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Updates Regarding the Pacira Pharmaceutical Inc. v. FDA Lawsuit Regarding First Amendment and Off-Label Promotion Issues

As readers of this blog know, following Amarin’s success in obtaining a preliminary injunction limiting FDA enforcement action against it for truthful, non-misleading off-label promotion of its prescription drug Vascepa, Pacira Pharmaceuticals filed a similar lawsuit regarding off-label promotion of its prescription drug Exparel. While we await the FDA’s response to Pacira’s motion for preliminary … Continue Reading

Change Coming to FDA’s “Intended Use” Regulations?

Over at the Drug And Device Law Blog, our colleagues call attention to proposed changes to the “intended use” regulations for prescription drugs and devices, 21 C.F.R. §201.128 and 21 C.F.R. §804.1, somewhat hidden within a proposed rule regarding tobacco published in the Federal Register on September 25, 2015. As the FDA explained, the changes … Continue Reading

Attention Out-of-State Plaintiffs: The Tour Ends Here. Next Stop, Home

Last year, the Supreme Court sent a resounding message regarding personal jurisdiction when it decided Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S.Ct. 746, 752 (2014).  Bauman announced a significantly more stringent standard for finding a corporation to be “essentially at home” in a foreign jurisdiction and, as a result, made personal jurisdiction harder to establish in … Continue Reading

First Amarin Pharm v. FDA, Now Pacira Pharm, Inc. v. FDA

The Southern District of New York certainly is becoming a hotbed for issues relating to the FDA’s ability to take enforcement action against manufacturers who promote their FDA-regulated products for uses outside the approved label indications.  The Amarin Pharm v. FDA litigation has garnered a good deal of attention, and after Amarin and the FDA … Continue Reading

Proceed with Caution: Attorney-Client Privilege and Communications with Third-Party Consultants

In our modern economy, businesses regularly use all manner of third-party consultants for many different reasons, including cost, efficiency, and expertise.  Less regularly, communications between businesses and consultants are the subject of discovery motion practice in litigation.  Two recent decisions out of the Southern District of New York demonstrate why businesses that use third-party consultants … Continue Reading

What Comes Next In Amarin Pharm v. FDA?

The Southern District of New York’s preliminary injunction in Amarin Pharm, Inc. v. FDA—prohibiting the FDA from taking action against Amarin over truthful, non-misleading “off-label” statements about its prescription drug Vascepa—understandably has been big news, analyzed here  and  elsewhere. Some are asking whether the FDA will pursue appellate review of the decision.  An indication about … Continue Reading

Amarin Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against FDA Regarding Off-Label and First Amendment Issues

In our prior posts about Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. FDA, we wondered what the Southern District of New York would make of Amarin’s request for an order prohibiting the FDA from taking enforcement actions against it over speech regarding “off-label” uses of its prescription drug, Vascepa.  Although Vascepa is regulated as a drug, equivalent products … Continue Reading

New Jersey’s DTC Advertising Exception to the Learned Intermediary Doctrine

When the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Perez v. Wyeth Lab, Inc. that if pharmaceutical manufacturer directly markets to consumers, the learned intermediary doctrine does not apply, it was deemed a “revolutionary,” decision. However, since the ruling, every New Jersey court which has confronted this issue has found that the DTC exception did not … Continue Reading

Amarin Pharma v. FDA – More Briefs Filed Regarding Off-Label Promotion And The First Amendment

Our prior  posts  looked at the Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. United States Food and Drug Administration lawsuit, which raises issues regarding the First Amendment and how it applies to speech by drug and device manufacturers regarding “off-label” uses.  We provided links to amicus briefs by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the Washington … Continue Reading

FDA Files Brief Regarding Off-Label Promotion In Amarin Pharma Lawsuit

As we mentioned in our prior post, the Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. United States Food and Drug Administration lawsuit pending in the Southern District of New York raises interesting issues regarding the First Amendment and how it applies to speech by drug and device manufacturers regarding “off-label” uses.  As we noted, on June 8, 2015, … Continue Reading

FDA Sued By Drug Manufacturer Over Constitutional Right To Discuss Off-Label Uses

The FDA has long sought to ban manufacturers from promoting off-label uses of approved drugs and medical devices.  In taking the position that manufacturers and their agents cannot promote off-label uses, the FDA suggests they are safeguarding the public from misbranded medical products and ensuring that manufacturers do not circumvent the drug- and device-approval processes. … Continue Reading

Texas Legislature Passes Two Bills Affecting Personal Injury And Wrongful Death Litigation

Two bills recently passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, HB 1692 and SB 735 have the potential to affect businesses at risk of personal injury and wrongful death litigation in Texas.  Intended to curb the practice of foreign plaintiffs filing claims in Texas courts for personal injuries occurring outside state borders, HB 1692 would change … Continue Reading

Proposed 21st Century Cures Act Addresses Off-Label Promotion Issues for Drugs and Devices

Over on the Health Industry Washington Watch blog, Reed Smith attorneys Katie Pawlitz and Jeremy Alexander highlight the proposed changes to the Sunshine Act contained within H.R. 6, the “21st Century Cures Act,” which (as previously reported on Life Sciences Legal Update) was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee last Thursday, May 21, … Continue Reading

Insurance Coverage Considerations for Alleged Mislabeling of Herbal and Dietary Supplements

In the wake of the New York Attorney General's recent enforcement actions against four major retailers who allegedly sold herbal supplements that did not contain labeled ingredients or contained ingredients not explicitly identified on the labels, companies throughout the supply chain should consider examining their insurance policies to see whether or not they are sufficiently covered in the event of an investigation, enforcement action and/or litigation. Types of insurance policies that may provide coverage for affected companies are commercial general liability (CGL), directors and officers liability (D&O), errors and omissions liability (E&O), and product recall.… Continue Reading

3D Printing Raises Novel Questions About Potential Product Liability

Over on the Drug & Device Law blog, Reed Smith partner Jim Beck (aka "Bexis") offers his thoughts on the possible product liability implications of printing 3D medical devices. Specifically, Jim examines the question of what party (or parties) would be held liable as the manufacturer in a product liability case involving 3D printing. There are uncertainties surrounding each of the three primary parties who may be considered for liability: the hospital that owns the 3D printer used to produce medical devices; the manufacturer of the 3D printer; or the designer of the software used by the 3D printer to create the products. Jim's post discusses the current issues around naming each of those parties as the manufacturer, and concludes that - at least for the time being - 3D printing presents an unusual situation in which it is feasible that no entity qualifies as a "manufacturer" under the Restatements for strict liability. Additional legal issues like this will likely emerge as 3D printing's popularity continues to increase.… Continue Reading

A Call for Explicit Requirement of Ascertainability in Class Actions

Over on the Drug & Device Law blog, Reed Smith partner Jim Beck (aka “Bexis”) makes a case for adding an explicit ascertainability requirement to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 (Rule 23), presently under examination by the federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules for possible amendment. Bexis points out that many courts already (properly) impose … Continue Reading

Life Sciences and Health Care Industries Reap the Benefits of 3D Printing

This post was written by Colleen Davies and Lisa Baird. The past few years have seen 3D printing – a process that involves the creation of a three-dimensional object from a pre-conceived design – evolve from a futuristic idea into a multi-billion dollar business, and few industries have benefitted more from this technology than life … Continue Reading

A 50-State Survey of the Heeding Presumption

Over on the Drug & Device Law Blog, the bloggers have put together a survey of how each U.S. state (plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico) has addressed the concept of the heeding presumption, which posits that if the manufacturer of a product had given an alternative "adequate" warning of the potential effects of using the product, then the consumer or learned intermediary of such product would have obeyed the warning. As the survey demonstrates, the states' reaction to this legal theory ranges from full recognition to limited recognition to full rejection.… Continue Reading

Updates to Adverse Event Report Cheat Sheet on Drug & Device Law Blog

Over on the Drug & Device Law blog, the team maintains several scorecards and cheat sheets on product liability litigation topics relevant to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Reed Smith associate Kevin Hara has updated the blog's adverse event report cheat sheet to include the most recent decisions from across the country addressing whether adverse event reports can be used as admissible evidence on the grounds of causation. In discussing this issue, Kevin advocates the legal principle that if a plaintiff cannot prove a particular product's capability of adverse event causation, the court should rule in favor of the defendent.… Continue Reading