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The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech... more +
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech or the press, preventing citizens from peacefully assembling, or interfering with citizens' ability to petition the government for redress of their grievances. The First Amendment is one of the most sacred aspects of the American legal tradition and has spawned a vast body of jurisprudence and commentary. less -

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

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

House Subcommittee on Health Opens Floor for Discussion of FDA Regulation of Off-Label Speech

by Hogan Lovells on

The House Subcommittee on Health has announced a hearing entitled “Examining Medical Product Manufacturer Communications” for Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 10:15am EDT, in which it intends to examine two discussion-draft bills...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

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

Johnson & Johnson Advocate Says It Should Not Be Defendant in Baby Powder Case

The Personal Care Products Council wants its name off the defendants’ list in multidistrict litigation filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey by plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson over the pharmaceutical giant’s baby...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 Publishes Guidance on Off-Label Use Communications

by BakerHostetler on

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released two draft guidance documents and a memorandum related to off-label communications and the FDA’s power to regulate such communications. The publications are the...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 Offers Some Clarity (But Few Concessions) on Off-Label Communication of Medical Products

Among the flurry of policies the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released in the waning days of the Obama administration are several documents that seek to clarify the agency’s positions on communications about medical...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

In The Midnight Hour: FDA Issues 2 Draft Guidances and a First Amendment Memorandum on the Cusp of a New Administration

by Hogan Lovells on

Over the past few days, FDA issued three documents related to the scope of permissible communications by drug and device companies to various parties. We believe FDA aimed to accomplish two things through these documents....more

The First Amendment Does Not Protect All Off-Label Drug Promotion

by Fish & Richardson on

FDA is considering making off-label promotion easier, consistent with recent case law. The drug and biologics industry is also proposing an ease up of FDA regulation, which would allow it to “responsibly” promote new drug...more

Anything Worthwhile For Product Liability Defendants In The 21st Century Cures Act?

by Reed Smith on

We blogged about possibly interesting nuggets in the 21st Century Cures Act (“21CCA”) back in February, 2015 – when it was only 400 pages long. In true congressional fashion, it’s now twice as long and loaded up with enough...more

FDA Holds Hearing on Off-Label Communications

After several high-profile defeats in both district and circuit courts involving the off-label promotion of regulated products and the First Amendment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now engaged in a...more

Five Important Themes to Watch in the Reform of FDA’s Off-Label Communications Policy

As we’ve previously reported, FDA has recently been forced to reexamine its legal position and enforcement policies related to drug and device manufacturers’ off-label communications. Although the Agency has for years...more

Upcoming FDA Public Meeting on Speech and Medical Products

by Reed Smith on

As a reminder, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a two-day public meeting on November 9 and 10, 2016 regarding “Manufacturer Communications Regarding Unapproved Uses of Approved or Cleared Medical Products.” ...more

Update on Prosecution for Truthful Off-Label Promotion

by Reed Smith on

We have been following issues related to the interplay of off-label use, manufacturer statements about off-label use, the First Amendment, and FDA enforcement for a long time. (Like here, here, and here, among many posts.) ...more

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