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Aligning a Product's Marketing, Regulatory and IP Plans

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Patent protection can be critical for health care products, including medical devices, prescription drugs, dietary supplements and software as a medical device (SaMD). Originally published in Law360 - September 8, 2017....more

Guest post – Observations on FDA 3D Printing Guidance

by Reed Smith on

A lot has happened over the past 19 months, some good, some bad, and some just unbelievable. To name a few, and without sounding like a remake of We Didn’t’ Start the Fire, a total solar eclipse, a new human organ was...more

A Dialogue With Corporate Counsel: Skadden’s Seventh Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Seminar

Panelists examined major enforcement actions from 2017 and identified key trends. Aggressive Enforcement With a Decrease in High-Dollar Settlements. Panelists noted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues its...more

Are EpiPens Friend or Foe?

7 Deaths Associated With Medical Device - EpiPens exist to save lives or stave off severe allergic reactions to drugs, foods, insect bites and other causes of anaphylaxis. They are pocket-sized cylindrical devices that, in...more

Alston & Bird Healthcare Week in Review

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On November 15, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance entitled, Assessing User Fees Under the Biosimilar User Fee Amendments of 2017. The Biosimilar User Fee Amendments of 2017 (BsUFA II)...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Breakthrough Devices Program

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released draft guidance on the new "Breakthrough Devices Program," which was established by the 21st Century Cures Act. This new program supersedes and combines features of...more

FDA Issues Long-Awaited Final Guidance on When a Device Modification Requires a New 510(k)

by Hogan Lovells on

Six years after its first attempt to update its now 20-year-old guidelines for when modifications to a 510(k)-cleared device require the submission of a new 510(k) notice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the...more

Medical Device Security: FDA Releases Final Guidance On Interoperable Medical Devices

by Reed Smith on

On September 6, 2017, the FDA issued its final guidance on “Design Considerations and Pre-Market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices.” This Guidance is intended to address the tension between...more

FDA Issues Guidance on Drug and Device Classifications

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On September 26, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of a final guidance entitled Classification of Products as Drugs and Devices & Additional Product Classification Issues to clarify FDA’s...more

Bad For Your Health: Lawsuit Advertising Implications And Solutions

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Shook, Hardy & Bacon Partner Cary Silverman has authored a report for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform examining the effects of advertising soliciting plaintiffs for lawsuits targeting prescription drugs and...more

Is it a drug, device, biologic, or combination product? FDA issues final guidance on classification

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 26, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final guidance document providing further clarity on how FDA classifies a product as a drug, device, biological product, or a combination product,...more

Product Liability Update: October 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Massachusetts Federal Court In Multi-District Litigation Holds Under Six States’ Laws That Manufacturer Of Brand-Name Pharmaceutical Is Not Liable For Injuries Caused By Generic Equivalents Whose Manufacturers Were Required...more

U.S. watchdogs tally $1.5 billion cost for one type of defective medical device

Big medical device makers, like Big Pharma, have complained Big medical device makers, like Big Pharma, have complained relentlessly that Uncle Sam hamstrings them with red tape and bureaucracy that slows or prevents...more

New California Law Limits Drug Manufacturer Co-Pay Cards and Other Discounts in California

by Hogan Lovells on

In the most recent salvo by states eager to show an effort to contain prescription drug costs, California's governor has signed into law a bill that will prohibit, with some limited exceptions, pharmaceutical manufacturers...more

Value-Based Contracting for Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices: An Innovative Solution Impaired by Outdated Regulations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Often lost in the cacophony of headlines surrounding rising health care costs is the promise that value-based contracting offers as a possible solution. In contrast to the traditional fee-for-service model, value-based...more

FDA Finalizes Guidance on Evaluation and Reporting of Age-, Race-, and Ethnicity-Specific Data in Medical Device Clinical Studies

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 12, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final guidance that outlines the agency’s expectations and recommendations for the evaluation and reporting of age-, race-, and...more

Building a Health App? Part 3: What You Need to Know About FDA’s Regulation of Mobile Apps

This is our third installment in our series about the legal issues involved in launching a health app, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) refers to as “mobile apps.” The goal of this post is to provide you...more

Aegerion Settles Criminal and Civil Probe of Promotional Practices, REMS and HIPAA Compliance, and Patient Assistance Programs

On September 22, 2017, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals resolved a wide-ranging probe by the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the company’s U.S. commercial activities relating to Juxtapid, a lipid-lowering agent for the...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - September 2017

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

New FDA Final Guidance on Medical Device Panel Meetings Provides Certain Changes to Timelines and Procedures

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 1, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released a final guidance document discussing the procedures for Medical Device Advisory Committee meetings (or, panel meetings). The document,...more

You Can’t Pass the Regulatory Compliance Buck with a Quality Agreement; FDA Reiterates the Point in a Recent Warning Letter

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Companies can’t sign quality agreements and then say “we’re done.” This message was brought home with a recent Warning Letter issued by the Food and Drug Administration to a pharmaceutical company for violating current good...more

FDA Embraces Real-World Evidence in New Final Guidance

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 31, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized its guidance document entitled, "Use of Real-World Evidence to Support Regulatory Decision-Making for Medical Devices." The final guidance reiterates...more

Northern District of New York (Quickly!) Holds that the MDA Expressly Preempts Essure Suit

by Reed Smith on

A couple of weeks ago, our co-blogger, Mr. McConnell, published a post on the benefits of brevity. That post sprang from an argument before the JPML, but we can riff on it today as we examine a short and lovely decision from...more

FDA Issues Guidance on Hurricane Readiness for Medical Devices

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued important guidance on how to prepare for hurricanes when dependent on medical devices. FDA stresses that during hurricanes and other emergency situations, medical devices...more

FDA Recalls St. Jude Medical Pacemakers for Cybersecurity Patches

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of 465,000 St. Jude Medical pacemakers in order to push a mandatory firmware patch of vulnerabilities in six types of radio controlled cardiac pacemakers....more

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