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Standing Out

by Reed Smith on

Last month we brought you word of an excellent result (preemption) in a ridiculous case - a class action claiming that the drops in eye-drops are too big. That decision was in accord with an earlier decision likewise...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 5

In this post, I will be focusing on the intersection of off-label communications with government enforcement of health care fraud through the False Claims Act. Over the past eight years, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”)...more

California’s Drug Price Transparency Bill

by Knobbe Martens on

On October 9, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the new drug price transparency bill SB 17. The new law requires pharmaceutical companies to give 60 days’ notice to state and health insurers if they plan to raise...more

Cyber Briefing: Second “Envelope” Lawsuit Against Aetna, Yahoo to Answer for 1.5 Billion Hacked Accounts and Eighth Circuit...

As we head into the new week, here’s a quick summary of major data security developments from around the country. Aetna Hit With Second “Envelope” Lawsuit - Aetna Inc. is now facing a second lawsuit over the disclosure...more

D.C. Circuit Finds that Theft of Health Insurance Subscriber ID Numbers Is a Cognizable Injury in Identity Theft Litigation

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Recently, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Attias v. CareFirst, Inc., No. 16-7108, that customers had standing to sue a health insurer for a 2014 data breach in which the customers’ information was stolen. ...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 4

Picking up from my last installment of this series exploring the regulatory history of off-label communication, this post highlights some recent trends in FDA enforcement and guidance related to off-label promotion. Not...more

The DC Circuit Opens the Door to Data Breach Plaintiffs Alleging Substantial Risk of Future ID Theft

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has held that allegations of a heightened risk of future identity theft resulting from a data breach established a concrete injury at the pleading stage....more

Are DC Federal Courts the Next Hotbed for Data Breach Class Actions?

by Carlton Fields on

We have previously reported on the evolving circuit split over standing in data breach class actions. On August 1st, a three judge panel for the District of Columbia Circuit became the latest to weigh in on the issue. In...more

PhRMA Comment on the FDA’s Proposed Off-label Rule: The Rule of Law is the Best Medicine

by Reed Smith on

The FDA cannot get out of its own way on the issue of off-label communications. Its power to punish off-label promotion comes from an odd regulatory two-step, whereby off-label promotions are said to prove an indicated use...more

Both Sides Equal Under the First Amendment

by Reed Smith on

There’s a problem with attorney advertising in the prescription medical product space – but it’s not the one you normally hear us defense-side litigators kvetching about. Quite apart from its litigation-generating effects,...more

Law Review Article on Off-label is On Target

by Reed Smith on

More than once we’ve said that we read law review articles so you don’t have to. We separate the wheat from the chaff. The wheat is scarce. That is because law review articles usually drown the little bits of objective...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 3

This is Part 3 in my series exploring the history of FDA’s regulation of off-label communications, which has become newly relevant in light of the recent events highlighted in Part 1. In this installment, I continue...more

Ninth Circuit En Banc Panel Holds that Central Hudson Survives Sorrell

by Reed Smith on

Last week we bashed a Ninth Circuit Daubert decision. We feel a little bit bad about that, not because the decision wasn’t bashworthy – no, Wendell really is a rotten precedent – but because we hate contributing to the...more

Speaking of the First Amendment...

by Reed Smith on

Now that Dr. Scott Gottlieb is safely installed as FDA Commissioner, we at DDLaw can end our moratorium on blogposts about First Amendment issues. There was no way we wanted to give his opponents any ammunition by saying nice...more

The Continuing Story of Manufacturers' Off-Label Promotion of Approved or Cleared Medical Products

by Jones Day on

Prior to the end of the previous Administration, FDA released several draft guidance documents and a white paper addressing different types of communications about medical products. On January 18, 2017, FDA published two...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 1

As 2017 began, FDA appeared poised to implement significant changes to the rules governing off-label communications related to drugs, biologics, and medical devices. The Agency had hosted a public hearing in November 2016 to...more

DELAYED: The FDA’s Intended Use Rule

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

The effective date of FDA’s Intended Use Rule has been extended until March 19, 2018. The comment period will remain open until May 19, 2017....more

FDA Hardens Its Stance on Intended Use and Off-Label Use and Industry Responds

From 2015 to 2016, FDA appeared to open the door to loosening the standards around intended use and off-label use, but recent rule-making and public comments suggest that FDA is becoming more sclerotic instead of flexible....more

"FDA Publications Double Down on Agency’s Ability to Prohibit Off-Label Communications, but Narrow Scope of Debate"

On the eve of a change in administration, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released a flurry of documents regarding off-label communications and FDA’s ability to regulate such communications within...more

FDA Issues Three Key Documents Relating to Medical Product Manufacturer Communications

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On January 18, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released three key documents outlining the agency’s current thinking regarding drug and device manufacturers’ communication of information not contained in...more

Beyond the Label: FDA Addresses Permissible Scope of Communications With Payors and Physicians

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The draft guidances create a grey area between “on-label” and “off-label” communications that will require careful navigation as manufacturers develop HCEI analyses and promotional communications....more

FDA Off-Label Promotion Memo Should Affect §510k Preemption & Evidence

by Reed Smith on

Remember how Medtronic, Inc. v. Lohr, 518 U.S. 470 (1996), dismissed the §510k “substantially equivalence” medical device clearance as non-preemptive because it was supposedly “focused on equivalence, not safety”? Id. at...more

Guest Post – Midnight Madness - The FDA Continues To Discount First Amendment Implications Of Restrictions On Off-Label Promotion

by Reed Smith on

This guest post is from Liz Minerd, an associate at Reed Smith. She previously wrote the post on the FDA’s off-label promotion meeting last November, so when she indicated that she’d like to write about the FDA’s “Midnight...more

FDA Defends Its First Amendment Position in “Memorandum”

by King & Spalding on

On January 18, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released for public comment a Memorandum, Public Health Interests and First Amendment Considerations Related to Manufacturer Communications Regarding...more

Data Breach Class Action Reinstated Against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated a district court's dismissal of a data breach class action filed against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc., in the wake of the 2013 theft of two computer laptops...more

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