. et al. v. Palmetto Health et al., shows that a competitor is not always the most legally...more

Advertising Law - March 2017

FTC Fights Back in LabMD Suit - The Federal Trade Commission demonstrated its intention to fight for the power to regulate data security by filing a 111-page brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit...more

Health Update - February 2017

Securing the Safety Net for America's Vulnerable Populations - Editor's Note: America's population is aging rapidly. By 2029, 75 million baby boomers will have reached age 65 and older, and older adults will represent...more

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