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To certify or not to certify? FDA has answered the question

On June 7, 2017, FDA issued a revised guidance document, Form FDA 3674 – Certifications To Accompany Drug, Biological Product, and Device Applications/Submissions, to clarify when sponsors  should submit Form FDA 3674 certifications stating that they have complied with their obligations to submit required clinical trial information to clinicaltrials.gov.  

FDA Clarifies Requirements Regarding Submission of Manufacturing Establishment Information

On December 29, 2016, FDA issued a new draft guidance regarding drugs and biologics entitled “Providing Regulatory Submissions in Electronic Format—Submission of Manufacturing Establishment Information.” 81 FR 96013 (Dec. 29, 2016). The guidance provides an overview of the requirements for a valid electronic submission of manufacturing establishment information (MEI) under section 745(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) as amended by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA).

Short-Fuse Compliance Deadline for Expanded Access Provision in 21st Century Cures Act

Under Section 3032 of the 21st Century Cures Act, manufacturers and distributors of investigational drugs for serious diseases or conditions have 60 calendar days after the date of enactment to publicly post their expanded access (EA) policies for individual patient access. This deadline falls on February 11, 2017. For new investigational drugs, this provision applies upon initiation of a Phase II or Phase III study for that drug.

Finally! FDA Announces Highly-Anticipated and Long-Awaited Public Hearing on “Off-Label” Communications

In a Federal Register notice published September 1, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a public hearing for November 9-10, 2016 on issues related to industry communications about unapproved uses of approved drugs, biological products and approved, cleared and exempt medical devices. FDA seeks input from a broad array of stakeholders, including

FDA Revises Its Drug Establishment Registration, Drug Listing, and National Drug Code (NDC) Regulations

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule amending its regulations governing drug establishment registration and listing requirements for U.S. and foreign firms.  Also noteworthy is that the final rule expands FDA’s regulations governing National Drug Codes (NDCs).  The final rule is available at 81 Fed. Reg. 60170 (Aug. 31, 2016)

FDA June 2, 2016 Final Guidances For Industry

On June 2, 2016, FDA issued three final Guidances for Industry—two of the three are aimed at clarifying the expanded access applications and procedures, while the third discusses charging for investigational drugs under an Investigational New Drug (IND) application.

Price discrimination in the pharmaceutical sector: new decision, but plaintiffs face same challenges

The Second Circuit recently affirmed a lower court ruling dismissing claims brought by retail pharmacies against Johnson & Johnson, Caremark, Express Pharmacy Services of PA, and American Home Products, alleging that lower prices offered to certain “favored purchasers” amounted to unlawful price discrimination under the Robinson-Patman Act.  Among other things, the Robinson-Patman Act makes it illegal

CEO Media Statements Draw Additional Scrutiny

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a second enforcement letter regarding a pharmaceutical company executive’s statements on television. On March 12, 2015, the Advertising and Promotional Labeling Branch (APLB) of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) issued an Untitled Letter to Protein Sciences Corporation for a video interview posted to the company’s website. In an interview aired on a LifeTime morning show called “The Balancing Act”, the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Manon Cox, spoke about the company’s drug, Flublok (Influenza Vaccine).

Federal Circuit Revives Certain Sham Petitioning Antitrust Counterclaims in Tyco-Mutual ANDA Litigation

In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed summary judgment on two antitrust counterclaims brought by Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. (“Mutual”) against Tyco Healthcare Group (“Tyco”), while vacating summary judgment on two others.  Although the ruling is just the latest in a long line of cases analyzing sham petitioning issues